In 1905, scandalous reports of torture in France's overseas colonies rocked Paris. Brazza was sent to investigate. Born an Italian nobleman, Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza had spent twenty years exploring equatorial Africa as a French naval officer. His attempts to reconcile African development and prosperity with French colonial policy had already cost him his career. Now his commitment to expose colonial abuses would cost him his life. Already divided by the anti-Semitic currents of the Dreyfus Affair, France was about to discover the reality of its administration in central Africa. The European economy's greed for rubber had created a hidden world of slave labor and violence, with scenes that inspired the "horror" of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. Brazza, A Life for Africa is the first English-language biography of a man who lived an extraordinary life. Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza was a nobleman, a naval cadet, an explorer, a glamorous idol to 19th-century Parisians, a colonial governor, and a human rights investigator, as well as a husband, father, and friend. By turns thrilling, romantic, and tragic, Brazza's story blends exotic adventures with all-too-human emotions and experiences.
A photographic tour of the entire African continent offers works of one hundred top photojournalists taken on the same day--February 28. 2002--and depicts such subjects as Namibia's San people and the Lagos music scene.
Now in its eleventh successful year, the Caine Prize for African Writing is Africa's leading literary prize, awarded to a short story by an African writer, published in English, whether in Africa or elsewhere. This edition collects the five 2010 shortlisted stories, along with stories written at the Caine Prize Writers' Workshop taking place in Spring 2010. The collection will be released to coincide with the announcement of this year's shortlist. The impressive line-up of writers from previous years includes Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Brian Chikwava.
The moving story of a woman in Africa."This is the end of the road for us in Zimbabwe . . . Yesterday we received the eviction notice, the Section 8 letter. The farm is going to be taken over by the government ..."Maureen Sneddon Barnard escapes a night of slaughter by the Mau Mau in Kenya. Then she is forced off her farm in Zimbabwe. She leaves with a precious possession, a little brown suitcase with diaries of many years and newspaper clippings that bear witness to a life of courage and tenacity, dreams, losses and loves. She has known a magnificent Africa, but also its dark side, always aware of her impermanence and the winds of Africa that will blow away the traces of her being there.
Ethnographic Explorations of Public and Collective Services
Author: Giorgio Blundo
Category: Social Science
Anchored in an empirically-grounded anthropology, this book explores the notion of governance in a non-normative way. It describes and analyses the institutional and political processes through which social actors and groups - be they state, private or 'third-sector' - contribute to the provision of public and collective goods or services. The book draws on case studies from Anglophone and Francophone Africa, crossing anthropological traditions that have too often evolved in parallel directions and dealing with a range of topics such as health, water supply, sanitation and waste management, security, humanitarian aid, land issues and decentralisation. Beyond African boundaries, it contributes to current debates about governmentality, public policy, subject making, public/private boundaries, and the role of the state.