How did Fela Kuti use Afro-beat to address the political and social conditions of Nigeria's
military dictatorship(s) and flawed Democracy during the 1970's and 80's?
This is my first time ever hearing of him. When I listened to the documentary and read on
What concepts in the textbook characterize Mugabe's rule? Should the international community
be doing more?
I must say that Mugabes rule is an example of kleptocratic state, furthermore known as vampire
state (Thomson, 221). Resources were sucked out of s
To what extent can African military coups be explained by environmental (socio
economic/political culture) factors?
African military coups occur in states where lacking institutionalized political cultures, economic
hardship and social division is at. Thi
Can African classes be defined solely by the means of production, or do political considerations
also play a prominent role?
I think political considerations play a prominent role in many African classes. Political power
seems to rules over all because it
In what ways have the course materials influenced your thinking about Africa?
I have to say that is has greatly influence me to see the picture clearer and not always believe
what I heard in the media. Before this class all my thoughts about Africa was ne
To what extent has the international economy hindered Africa's post-colonial development?
The international economy hindered Africa's development for several reasons; Africa ended up
getting an unequal exchange, declining commodity price and monocrop expo
Do you share Ibrahim's outlook on Africa's development? Why?
I do share Ibrahim's outlook on Africa's development. He sums that up to the T. If African could
do as he said they will prosper. The Africans have the power they just dont know how to use it.
Africa has been downgraded strategically since the cold war. How has this affected the continent
as a whole, positively or negatively and why?
The positive was Africa states accepted development of aid, loans, technical assistance and other
I would like my classmates to seek out some of Fela's work and discuss the issue being addressed
by the particular song that is chosen. Considering what we have studied thus far in the course,
how does Fela's observations compare to the issues mentioned i
What was the key to capitalism's downfall in Africa and why?
According to the text The key to capitalisms downfall would be that this mode of production
did indeed create a mass proletariat. Given their exploitation by the ruling class, and the reality
What role should Western Countries and African based NGOs play in helping fight HIV/AIDS in
The role the Western Countries and the NGOS play is educate the people about how important it
is for them to take their medicine as well as to keep co
What role can/do intellectuals play in modern African life?
Intellectuals play a very important role, by getting the message out through books, music, art and
other different way. Its a way of teaching us and influencing us about the past and the past.
If you were an African leader after independence, would you have been African socialist like
Julius Nyerere and Kwame Nkrumah or a state capitalist like Jomo Kenyatta and Felix
Houphouet Boigny? Why?
I think I would have been an African socialist like Jul
In what ways has oil been problematic for Nigeria and why? Who is responsible for the situation
in the Niger Delta?
When you thing of oil in Nigeria you think of wealth but thats not the case, everything look
possible but went all wrong. Some of the probl
In what ways did the international politics of the Cold War undermine Angola's young
independence movement? What were the results of international interference there?
In the struggle for independence against imperialist Portugal lasting from 1961 to 1975,
According to Nugents text, in what ways have International Financial Institutions, HIV/AIDS
and Non-Governmental Organizations changed Africa?
According to the text, the NGOs viewed themselves as the good guy they became the moral
and financial beneficiar
What were some prominent examples and negative outcomes of military rule across Africa?
There were four categories of military rulers which were: the caretakers, reformers and
redeemers, and the usurpers. Caretaker regimes "were those which continued to a
What were some successes and failures of both capitalist and socialist regimes in Africa from
Socialist had success in the social areas such as schooling, health services, and welfare programs;
they actually succeed with this but they failed in e
In Chapter 4, Nugent traces how traditional forms of African government have been adapted to
modern political systems across Africa. In your view, are traditional chiefs necessary in
modern Africa governed by Presidents: why or why not?
In my view the chi
What are some examples of how inherited borders from the colonial era led to conflict and
secessionist movements? Is Pan-Africanism a realistic alternative to the arbitrary borders left by
Some of the examples of how inherited borders from the
In what ways is political geography important for African nations? How do borders, climate,
proximity to water, population growth, access to raw materials etc. forecast how each country
might develop differently?
For starters the political geography is im
In the Angola videos, we see a prime example of the U.S. intervening in what appears to be a
situation where intervention was not needed. Do you agree with this and do you believe the
groups in Angola would have worked its differences out without any outs
My question is, in the United States socialism is often used as derogatory term that isn't often
explained to the public. After your readings on how some African leaders attempted to
implement some form of socialism in their countries, has your view of th
According to Nugent, the Uganda Aids Commission was established, drawing in the Churches
and NGO's and was charged with the task of co-ordinating an awareness programme. The
evidence suggests that Ugendans did indeed take up the invitation too speak about
After Africa gained its independence there was two main regimes that dominated the continent:
the one-party state and military rule. An example of one party state is Cote DIvoire, and an
example of military regime is Ghana. It is believed that a one-party
Nugent gives us three fundamental distinctions of the institution of chieftaincy: formal power,
influence, and prestige. With Africa's current state which one do you think would be most
I would say that influence would be most effective to
The performance of the OAU (Organization of African Unity) failed to address the most serious
problems which afflicted the continent. Why do you think the OAU failed? Will the AU (African
Union) be able to accomplish what the OAU could not and will the AU
The video states the harsh conditions and all the problems Nigeria is going through with the oil.
People is getting kidnap and losing their lives behind oil and the government not benefiting the
country, just making it poorer. I think that this is a good
In what ways did Nkrumah attempt to achieve African nationalism in Ghana?
Kwame Nkrumah was an influential twentieth century advocate of Pan-Africanism, and the
leader of Ghana and its predecessor state, the Gold Coast, from 1952 to 1966. He became Prime
Does China represent a partner for development or a replacement for European colonial powers
After watching the video there were never any intention for the Chinese to develop a partnership
only for them to be a replacement for European colonial