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Nigeria

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...


Reference Guide to Africa

by Alfred Kagan & Atoma Batoma

This third edition of the Reference Guide to Africa explains the most important resources for the study of the continent of Africa. It contains a general sources section and a larger disciplinary oriented section....


The Forger’s Tale

by Stephanie Newell

Between 1905 and 1939 a conspicuously tall white man with a shock of red hair, dressed in a silk shirt and white linen trousers, could be seen on the streets of Onitsha, in Eastern Nigeria. How was it possible...


The Law and the Prophets

by Daniel Magaziner

?No nation can win a battle without faith,? Steve Biko wrote, and as Daniel R. Magaziner demonstrates in The Law and the Prophets, the combination of ideological and theological exploration proved a potent force....


Stirring the Pot

by James C. McCann

Africa?s art of cooking is a key part of its history. All too often Africa is associated with famine, but in Stirring the Pot, James C. McCann describes how the ingredients, the practices, and the varied tastes...


491 Days

by Winnie Madikizela-Mandela & Ahmed Kathrada

On a freezing winter’s night, a few hours before dawn on May 12, 1969, South African security police stormed the Soweto home of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, activist and wife of the imprisoned Nelson Mandela,...


We Are Fighting the World

by Gary Kynoch

Since the late 1940s, a violent African criminal society known as the Marashea has operated in and around South Africa?s gold mining areas. With thousands of members involved in drug smuggling, extortion, and...


Cold War and Decolonization in Guinea, 1946–1958

by Elizabeth Schmidt

In September 1958, Guinea claimed its independence, rejecting a constitution that would have relegated it to junior partnership in the French Community. In all the French empire, Guinea was the only territory...


Thomas Sankara

by Ernest Harsch

Thomas Sankara, often called the African Che Guevara, was president of Burkina Faso, one of the poorest countries in Africa, until his assassination during the military coup that brought down his government....


Patrice Lumumba

by Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja

Patrice Lumumba was a leader of the independence struggle in what is today the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as well as the country?s first democratically elected prime minister. After a meteoric rise in...


Triumph of the Expert

by Joseph Morgan Hodge

The most striking feature of British colonialism in the twentieth century was the confidence it expressed in the use of science and expertise, especially when joined with the new bureaucratic capacities of the...


Emperor Haile Selassie

by Bereket Habte Selassie

Emperor Haile Selassie was an iconic figure of the twentieth century, a progressive monarch who ruled Ethiopia from 1916 to 1974. This book, written by a former state official who served in a number of important...


In Idi Amin’s Shadow

by Alicia C. Decker

In Idi Amin?s Shadow is a rich social history examining Ugandan women?s complex and sometimes paradoxical relationship to Amin?s military state. Based on more than one hundred interviews with women who survived...


Legacies of Socialist Solidarity

by Tanja R. Müller

Through an examination of the individual life trajectories of youth who participated in an educational exchange project between Mozambique and East Germany, this book offers an alternative reading of Mozambique’s...


The Americans Are Coming!

by Robert Trent Vinson

For more than half a century before World War II, black South Africans and ?American Negroes??a group that included African Americans and black West Indians?established close institutional and personal relationships...


Historical Dictionary of Kenya

by Robert M. Maxon & Thomas P. Ofcansky

This third edition of Historical Dictionary of Kenya provides a starting point for those interested in any of the phases of Kenya's historical evolution. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay,...


Pastimes and Politics

by Laura Fair

The first decades of the twentieth century were years of dramatic change in Zanzibar, a time when the social, economic, and political lives of island residents were in incredible flux, framed by the abolition...


Heterosexual Africa?

by Marc Epprecht

Heterosexual Africa? The History of an Idea from the Age of Exploration to the Age of AIDS builds from Marc Epprecht?s previous book, Hungochani (which focuses explicitly on same-sex desire in southern Africa),...


African Soccerscapes

by Peter Alegi

From Accra and Algiers to Zanzibar and Zululand, Africans have wrested control of soccer from the hands of Europeans, and through the rise of different playing styles, the rituals of spectatorship, and the presence...


Becoming Abigail

by Chris Abani

"Compelling and gorgeously written, this is a coming-of-age novella like no other. Chris Abani explores the depths of loss and exploitation with what can only be described as a knowing tenderness. An extraordinary,...