Divining the Future of Africa
184 Pages
English
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This book explores the relationship between Africa, the West and China. It notes that while Africa is a continent of diverse cultures, raw materials, human resource, indigenous knowledges, and above all the biggest recipient of foreign aid globally, it continues to lag behind all regions of the world in terms of socio-economic development. The book grapples with the important question on why this has been the case. It provides crucial critical insights on how Africa's situation could be reversed and the tapestry of its socio-economic problems eased. The book draws a link between culture, globalisation and socio-economic development, breaking new grounds in the discourse on development in post-colonial Africa. This is an incisive clarion call to bypass the outlandish claims and sterile discussions on the parodying of Africa by Euro-centric scholars. It is a contribution on the imperative to re-think the future of development in Africa. It makes a compelling argument by self-reliant development processes in which Africans reclaim their voice, independence and autonomy unapologetically. The book provides some grist for the mills of policy makers, institutional planners, practitioners and students of anthropology, political studies, sociology, economic history, local governance, cultural economics, and gender, development, African, heritage and international studies.

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Published 01 December 2014
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DIVINING THE FUTURE OF AFRICA
DIVINING THE Healing the Wounds FUTURE OFMUNYARADZI MAWERERestoring Dignity and AFRICA Fostering Development
MUNYARADZI MAWERE
Divining the Future of Africa Healing the Wounds, Restoring Dignity and Fostering Development
Munyaradzi Mawere
Langaa Research & Publishing CIG Mankon, Bamenda
Publisher: LangaaRPCIG Langaa Research & Publishing Common Initiative Group P.O. Box 902 Mankon Bamenda North West Region Cameroon Langaagrp@gmail.comwww.langaa-rpcig.net Distributed in and outside N. America by African Books Collective orders@africanbookscollective.com www.africanbookcollective.com ISBN: 9956-792-28-4 ©Munyaradzi Mawere 2014
DISCLAIMER All views expressed in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Langaa RPCIG.
Dedication To all concerned citizens of the African continent
Table of Contents Acknowledgements................................................................vii Introduction: Africa, indigenous knowledge systems, development and globalisation...........................................ix Chapter 1 African cultures and globalisation: The impact of globalisation on the posterity of African cultures with reference to Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe..................................................................................1 Chapter 2 Decolonising African literature: An unfinished Business.....................................................................................31 Chapter 3 (Re)writing Africa: The rhetorics of representations and Western-biased women and children’s human rights in Africa...........................................................................................55 Chapter 4 African indigenous knowledge systems and morality: Have African IKS run out of steam?..................................87 Chapter 5 Africa and the search for an African framework for development.............................................................................111 Chapter 6 Africa’s new relationship with China: A breakthrough for Africa?.........................................................................................135 v
Bibliography......................................................................147
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AcknowledgementsWith the exception of the introduction, chapters 3, 5, and 6, the other chapters of this book appeared previously in the following journals, but of course with several modifications on the titles and content: ‘African cultures and globalisation: The impact of globalisation on the posterity of African cultures with reference to Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe’, Africana Journal of Ideas, 4 (2), 2010 (chapter 1); ‘Decolonising African languages: An unfinished business’,International Journal of English Literature, 2 (1), 2011 (chapter 2); ‘African indigenous knowledge systems and morality: Have African IKS run out of steam?’Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa, 12 (7), 2010 (chapter 4). My thanks are due to the publishers for allowing me to reprint the chapters in this book, of course with some modifications in their titles and contents. I would like also to thank Dr. Samuel Awuah-Nyamekye of the University of Cape Coast, Ghana for his meticulous reading and reviewing of the first draft of the manuscript. I found his comments and suggestions constructive and penetrating. My heartfelt thanks also go to Prof Francis B. Nyamnjoh, one of the Pan-African luminaries of this century, for his longstanding scholarly guidance. May God bless you even more abundantly!
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