Africa’s Best and Worst Presidents seeks to deconstruct the current superstructure that colonialism created and maintains. It chastises and challenges Africans, academics in the main, to revisit and write a true history of Africa. Written by Africans themselves, such rewritten histories should aim to counter the counterfeit narratives which have proliferated, poisoned and diminished African sense of self and self-confidence. The history centred on African perspectives and experiences should (...)
The myths of peace and democracy in Africa are at the heart of this volume. Democracy and peace have become buzz words across postcolonial Africa. The gospel of democracy and peace is preached by national governments and by civil society and international organisations alike. But to what extent are the ongoing sideshows and charades of quasi-oligarchies in Africa really democracy? What do ordinary Africans mean when they hunger and thirst for democracy and peace? Positive and noble as the (...)
This book explores how policies of decentralisation and community participation adopted in Cameroon in 1996 have played out on the ground since 2004. These reforms were carried out amid economic crisis, structural adjustment and political upheaval. At the time, popular sentiment was that change on the economic and political fronts was imperative. However, the ruling elite, some of whom had been shuttling around the state apparatus since independence, feared that succumbing to popular (...)
In the village of Fakulum, a very special child is born - Njemucharr - in a time when the white man’s grip on Africa hasn’t quite loosened. Groomed and nurtured in typical African fashion by the entire village, Njemucharr aspires to bring change. With like-minded friends, he undertakes the task of trying to thwart the sell-outs of the nation and implement his vision of a truly independent country.
ISBN 9789956763283 Pages 214 (...)
Questions surrounding democracy, governance, and development especially in the view of Africa have provoked acrimonious debates in the past few years. It remains a perennial question why some decades after political independence in Africa the continent continues experiencing bad governance, lagging behind socioeconomically, and its democracy questionable. We admit that a plethora of theories and reasons, including iniquitous and malicious ones, have been conjured in an attempt to explain (...)
There seems to be a sort of prevalent attitude in the Western world that its brand of democracy is something of a catch all solution for all the world’s political problems. Hence, Western imperialism has always been sold under the pretext of spreading freedom and democracy. Democracy is beautiful. But it is no proof against imperialism. Whether democracy is causal is another whole consideration. It may be a case of the ’least bad of evil alternatives.’ It may be a case of a state of social and (...)
Despite all the talk about African renaissance, much of the continent is plagued by poverty and instability. To break out of that cycle, the guardians of African heritage (the old independence freedom fighters turned political leaders and their successors) and much of Afrocentric literature rightly promote African ideas and solutions for African problems. While the idea in itself is noble, the danger is for Africa to close itself off and ignore ’outside’ technical and intellectual innovations (...)
In the 1960s and 1970s, Third World governments prescribed and imposed a certain kind of journalism variously called ’objective’ journalism or ’development journalism’. They understood this as journalism restricted to reporting ’facts’ as dished out by their propagandists and did not tolerate the questioning of government policy. By ’development journalism’, they meant the mere reporting of government efforts to provide services, amenities and infrastructures and the singing of praises anytime a (...)
This book addresses Cameroon’s culture, education and language policies since independence, scholarship on and vigorous debate about them, their bearings on different visions of national development, and their place in the political struggle between autocracy and democracy since 1990. A synoptic view of half a century’s key experiences, issues and fault lines emerges.
ISBN 9789956790272 | 184 pages | 216 x 140 mm | 2013 | Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon | (...)
Democracy is the faith that the process of experience is more important than any special result attained, so that special results achieved are of ultimate value only as they are used to enrich and order the ongoing process. Africans must therefore be allowed to apply their cultural and historical experiences and talents in working out a pattern of ’government of the people, by the people, and for the people’ according to their own understanding and as their own peculiar circumstances demand. (...)