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African and African-American books on politics, history, economics, social issues, race relations, and international affairs.

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Godfrey Mwakikagile, Relations Between Africans and African Americans: Misconceptions, Myths and Realities (Grand Rapids, Michigan: National Academic Press, 2005), 302 pages, softcover edition. $12.95.

This work looks at relations between Africans and African Americans from the perspective of an African, and of shared perceptions on both sides of the Atlantic. Incorporated into the analysis are stories of individuals who have interacted, worked and lived with members of both groups in Africa and in the United States, including the author himself. Stereotypes and misunderstandings of each other constitute an integral part of this study, explained from both perspectives, African and African-American.
The author, a former journalist in Tanzania and now an academic author whose books are found in public and university libraries around the world, has lived in the United States, mostly in the black community, for more than 30 years. He articulates his position from the vantage point of someone who has lived on both sides of the Atlantic, focusing on a subject that has generated a lot of interest among Africans and African Americans through the years. And it continues to be one of great misunderstanding between the two sides, in spite of increased contacts and communication between Africa and Black America, and between individual Africans and African Americans in the United States and in Africa.

What is the state of relations between Africans and African Americans? How do Africans see black Americans, and how do black Americans see them? What is their experience with American blacks and what is the experience of black Americans with them, individually and collectively, in general? How are Africans accepted by black people in the United States? And how are black Americans accepted in Africa? Do Africans see American blacks as fellow Africans, cousins or distant cousins, or just as Americans?
These are some of the questions answered in this book, written by an African, and based on his experience of  more than 30 years interacting with African Americans, and on the experiences of many Africans and African Americans quoted in this study:




Chapter One:
Enduring Ties Between Africa and the Diaspora

Chapter Two:
My Life with African Americans

Chapter Three:
The Image of Africa in America

Chapter Four:
The Attitude of Africans Towards African Americans

Chapter Five:
The Attitude of African Americans Towards Africans

Chapter Six:
Misconceptions About Each Other

Chapter Seven:
African Americans in Tanzania: Black Panther Leader
Pete O'Neal and Others

Chapter Eight:
Back to the Motherland: Fihankra
An African-American Settlement in Ghana
and Other Diasporans

What Africans and African Americans
Think About Their Relations: Voices From Within

Suggested Works

About the Author

The Author and other titles: 

Godfrey Mwakikagile is the author of a number of books found in public and university libraries around the world. They include, Economic Development in Africa (Huntington, New York: Nova Science Publishers, 1999); Africa and the West (Nova Science, 2000); The Modern African State: Quest for Transformation (Nova Science, 2001); Military Coups in West Africa Since the Sixties (Nova Science, 2001); Ethnic Politics in Kenya and Nigeria: A Comparative Study (Nova Science, 2001); Nyerere and Africa: End of an Era (Atlanta, Georgia: Protea Publishing, 2002); Africa is in A Mess: What Went Wrong and What Should Be Done (Palo Alto, California: Fultus Books, 2004); Tanzania Under Mwalimu Nyerere: Reflections on an African Statesman (Fultus Books, 2004); Black Conservatives: Are They Right or Wrong? The Black Conservative Phenomenon in Contemporary America: Contending Ideologies: Conservatism versus Liberalism (Fultus Books, 2004); Relations Between Africans and African Americans: Misconceptions, Myths and Realities (Grand Rapids, Michigan: National Academic Press, 2005).
Godfrey Mwakikagile, Tanzania Before and After Independence and The Introduction of Multiparty Democracy (Grand Rapids, Michigan: National Academic Press, 2005), 261 pages, softcover edition. $11.95.

Life in colonial Tanganyika in the fifties; the struggle for independence; political and economic developments in Tanganyika which became Tanzania in 1964 after uniting with Zanzibar; the adoption of one-party rule and socialism; life in Tanzania in the seventies and eighties; the introduction of multiparty democracy in the early nineties; and where the country is headed in this new era of free-market policies and multiparty politics after the death of the founding father and the nation's first president, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere; these are some of the subjects covered in this work by a former Tanzanian journalist, now an author of a number of books mostly about Africa and Black America.

Godfrey Mwakikagile, Julius Nyerere and the Liberation of Africa (Grand Rapids, Michigan: National Academic Press, 2005), 365 pages, softcover edition. $14.95

The liberation struggle in southern Africa was one of the most important events in world history since the end of World War II. The author looks at the pivotal role President Julius Nyerere of Tanzania played in the struggle which ended with the collapse of apartheid in South Africa in 1994 not long before Nyerere died in 1999. He also examines other major events across the African continent, including the emergence of Nyerere as one of the most prominent African leaders in the continent's history; the Zanzibar revolution, one of the most pivotal events in the history of post-colonial Africa and the entire Third World; the union of Tanganyika and Zanzibar; and the failure of the East African federation - why the three East African countries of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania failed to unite - among many other subjects.

Godfrey Mwakikagile, Post-Colonial Africa: A Continent in Crisis (Grand Rapids, Michigan: National Academic Press, 2005), 302 pages, softcover edition. $12.95.

This work is a sweeping survey of Africa since independence in the sixties. Wrong economic policies, bad leadership, mismanagement of resources, and exploitation of the continent by rich and powerful nations, are the main reasons why the continent is trapped in poverty. The author addresses these issues and offers some solutions to this predicament but insists that it is Africans themselves, not outsiders, who can solve the continent's problems. But he also concedes that industrialized nations have a major role to play in order to help Africa develop.

Godfrey Mwakikagile, Black Conservatives and Their Republican Agenda: Why They Are Rejected by Black America (Grand Rapids, Michigan: National Academic Press, 2005) 384 pages, softcover edition. $14.95.

Policy and philosophical differences, as well as differences in perceptions between black American conservatives and other blacks is the main focus of this book. Why do black Republicans oppose affirmative action, although even they themselves are beneficiaries of this compensatory policy? And why do the majority of African Americans support such programs including federal intervention in many areas to help them, unlike black conservatives who are firmly opposed to such intervention? How do black conservatives differ with other blacks on issues such as racism, the criminal justice system, crime, poverty, and welfare among other subjects? Those are some of the issues discussed in this book.

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