Tag: Pan-Africanism

Reading the Pan-Africanists: Kenneth Kaunda (VI)

Here Kaunda is discussing military rule and why he sees it as a dead end for newly independent African nations. (Military rule mostly came in with the second generation of dictators, such as Idi Amin and Mobutu, and usually with...

/ August 17, 2022

Reading the Pan-Africanists: Kenneth Kaunda V

More on nationalism: The leader must recognize that politics alone do not create a nation; a whole network of cultural, religious and social factors play an important role. Nation-building, therefore, is not solely a political operation, active encouragement must also...

/ July 29, 2022

Reading the Pan-Africanists: Kenneth Kaunda IV

The whole chapter on nationalism is fascinating reading, especially if the main forms of nationalism you’re familiar with are European forms or the muddled thing we have here in America. African nationalism, this explosive force which has changed the shape...

/ July 28, 2022

Reading the Pan-Africanists: Kenneth Kaunda III

It’s from 1966 and Zambia but, dang, if parts of this don’t map eerily well onto the “racial reconciliation” discourse. It is truly tragic the fear which has been engendered in European minds because they now find themselves ruled by...

/ July 26, 2022

Reading the Pan-Africanists: Kenneth Kaunda (II)

Here is Kaunda, still setting out what he means by “African Humanism,” in the opening chapter of A Humanist in Africa. Here he is arguing that there are certain values in traditional African culture (an admittedly tricky term which he doesn’t...

/ June 24, 2022

Reading the Pan-Africanists: Kenneth Kaunda (1)

For reasons I may explain later, I’m doing a bit of a deep dive on some pan-Africanist thinkers right now, currently working on Kenneth Kaunda but with plans to also return to Julius Nyerere and Kwame Nkrumah later, both of...

/ June 22, 2022