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Title:Thabo Mbeki's African developmental agenda through Pan-Africanism and the African renaissance
Author:Sesanti, SimphiweISNI
Periodical:International Journal of African Renaissance Studies (ISSN 1753-7274)
Geographic term:South Africa
economic development
international relations
About person:Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki (1942-)ISNI
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/18186874.2016.1245954
Abstract:In 1996, the then South African deputy president Thabo Mbeki opened parliament with his since then acclaimed 'I am an African' speech. Subsequently, Mbeki publicly persuaded Africans to embrace and advance the concept of an African renaissance for Africa's development. While Mbeki's African renaissance project was welcomed on the one hand; on the other, it was anticipated that it would be an elitist project. In this article, it is argued that to the contrary, the African renaissance as pursued by Mbeki has sought to benefit ordinary Africans in a practical sense. This article uses a historical narrative approach so as to give a historical context against which Mbeki's African renaissance emerged, highlighting the successes, failures, constraints, setbacks and challenges that he had to confront. The argument is that African intellectuals and academics who correctly point out the absence of a mass-based African renaissance movement must not stand apart and merely point fingers, but must be actively engaged in the realisation of the African renaissance ideals. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]