Socio-Economic Development in Africa: Challenges and Dimensions

What options do African countries have to grow their economies and improve the living standards of their populations? What course should their socio-economic development take? The book reasons that African states, more than ever, need partnerships with the outside world in the development of the continent, based on equality, mutual benefit and win-win cooperation. This need has arisen as many Africa nations experience decreases in their fortunes in economic development and equitable distribution of resources among their peoples on the one hand, and increased dependence on development aid and loans from developed nations and international monetary regimes, on the other. The book opines that genuine partnerships with donor countries should distinguish between a simple analogy of other nations’ development experiences and the genuine analysis of the respective dynamics of cases of African nations. It concludes that beneficiation of African raw materials on the continent is a key to Africa’s success in boosting economic growth, development and reduction of poverty and unemployment.

Alexius Amtaika is a Research Professor at University of Limpopo in South Africa. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, specializing in Political Theory and Governance of Local States. He is the author and editor of four books. He is a former recipient of the University of Michigan African Presidential Research Fellowship (2008-2009). He is also the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of African and Asian Local Government Studies.

$ 45.00  Ι  ISBN:  978-1-943533-26-8   Ι  Published 2017  Ι  Pan-African University Press

The Long Struggle: Discourses on Human and Civil Rights in Africa and the African Diaspora

The long and arduous struggle for human and civil rights is a defining theme in the historical experiences of African people and their descendants in the Diaspora. Challenges to fundamental human and civil rights continue to manifest in multiple dimensions, and are still critical issues in the political, economic, and social realities of black people. Featuring thirteen original chapters contributed by scholars from both sides of the Atlantic, this book interrogates the complex dynamics of human dignity and rights within the global African context from a multidisciplinary perspective. By providing an integrated discourse on fundamental issues of human and civil rights such as state repression in the modern African state, women’s rights, minority rights, the right to education, and racial disparities and injustice in Black America, the book offers academics and the general reader a valuable resource to understand the historical and contemporary processes shaping human rights and freedom in the African world.

The book advances an important argument: that oppressive ideologies and practices which disproportionately victimize black people in Africa and in various diasporic locations have compelled the victims to develop a rich conceptual repertoire on rights as well as a robust vocabulary and a set of ameliorative methodologies for demanding and defending their human and civil rights. The most indelible contribution of this volume is that it insightfully and coherently weaves the struggles and sociopolitical experiences of African peoples in multiple spatial and temporal settings into current debates on human and civil rights. In this regard, the editors and authors clear a space for the universal idioms of rights to productively engage with the experience of and struggle for these rights in historically marginalized communities.

Moses E. Ochonu, Professor of African History, Vanderbilt University

A rare collection of definitive, compelling and discursive accounts of multifarious manifestations of the age long struggles of the Black race for human freedom and civil rights on both sides of the Atlantic, Adebayo Oyebade and Gashawbeza Bekele’s The Long Struggle: Discourses on Human and Civil Rights in Africa and the African Diaspora is authoritative, well conceived, and a major addition to the thin body of literature on the subject matter in Global African historiography.

Akin Alao, Professor of Legal History, Obafemi Awolowo University

Adebayo Oyebade is Professor and Department Chair of History at Tennessee State University.

Gashawbeza Bekele is Assistant Professor of Geography at Tennessee State University.

$ 35.00  Ι  ISBN:  978-1-943533-23-7   Ι  Published 2017  Ι  Pan-African University Press

The Collected Works of J. A. Atanda

This collection of the essays and books of the late Professor J. A. Atanda covers the broad spectrum of his work on the Yoruba, the Old and New Oyo Empire, colonial Nigeria and Buganda, and reflective essays on a newly independent Nigeria. Divided into five parts according to each of these themes, The Collected Works of J. A. Atanda is unique for encompassing the scope, breadth and depth Of the scholarship of Professor Atanda over the course of some thirty years. The collection definitively represents the contributions of Professor Atanda to African scholarship in general and fortifies our memory of the meaning of that scholarship.

Thank God, someone has finally noticed the pivotal contribution of a mega-intellectual.  This book by Professor Toyin Falola is the megaphone that sounds the trumpet of the essential works of the late Professor J. A. Atanda, perhaps the greatest chroniclers of Yoruba history. No doubt, The Collected  Works Of J A. Atanda is another notable work that celebrates one of our unsung intellectual generals, an essential read for any lover of Yoruba history.

Dr Michael O. Afolayan, Founder & Lead, M&P Educational Consulting International

This is a beautiful and excellent collection in remembrance of a renowned and worthy Yoruba historian.

Julius O. Adekunle, Professor of African History, Monmouth University

Professor Atanda’s intellectual legacy is not just his painstaking reconstruction and penetrating analyses of the Yoruba past, but also his unique presentation style. The dexterity with which he simultaneously juggles political and social themes marks him out as the quintessential historian.

Professor Olufunke Adeboge, Department of History and Strategic Studies, University of Lagos

Toyin Falola is a historian of the Yoruba and Nigeria, founder and co-editor of Yoruba Studies Review. He has produced over 160 books, and honored globally –including seven honorary doctorates– for his scholarship and service. He is a University Distinguished Teaching Professor and Frances and Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University Of Texas at Austin.

$ 75.00  Ι  ISBN:  978-1-943533-22-0   Ι  Published 2017  Ι  Pan-African University Press

Culture, Democracy, and Development of in Africa

Conceptually and programmatically, there is no clear connection between the concepts of democracy, culture and development. However, the influences of Western European countries in the implementation of democratic ideals and development models, plans and programs on the African continent, has created vast fields of play between them, in so doing informing and blending into one another. It is in the context of this that this book comes to the fore. First, to assess the question of whether development undergirds democracy or promote democratic impulses. Second, to scrutinize the casual link between democracy and development, which is taken for granted in our times. Third and finally, to assess the claims of whether culture is dynamic and fluid as it is in the era of increased global flows or as an entity to be compartmentalized or understood in fixed terms. The book takes the concept of culture as its point of departure to explore political, economic and social phenomena, on the grounds that, whenever one defines the concept of development or democracy, the notion of culture assumes a deterministic and influential role in it, and that the precepts of democracy or models of development are usually marked by tangible signs or sets of ideas, visions and claims, which ultimately determine the contours of culture. It is on these grounds that, not only does each of these three concepts supports or denotes group or institutional practices, but also contains conceptual claims with ideological power.

Alexius Amtaika is a Research Professor at University of Limpopo in South Africa. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, specializing in Political Theory and Governance of Local States. He is the author and editor of four books. He is a former recipient of the University of Michigan African Presidential Research Fellowship (2008-2009). He is also the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of African and Asian Local Government Studies.

$ 45.00  Ι  ISBN:  978-1-943533-19-0  Ι  Published 2017  Ι  Pan-African University Press

Culture and Customs of the Yorùbá

This innovative anthology presents an interdisciplinary approach to Yorùbá culture and customs. Written by Yorùbá experts on all continents, the seventy-five chapters in the volume employ a variety of multi-faceted perspectives to provide a detailed study of the Yorùbá people with insights from anthropology, arts, language and linguistics, literature, history, religion, sociology, philosophy, psychology, criminology, law, technology, medicine, pharmacy, engineering, economics, education, political science, music, theater, popular culture, cultural studies, migration and diaspora studies, gender, etc. Each chapter addresses the changes that have taken place in traditional culture. This blend between traditional culture and modifications to such culture gives a balanced and authentic picture of what can be regarded as culture and customs in present-day Yorùbá society.

Tóyìn Fállá is Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He is author and editor of more than one hundred books, including Encyclopedia of the Yorùbá (IUP, 2016), The Yorùbá Diaspora in the Atlantic World (IUP, 2005), Yorùbá Warlords of the 19th Century (AWP, 2001), and The Yorùbá Gurus: Indigenous Production of Knowledge in Africa (AWP, 1999).

Akíntúndé Akínymí is Professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and affiliate faculty at the Center for African Studies at the University of Florida. He is author of Orature and Yorùbá Riddles (Palgrave, 2015) and Yorùbá Royal Poetry: A Socio-Historical Exposition and Annotated Translation (BASS, 2004); co-author of Dictionnaire usual Yorùbá-français (AFRA-Karthala, 1997); and co-editor of Encyclopedia of the Yorùbá (IUP, 2016).

$55.00  Ι  ISBN:  978-1-943533-18-3  Ι  Published 2017 |  Pan-African University Press

Bright Beams in Dark Shadow: Perspectives on Light Emergent

Starting as a simple compilation of selected lifetime writings, Bright Beams in Dark Shadow evolves into a personal testimony with a thrusting thematic thread; that of the ongoing battle of an ever-challenging Light, with an entrenched and dominant Darkness. Underlying emphasis is given to the fast-accelerating shift in Life Principles and Life Values from our planet’s world of the parochial, into a modern world of emergent universals of inclusion and engagement. The profound and transformative role of cybernetics, recognised and understood by few, emerges as the base platform from which all else in our unfolding future, follows. It is hoped this lengthy selection of odes, articles, critiques and commentaries will provide for the reader a powerful stimulant to a wide range of ponderings, queries and challenges at every level and depth; and indeed on new, penetrating and provocative Perspectives on Light Emergent.

Professor Michael Vickers — Taught Political Science at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) Nigeria; taught and conducted research at universities in America, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Recipient of the Distinguished Academic Award (2012) from the University of Ibadan, he is author of several acclaimed books, including Structure and Conflict in Nigeria, 1960-65 (1973) with Ken Post, Ethnicity and Sub-Nationalism in Nigeria (2000), and most recently A Nation Betrayed—Nigeria and the 1957 Minorities Commission (2010), Phantom Ship (2013), On Wings of Light—Reflections on Cybernetics, Africa and the Wider World (2015). He holds a doctorate in Political Science and West African Studies from the University of Birmingham, UK, and is Emeritus Director of Parliamentary and Public Affairs, The Hillfield Agency (UK).

$30.00  Ι  ISBN:  978-1-943533-17-6  Ι  Published 2017 |  Pan-African University Press

The Transformation of Central Nigeria: Essays in Honor of Toyin Falola

Using the scholarship of Toyin Falola as the entry point, The Transformation of Central Nigeria covers significant historical moments in the history of Central Nigeria, a region variously described as the North Central geopolitical zone in Nigeria’s official circles and as the Middle-Belt by its indigenous populations. Centrally located in Nigeria and endowed with vast mineral and agricultural resources, Central Nigeria is a mini-Nigeria, for its ethnic diversity, complicated politics and conflicts. The main achievement of this volume is the analysis of the changes since the colonial period to the present.

Sati U. Fwatshak is a Professor in the Department of History and International Studies, University of Jos. His research interests and publications span African economies, African politics, African conflicts, and Islam in Africa. His most recent book is Contemporary Nigeria: Transitional Agencies of Change.

$20.00  Ι  ISBN:  978-1943533169  Ι  Published 2017 |  Pan-African University Press

Decolonizing Nigeria, 1945—1960: Politics, Power, and Personalities

Bearing both the professional and general readers in mind, Decolonizing Nigeria: Politics, Power, and Personalities is an innovative approach at crafting a popular history of a great moment in Nigeria’s history. The book is neatly organized into three parts. Part One focuses on the late colonial era’s driving forces to bring about self-determination for Nigeria. Part Two deals with the establishment of developmental institutions for self-government. Part Three is organized under the central theme of “Regionalism and Change,” highlighting the personalities of Nigeria’s most powerful nationalists: Bello, Azikiwe, and Awolowo in relation to how their careers accentuated the structures of regional differences. The final concluding chapter explains the post-independence tasking steps to deal with the “unfinished businesses” of decolonization. Aimed at a wider audience with a blend of grassroots and elitist positions, Decolonizing Nigeria is a monumental work, and a seminal contribution to understanding both the political economies and the geopolitics of the post-colonial multi-ethnic nation states in contemporary global village.

Toyin Falola occupies the Frances and Jacob Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at The University of Texas at Austin. A celebrated scholar of global stature, Falola has published numerous books, most recently, The African Diaspora: Slavery, Migration and Globalization.

Bola Dauda is an eminent public administrator and scholar. Widely published, Dr. Dauda’s writings have been translated into Spanish, Chinese, and French. He is co-author of Representative Bureaucracy, Meritocracy, and Nation Building in Nigeria.

$25.00 ($55.00 hardcover)  Ι  ISBN:  978-1943533145  Ι  Published 2017 |  Pan-African University Press


The Democratization of Africa: Dynamics and Trends

Why does the future of democracy seem uncertain on the continent? The achievement of this book is to provide answers to this question. First, the book reasons that the democratization processes on the continent are moving forward backwards, in that the preconditions for continued sustainability of democracy are absent and not plentiful in almost all African nations. In Europe, development preceded democracy, whereas in Africa, development and democracy are being implemented concurrently, in the face of austerity measures in order to induce economic growth. Thus, the book argues that development, by all counts, is a precondition for democracy and not the other way round. Second, the book suggests that the democratization processes defy the traditional principles of democracy where power evolves from “bottom up”. In African nations, power evolves from “top to bottom”, creating a deformed and an abnormal form of democracy known as “elite democracy”, imposed on African people by African elites through external influences of Western European countries in the form of political conditionality and adoption of the Bill of Rights by African nations, as preconditions for receiving not only development aid and loans, but also for diplomatic relations. Third, the book concludes that the democratization processes are just experiments of transplantation of Western European values to African nations, since Western European values disregard African traditional values and often dismiss them as irrational and primitive, instead of viewing them as complimentary.

Alexius Amtaika is a Research Professor at University of Limpopo in South Africa. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, specializing in Political Theory and Governance of Local States. He is the author and editor of four books. He is a former recipient of the University of Michigan African Presidential Research Fellowship (2008–2009). He is also the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of African and Asian Local Government Studies.

 $20.00 Ι  ISBN: 978-1-943533-138  Ι  Published 2017 |  Pan-African University Press

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Thelma’s Stories: The Life Experiences of an Overcomer

Thelma’s Stories: The Life Experiences of an Overcomer recounts the many experiences that Mrs. Thelma Coleman Alex faced as she grew up a child of America’s Great Depression. They revisit the pain of being shuffled from house to house at the time, especially as her parents left home to find work to earn a living. As a young girl, she faced challenges of living in grinding poverty as well as experiencing humor, love and compassion even in the midst of frequent troubles. Collectively, the stories invariably give voice to experiences and thoughts of many from a time that is often not remembered by many in American history. Above all, these carefully woven and presented stories reflect God’s provision and protection, which shaped young Thelma Coleman’s life into a resilient, compassionate and educated woman, who loved the Lord with all her heart. As an octogenarian, Mrs. Thelma Coleman Alex, affectionately called Grandma Felma by her grandchildren, sees her three grandchildren – Kwadwo, Livingston and Livia – as the joys of her life, hence she happily dedicated the publication to the three of them

Mrs. Thelma Coleman Alex, a native of Greensburg, Louisiana, was born on February 13, 1932 during the height of America’s Great Depression. She is one of eleven children born to Mrs. Pinkie Pitts Coleman and Mr. Felbert Coleman. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Southern University in Speech and Drama, and a Master’s Degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (USL) in Lafayette, Louisiana. On February 14, 1959, then Ms. Thelma Coleman married Rev. Livingston Alex, who together became parents to two daughters: Attorney Joslyn Renee Alex of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, and Professor Yvette M. Alex-Assensoh of Eugene, Oregon. Together, Mrs. Alex and her late husband, Alex, served the parishioners of Bethlehem Baptist Church, which was pastored by Rev. Alex for 39 years until he went to be with the Lord on November 11, 1998. Before then, Mrs. Alex and her husband built and operated a day-care center that, for almost 30 years, served hundreds of children in the St. Martin Parish area; the center also prepared the children for academic successes and good citizenship. Mrs. Thelma Coleman Alex loved to write, entertain family as well as friends, read and travel nationally and internationally. Apart from serving on local and national boards, she worked for almost three decades as a school teacher and librarian in the St. Martin Parish School System. This collection of stories is her first published book.

 $15.00   Ι   ISBN: 978-1-943533-11-4   Ι   Published 2017 |   Pan-African University Press

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Getting Our Universities Back on Track

Getting Our Universities Back on Track is a broad narrative on the state of higher education in Nigeria, undertaken within the context of the author’s experience as Vice Chancellor at Adekunle Ajasin University (AAUA), a pub­lic university in the country, from 2010 to 2015. The process by which the author negotiated the challenges presented by AAUA in those years are care­fully unveiled in a manner that speaks to the emergence of new paradigms for university governance, predicated upon an untrammelled commitment to meritocracy. It is a narrative on the success story of modernization of a public university operating in a particularly difficult policy and politics terrain. It equates a practice manual for university governance in Nigeria, and arguably beyond.

Femi Mimiko, mni, is a Professor of Political Science at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Nigeria. He was SSRC-MacArthur Foundation Visiting Scholar, Watson Institute, Brown University, Providence, RI; Korean Foun­dation Visiting Fellow, The Academy of Korean Studies, Seoul; and Senior Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Professor, United States Military Academy (USMA), West Point, NY. He is a recipient of USMA Army Commander’s Public Service Award, 2004; and author of Globalization: The Politics of Global Economic Relations and International Business. Mimiko was Vice Chancellor, Adekunle Ajasin University, Nigeria, 2010 to 2015; and member, the Nation­al Institute, Kuru, Nigeria. In 2016, he had a stint as African and African-American Studies Associate, at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA.

$25.00   Ι   ISBN: 978-1-943533-09-1   Ι   Published 2017, Paperback   |   Pan-African University Press

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Echoes of Great Benin

A renaissance book about Benin, Edo, Echoes of Great Benin invites you into the quaint world of probably the greatest living traditionalists of this part of modern Nigeria, the Edo. As she struggles for relevance in a country much of which she had ruled before the coming of the British, she is as the proverbial butcher of carrion. Her fingers are slimy with decayed flesh and they stink. She cannot use them to scratch her itchy body. Her art treasures, artifacts and much of her history, she lost to the British in 1897. Her famous dry moat, Iya, has decrepit sections of it left. Ibota, the aural source of Benin stories I knew, now belongs in the past. The people of Benin, the Edo, now speak Pidgin English in their homes. Indeed, Benin is gradually effacing her history and etching out a life of anonymity. Please read on for a peep into a bit of her present and a greater look into much of her past!

Solomon Omorodion Uwaifo was born in 1932 in Benin City capital of Edo State. He has lived in Lagos most of his life. An Eisenhower Fellow in 1969, Omo Uwaifo as he prefers to be known in literary circles, is an electrical engineer, a poet, a playwright and a prize winning novelist. His second novel Fattening House was joint winner of the LNG Nigeria Prize for Literature in 2004. His first poetry collection, Litany, was long-listed for the LNG Nigeria Prize for Poetry in 2006. He is the author of several books including Electric Power Distribution Planning and Development, Hanon Publishers, Lagos, 1994, 1998 and 2010.

$15.00   Ι   ISBN: 978-1-943533-12-1   Ι   Published 2017, Paperback   |   Pan-African University Press

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Nigerian Political Modernity and Postcolonial Predicaments

Grounded in the ideas of modernity and progress, this book dwells on the difficulties and challenges of transforming Nigeria. It offers an extensive conversation on political modernity, including a foundation laid as far back as the nineteenth century; the implementation of a number of policies and practices in the first half of the twentieth century; and the trajectories of change after the country’s independence. Arguing that the burdens of the past cannot be divorced from the challenges of the present, Toyin Falola also links the troubled present to an unpredictable future.

Toyin Falola is Past President, African Studies Association; Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the South at the Library of Congress; and the Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Chair of Modern Africa, Benue State University. He teaches at the University of Texas at Austin.

$25.00   Ι   ISBN: 978-1-943533-07-7   Ι   Published 2016, Paperback*   |   Pan-African University Press

*Hardback copy coming soon.

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Related Publication: Yoruba Studies Review, Vol. 1, No. 1

Introducing the first volume of the Yoruba Studies Review.

The Yoruba Studies Review is a refereed biannual journal dedicated to the study of the experience of the Yoruba peoples and their descendants globally. The journal covers all aspects of the Yoruba transnational, national, and regional presence, both in their West Africa’s homeland and in diasporic spaces, past and present. The journal embraces all disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and the basic /applied sciences in as much as the focus is on the Yoruba affairs and the intersections with other communities and practices worldwide. The journal will foster and encourage interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary approaches dealing with a wide range of theoretical and applied topics including, but not limited to: cultural production, identities, religion, arts and aesthetics, history, language, knowledge system, philosophy, gender, media, popular culture, education and pedagogy, politics, business, economic issues, social policy, migration, geography and landscape, environment, health, technology, and sustainability.

The first volume contains the following:

Religion and the Future of Nigeria: Lessons from the Yorùbá Case, by J. D. Y. Peel
The Interface Between the Written and the Oral in Ifá Corpus, by Ọmó.tádé Adégbindin
A Comparative Study of Olódùmarè, the Yorùbá Supreme Being and the Judeo-Christian God, by S.é.gun Ògúngbèmí
The Glocalization of Yorùbá Ọmọlúwàbí Ideology, by Adémó.lá Dasylva
Is Modernity Single and Universal?: Ò.làjú and the Multilateral Modernity, by Adéshínà Afọláyan
The Migration Patterns and Identity of the Okun-Yorùbá People of Central Nigeria, by Ilésanmí Àkánmídù Paul
Women and the Age-Group System among the Ìjè.bú of Southwestern Nigeria, by Catherine Olútóyìn Williams and Níyì Ògúnkò.yà
Literature and History: A Study of Nigerian Indigenous Historical Novels, by Lérè Adéyẹmí

Special Profile — délé jé.gé.dé.: Art and Life
The Masquerade in the Marketplace: délé jé.gé.dé.’s Introspections and Reflections In Colors and Lines, by Tóyìn Fálọlá
Ìké.ré.-Èkìtì in Art and Cultural Narratives, by délé jé.gé.dé.
Rare Objects and the Rhapsodic World of Yorùbá Elite Art Collectors: Preliminary Notes, by Adérónké. Adés.ọlá Adésànyà

Review Essay
A Voice Sweeter than Salt: Tóyìn Fálọlá and the Construction of Subaltern Narrative Space, by Ben Weiss

Please visit Yoruba Studies Review or email to receive a copy.

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Treasury of Childhood Memories

“Childhood is the lost Eden that all adults recall with nostalgia, and in this collection of 13 scintillating stories, one of the finest living writers in the Yoruba language, Akinwumi Isola, plunges back into the archives of memory, and recreates for us some of the delightful episodes of that nirvana of his youth.

“Told with his customary poetic skill and wit, his unmatched gift of the gab, his command of the opulent rhetorical resources of the Yorùbá language, the episodes sparkle like precious stones, telling of a time of innocence and of a world that, sadly, can no longer be retrieved.

“Here therefore is a narration that is more than a fitting paean to friends that are no more, to a cohesive rural community that time has swallowed, to an ethos of communal living and sharing that modernity has erased. As we follow the adventures of these rumbustious young boys, relishing their triumphs and failures, sharing their pains and laughter, we come to recognize ourselves as we too once were, and we come to a better understanding now of the weaknesses and the strengths of our societies. So compelling indeed is Isola’s evocative skill that these youthful escapades turn on to a mirror of the dreams and the longings that have brought us to where we are today, the flaws that undid us, and the virtues that strengthened us and might still redeem us.

“We cannot thank Pamela Olúbùnmi Smith enough for her wonderful courage and her brilliant work of translation, in bringing these stories to readers in the English-speaking world.”

-Femi Osofisan, Emeritus Professor, University of Ibadan, Department of Theatre Arts, Distinguished Professor of Theatre, Kwara State University School of Visual and Performing Arts, Ilorin.

Pamela J. Olubunmi Smith is Professor of English, Humanities and Women’s Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her English translations include: Akinwumi Isola’s Efunsetan Aniwura, Iyalode Ibadan & Olu OmO Tinuubu: Two Historical Plays (2006) and Adebayo Faleti’s Omo Olokun Esin (The Freedom Fight, 2010) from Yoruba.

$25.00   Ι   ISBN: 978-1-943533-06-0   Ι   Published 2016   |   Pan-African University Press

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Africa: Development Challenges and Possibilities

Africa: Development Challenges and Possibilities examines the positive achievements that are being experienced on the continent. In examining Africa’s development paradoxes, one can point to any number of examples illustrating challenges facing the people on the continent. However, there are now many examples of real progress on the ground such as: increase in life expectancy; decreasing infant mortality rates and death rates; and increase in Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and GDP per capita. The book examines the impact of Islam and Christianity in Africa; population growth, environment and the challenge to food production; the impact of the African diaspora; and the role of the African Union in Africa’s development.

Amadu Jacky Kaba is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Seton Hall University. Prior to returning to Seton Hall University in 2005, he worked with the late renowned political scientist, Professor Ali A. Mazrui (Post-Doctoral Fellowship), teaching and conducting research in the Social Sciences both at Binghamton University, State University of New York, and Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, from July 2002 to June 30, 2005. He is the author over 70 scholarly publications, including over 50 full-length peer reviewed scholarly journal articles and four books. He earned all of his degrees from Seton Hall University: B.A. in Political Science in 1997; Master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) in 1998; and Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership, Management and Policy in May 2002.

$25.00   Ι   ISBN: 978-1-943533-05-3   Ι   Published 2016   |   Pan-African University Press

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Contemporary Nigeria: Transitional Agencies of Change

The essays in this volume provide a framework for understanding contemporary Nigeria’s pains and gains. Nigeria remains a country in transition, characterized by many challenges and positive changes. This book captures its dysfunctional elements as well as its success stories as the continent’s most populous nation, generously endowed with both natural resources and human capital. The various views in this book reflect the twists and turns in Nigeria’s post-colonial experience.

Professor Sati U. Fwatshak is a professor in the Department of History and International Studies, University of Jos, Nigeria. His research publications and interests span African social and economic history including the History of African entrepreneurship, African development, African politics, African conflicts, and Islam in Africa. His major publication entitled African Entrepreneurship in Jos, Central Nigeria, 1902–1985 was published in 2011.

$25.00   Ι   ISBN: 978-1-943533-03-9   Ι   Published 2016   |   Pan-African University Press

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A Matter of Sharing: My Memoir

A Matter of Sharing is a memoir of Ghana-born A.B. Assensoh, who has lived, studied, and worked in the United Kingdom, Nigeria, and Liberia, where he served in editorial capacities. From Sweden, where he studied at the University of Stockholm and also served as Editor of African Features Service in Scandinavia, he moved to the United States in the mid-1970s, first to serve as a Scholar-in-Residence at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania as well as University of Pennsylvania, and he has lived there ever since. His memoir serves as his recollections of events that bring happiness, mixed feelings and, sometimes, sorrow. Apart from sharing anecdotes of some of the events in West Africa of London, this is the first time that he has committed many of the details.

A.B. Assensoh is an African journalist and historian, a Professor Emeritus of Indiana University, and Courtesy Professor Emeritus of the University of Oregon. He has published widely, including African Political Leadership: Jomo Kenyatta, Kwame Nkrumah, and Julius K. Nyerere, and three co-authored books, Malcolm: A Biography; Malcolm X & Africa; and African Military History & Politics, 1900–Present.

$25.00   Ι   ISBN: 978-1-943533-04-6   Ι   Published 2016   |   Pan-African University Press

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The Humanities in Africa: Knowledge Production, Universities, and the Transformation of Society

The Humanities in Africa addresses issues relevant to the humanities in the African academy, including its methodologies and epistemologies. The nine essays in the volume offer reflections on the role of the various disciplines, the activities of scholars, and the mission of the universities. One of the fundamental arguments in the book is that the diversity of our experience must be manifested in the diversity of our conversation. It addresses the challenges facing the humanities and suggests changes with far-reaching outcomes.

Professor Toyin Falola, Past President of the African Studies Association, occupies the Frances and Jacob Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin. A celebrated scholar of global stature, he has written widely on knowledge systems and the state of higher education in Africa.

$32.00   Ι   ISBN: 978-1-943533-02-2   Ι   Published 2016   |   Pan-African University Press

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Fate of Our Mothers: The Collected Memories of an African Village Boy

Fate of Our Mothers is the first in the series of the author’s narrative of the assorted experiences that exemplify the first twenty years of his life. From rustic village life as a five year old boy, to the young adult person slated for the job of an untrained teacher in the city, the eclectic events in the author’s life bring to life the untold stories of rural living, featuring the cultural conflicts endemic in a patriarchal system where while men may rule, the women are the active prime movers in the order of things. The story or compendium of stories take the reader through a life that epitomizes the paradoxical interface among joy, peace, as well as tragedies and pains; successes and gains, as well as failures and losses; protection and comfort, as well as dangerous exposure and vulnerability. The story does not follow the orthodoxy of systematic chronicling that often characterizes traditional memoirs. Rather, the author verbally addresses his own four children, who were born and raised in America, a sporadic reflection of his childhood upbringing in a far away village of Oke-Awo, Aba Iresi in southwestern Nigeria. He describes the rustic simplicity of Yoruba village life, the beauty of living under the roof and compound of a caring father, two relentlessly hardworking mothers, ten siblings, many relatives, and a countless number of extended family members and non-relatives. In all, Fate of Our Mothers whispers into our collective conscience that the survival of the Yoruba universe is anchored in the fate of its women.

Michael Oladejo Afoláyan, PhD, is the founder and lead consultant for M & P Educational Consulting International, which is based in Springfield, Illinois, USA. Prior to this position, Michael served in various leadership positions over the more than three decades of his American sojourn, including having served as assistant director for academic affairs for the State of Illinois’ Board of Higher Education, and a professor of education at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He studied and has held appointments at Obafemi Awolowo University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Yale University. His background in education, linguistics, language of education, stylistics, and the critical discourse of culture, society, and learning has often echoed in his academic works. Happily married to his wife of 33 years, Dr. Precious O. Afoláyan, Michael is blessed with four children.

$40.99   Ι   ISBN: 978-1-943533-00-8   Ι   Published 2015   Ι  379 pages |  Pan-African University Press

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On Wings of Light: Reflections on Cybernetics, Africa & the Wider World

As our world battles on from a Darkened past and an equally Dark present, a steady beam of Light persists. It is eternal and within the core Spirit of humankind. It has long sought full release; opening wide the flood-gates of Actuation, Inclusion and Life Engagement. On Wings of Light declares this time has already arrived. Sharply accelerating transfigurative effects, it contends, are due to the advent of Cybernetics; the combined operation of Electronics and Communications in our modern world. Cybernetics not only brings Great Light to illuminate age-old Corridors of Darkness; it points mankind in the direction of a bright and promising Horizon Future. In the unfolding of this future, it maintains that Africa, with its vast lands, folk, resources, root Ethic of Light and increasing prominence, will play the determining role. Exploring relevant concepts, thoughts and perceptions; this work reflects on their meaning, significance and stimulus to practical research and activity.


Professor Michael Vickers taught Political Science at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) Nigeria; taught and conducted research at universities in America, Canada, and the United Kingdom; is the recipient of the Distinguished Academic Award  (2012) from the Toyin Falola Annual International Conference on Africa and the African Diaspora, (Lagos). He authored (with Ken Post) of Structure and Conflict in Nigeria, 1960-65 (London & Madison, 1973), Ethnicity and Sub-Nationalism in Nigeria (Oxford, 2000), Odes of Forest and Town, (Sussex, 2002), Phantom Trail—Discovering Ancient America, (New York, 2005), A Nation Betrayed—Nigeria and the 1957 Minorities Commission (Trenton, NJ,  2010), Phantom Ship (Trenton, NJ, 2013), and Looking Back from the Future (Forthcoming). He holds a doctorate in Political Science and West African Studies from the University of Birmingham, UK. He is Emeritus Director of Parliamentary and Public Affairs, The Hillfield Agency (UK).

$35.99   Ι   ISBN: 978-1-943533-01-5   Ι   Published 2015   |   Pan-African University Press