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The Power in the Writer

2008, author(s)-editor(s) Mwalimu George Ngwane

Collected Essays on Culture, Democracy and Development in Africa

The book examines the creative industries of Cameroon and Africa and makes bold the cultural triumphant assertion that Africa is home to some of the most diverse cultural patrimony and the most versatile creative professionals. It also discusses indigenous development models and questions the rationale for Eurocentric democratic paradigms which have partly contributed to the demise of a concrete democratic development entitlement in most African countries. Ngwane weaves both the cultural and political strands into a search for a homegrown development web which he calls ’glocalisation’. Ngwane’s essays, most of which have animated debate and discourse in national newspapers, online blogs and International journals are lucid in their arguments, poignant in their ideological focus, rich in their non-fiction craftsmanship and urgent in their message delivery. The essays will make good reading for students of Africa studies, Development studies, Politics and Culture.

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ISBN 9789956558377 | 196 pages | 216 x 140 mm | 2008 | Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon | Paperback

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  • The Power in the Writer is a volume of collected essays by Mwalimu George Ngwane. Part I examines the creative industries of Cameroon and Africa and makes bold the cultural triumphant assertion that Africa is home to some of the most diverse cultural patrimony and the most versatile creative professionals.

    Part II focusses on indigenous development models and questions the rationale for Eurocentric democratic paradigms which have partly contributed to the demise of a concrete democratic development entitlement in most African countries.

    Part III weaves both the cultural and political strands into a search for a homegrown development web which the author calls ’glocalisation’.Ngwane’s essays, most of which have animated debate and discourse in national newspapers, online blogs and international journals are lucid in their arguments, poignant in their ideological focus, rich in their non-fiction craftsmanship and urgent in their message delivery.

    Without doubt George Ngwane’s best is yet to come in spite of the Herculean obstacles on his way and this collection is just a small window into what he has to offer.The essays will make good reading for students of Africa studies, Development studies, Politics and Culture.

    The book is available from amazon.com, African Book Collective (U.K) and Michigan State University Press (U.S.A). The Power in the Writer is Ngwane’s eighth book. He is currently Chairman of the National Book Development Council, Cameroon, member of the Advisory Board of the African Book Publishing Record, Columbia, U.S.A and former recipient of the Scholar at Risk Fund Fellowship (U.S.A) in 2004. Executive Director of the pan African Association AFRICAphonie (www.Africaphonie.org) His personal blog is www.gngwane.com