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Title:Contemporary Africa: challenges and opportunities
Editors:Falola, ToyinISNI
Mbah, Emmanuel M.ISNI
Series:African histories and modernities
City of publisher:Basingstoke
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN:9781137438911; 1137444134; 9781137444134
Geographic terms:Africa
South Africa
Subjects:social conditions
Mau Mau
civil service
rail transport
economic development
cold war
external debt
family planning
land conflicts
brain drain
Abstract:The challenges facing Africa today have changed little since the end of colonial rule. Applying the UN's Millennium Development Goals (MDG) to the challenges of today, this volume offers a counterweight to the reflexive pessimism that pervades much of the literature on corruption and conflict in Africa. The introduction by Toyin Falola and Emmanuel M. Mbah frames the concepts of change and continuity in contemporary Africa. Part 1, Colonial and neocolonial legacies, is composed of four chapters: Mau Mau inventions and reinventions (Mickie Mwanzia Koster, on Kenya); The development of the civil service in Africa (Julius O. Adekunle); The Second World War and Africa's socioeconomic infrastructures: a case study of the Nigerian railroad system (Tokunbo A. Ayoola); The Cold War and the emergence of economic divergences: Africa and Asia compared (S.U. Fwatshak). Part 2, Transformational moments in economies and cultures, contains five chapters: Africa's debt burden and HIPC initiative: Cameroon, from challenges to opportunity (Augustine E. Ayuk); The effects of family size on socioeconomic status in Cameroon: a critical analysis (Consoler Teboh); Music and the politics of culture in a South African Zulu HIV/AIDS experience: implications for 'post-apartheid' discourse (Austin C. Okigbo); Land and conflict in Kenya's Rift Valley: historical and contemporary perspectives (Martin Shanguhyia and Mickie Mwanzia Koster); The migration of professionals from Africa: assessing the impact of the 'brain drain' from the continent (J.K. Mapulanga-Hulston); Conclusion: Africa that works (Toyin Falola and Emmanuel M. Mbah). [ASC Leiden abstract]