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What Colonialism Ignored

'African Potentials' for Resolving Conflicts in Southern Africa

edited by Sam Moyo, Yoichi Mine

As Julius Nyerere once noted, Africa has largely been the continent of peace, though this fact has not been widely publicised. In reality, Africa possesses dynamic potentials for resolving contradictions and violent ruptures that colonial authorities, post-colonial states and global actors have failed to capture and capitalise upon. Drawing on the everyday experience of rural and urban people in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia and Zambia, this book brings into conversation leading Japanese scholars of Southern Africa with their African colleagues. The result is an exploration in comparative perspective of the fascinating richness of bottom-up 'African potentials' for conflict resolution in Southern Africa, a region burdened with the legacy of settler capitalism and contemporary neoliberalism. The book is a pacesetter on how to think and research Africa in fruitful collaboration and with an ear to the nuances and complexities of the dynamic and lived realities of Africans.

ISBN 9789956763399 | 388 pages | 234 x 156mm | 2016 | Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon | Paperback



“Reading this book invites one to put to center-stage contextualized hitherto underrated values of African Potentials in consideration of conflict resolutions and co-existence. A very good narrative for those seeking a non-romanticized critique of African Potentials in addressing the challenge of releasing potentials of people’s agency for solving Africa’s problems.”

Edward K. Kirumira, Principal, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Makerere University, Uganda

“Based on historical analysis and ethnographic accounts from Southern Africa, this book sheds light on the abilities of the African people to devise effective solutions to their problems such as conflicts.”

Yntiso Gebre, Associate Professor, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

“The book epitomizes a cooperative and constructive approach to contemplating Africa’s conflicts and tensions. It exudes the mutuality of exchange of ideas, offered from equal grounding, which is important for true scholarship, and which is worth emulating.”

Kennedy Mkutu, Associate Professor, United States International University, Kenya



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