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Land, Mobility, and Belonging in West Africa: Natives and Strangers

by Carola Lentz

Focusing on an area of the savannah in northern Ghana and southwestern Burkina Faso, Land, Mobility, and Belonging in West Africa explores how rural populations have secured, contested, and negotiated access...


Nigeria: After the Nightmare

by Iyorwuese Hagher

Nigeria: After the Nightmare is an in-depth look into the Nigerian experience, explaining what went wrong during the country’s thirty years of dictatorship. The book describes Nigeria's problems including...


West Africa before the Colonial Era: A History to 1850

by Basil Davidson

This is a survey of pre-colonial West Africa, written by the internationally respected author and journalist, Basil Davidson. He takes as his starting point his successful textA History of West Africa 1000-1800...


Another Man's War: The Story of a Burma Boy in Britain's Forgotten Army

by Barnaby Phillips

At age sixteen, Isaac Fadoyebo ran away from his West African village to join the British Army. The Second World War was raging, and Nigeria's colonial masters were desperate to find men to defend the Empire....


Angolan Rendezvous: Man and Nature in the Shadow of War

by Tamar Ron & Tamar Golan

Ostensibly, this book is in two voices: Tamar Golan, Israel's first Ambassador to Angola, deals with the political/diplomatic aspects, while the stories on gorillas, the Black giant sable and Nature are by zoologist/ecologist,...


My Friend the Mercenary

by James Brabazon

In February 2002, British journalist James Brabazon set out to travel with guerrilla forces into Liberia to show the world what was happening in that war-torn country. To protect him, he hired Nick du Toit,...


Oursi hu-beero: A Medieval House Complex in Burkina Faso, West Africa

by L. P. Petit, M. von Czerniewicz & C. Pelzer

This final report describes the study of an exceptionally well-preserved Iron Age building discovered in northern Burkina Faso, West Africa. The site of Oursi hu-beero, meaning "the big house of Oursi" in the...


Monrovia - A City on Fire

by Alain Kassa

With photographs by award winning photographers Chris Hondros, Kris Torgeson, and Ryo Kameyama - The summer of 2003 was particularly deadly in Monrovia, Liberia's capital city, already disfigured by fourteen...


Lagos: A Cultural History

by Kye Whiteman

Lagos is one of the fastest growing cities in the world, expected in some projections to have a population of 25 million by 2025. This will make it the biggest metropolis in sub-Saharan Africa and possibly the...


Bitter Chocolate: Anatomy of an Industry

by Carol Off

Hailed in hardcover as “compelling” (Kirkus Reviews) and an “astonishing [and] wrenching story” (The London Free Press), Bitter Chocolate is an eye-opening look at one of our most beloved consumer products....


Educating Muslim Women: The West African Legacy of Nana Asma'u 1793-1864

by Beverley Mack & Jean Boyd

Nana Asma’u (1793–1864) was a prolific Muslim scholar, poet, historian, and educator whose legacy in Nigeria and America continues today.


The Paradoxes of History and Memory in Post-colonial Sierra Leone

by Ismail Rashid, Sylvia Ojukutu-Macauley & Arthur Abraham

Using Sierra Leone as a case study, this book examines the nature of knowledge production and interpretation of African history since the decade of African independence. With contributions from different generations...


African Cultural Values: Igbo Political Leadership in Colonial Nigeria 1900-1966: Igbo Political Leadership in Colonial Nigeria, 1900 1996

by Raphael Chijoke Njoku

Although numerous studies have been made of the Western educated political elite of colonial Nigeria in particular, and of Africa in general, very few have approached the study from a perspective that analyzes...


Historical Dictionary of Mali

by Pascal James Imperato & Gavin H. Imperato

The fourth edition of the Historical Dictionary of Mali, through its chronology, bibliography, introductory essay, and over 500 cross-referenced dictionary entries on important persons, places, events, and institutions...


Cinema and Development in West Africa: Film as a Vehicle for Liberation

by James E. Genova

Cinema and Development in West Africa shows how the film industry in Francophone West African countries played an important role in executing strategies of nation building during the transition from French rule...


And Still Peace Did Not Come: A Memoir of Reconciliation

by Agnes Kamara-Umunna

When bullets hit Agnes Kamara-Umunna's home in Monrovia, Liberia, she and her father hastily piled whatever they could carry into their car and drove toward the border, along with thousands of others. An army...


By the Rivers of Water: A Nineteenth-Century Atlantic Odyssey

by Erskine Clarke

In late 1832, a young missionary couple sailed from the Chesapeake Bay, headed for western Africa. John Leighton Wilson and his wife, Jane, were traveling to the colony of Liberia, where they—and their fellow...


Cloth in West African History

by Colleen E. Kriger

In this holistic approach to the study of textiles and their makers, Colleen Kriger charts the role cotton has played in commercial, community, and labor settings. She pays close attention the details of how...


Militancy and Violence in West Africa: Religion, Politics and Radicalisation

by James Gow, Funmi Olonisakin & Ernst Dijxhoorn

This volume provides a systematic and cross-regional analysis of radicalisation, militancy and violence in West Africa.

Concern about terrorism in, or from, West Africa, has been recognised in academic research,...


Afro-Cuban Diasporas in the Atlantic World

by Solimar Otero

"Afro-Cuban Diasporas in the Atlantic World" explores how Yoruba and Afro-Cuban communities moved across the Atlantic between the Americas and Africa in successive waves in the nineteenth century. In Havana,...