African feminists need to determine their priorities
This is the second part of the Pan African Review conversation that Cynthia Umurungi had with Veronique Nyiramongi Mbaye on her article titled: Panafrican Feminism: A Case Against False Female Liberation.
September 24, 2021
Afro-feminism is a fundamental feature of Pan-Africanism
This Panafrican conversation features Véronique Nyiramongi Mbaye, a copywriter and cultural commentator. She is a feminist who loves telling African stories. Her work principally critiques West and East African post-colonial political movements. In this episode, Veronique explains how Afro-feminism is a fundamental feature of Panafricanism.
September 20, 2021
Failing to stand in imperialism's way
In this episode, Levi Kabwato explains how the African Union and African states have failed to say NO to imperialism.
September 9, 2021
Colonialism and Culture with Levi Kabwato
In this episode, Levi Kabwato explains how colonialism manifests itself around culture.
September 8, 2021
Reflections On African Liberation Movements_Part 2
''Success for a liberation movement does not lie simply in measuring up to international standards of anything or turning the country they inherit into an instant liberal democracy or run-away economic success.'' In this episode, Dr. Golooba explains that success for a liberation movement lies in the consistent pursuit of its original goals; inclusion, as much as possible, of groups that might otherwise foment instability and even of ordinary citizens, in decision making; and pursuit of self-reliance.
July 9, 2021
Reflections On African Liberation Movements_ Part 1
The term ‘liberation movement’ has been part of the political lexicon in Africa since the emergence of organised groups, usually armed, to free African countries or societies from the yoke of colonial rule. Interestingly, those that sought to achieve independence through peaceful means never qualified for the label. Instead, they became ‘independence movements’. Liberation movements usually sprang up in countries where the colonial powers were so determined to frustrate calls for independence that they could kill to preserve the status quo. In this episode, Dr. Golooba explains how the first-generation independence warriors or liberators made such extravagant promises that in the end, they were generally eventually unable to deliver.
July 9, 2021
Africa’s Elusive Quest For True Liberation
Many African governments have remained in the service of imperialistic goals and activities. These best represent the tragedy we face where leaders speak big but act the opposite, denounce the West but keep Africa tied to Western imperatives. In this episode, Dr Moses Khisa mentioned the case of Uganda’s economic transformation that over the last three decades has done little to fundamentally turnaround the fate of the majority poor Ugandans because the bulk of the economy remains out of reach for the vast majority of citizens. He asks...whose Africa is rising?
July 7, 2021
True liberation guarantees the dignity, respect and humanity of Africans
Without ownership of the means of production and active participation in meaningful productive economic activities, which is precisely the problem with Uganda’s economy today, and indeed other African countries, true liberation and social emancipation are a distant dream. In this episode, he talks about those key things that Africans should do to save themselves from the arrogance, disrespect and demeaning paternalism of their ostensible Western benefactors.
July 7, 2021
True Uhuru has eluded the continent for more than half-century now
The African continent remains hostage to myriad forces, both internally generated and externally produced. True Uhuru has eluded the continent for more than half-century now. The agenda for genuine liberation, for self-determination and the freedom to chart a path that assures the full dignity of the African people is not some abstract and academic ideal; it is a real and concrete goal. In this episode, Dr Moses Khisa explains why he says that : 'Africa is captive, a beaten continent, available for the taking'.
July 7, 2021
The African life is under assault
This conversation was inspired by the ideas expressed in this article: A Pan-Africanist believes the African way of life is valid. ''Some, like those who resisted slavery and colonialism, had fought and were defeated—or so it seems. Yet, others – like the African nationalists who agitated for independence and the civil rights activists who demanded full citizenship rights – had gained a partial victory. But it was the resistance and courage of those who had been considered defeated that inspired those who won partial victories. It is also the moral obligation of those who came after them to pick up from where they left in the quest for the dignity of Africans – the idea of the African way of life as valid. Pan-Africanism is, therefore, a constant quest to perfect the dignity of Africans: where the end of slavery never delivered full citizenship rights, to agitate; and where independence remained in form rather than substance, to take up the struggle and make it meaningful''
May 17, 2021
The Pan-African Review podcast_What it is all about
Part of the problem facing Africa is that the agency to articulate the trials and tribulations of Africans has for long been usurped by foreigners. As a principle, everyone should get involved in debates on Africa, of course. However, rather than seek to understand Africa, these foreigners prefer to legislate for Africans how their societies should be, mostly based on how their own home countries are politically organised. Until Africans, who are primarily faced with the consequences of the thinking around governance, take control and relegate foreigners to subordinate roles, the clarity we seek to confront our challenges will continue to elude us. This podcast and other platforms by the Pan-African Review will contribute to that purpose.
May 17, 2021