We bring to you here Vol 5, Issue 2 of our flagship publication, the Zimbabwe Briefing, from the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition’s Johannesburg based Regional Information & Advocacy hub. This is a special edition focusing on Africa Day, which we commemorated last month on the 25th of May. We do apologise for the belated publication, due to circumstances beyond our control. This edition tackles Africa’s achievements since the formation of the then Organisation African Union (O.A.
Liberation Deferred: From Liberation to Early Reformers On the 25th of May 2019, Africa celebrated over half a century since the original meeting in Ghana, under Kwame Nkrumah, which set the course for the historic formation of the Organization of African Union (OAU), now transformed into the African Union (AU). For all its flaws that Pan-African project achieved the historic objective of decolonization, de- settlerization and apartheid was banished. However, contrasted to E
We are sitting at exactly sixty two years after Ghana achieved independence from colonialism and a significant twenty five years after South Africa was freed from juridical apartheid. The expectation is therefore legitimate that the continent should by now have a wealth of experiences of development, democracy and human happiness. The misfortune of the story of Africa in the world however, from the time of slavish and colonial encounters to the present, is that the continent
The Zimbabwean obtaining socio-economic situation is segregatory and pathetic in nature. Wanton price hikes of basic commodities and services that is going unabated is reminiscent of the hyperinflation of 2008 and that leaves a lot to be desired. Unfortunately, the trauma of 2008 is still hovering and it seems we are plunging into another dark zone, which has further worsened the psychosocial suffering of ordinary people on the prospects of following the Zim- dollar experienc
One of my first lectures in graduate school was on how ‘enlightenment era’ Europe imagined and mapped Africa. And some of the first maps were silent about the interior save for pyramids to the north, elephants on coasts and an unknown ‘darkness’ in the centre. All accompanied by myths of demons and subhuman creatures as dominating the same centre. It was a rather awkward lecture on how expanding empires and then emerging mercantile capitalists viewed our continent at that t
May 25th and The African Agenda Celebrations on May 25th, crowned Africa Day. Recitals are held annually to commemorate the beginning of Africa’s independence from colonialism and imperialism. Ghana became the first independent African country on the 6th of March 1957, igniting flames of a liberation and the quest for freedom by Africans. The reinforcement of this liberation was the first union of African countries on African soil; the foundation of the regional integration