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JOURNAL OF AFRICAN FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Published Since: 2014
Publishing Discontinued: The journal is published regularly. The Journal is currently listed in the Sabinet, ProQuest, EBSCO database and accredited by IBSS.
Publication Frequency: Bi-annually

Africa remains bedeviled by several developmental challenges despite the current Afro-optimism - a deep-seated belief that the future is bright for the continent. In fact so much has changed since March 2000 when The Economist declared Africa “a hopeless continent.” (The Economist, 2000). In fact the wave of Afro-optimism has been such that by December 2011, The Economist, the same magazine that ‘anointed’ Africa a “hopeless continent” in 2000, changed tune, and talked about “Africa Rising”, saying the continent has a realistic chance of following in the footsteps of Asia (Odinga, 2014). In fact, Africa is increasingly becoming the beautiful bride of the world, with six of the ten fastest growing economies in the world being in the continent (CP-Africa, 2014). Yet, despite the Afro-optimism, real developmental challenges remain and old habits persist on several fronts. In this issue of JoAFA, we analyse some of the contemporary pro............

Africa appears to be the guinea pig of the world where theories are verified and tested. For some countries such as the USA, an end in a given historical development (socialism) is an opportunity for the universalization of the value they cherish most (liberal democracy) or as Fukuyama (1992) would put it, ‘the end of history’. The history of Africa remains that of underdevelopment, conflicts and poverty despite the fact that six of the fastest growing economies in the world today are in the continent (The Economist, 2011; Rensburg, 2012). For some analysts therefore, nothing seems to matter about Africa which in the theorem of Lord Lugard (1965) seminal work is a ‘dark continent’. This is succinctly captured by the British historian, Professor Hugh Trevor-Regius when he said............


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