Narrating War and Peace in Africa

edited by Toyin Falola and hetty Ter Haar

Narrating War and Peace in Africa

A comprehensives volume that offers historic al and nuanced analyses of representations of war and peace in Africa, ranging from nationalist movements in postcolonial realities, from the fields of African studies and cultural studies, linguistics, journalism and the media, literature, film, drama and performance, women’s and gender studies, and human rights.

War and Peace in Africa

edited by Toyin Falola and Raphael Chijioke Njoku

War and Peace in Africa

This volume provides the reader with important background information on the driving forces behind the continent’s civil wars and conflicts. With the benefit of their multidisciplinary approaches, the contributors each present expert perspectives on diverse aspects of both civil and regional conflicts in unique ways that together elucidate our understanding of the interactions among nation building, ethnonationalism, armed conflicts, and state collapse. The emergent themes convey a harrowing reality that war and peace have been close companions in history. Most modern states in Europe, Asia, and the Americas are products of war and nationalist struggles. Similar dynamics best explain the havoc and sense of despair these wars have brought upon Africa. The book's twenty-six chapters are divided into three parts: Part A contains three chapters focusing on the contexts and causations of wars and conflicts. Part B is made up of nine chapters dwelling on wars and conflicts resulting from Africa’s contact with Europe. Part C has fourteen chapters highlighting wars and post-war reconstructions in the postcolonial era. Overall, the emerging themes from War and Peace in Africa call for a serious reflection on the future of the postcolonial state.

Hot Spot: Sub-Saharan Africa

edited by Toyin Falola and Adebayo Oyebade

Hot Spot: Sub-Saharan Africa

Conflict has been a critical factor in the making of contemporary Africa and its study is key to understanding the continent's tortuous history. Hot Spot: Sub-Saharan Africa analyzes the area's major, post-independence conflicts intense enough to threaten—or appear to threaten—national, regional, or international security. This work defines conflict broadly to encompass political instability and state failure, ethno-religious tensions, government and political corruption, economic mismanagement and poverty, cult violence, and youth gangsterism. Thematically organized chapters examine the origins and development of explosive hot spots—including Sudan, Somalia, Rwanda, and Democratic Republic of Congo—in West Africa; Nigeria; Southern Africa; the Horn and East Africa; and the Great Lakes region. The book also explores outside factors that have impacted African conflicts, such as superpower Cold War manipulation and foreign influence and intervention.

The Collected Essays of Ogbu Uke Kalu Vol. 1
AFRICAN PENTECOSTALISM: Global Discourses, Migrations, Exchanges and Connections

edited by Wilhelmina J. Kalu, Nimi Wariboko and Toyin Falola

AFRICAN PENTECOSTALISM: Global Discourses, Migrations, Exchanges and Connections

This book provides an excellent lens to view, interpret, and evaluate the Pentecostal experience in the African continent. Contrary to dominant Western perspectives on African Pentecostalism which sees it as a religious vehicle for Western global cultural influences in Africa, Kalu provides an alternative trans-national discourse that is sensitive to local identities, appropriations, and contestations of global processes.

In essay after essay in this volume, he demonstrates the courage to blaze a new path, offer new, bold insights, render prevailing discourse obsolete, and set sail a new one in the treacherous academic waters by shifting the terms, accent, and drift of the old one. As this set of sixteen essays shows, he researched profusely, argued trenchantly, and thought and taught powerfully to change how African Pentecostalism is portrayed, interpreted, and situated both within Christianity and within African traditional religions.

The Collected Essays of Ogbu Uke Kalu Vol. 2
CHRISTIAN MISSIONS IN AFRICA:Mission, Ferment and Trauma

edited by Wilhelmina J. Kaly, Nimi Wariboko and Toyin Falola

Mission, Ferment and Trauma

The narratives and analyses in this volume will enable scholars of global Christianity to discern how the shifting center of gravity in Christianity is being played out in Africa. Kalu in these essays do not simply record demographic shift, numerical growth, and vitality of African churches, but also and importantly shows how the expressions of Christianity are filtered through African cultures.

The Collected Essays of Ogbu Uke Kalu Vol. 3
RELIGIONS IN AFRICA: Conflicts, Politics and Social Ethics

edited by Toyin Falola and Wilhelmina J. Kalu, Nimi Wariboko and Toyin Falola

The Collected Essays of Ogbu Uke Kalu Vol. 3

This volume collects together Kalu’s insightful essays on the intersection of religion and social issues in Africa. They constitute an engaging set of political and ethical analyses of the flow of events as Christianity penetrated Africa and sustains itself it multiple forms. It is an illuminating, informative, and and provocative commentary on religion in African public spaces. It is also a constructive study of how religion affects public life, engaging the debate on how primal religions frame the outworking of the social ethics of African Christians and Muslims. In this set Kalu displays the sensitivity of a great historian coupled with an eye for ethical issues.