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Title:Revisiting the national question and rethinking the political trajectory of Africa in the 21st century
Author:Ndlovu-Gatsheni, Sabelo J.ISNI
Periodical:International Journal of African Renaissance Studies (ISSN 1818-6874)
Geographic terms:Africa
Subjects:nation building
government policy
About persons:Francis Nwia Kofie Nkrumah (1909-1972)ISNI
Julius Kambarage Nyerere (1922-1999)ISNI
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/18186874.2013.861100
Abstract:The author describes the national question in postcolonial Africa as encapsulating the totality of national and social challenges that needs resolution, including the burden of building postcolonial nations, reconstructing postcolonial States, promoting economic development, entrenching popular democracy, defending national sovereignty, consolidating political power, and eventually achieving regional integration and pan-African unity, as long term goals. This article builds on the continuing concern about the national question, to carry out a critical historiographical study of the nature and conflicted agendas of national project(s) aimed at resolving the national question. Case studies of the 'founding fathers' Nkrumah and Nyerere and their national projects in Ghana and Tanzania are included. The premise of the article is that the national question remains relevant beyond the 20th century as it entails dealing with unresolved national and social questions including challenges of converting territorial nationalism into pan-Africanism as well as democratizing global asymmetrical power politics in the 21st century. Bibliogr., note, sum. [Journal abstract, edited]