A New Labour: The Protestant Ethic and Animist “Ontotheology”

[Author: Yafran Fodoye] I argued in an earlier essay that the absence of a Weberian analysis of the socio-religious conditions of sub-Saharan Africa has – and continues to be – a stumbling block in getting to see the “fuller picture” of general conditions in Africa, and hence also in drafting effective plans aimed at improving these conditions. I again raise that argument, and go a … Continue reading A New Labour: The Protestant Ethic and Animist “Ontotheology”

Jump Jim Crow: The Trumpeter’s Trump Card

[Author: Abdel Hafez Mahama] Jump Jim Crow was a key initial step in a tradition of popular music in the United States that was based on the “imitation” of Blacks. It was composed by white comedian Thomas Dartmouth (T.D.) “Daddy” Rice and a racist dance, which gain notoriety, accompanied this tune. This music was named after one Jim Cuff or Jim Crow, a physically challenged … Continue reading Jump Jim Crow: The Trumpeter’s Trump Card

The Moorish Prince who Outgunned the Atlantic Slave Trade: An Encounter with the Law

[Author: Abdul Hafez Mahama] “Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave” – Frederick Douglas * The Moors of Africans were in the habit of attacking merchant ships in the Mediterranean Sea belonging to Europeans. In the 18th Century, the Treaty of Friendship was entered into between the Empire of Morocco and the United State of America. This treaty was to establish a tribute … Continue reading The Moorish Prince who Outgunned the Atlantic Slave Trade: An Encounter with the Law

Dr Kwame Nkrumah: Proceedings from a Séance

[Author: Basit Fuseini] This is my attempt at summarizing my readings of two books by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. The pronouncements and vision in those two books are treasurable; these treasures are too overwhelming for one person to keep for himself alone. So, fill your vessels and enrich yourselves! There are three distinct and broad systems in Africa. African society has one segment which comprises our … Continue reading Dr Kwame Nkrumah: Proceedings from a Séance

Dum Vivimus Vivamus: “Existentialist Intellectuality” and the African Condition

[Author: Yafran Fodoye] It seems to me that the African psyche has fractured into two radical polarities: one of these polarities is a hedonistic attitude which is too eager of life, and the other an ascetic disposition that is too wary of life, one that lives life as though life were a compulsory marathon which it begun with all its energy already expended and which … Continue reading Dum Vivimus Vivamus: “Existentialist Intellectuality” and the African Condition

The Ghost of Willie Lynch: the Contemporary Form of Slavery

[Author: Abdul Hafez Mahamah] Your current frequencies of understanding outweigh that which has been given for you to understand. The current standard is the equivalent of an adolescent restricted to the diet of an infant.The rapidly changing body would acquire dysfunctional and deformative symptoms and could not properly mature on a diet of apple sauce and crushed pears. Light years are interchangeable with years of … Continue reading The Ghost of Willie Lynch: the Contemporary Form of Slavery

Untaming the Serengeti: A Short Reflection on Climate Change and Eco-Responsibility in Africa

[Author: Yafran Fodoye] The African continent has the lowest carbon footprint in the world. And yet the African continent is the continent most at risk of suffering the violent effects of global warming and climate change. This is perhaps the most depressing, baffling, and lethal paradoxes of our ecological present. But, perhaps, what is even more depressing is the relative silence of the African peoples … Continue reading Untaming the Serengeti: A Short Reflection on Climate Change and Eco-Responsibility in Africa

History from the Ideological Viewpoint: Walking in the Less-Trodden but Cleared Path of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah

[Author: Basit Fuseini] The history of Africa as presented by European scholars has been laden with malicious myths. The account has been riddled with stories of cannibalism, extreme violence, savagery and such. That is a brazen lie and what is farther away from the truth, I cannot conceive. It was even denied that we (the African people) were a historical people. It was said that … Continue reading History from the Ideological Viewpoint: Walking in the Less-Trodden but Cleared Path of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah

The Tragedy of Cultural Discontinuity and Ahistoricism in Ghanaian Society

[Author: Yafran Fodoye] There’s something particularly mediocre and banal about much of Ghanaian architecture, a sort of post-colonial flaccidity, a miasma of creative ennui and apathy seemto pervade it; it is the sort of banality that bespeaks a putrid undertow of socio-cultural stagnation. Strictly speaking, in fact, there is no such thing as Ghanaian architecture, because there has been relatively little, if any, critical regional … Continue reading The Tragedy of Cultural Discontinuity and Ahistoricism in Ghanaian Society

On Max Weber and Africa

[Author: Yafran Fodoye] I quite recently had a lengthy discussion with a couple of friends in Africa regarding the “problem” of religious syncretism in sub-Saharan Africa (our focus was specifically on Ghana, though, given the topography of religious thought in Africa, a generalization is not out of place). We came to the somewhat distasteful conclusion not only that there was indeed a problem, but that … Continue reading On Max Weber and Africa