Like a seamstress, Heidi Holland knits together the 100 years of South Africa’s African National Congress, using Mandela as a thread linking all the patches. In her latest book, Holland ponders the question whether or not the ANC, built through so many years of hard struggle, is able to provide its own raison d’etre – a better life for all.
Ayittey’s latest book, released on November 8, 2011, and published by Palgrave McMillan, sets out proposals to, “help oppressed people elsewhere in the world battling dictators and struggling to bring democratic change to their countries peacefully – without violence, without firing a shot, and without Western help or intervention.
First published in 2006 by Zed Books, in association with the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, the book looks at xenophobia in Southern Africa, and what informs it. The author, a professor of anthropology at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, brings his considerable knowledge and insights to bear on the subject.
Incisive, impetuous,impertinent: Rian Malan is the kind of literary animal – or should we say beast? – whose fierceness only matches his sense of the narration. In Resident Alien, his collection of 27 articles, Malan provides a book that is evidently provocative but engaging enough to be recommended to anybody willing to approach contemporary South Africa in oblique and often hilarious ways.
In The Trouble with Nigeria, acclaimed author Chinua Achebe addresses his country’s problems, and the challenges that hold back Nigeria from moving forward. His arguments, however, are relevant not just for Nigeria but for many other countries.
Despite the fact that Africa has had its share of conflicts in the last decade, there has been a general trend towards greater democracy and better governance. As recent events in the Ivory Coast, Tunisia, Egypt, and currently in Libya show, however, the potential for further conflict remains very much a part of Africa’s reality. For Alfred Nhema and Paul Zeleza, both respected African scholars, understanding why conflicts in Africa occur is essential to their resolution and prevention.
In his book, Aids Activist Alex De Waal, questions why, despite its devastation, Aids isn’t top of the agenda for each and every government on the continent? How do governments treat the scourge, he asks?
In this volume of essays, first published in the USA in 2009 by Alfred A. Knopf, Chinua Achebe walks us through time; through his thoughts on politics and personalities; colonialism and self-identity; oppression and history and even the bias of narrative in children’s books.
In this book published in the US in 2010 by Three Rivers Press (and earlier by Verso Books), Mamdani argues that what really happened in Darfur was not a genocide but a civil war, similar to what took place in Northern Uganda, Congo, Chad and other African countries.
The Shackled Continent remains one of the most substantive narratives of the African plight; bad leadership, corruption, tribalism, HIV/AIDS; but, as some critics have argued, it has little to offer on how to move the continent forward.