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. 11, No. 4, March

A Diopian Analysis of the Symbolisms of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa
Introduction That the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), "a pan-African institution established by African researchers in 1973 out of a desire to build an autonomous scientific community that is capable...
A Dose of Inspiration: 'Black Men in White Coats': David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
U.S. medical schools have too few Black male medical students. That's the cold, hard reality according to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), which found that the number of Black men enrolled in U.S. medical schools declined from 1978...
African Centered Text (1990-2000): A Decade of Protracted Engagement
Introduction The following is an annotated bibliography of eighty African centered books on African religions, philosophy, cultural history and spirituality, published between 1990 and 2000 (organized in alphabetical order by author/editor, title,...
Angela Y. Davis Papers at Harvard University
On February 13, 2018, the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, with support from the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University which supports multidisciplinary...
Answering the Critics
There has been very few reviews of this book, however Liegh C. McInnis has offered "Stretch Your Wings: Famous Black Quotations for Teens/Exploring the African Centered Paradigm: Discourse and Innovation in African World Community Studies" in MultiCultural...
Assessing Competing Perspectives: A Critical Analysis of Guyana's National Grade Six Assessment
Introduction Originally a Dutch colony in the 17th century, by 1815 Guyana had become a British possession. The abolition of slavery led to settlement of urban areas by the former enslaved population from Africa (30.2%) and the importation of indentured...
Audiences Perceptions of Informative Programs at Jimma Fana FM 98.1 in Jimma, Ethiopia
Introduction Media play a powerful role in people's lives, and they play roles in the formulation of images and beliefs of people (Galtung and Ruge, 1965). Mughees (1997) calls the social and political images created by media as "pictures in our...
Black Studies and the Democratization of American Higher Education
A review of Black Studies and the Democratization of American Higher Education by Charles P. Henry (New York: Palgrave/MacMillan, 2017. 249 pp., bibliography and index; ISBN: 978-3-319-35088-2) reviewed by Eric R. Jackson (Book Review Editor, Africology:...
Black Studies and the Democratization of American Higher Education: An Interview with Charles P. Henry
Charles P. Henry (cphenry@berkeley.edu) is Professor Emeritus of African American Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. In 1994, President Clinton appointed him to the National Council on the Humanities for a six-year term, he is a past...
Bulala as an Ubuntu-Inspired Approach to Enhancing Organizational Culture in Rural Kenya
Introduction Organizational culture comprises a set of complex values, beliefs, assumptions, language, social practices, norms, and symbols that guide the way a firm or organization acts (Morgan, 2006; Schein, 2004) There is general agreement that...
Conclusion: Defining, Defending and Developing
In summation, this work has basically focused upon four themes and nine sub-sections to articulate the inclusive nature, dynamics, and innovations of the African centered paradigm. The first chapter focused upon: 1) an acknowledgement that this...
Constructing an African Centered Theological Seminary
Introduction The question of oppositional critique and rhetoric in Afrocentric studies has often overshadowed implemented projects and programs that advance the African centered paradigm. In this chapter, the curriculum, paradigm, and activities...
Contemporary African Poetry: A Postcolonial Reading of Iquo Eke's Symphony of Becoming and Ifeanyi Nwaeboh's Stampede of Voiceless Ants
Introduction Several contemporary African poets have examined various problems inherent in postcolonial African countries including Nigeria, they have also been able to correct some of the negative comments attributed to postcolonial Nigeria through...
Critical Reflection on Values in Nigerian Literature: Pathways for Igbo Society
Introduction The study focused on critical analysis of the Igbo value system and how it was represented or misrepresented in Chinua Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart', Arrow of God' and 'No Longer at Ease'. Igbo culture which is known as (Igbo: Omenala...
Demystifying Social Economic Predicaments of Public Health in Nigeria: Inference for West Africa
Introduction Given the fast growing population of Nigeria and her current status as the most populous Black nation in the world with estimated population of 184,201,962 inhabitants, the country currently host 47% of the West Africa population (World...
Exploring the African Centered Paradigm: Discourse and Innovation in African World Community Studies
The following is a revised edition of Exploring the African Centered Paradigm: Discourse and Innovation in African World Community Studies. Copyright [c] 1999 by Itibari M. Zulu with all rights reserved relevant to an open-access publication, originally...
Foreword
Exploring the African Centered Paradigm is an act of Sankofa. Itibari M. Zulu stands in ancestral epic memory while simultaneously forging future possibilities for the recreation of an African world culture. Zulu's intellectual labor is not reactionary...
From Aime Cesaire to Black Lives Matter: The Ongoing Impact of Negritude
"To read Cesaire's work in light of recent events is to bear witness to the ongoing struggles of Black people. His work is rooted in the history of Blackness." Frieda Ekotto Professor Frieda Ekotto, University of Michigan, Department of Afroamerican...
In Memoriam: Hugh Masekela
Hugh Masekela (1939-2018) was a world-renowned flugelhornist, trumpeter, bandleader, composer, singer and defiant political voice. He was born Ramopolo Hugh Masekela, April 4, 1939, in Witbank, South Africa, a coal-mining town near Johannesburg. His...
Introduction: The African Centered Paradigm
Any meaningful and authentic study of peoples of African descent must begin and proceed with Africa as the center. -----Abu Shardow Abarry Journal of Black Studies (vol.21, no.2, December 1990, p.123) The African centered paradigm rest on the...
John Jay College of Criminal Justice: Records of the Enslaved and Slave Holders in New York
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a senior college of the City University of New York in New York, NY via a searchable online database project supported by its Master of Public Administration Programs house the New York Slavery Records Index with...
Meeting the People Where They Are: The Promises and Perils of Attempting an African Centered Institution in a Public School System
Introduction African-centered schools orient students toward having an African worldview (Shujaa, 1991) and involves them in a process of cultural reattachment (Shockley, 2010). Many scholars have argued that African centered schooling is the only...
Modern African Women versus Traditional African Women: A Reply to Simphiwe Sesanti's "African Philosophy for African Women's Leadership: An Urgent Project for the African Renaissance"
Introduction: Simphiwe's Key Claim and Arguments Simphiwe's key claim is about the restoration of African women's leadership; that women's leadership (liberation), which should be part of the African Renaissance Project (hereinafter ARP), is realizable...
Reading African Centered Text: Ancient Tradition Empowering a New Consciousness: A Selected Annotated Bibliography Exploring African Religion, Philosophy and Spirituality
Introduction This section provides a selected annotated introduction to seventy-eight print sources (most published since 1990) emphasizing an African centered approach to religion, philosophy, and spirituality within an historical and cultural...
Reconstructing the Social Sciences and Humanities: Advancing the African Renaissance
A Fateful Colonial Encounter That colonisation resulted in African underdevelopment (Rodney, 1973) and the destruction of Black civilisation (Wiiliams, 1992) is no longer in dispute except in caricature and essentially racist narratives. Precisely...
Religious Movements and Lethal Violence in Nigeria: Patterns and Evolution
Introduction Violence has unfortunately become synonymous with the Nigerian state. Although intergroup violence predates Nigeria's independence, since independence in 1960, the Nigerian state has been in the throes of lethal violence occasioned...
Rise like Ra: The Papyrus of Hu-Nefer and the Hymn to Amen-Ra, A Modern Rendition for a New Millennium
Introduction This presentation serves as a poetic introduction to ancient Kemetic ecclesiastical literature through a rendition of the original Papyrus of Hu-nefer and the Hymn to Amen-Ra, written during the reign of Seti (1370) in the twentieth...
Temple of Maat
Introduction In a series of requests and communications from maximum-security individuals seeking information about Amen-Ra Theological Seminary, and the possibility of the seminary assisting in establishing an African centered religious order that...
The Ancient Kemetic Roots of Library and Information Science
Introduction The knowledge of knowledge, and its acquisition, should not be a mystery to the African, because historical evidence indicates that it was his/her ancestors, the ancient people of Kemet (KMT), "the black land" (the words Kemet and Egypt...
The Nuts and Bolts: Degree Programs and Course Descriptions
Introduction This chapter provides an example of how the African centered paradigm was (originally) instituted through the degree programs of Amen-Ra Theological Seminary. The essentials of the degree programs echo standard degree programs in...
The Other Face of Apartheid: Ifeoma Okoye's the Fourth World and Festus Iyayi's Violence
Introduction Apartheid is a political system that existed in South Africa in which only white people had absolute control in all aspects of life. It was designed by these white people to "maintain economic monopoly over lands, minerals, jobs and...
The Politics of Genocide Denial in Ethiopia
"We Oromos naively think that this world cares, and somebody in it is going to help us solve our political problems. We fail to understand that we only get support from others if we first help ourselves and convince others that they can benefit by...
The "Where's Daddy?" Interview of Rel Dowdell with Kam Williams
Renaissance Brother! Rel Dowdell is a screenwriter, film director and producer, as well as an English/screenwriting professor. Born and raised in Philadelphia, he received his B.A. in English magna cum laude from Fisk University and an M.A. in Film...
Thinking Digital and Acting Responsibly: Notes of an Activist Librarian
Introduction As the new millennium and its innovations in science and technology approach, the African world community must address the question of how it will produce, use, and distribute information and technological resources. To ensure this...
Trump's Mind, Mouth and Fecal Matters: Racism's Red Meat and Raw Sewage
The long history of racism of Donald J. Trump has come home to haunt him and to hold him up to a withering and rightful world-wide moral outrage, criticism and condemnation. And his vulgar and morally reprehensible offense must not be dismissed as...
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