Journal of Pan African Studies

A transdisciplinary scholarly journal devoted to an Africological synthesis of African world community studies and research that works to ask questions and seek answers to critical contemporary and historical issues, based on an affirmative African centered logic and language of liberation.

Articles from Vol. 8, No. 2, July

2015 Pan African Film Festival Spotlight on Nollywood
This year's Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) which spot lighted various films from Nigeria ended with a bang showing more films from Nigeria. This spotlight edition which is part of the Project ACT Nollywood Nigeria initiative have made it possible...
Adam, Gamal A. Living in Limbo with Hope: Sudanese Refugees and Social Injustice in Egypt
Adam, Gamal A. Living in Limbo with Hope: Sudanese Refugees and Social Injustice in Egypt. Vernon, B.C. Canada: J. Charlton Publishing Ltd., 2014, ISBN: 978-0-9919441-3-2, pp.232; reviewed by Teresa A. Booker (tbooker@jjay.cuny.edu), Assistant Professor,...
Albinism: An Erasable Childhood
Ubuntu Greeting Allow me to extend an indigenous African Ubuntu greeting, "Sanibona," meaning "We see you" but also implying that at a deep spiritual level, I am never alone as my ancestors are always with me. Subsequently we see you. The response...
A Philosophical Exposition of Akan Conception of Rationality
On the Nature of Akan Thought The Akan people constitute the largest ethnic group in Ghana, West Africa. Akan society, like most African societies, is non-scripturate. As a result, its core beliefs and values have survived (for generations) largely...
Ayakoroma, Barclays Foubiri. Trends in Nollywood: A Study of Selected Genres
Ayakoroma, Barclays Foubiri. Trends in Nollywood: A Study of Selected Genres. Ibadan, Nigeria: Kraft Books Limited, 2014, pp.384, ISBN: 9789789182015. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This book is part film history and part film theory and criticism. The...
Comparative Monotheism: Ancient Egypt and the Kongo Religion, the Bukongo
Introduction One of the issues debated in the field of Egyptology is the nature of the theism of the religion of ancient Egypt. If the vast majority of scientists have so far leaned towards an affirmation of the polytheistic nature of the religion...
Cultural Identity and Health Promotion: Assessing a Health Education Program Targeting African Immigrants in France
Background The number of African immigrants from Sub-Saharan countries residing in continental France has been steadily rising from an estimate of 20,000 individuals in 1962 to approximately 570,000 individuals in 2004 (CEPED, 2009). In recent years,...
Developmental History of Landscape Painting in Modern Nigerian Art: The Lagos State Example
Introduction Art in any form or media is a device used for representing ideas, recording events, tracing physical advancements and capturing fleeting moments and feelings inspired by nature and human activities generally. In this regard, landscape...
El Choco: The African Heart of Colombia
The following is a speech given by Luis Gilberto Murillo Urrutia in New York in 2001, the former governor of Choco State, Colombia. He is presently the director of the Presidential Initiative for the development of Pacific Region in Colombia. First...
Final Communique: The National/International Reparations Summit
April 9-11, 2015, New York City, NY, USA info@ibw21.org * www.ibw21.org * 410-844-1031 In the spirit of the Durban Declaration of 2001 which declared the Atlantic Slave Trade and chattel slavery as crimes against humanity, scores of representatives...
Michael Massenburg: Continuing the Tradition
The nation's finest African American artists combine outstanding technique and social vision and critical commentary with effective community involvement and leadership. Michael Massenburg exemplifies all these attributes, making him a leading figure...
NCBS Statement in Response to the Tragic Events in Charleston, South Carolina
June 20, 2015 By now we know that a self-proclaimed racist who wanted to start a race war calmly entered the Emanuel AME church during Bible study, waited an hour, perhaps to put the members at ease, and being Christian and trusting, the Black members...
Objectification in Amma Darko's beyond the Horizon
Introduction One critical concern which is increasingly being recognised in contemporary African fiction is the issue of sex and sexuality. Sex plays a determining role in human life, drives human reproduction and nature, manifests in various forms...
One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Migration North
April 3-September 7, 2015 Museum of Modern Art, New York In 1941, Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000) completed a series of 60 small tempera paintings with text captions about the Great Migration, the multi-decade mass movement of African Americans from...
Orientalism and Congolese Unaccompanied Refugee Minors in the Global North
Identifying the salient needs of displaced and parentless refugee children who resettle to the Global North is an arduous task. War-affected, unaccompanied refugee minors are an exceptionally vulnerable group. They must navigate both life in a new...
Pan African Colloquium: University of the West Indies, Barbados, January 12-15, 2016
Theme: "Heroines and Heroes of the Back to Africa Movements, Pan Africanism, African Nationalism and Global Africanism: Their Philosophies, Activities and Legacies" for more info, write to: pacuwi2016@gmail.com; panafstragintemational@yahoo.com...
Seizing the Moment to Galvanize the U.S. and Global Reparations Movement
[April 6, 2015] Queen Mother Audley Moore was an indefatigable teacher, advocate and organizer for Reparations, the fundamental idea that Africans in America are due compensation to repair the physical, cultural, spiritual and mental damages inflicted...
Sexism: A Hermetical Interrogation of Galatians 3:28 and Women in the Church of Christ in Zimbabwe
Introduction It is still a bone of contention as to whether the Church of Christ is upgrading or down-grading the status of women. Though the church has been known to be the voice of the voiceless in dealing with critical issues like the welfare...
Socially Constructing Race and History: Exploring Black Identity and Popular Culture in Social Studies Classrooms through Cultural Studies Framework
Introduction With the rapid advance in modern technology people now have access to media and popular culture in much larger quantities and in ways that were not possible in previous generations. Grossberg, Wartella, Whitney and Wise (2005) state...
The Efficacy of Federalism in a Multi-Ethnic State: The Nigerian Experience
Introduction Federalism became fashionable in the British Commonwealth at the end of the Second World War when the governmental system was promoted as a means of nation-building. The system was seen not as an end in itself, but as a means to achieve...
The Place of African Renaissance in South African Education
Some Characteristics of African Philosophy It is of vital importance to identify characteristics of the African Philosophy in determining the relevant education perspective. According to Wright (1979:12) African civilization is characterized...
The Re-Conceptualization of Shona and Venda Taboos: Towards an Afrocentric Discourse
Introduction Through colonization, many Africans have been made to believe and accept that their ways of life were primitive and sadistic. On the other hand, Western ways have been associated with, and even in most cases, misconstrued as civilization....
Universal Declaration of Human Rights (isiZulu)
Umbhalo Ogcwele Wogunyazo Lwamalungelo Oluntu Jikelele Isandulelo Ngokunjalo ukwamukelwa ngokuzuzwa kwesithunzi samalungelo alinganayo najwayelekile awowonke amalunga omndeni wesintu kuyisisekelo senkululeko, sobulungiswa noxolo emhlabeni, Ngokunjalo...
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