Africa's Usable Pasts

A series from Post-Colonialisms Today (PCT) recapturing progressive thought and policies from early post-independence Africa to address contemporary development challenges.

Post-Colonialisms Today provides an antidote to Western-centric analysis of Africa in a special issue of 'Africa Development.'

Since European colonialism first arrived, Africa has provided its best raw materials to the global North. Can African countries finally break out of this pattern?

How early post-independence clarity on the link between food self-sufficiency and national sovereignty offers lessons for contemporary efforts.

What lessons for today are there from how post-independence governments in Africa conceptualized sovereignty?

Fatma Alloo (of the Tanzania Media Women's Association) on how women used the media and cultural spaces to organize and challenge gender norms.

How Kwame Nkrumah and Julius Nyerere’s approaches to gender politics, help reshape feminist visions for reclaiming a developmental state.

Nkrumah, Nyerere and Senghor were acutely aware of the need to displace the epistemic conditions of colonization in order to transcend it.

How managing COVID-19 and other crises necessitates Africa’s structural transformation, and what we can learn from the early post-independence development projects.

The task is to recapture progressive thought and policies from post-independence Africa for our times.