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The Culture Conspiracy and Development Planning in Africa

Adebayo Olukoshi (Ed.)

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The Culture Conspiracy and Development Planning in Africa
Adebayo Olukoshi (Ed.)

Of the various arguments on why development plans have not always been successful in meeting their objectives in Africa, one that is probably pertinent and which is considered central to any future hope of success is the failure to anchor development planning in the history and context of African countries. It is this deficit of historical context and cultural anchorage, amplified in myths about the incompatibility of African cultures with development and/or modernization projects, that the African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP) seeks to contribute to redressing through its Workshop Series on Cultures of Development.

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The Spirits of Neoliberal Reforms and Everyday Politics of the State in Africa

Béatrice Hibou, Boris Samuel & Laurent Fourchard (Eds.)

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The Spirits of Neoliberal Reforms and Everyday Politics of the State in Africa
Béatrice Hibou, Boris Samuel & Laurent Fourchard (Eds.)

This book, composed of articles first published in the journal Politique africaine, proposes an original interpretation of neoliberalism in Africa. Instead of seeing neoliberal reforms as intrinsically destructive of the post-colonial state, the authors, who include some of Africa’s best-known social scientists, focus on the adaptability of African state structures, economic systems, and social survival mechanisms and examine the diversity of responses to neoliberalism in what the editors call the “everyday politics of the state.” In essays that range from diverse theoretical or historical discussions to close studies of the dynamics of specific reforms in particular places, they argue against univocal interpretations of the effects of neoliberalism. They show that the African state is adapting and reconfiguring itself in fascinating new social realities “co-constructed” by state action as well as by the improvisations of communities and other private actors.

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Iyéwa

Louis Camara

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Iyéwa
Louis Camara

« A n'en pas douter, Louis Camara possède ce sens du conte et ce génie de la narration. » – Pr. Issiaka Lalèyê, Université Gaston Berger, Saint­ Louis, Sénégal.

« C’est dans une langue suave, légère et précise que Louis Camara nous conte, une fois encore, les beautés et les enseignements de la mythologie Yoruba…Nous avons tout à gagner à méditer sur l’histoire de cette belle jeune femme qui traverse, tel le Christ, le plus grand des abandons, avant de retrouver la joie du pardon et de la reconnaissance. » – Véronique Petetin, auteure de Renaître au monde : journal d’une greffe (Itinéraires 2016).

« Dans ce récit palpitant, Louis Camara nous fait decouvrir les multiples facettes de la culture yoruba au service de laquelle il a mis son talent d’écrivain et dont il est devenu au fil des ans un éminent adepte.» – Dr. Thierno Boubacar Barry, Université Gaston Berger, Saint-Louis, Sénégal.

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Tina Shot Me Between the Eyes and Other Stories

Antoinette Tidjani Alou

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Tina Shot Me Between the Eyes and Other Stories
Antoinette Tidjani Alou

“Tidjani Alou’s writing sketches the commonplace and the metaphysical, with heft, honesty, and audacity. The range is compelling, as she takes us through lives in places as diverse as Accra and Niamey. The prose is deft, her metaphors sting with accuracy. This is a writer to think and feel with.” – Emmanuel Iduma, editor, Saraba Magazine.

A grandmother with a food-induced encounter, an ecclesial romance with a tomcat set in the throes of uncertain times, eating and drinking for freedom, wife battery under the watchful eyes of communal love, desperately seeking lovers burdened by violent pasts, and a woman taking liberty after nine children with nine husbands are some of the characters and stories in Antoinette Tidjani Alou’s debut fiction collection.

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The Peacekeeper’s Wife

Kevin Eze

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The Peacekeeper’s Wife
Kevin Eze

The Peacekeeper’s Wife explores lives torn by war. A war both far and near, strange and foreign, yet deep in the lives left behind.

When Issa was sent as one of the several thousands to the peacekeeping mission in the Congo, Malika, his newly wedded wife, watched and waited in helpless horror, entangled in someone else’s war. As Issa guarded the UN base, barring rebels from raping children, and patrolling borders of a rich ruined territory, back home in Segol, Malika felt the weight of separation, descending to a gradual but forceful emotional abyss. Fatimata, her mother-in-law, pained by the absence of a son, accused her of being a witch and sent her to Bintou, the marabout. The conflict between Malika and Fatimata escalated drawing fire from their mutual longing

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Kalidou Kassé peintures : Expériences de la forme

Jean-Bernard Ouédraogo

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Kalidou Kassé peintures : Expériences de la forme
Jean-Bernard Ouédraogo

Kalidou Kassé, surnommé le pinceau du sahel, est l’artiste peintre sénégalais d’origine peuhle qui évoque l’univers paisible et romantique du quotidien des sociétés africaines du Sahel. Formé à la Manufacture Sénégalaise des arts décoratifs de Thiès, Kassé se démarque de « l’École de Dakar », initiée par le poète-président Léopold Senghor, sous l'influence de l'art abstrait occidental. Son style unique aux personnages filiformes et aux couleurs vives et chatoyantes décrit un monde poétique et enchanteur peint avec un souci constant pour les formes, les détails et les couleurs. D’un point de vue historique, il est celui (à travers sa vie et son œuvre) qui a subtilement su marier et harmoniser l’art pictural occidental avec l’esthétique africaine qu’il a hérité de sa famille de tisserands. En refusant la représentation imposée par l’art occidental, il réaffirme ses formes propres et uniques, une authenticité qui annonce l’art d’un monde naissant qui n’abandonne pas son passé.

9782359260410 relié

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Le Choix de l’Ori

Louis Camara

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Le Choix de l’Ori
Louis Camara

Lauréat du Grand Prix du président de la république pour les lettres

«Le très beau roman de Louis Camara nous fait voyager dans l'univers fabuleux de la cosmogonie yoruba. Un univers de mythes qui nous ramène à nous-mêmes. Le dramaturge Abdou Anta Ka disait qu'il fallait s'inspirer des mythes pour écrire notre histoire d'aujourd'hui et de demain. Les hommes ont tendance à changer, mais pas les dieux. Les dieux sont éternels.» Ken Bugul, Le baobab fou, Riwan ou le chemin de sable, etc.

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British Colonisation of Northern Nigeria, 1897-1914: A Reinterpretation of Colonial Sources

Mahmud Modibbo Tukur

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British Colonisation of Northern Nigeria, 1897-1914: A Reinterpretation of Colonial Sources
Mahmud Modibbo Tukur

Introduction by Michael Watts

“In this densely detailed and interpretatively nuanced study, Mahmud Modibbo Tukur lays bare the very foundations of the colonial state in what is now northern Nigeria. This is a must read for anyone wanting to understand the foundations of contemporary Nigeria and how we came to be what we are.” – Prof. AbdulRaufu Mustapha, University of Oxford, UK.

9782359260465 Hardback/Cloth

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Envisioning Development Prospects in Africa

Adebayo Olukoshi (Ed.)

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Envisioning Development Prospects in Africa
Adebayo Olukoshi (Ed.)

This special volume on development thinking in Africa was gathered at a conference to mark the 50th anniversary of the creation of the United Nations African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP), which was created in 1962 to seek ways by which the UN could assist in strengthening the capacity of its African member states in economic management and development planning. That mandate, conceived within the ambit of a partnership between the UN and the then newly independent African countries, has guided the Institute over the years since its establishment.

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The Grapes from the Baobab

Ibrahima Amadou Niang

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The Grapes from the Baobab
Ibrahima Amadou Niang

Translated from the French by Ariane Baer-Harper

“How could I have lived and worked in the presence of the brilliant and caring young man called Ibrahima Amadou Niang (we called him Ibou, in great affection) and not know that I was rubbing shoulders with a great young poet! Because we talked about everything except the essential! Now the essential is here in these fierce and moving and often haunting poems speaking of love and travels and sadness and compassion – for people and for pelicans! – and sometimes of anger. The love is deep and nuanced, the way with words is scintillating and apt and impressive way beyond what one would expect from a young wordsmith, and the anger can only be that of a profoundly committed poet. I am privileged to have seen these poems and to be allowed to say: ‘I know this man. His heart is strong and nimble. He does pride to his ancestors. He takes his place among the finest voices of his country. And be sure – he will go far.’” – Breyten Breytenbach, author of Windcatcher (2007), Voice Over: A Nomadic Conversation with Mahmoud Darwish (2009), Catalects (Artefacts for the slow uses of dying) (2012) etc.

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Oiseaux du Sénégal

Jean-Marie Dupart

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Oiseaux du Sénégal
Jean-Marie Dupart

Oiseaux du Sénégal est un voyage merveilleux et très instructif du monde des espèces aviaires magnifiques qui parcourent nos eaux, terres et cieux.

Oiseaux du Sénégal se veut être une vulgarisation des connaissances scientifiques sur les oiseaux en général et sur ceux du Sénégal en particulier, destiné à tous les amoureux de la nature. Ce livre richement illustré s’adresse aussi bien au citoyen(ne) qui prend conscience de son environnement, aux jeunes étudiants d’aujourd’hui qui veulent avoir des renseignements, qu’au visiteur qui cherche simplement à reconnaître les oiseaux qu’il découvre.

9782359260748 Broché

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Ceux qui sortent dans la nuit

Mutt-Lon

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Ceux qui sortent dans la nuit
Mutt-Lon

Pour venger la mort prématurée de sa soeur, Alain Nsona force les portes de la société secrète des ewusus qui régit la communauté depuis des millénaires selon un code aussi immuable qu’implacable. Enrôlé par Ada, puissant sorcier à la tête d’une académie de sages, il est contraint à un voyage dans le temps, avec pour mission de rapporter la formule de la dématérialisation des objets. Soucieux de mettre leurs connaissances occultes au service du progrès, ces ewusus projettent en effet de réaliser une révolution scientifique...

Dans ce roman fantastique, à l’écriture maîtrisée, Mutt-Lon interroge le devenir de l’Afrique dans la confrontation de deux périodes – l’ère précoloniale et la modernité – reliées par l’empreinte permanente du surnaturel.

Coédité dans la Collection terres solidaires.

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L’arbre à musique

Fabrizio Terenzio

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L’arbre à musique
Fabrizio Terenzio

« Cette terre est à moi, car je suis né, ici même, il y a longtemps, et chaque jour de ma vie j’y ai pêché, comme l’ont fait avant moi mon père et le père de mon père. » Adama, le vieux de Kwotu, s’affairait autour du repas qu’il servait à ses moutons, canards, pintades, ainsi qu’aux cent poussins parisiens achetés la veille à l’arrivage d’un jumbo jet. Tout se déroulait comme dans un rite quotidien : les animaux premiers servis, puis, assis ou accroupis sur des tabourets, des pierres, et des bidons d’essence, nous créions un grand cercle autour du bol dans lequel nous puisions de nos mains droites. Du riz et du poisson, quelques légumes : ce repas chaque jour nous revenait, de même qu’il revenait à quiconque ce jour là était présent parmi nous.

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Give Me Room to Move My Feet

Mildred Kiconco Barya

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Give Me Room to Move My Feet
Mildred Kiconco Barya

In 100 thought-provoking textually original poems, Mildred Kiconco Barya explores elements of time and space on the landscapes of memory, observation and experience at individual points and collective levels. The poet uses motion as a connecting thread for the seven parts of human experiences and livelihoods – revolving lives, stormy heart, before the sun sinks, the pain of tenderness, shame has a place, the shape of dreams, and until the last breath is drawn – to herald an inspiring collection of maturity and tenderness.

ISBN 978-2-35926-001-4 HB

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A History of the Yoruba People

S. Adebanji Akintoye

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A History of the Yoruba People
S. Adebanji Akintoye

A History of the Yoruba People is an audacious comprehensive exploration of the founding and growth of one of the most influential groups in Africa. With a population of nearly 40 million spread across Western Africa and diaspora communities in Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America and North America, Yoruba are one of the most researched groups emanating from Africa. Yet, to date, very few attempts have tried to grapple fully with the historical foundations and development of a group that has contributed to shaping the way African communities are analysed from prehistoric to modern times.

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Les Raisins du baobab

Ibrahima Amadou Niang

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Les Raisins du baobab
Ibrahima Amadou Niang

Deuxième édition

Les Raisins du baobab est un recueil de poèmes en cinq parties – Dakaroises, Terreaux d’Afrique, Sutura, Un Élan d’Humanisme, et Au delà du baobab – écrit par l’auteur entre 2002 et 2014, à des moments marquants de sa vie.

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The HerStory Project: Volume I

Anthonia Makwemoisa (Ed.)

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The HerStory Project: Volume I
Anthonia Makwemoisa (Ed.)

The HerStory Project is a stirring kaleidoscope of thirty-three exemplary women from different backgrounds, temperaments, passions, and achievements. The stories of these women, drawn from Botswana, Ghana, Ethiopia, Jamaica, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Zimbabwe, challenge and move beyond long-held traditions of gender discrimination and cultural inhibitions to reveal individuals whose determination and self-belief have had tremendous impact on their livelihoods, communities and nations. These narratives redefine and delineate the contours of women empowerment and leadership in African communities, broadening the discourse to include the transformative power of the individual and her society.

Read excerpts and profiles of contributors

ISBN 978-2-35926-003-8

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Small Enterprises & Entrepreneurship Development

Enyinna Chuta (Ed.)

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Small Enterprises & Entrepreneurship Development
Enyinna Chuta (Ed.)

The increasing numbers of college and university graduates from Africa's tertiary institutions and the declining prospects for jobs in the public and private sector have reinforced the importance of creating avenues for self-employment. But job creation exposes a serious gap in education policies, for basic skills in entrepreneurship are not taught in most tertiary curricula across the continent. This nineteen-chapter volume provides essential course text material for developing the field of entrepreneurship in tertiary institutions, thus addressing the issue of appropriate pedagogy critical for the emerging field of entrepreneurship development in higher education institutions in Africa. Drawing from Nigeria, West Africa and other parts of the developing world, the volume furnishes much needed empirical information to fashion out appropriate policies and projects within macroeconomic framework to nurture small and medium enterprises as a development tool.

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My Life Has a Price

Tina Okpara

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My Life Has a Price
Tina Okpara

A memoir of survival and freedom

“My heart is pounding against my chest. I am having a hard time breathing and a hard time thinking. I cross the terrace. One step, one small step. Then another tiny step. Now I am on the lawn. The grass is cold and wet under my bare feet. A gust of wind pastes my green sweatshirt against my body. My long grey skirt sticks to my legs like the skin of a rhinoceros. My heart tells me to run, to run as fast as my legs can carry me, with all my might. But I can’t....”

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Ontologies, Values and Thought in Igbo World View

Damian Ugwutikiri Opata

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Ontologies, Values and Thought in Igbo World View
Damian Ugwutikiri Opata

The Age of the Internet has transformed our concept of time and space, juxtaposing the worlds of reality and the virtual in a criss-cross global fusion that has left us wondering what was life on earth like before now. The fluidity in communication across distance and the ease with which we connect to others across the globe have broken down social boundaries from class, race, and sex to intergenerational and intercultural lines. But the realities of our world remain, grounded in underlining perceptions of thought constructed and refined over the millennia in the societies, groups, cultures, and communities we emanate from or to which we are tethered or have been in contact.

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La dette odieuse de l’Afrique

Léonce Ndikumana & James K. Boyce

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La dette odieuse de l’Afrique
Léonce Ndikumana & James K. Boyce

Comment l’endettement et la fuite des capitaux ont saigné un continent

Dans La dette odieuse de l’Afrique, Boyce et Ndikumana révèlent le fait choquant que, contrairement à la perception populaire comme quoi l’Afrique ponctionne les ressources financières de l’Occident, le continent est en fait un créancier net du reste du monde. Le volume de la fuite des capitaux de l’Afrique est remarquable : plus de 700 milliards de dollars au cours des quatre dernières décennies. Toutefois, les actifs de l’Afrique détenus à l’étranger sont privés et cachés tandis que ses dettes extérieures sont publiques, dues par les peuples africains à travers leurs gouvernements.

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Giving to Help, Helping to Give

Tade Akin Aina & Bhekinkosi Moyo (Eds.)

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Giving to Help, Helping to Give
Tade Akin Aina & Bhekinkosi Moyo (Eds.)

The Context and Politics of African Philanthropy

In the past decade, the emerging narratives about philanthropy in Africa are about an increasingly confident and knowledgeable assertion of African capacities to give not only to help but also to transform and seek to address the root causes of injustice, want, ignorance and disease. The narratives are also about the questioning of the role and place of Africans in the world’s philanthropic traditions and what constitutes African specificities but also African differences and varieties.

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Dimensions of Advertising Theory and Practice in Africa

Rotimi Williams Olatunji and Beatrice A. Laninhun (Eds.)

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Dimensions of Advertising Theory and Practice in Africa
Rotimi Williams Olatunji and Beatrice A. Laninhun (Eds.)

Dimensions of Advertising Theory and Practice in Africa brings together cutting-edge research by leading African communication and media theorists to provide students of African advertising with a broad but detailed survey of the history and present state of the art in Africa.

For teachers and researchers, the book is a thought-provoking reminder of the variety of approaches to the study of marketing communication on a continent where advertising is often taken for granted. From indigenous African forms of advertising by street criers, wall paintings and even olfactory appeals to the latest experiments in integrated marketing communication via the Internet, home videos, smartphones and social media, Dimensions of Advertising Theory and Practice is a comprehensive survey both of Africa’s contributions to the globalized advertising industry and of the industry’s profound impact on African economies and cultures.

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Madman at Kilifi

Clifton Gachagua

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Madman at Kilifi
Clifton Gachagua

Clifton Gachagua’s collection Madman at Kilifi, winner of the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets, concerns itself with the immediacy of cultures in flux, cybercommunication and the language of consumerism, polyglot politics and intrigue, sexual ambivalence and studied whimsy, and the mind of a sensitive, intelligent, and curious poet who stands in the midst of it all.

Gachagua’s is a world fully grounded in the postmodern Kenyan cultural cauldron, a world in which people speak with “satellite mouths” with bodies that are “singing machines,” and in which the most we can do is “collide against each other.” Here light is graceful, and we glow like undiscovered galaxies and shifting matter. And here as well, we find new expression in a poetry that moves as we do.

978-2-35926-031-1

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The Promise of Hope: New and Selected Poems, 1964–2013

Kofi Awoonor

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The Promise of Hope: New and Selected Poems, 1964–2013
Kofi Awoonor

Edited and with an introduction by Kofi Anyidoho

Foreword by Kwame Dawes

Kofi Awoonor, one of Ghana’s most accomplished poets, has for almost half a century committed himself to teaching, political engagement, and the literary arts. The one constant that has guided and shaped his many occupations and roles in life has been poetry. The Promise of Hope is a beautifully edited collection of some of Awoonor’s most arresting work spanning almost fifty years.

Selected and edited by Awoonor’s friend and colleague Kofi Anyidoho, himself a prominent poet and academic in Ghana, The Promise of Hope contains much of Awoonor’s most recent unpublished poetry, along with many of his anthologized and classic poems. This engaging volume serves as a fitting contribution to the inaugural cohort of books in the African Poetry Book Series.

978-2-35926-030-4

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Poems for a Century: An Anthology on Nigeria

Tope Omoniyi (Ed.)

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Poems for a Century: An Anthology on Nigeria
Tope Omoniyi (Ed.)

In 2010, billions of naira were spent to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Nigeria's independence since 1960. More naira are to be spent in 2014 to commemorate the centenary marking the nation's birth in 1914 from an amalgamation of diverse group of peoples, languages, cultures and expectations. As the conscience of the nation, writers are calling for a deeper introspection. A hundred years after unification, the most populous African nation has oscillated from being great to being fickle, from colony to independence and dependency, from peace to war to ungraceful insecurity, from military dictatorship to civilian oppression and profligacy and much more of the many contradictions of a complex national polity.

In this special collection Poems for a Century: An Anthology on Nigeria, poets from different backgrounds, generations and persuasions explore what it means to be a citizen of this unique African country. Shifting from despair to hope, lamentation to happiness, condemnation to adoration and every gamut of sensibilities imaginable, the contributors reiterate the notion of engagement and the power of the written word to push for social change in their beloved nation. In fifty poems, Nigeria becomes the muse not just to raise questions about its past experiences and present contexts, but also to posit aspirations for a better nation.

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Wala Bok: Une histoire orale du hip hop au Sénégal

Fatou Kandé Senghor

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Wala Bok: Une histoire orale du hip hop au Sénégal
Fatou Kandé Senghor

Les adeptes de la grande famille du hip hop se désignent comme des poètes, des philosophes, des penseurs et surtout comme les meilleurs chroniqueurs de la société. Les fils et filles du hip hop donnent corps aux espoirs et espérances de cette société à travers des mots justes et forts. Cela fait bien longtemps que la version moderne du hip hop née aux États-Unis dans les années 1970 a adapté sa forme griotique de revendication, de contestation, de réunification en Afrique et dans le monde entier, à travers la musique des peuples.

Wala Bok : une histoire orale du hip hop au Sénégal se souvient et narre les mémoires des générations de pratiquants du hip hop, des derniers précurseurs aux derniers arrivés, des promoteurs et des rares critiques sociaux intéressés par ce mouvement aux multiples facettes. Une ballade à travers l’histoire et la vie contemporaine dans la jungle urbaine et dans les quartiers populaires. Les portraits artistiques et témoignages de ce courant motivé par la reconnaissance de la diversité culturelle et la quête d’un monde meilleur dévoilent une société hétéroclite qui tire les ficelles entre promotion artistique personnelle et engagement politique.

ISBN 978-2-35926-015-1

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Release Date: July 2015

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