Yoruba Gurus: Indigenous Production of Knowledge in Africa

by Toyin Falola

Yoruba Gurus: Indigenous Production of Knowledge in Africa

In the quest to promote "universal knowledge" and create Western institutions in Africa, the intellectual contributions of Africans without university certificates or connections to the academy have been maligned, ignored or slighted. Yet, as this book points out, there are African scholars and thinkers without academic credentials who have made profound contributions. Here is a book that shows that intellectual work and influence need not be divorced from the concerns of local communities or deliberately promote narrative inequality and distance. The primary focus here is the intellectual production of the prominent Yoruba intelligentsia outside of the academy. This book analyzes the broad themes of the chroniclers who wrote in Yoruba and English and the contribution of the gurus among them, along with selected primary texts.

Tradition and Change in Africa: The Essays of J.F. Ade Ajayi

edited by Toyin Falola

Tradition and Change in Africa: The Essays of J.F. Ade Ajayi

Dr. J. F. Ade Ajayi, emeritus professor of History, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, is a pioneer Africanist, known worldwide for his contribution to the development of African studies and Nigerian history. He was vice-chancellor of the Unviersity of Lagos and received his country's highest honor, the Nigerian National Merit Award; he also served as a member of the Group of Eminent Persons established by the Organization of African Unity. This book brings together a selection of his leading essays written over a forty-year period, 1958-1998, many of them hitherto unpublished, around the following themes: the relevance of the past in understanding the present; the relevance of 19th-century mission history to contemporary issues; colonialism; the national question as viewed from a historical perspecitve; the development and legacy of slavery in Africa; and a review of nationalist historiography. The essays constitute an appeal to reason for racial justice and purposeful amelioration of the painful legacies of slavery and colonial rule.

Africa 2: African Cultures and Societies Before 1885

edited by Toyin Falola

Africa 2: African Cultures and Societies Before 1885

Volume 2: African Cultures and Societies before 1885, provides a broad view of precolonial experiences and expressions in Africa. The book focuses on culture as a means of understanding both the traditions that thrived throughout Africa and the efforts of modern Africans to reclaim their cultural past in lands that have been divided and exploited by Western imperial powers.

Africa 1: African History Before 1885

edited by Toyin Falola

Africa 1: African History Before 1885

Volume 1: African History Before 1885 introduces students to the various precolonial histories of Africa. Instead of generalizing about the continent, the chapters reconstruct the histories of many different societies in various historical periods.