Culture

The Africans: A Triple Heritage

By Ali A. Mazrui

Brief Description

Contemporary Africa is the product of three major influences--an indigenous heritage, Western culture, and Islamic culture. The Africans book looks at these legacies, how they co-exist, and their impact on the continent and the people who were called African. This Reader, a supplement to the PBS telecourse, provides an introduction to a variety of historical and contemporary writings on Africa. (Source)

Decolonising the African mind

Brief Description

Chinweizu is an institutionally unaffiliated Afrocentric scholar. A historian and cultural critic, his books include The West and the Rest of Us (1975), Second, enlarged edition (1987); Invocations and Admonitions (1986); Decolonising the African Mind (1987); Voices from Twentieth-century Africa (1988); Anatomy of Female Power (1990). He is also a co-author of Towards the Decolonization of African Literature (1980). His pamphlets include The Black World and the Nobel (1987); and Recolonization or Reparation? (1994) He lives in Lagos, Nigeria. 

He was educated at Government Secondary School, Afikpo and later attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and SUNY, Buffalo. While studying in America, during the civil rights era, Chinweizu became influenced by the philosophy of a black arts movement. He is commonly associated with Black orientalism. (Source)

Before We Set Sail

By Chika Ezeanya

Brief Description

It is 1755 - 1756 within the deep interiors of West Africa. A boy of eleven years is kidnapped with his eight year old sister. Strap your sandals and embark on an intriguing journey with Olaudah Equiano as he weaves a captivating tale of escape and resale from one African slave master to another. Get lost in time as Olaudah renders the most enchanting accounts of the implausible events he encountered during his travels as a child slave, from the interiors to the coast of West Africa. Before We Set Sail offers a gripping, refreshingly witty and highly adventurous account of the Africa of 1755 - 56, from the double points of view of an African boy and a British adult writing in 1796. Out of 250 submissions, Before We Set Sail was one of six shortlisted for the Penguin Publishers Award for African Writing. (Source)

Learning from Extremes

Brief Description

In the next few decades, hundreds of millions of young, poor families will migrate to cities in the developing world in search of work and opportunity. Education provides them with a shared sense of hope. Many will be the first generation in their families to go to school. It is vital that the hopes they invest are not disappointed. 

Yet even in the developed world, education systems that were established more than a century ago still under-perform, mainly because they fail to reach and motivate large portions of the population. These ingrained problems of low aspiration and achievement among the most disinvested communities in the developed world are proving resistant to traditional treatment.

Cultures of Creativity

Science History Pubns

Brief Description

Published in conjunction with the Centennial Exhibit of the Nobel Prize, this collection of essays and historical photos explores the achievements of Nobel Laureates from diverse fields and describes the inspirational milieus in which they worked. First published in Sweden in April 2000, under the title MSnniskor, milj√∑er och kreativitet: Nobelpriset 100 ar . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)