Item description for A Tale of Two Africas: Nigeria and South Africa As Contrasting Visions by N Karioki Ali James, A. Mazrui...
Nigeria and South Africa provide the socioeconomic and political contrasts in the African condition. Some of these contrasts can be demonstrated in the following dialectics: Nigeria is the Africa of human resources, South Africa is a land of mineral resources; Nigeria is repellant to European settlement; South Africa is a magnet for such settlement; Nigeria is a mono-racial society, South Africa is a multiracial society; Nigeria is grappling with the politics of religion, South Africa's is pre-occupied with the politics of secularism; Nigeria is Africa's largest exporter of oil, South Africa is Africa's largest consumer of oil; Nigeria is a paradigm of indigenization, South Africa is a paragon of Westernization. Building on these contrasts, Professor Ali Mazrui, master of the dialectical approach to socio-political analysis, demonstrates how the two most influential countries between the Niger and the Cape of Good Hope are alternative faces of Africa. _______________________ Professor Ali Mazrui needs no introduction to any student of African politics. Recently nominated as one of the 100 greatest living public intellectuals in the world by the Washington-based journal, Foreign Policy, Professor Mazrui is the author of more than twenty books and hundreds of articles published all over the world. He was the author and narrator of the highly regarded television series The Africans: A Triple Heritage (BBC/PBS, 1986). He is currently Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies and Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities, State University of New York at Binghamton. He is also Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large Emeritus and Senior Scholar in Africana Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA; Chancellor, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Thika, Kenya as well as the Albert Luthuli Professor-at-Large at the University of Jos, Nigeria. James Karioki is Professor of International Relations with a special interest in the African Diaspora. He has published extensively on African Politics, Global Africa and International Relations. He currently works at the Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA) in Pretoria where he is the Head of the African Diaspora Unit.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.82" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.94" Weight: 1.19 lbs.
Release Date Feb 28, 2006
Publisher Adonis & Abbey Publishers Ltd
ISBN 1905068298 ISBN13 9781905068296
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South Africa is the better model May 7, 2007
Nigeria and South Africa are the two largest countries in Africa, as measured by their economies. Each aspires to lead Africa. Each has continental dreams, supported by differing visions. Mazrui spends some time detailing these aspirations. It is not a book about economics, but more about broader cultural issues.
Both are multiparty democracies. With many ethnic groups and languages. But Nigeria's democracy is flawed by systemic corruption. And since apartheid ended in South Africa, the latter has now emerged in the eyes of many Africans as a legitimate role model for Africa. The book looks at the leaderships in both countries. Many figures have had to struggle against repression. While South Africa has decades-long apartheid, Nigeria had a string of generals and one party rule.
Overall, one impression from the book is that South Africa offers a better model.