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African Renaissance
Published Since: 2004
Publishing Discontinued: The journal is published regularly
Publication Frequency: Quarterly. AR is one of the longest surviving social science journals published by Africans.It is currently listed in the EBSCO, J-Gate, ProQuest, Sabinet database and accredited by IBSS.

From the Editor/Publisher   Jideofor Adibe     In the November/December 2006 issue of the journal, we focused on African culture and philosophy and their possible relationship with the current crises of governance and development in the continent.  We posed a number of crucial questions: Are the current crises of governance and development in the continent facilitated by African culture and philosophy of life? Or are they the result of lack of, or insufficient incorporation of these into the models of development and governance imported into the continent from outside? Are these largely imported models of governance and development culturally and philosophically neutral? In this edition, we focus on the Horn of Africa- (also known as Northeast Africa or the Somali Peninsula)) - a peninsula of East Africa that juts for hundreds of kilometers into the Arabian Sea, and comprising  Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea and Djibouti. While the lead theme is on the Horn o............

From the Publisher Jideofor Adibe In the September/October 2006 issue of the journal, we focused on Somalia, a failed state, and posed number fundamental questions: why did Somalia fail as a state Should the failed state be reconstituted as one nation or should different nations be allowed to emerge from the ashes of the collapsed state What are the challenges facing the state reconstitution efforts And what are the implications of all these for the current democracy and development projects in Africa In this issue we focus on African culture/philosophy and its possible relationship with the current crises of governance and development in the continent. While we are aware of the limitations of a unicausal mode of analysis, we nonetheless feel that the issue of African culture/ philosophy has not been given adequate attention in the analyses of the current crises in which the continent is enmeshed. Our interest is to find answers to some crucial questions: Are the current crise............

From the Editor/Publisher Jideofor Adibe, PhD We devoted the July/August 2006 issue of the journal exclusively to exploring the challenges and opportunities of healthcare delivery in Africa. The contributions raised significant questions on all aspects of healthcare delivery in Africa, and in many instances provided stimulating answers and recommendations for policymakers and healthcare practitioners in the continent to build on. In this edition, we return to our usual format of having a lead theme and a number of unrelated articles. In the lead theme, we focus on Somalia, a failed state, posing a number of fundamental questions: why did Somalia fail as a state Should the failed state be reconstituted as one nation or should different nations be allowed to emerge from the ashes of the collapsed state What are the challenges facing the state reconstitution efforts And what are the implications of all these for the current democracy and development projects in Africa Abdinur S. Moham............

From the Editor/Publisher Jideofor Adibe, PhD In the May/June 2006 issue of the journal, we focused on the tensions in Africas Borderlands (Sudan, Mauritania, Chad and Mali) and posed a number of fundamental questions: What is the nature of the relations between peoples of Arab and African ancestries in Africa Are the constant tensions in the Borderlands fundamentally a manifestation of conflicts between pan-Africanism and Pan-Arabism Can peoples of African and Arab ancestries ever co-habit peacefully in one country In this issue we deviate from our usual practice of having a lead theme, and a number of unrelated articles and reviews, and exclusively explore the challenges and opportunities of health care delivery in Africa. Dr Chinua Akukwe, a leading authority on public health, HIV/AIDS, and development issues in Africa, is the guest editor for this special issue. He very ably solicited, edited and arranged the articles in this special edition. We are grateful for the enormous amo............

In the March/April 2006 edition of the journal, we looked at Zimbabwes Robert Mugabe, and noted that though he was for long regarded as one of Africas greatest reconcilers, his regime has become increasingly isolated, especially in the West. We also noted that many Africans and African governments, while not exactly supporting some of his policies, at the same time do not appear to share the enthusiasm with which his regime is condemned in the West. We posed a number of fundamental questions designed to crystallise out the real truth in the different narratives about Mugabes Zimbabwe: Is Mugabe really a hero who is merely being vilified for embarking on policies that humiliate the West or harm its interests  as some Africans believe  or merely an opportunist who resorted to rightwing politics to hang on to power, as his predominantly Western critics argue What are the real issues in the Zimbabwean imbroglio Put simply, is Robert Mugabe a villain or is he being unjustly vilifi............

From the Editor/Publisher Jideofor Adibe, PhD Zimbabwes Robert Mugabe: Villain or Unjustly Vilified In the January/February 2006 edition of the journal, we looked at the impact of Africas multiple allegiances on Pan-Africanism, African identity, development trajectories, and unity projects. Basically we sought answers to a number of critical questions, including why multiple allegiances and how are these expressed In this edition, we look at Zimbabwes Robert Mugabe (or Mugabe as a personification of Zimbabwe). Though Mugabe who led Zimbabwe to independence in 1980 after a bitter war of independence was for long regarded as Africas greatest reconciler, forgiving the white supremacists that had harshly maltreated him and others during the anti-colonial struggle, his regime is increasingly criticised and isolated, especially in the West. Condoleezza Rice, the United States Secretary of State for instance described his government as one of the outposts of tyranny while President Bush,............

From the Editor/Publisher Jideofor Adibe, PhD. Africas Multiple Allegiances In the November/December 2005 edition of the journal, we focused on post-Apartheid South Africa, which has a dominant position in Africas political economy. We examined the countrys Africa policies, including its trade policies, and posed a number of vital questions: What is the character of South Africas relations with the rest of the continent Who benefits from its apparently increasing engagement with the rest of the continent Put simply, is South Africa the new big brother or the new imperial power in Africa In this issue we look at the impact of Africas multiple allegiances on Pan-Africanism, African identity, development trajectories, and unity projects. Basically contributors to the lead theme have sought to answer the following crucial questions: why multiple allegiances and how are these expressed Do they augment or undermine Africas pan-African unity projects What are the impacts of the expression............

From the Editor/ Publisher Africa and Arabia: Co-operation or ConflictJideofor Adibe, PhD Enter the African Renaissance The decision to set up this journal arose from a series of discussions, mostly via email exchanges, with some Africanists. Interest on African Renaissance had been re-ignited by President Thabo Mbekis I am an African speech. The speech had given rise to different reactions, with some mockingly asking when Africa ever had its naissance. We were among the group of Africanists that saw the notion as a narrative for development, and a project for intellectually resisting any drive towards re-colonisation. The invasion of Iraq and subsequent re-colonisation of the country had been a wake-up call to all Africanists. Our interest in the theme led to the setting up of a publishing venture, Adonis & Abbey publishers Ltd, based in London, and incorporated on 18 March 2003. Our aim was to build a global book publishing outfit, which would help to ensure that no voice is ............

From the Editor/ Publisher Who is an African Jideofor Adibe, PhD Welcome to the second edition of the journal. You may have noticed that this edition reads September/October, rather than August/September (given that the maiden edition was for June/July). The simple explanation is that we had to adjust to the preferred format of our distributors. The September/October format also makes a lot of sense because it allows us to round up the year with a November/December edition. Our original format would have meant having a December 2004/January 2005 edition. You would also have noticed that we no longer have colour pages inside. We are deferring to popular sentiments that the colour adverts in the last edition made the journal seem rather too commercial and, in the process, appeared to undermine the seriousness of the journals message. We still appreciate adverts, but, will, apart from the back cover, have them only in black and white. This also helps us to rein in costs. We have also............

From the Publisher Wars and Conflicts: Will Africa Ever Know Peace Jideofor Adibe, PhD In this edition In the September/October edition of the journal, we focused on the issue of African identity and sought answers to a number of fundamental questions: who is an African Do all people regarded as Africans or having an African identity regard themselves as such Are all who regard themselves as Africans accepted as being so Where does African identity fit into in the mosaic of identities that people of African ancestry or people who have African passports bear What should be the basis of any relationship between Africa and Africans in the Diaspora In this edition we are taking on one of the most intractable problems in the continent: wars and conflicts. Africa has a disproportionate share of global conflicts and wars. Some of the implications of this are clear: resources in conflict areas are diverted away from where they are needed most to procuring arms and containing insurrections............


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