Africa Books

From Africa Renewal: 
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Book review
Speaking Truth to Power: Selected Pan-African Postcards

Pambazuka Press, Oxford, UK; 2010; 253 pp; £14.95

Valerie Amos

Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem, a tireless activist, writer and public speaker, was killed in a road accident in Nairobi, Kenya, on 25 May 2009. His untimely death at the age of 48, which ironically came on African Liberation Day, stunned many across the continent and the world. This posthumous book is a collection of his "pan-African postcards," weekly commentaries originally posted on the Pambazuka website. The topics range from the importance of empowering women and Africa's poor to the role of the African diaspora and the construction of the African Union. They include hard words of criticism for both African autocrats and the bureaucrats of the international financial institutions who help finance them.

"Tajudeen did not hesitate to speak the truth to those in power," Salim Ahmed Salim, a former secretary-general of the Organization of African Unity, commented in the book's preface. Mr. Abdul-Raheem's words reflected his actions. He opposed military dictatorship in his native Nigeria, led the Pan-African Movement headquartered in Uganda, helped found the London-based group Justice Africa and in 2006 became the Africa director of the UN Millennium Campaign, to build support for the Millennium Development Goals.

 

Sudan at the Brink: Self-Determination and National Unity by Francis Mading Deng (Fordham University Press, New York, USA, 2010; 70 pp; pb $9.99)

Le Temps de l'Afrique by Jean-Michel Severino and Olivier Ray (Editions Odile Jacob, Paris, France, 2010; 352 pp; pb €25).

Conversations avec moi-même by Nelson Mandela (De La Martiniere Eds, Paris, France, 2010, 512 pp; pb €23.00)

Africa's Liberation: The Legacy of Nyerere by Emeka Anyaoku, Ana Camacho et al (Fahamu Books and Pambazuka Press, Oxford, UK, 2010; 216 pp; pb £12.95)

How Africa Works: Occupational Change, Identity and Morality, ed. Deborah Bryceson (Practical Action, Sterling, Virginia, USA, 2010; 308 pp; $39.95)

Le conflit de Casamance : ce que disent les armes by Jean-Claude Marut (Karthala, Paris, France, 2010; 420 pp; pb €33.25)

What Is Left Unsaid: Reporting the South African HIV Epidemic, eds. Kristin Palitza, Natalie Ridgard et al (Jacana Media, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2010; 408 pp; pb R195.00)

Ressources minières en Afrique : Quelle réglementation pour le développement? ed. Bonnie Campbell (Presses de l'Université du Québec, Quebec, Canada, 2010; 255 pp; pb €26)

Elections et média en Afrique Centrale by Marie-Soleil Frère (Karthala, Aubervilliers, France, 2009; 364 pp; €28.00)

Land Grab? The Race for the World's Farmland, eds. Michael Kugelman and Susan L. Levenstein (Wilson Center, Washington DC, US, 2009; 69 pp; E-Publication: Free)

Les hommes politiques Maliens et Africains by Mohamadoun Baréma Bocoum (L'Harmattan, Paris, France, 2010; 310 pp; pb €29.50)

Black Africa 1945-1980: Economic Decolonization and Arrested Development by D. K. Fieldhouse (Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, Abingdon, Oxon, UK, 2010; 268 pp; hb $105)

L'Afrique à part : Afrique du Sud, 1978-1980 by Jean-Pierre Cambefort (L'Harmattan, Paris, France, 2010; 384 pp; pb €34)

Cold War in Southern Africa: White Power, Black Liberation, ed. Sue Onslow (Routledge, Kentucky, USA, 2009; 272 pp; hb $125)

The Deadly Ideas of Neoliberalism: How the IMF Has Undermined Public Health and the Fight against AIDS by Rick Rowden (Zed Books, London, UK, 2010; 288 pp; £18.99, $34.95)

Sortir de la grande nuit. Essai sur l'Afrique décolonisée by Achille Mbembe (Editions La Découverte, Paris, France, 2010; 243 pp; pb €17.00)

The Translator: A Tribesman's Memoir of Darfur by Daoud Hari (Random House, New York, NY, USA, 2008; 224 pp; hb $23)

Nollywood: The Video Phenomenon in Nigeria by Pierre Barrot (James Currey Publishers, Oxford, UK, 2008; 176 pp; £14.95, $22.95)

Nous faisons le rêve que l'afrique de 2060 sera ... by Serge Tchaha, Eugène Nyambal et al (L'Harmattan, Paris, France, 2010; 450 pp; pb €39.50)

Le VIH/SIDA : incapacité matrimoniale ou chef de nullité du mariage canonique? by Darius Bamuene Solo (L'Harmattan, Paris, France, 2008; 178 pp; €18)

L'Afrique n'attend pas by Hervé Bourges (Actes Sud, Paris, France 2010; 183 pp; pb €18)

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