The Pan-African Pantheon

Prophets, Poets, and Philosophers

Edited by Adekeye Adebajo

The Pan-African Pantheon


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5681-5
  • Pages: 680
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £100.00
  • Published Date: March 2021
  • BIC Category: History, POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / African, BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural Heritage, HISTORY / Africa / General, Non-Western Philosophy, Biography & True Stories / Biography: historical, political & military, Humanities / African history


With forty accessible essays on the key intellectual contributions to Pan-Africanism, this volume offers readers a fascinating insight into the intellectual thinking and contributions to Pan-Africanism. The book explores the history of Pan-Africanism and quest for reparations, early pioneers of Pan-Africanism as well as key activists and politicians, and Pan-African philosophy and literati.

Diverse and key figures of Pan-Africanism from Africa, the Caribbean, and America are covered by these chapters, including: Edward Blyden, W.E.B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, Amy Ashwood Garvey, George Padmore, Kwame Nkrumah, Franz Fanon, Amilcar Cabral, Arthur Lewis, Maya Angelou, C.L.R. James, Ruth First, Ali Mazrui, Wangari Maathai, Thabo Mbeki, Wole Soyinka, Derek Walcott, and Chimamanda Adichie.

While acknowledging the contributions of these figures to Pan-Africanism, these essays are not just celebratory, offering valuable criticism in areas where their subjects may have fallen short of their ideals.


'A major contribution to our understanding of the life and work of key figures in the history of Pan-Africanism, presented by scholars from Africa, the Caribbean, the US and Europe.'
Hakim Adi, Professor of the History of Africa and the African Diaspora, University of Chichester

'This volume constitutes a remarkable piece of scholarship, given its conceptualisation, scope of thematic coverage, and fascinating range of eminent African and Diaspora personalities, encompassing the scope and promise for building a new "people-driven Pan-Africanism". This is a volume deserving to be read and re-read, reflected on, widely disseminated and debated - it is indeed a tour de force.'
Patrick Gomes, former Secretary-General of the Organisation of African, Caribbean, and Pacific States

'This book makes a unique contribution to the literature on Pan-Africanism. It not only analyses Pan-Africanism as a school of thought, but connects this intellectual thinking to the lived experiences of those who practiced and promoted this worldview. Such a rich interrogation of Pan-Africanism as a school of thought is both timely, and will stand the test of time on bookshelves for years to come.'
Krista Johnson, Associate Professor of African Studies, Howard University

'This book is a must-read for students and practitioners interested in the political, socio-economic, and cultural autonomy and self-reliant development of exiled Africans and Africans on the continent.'
Kwame Akonor, Associate Professor of Political Science, Seton Hall University

'We must celebrate Adebajo's objective, through this book, to contribute "substantively to efforts to transform curricula", an ongoing exercise in South Africa known as the "decolonisation of education".
Journal of Renaissance Studies


Introduction: The Roots and Routes of Pan-Africanism
1 Adekeye Adebajo, Pan-Africanism: From the Twin Plagues of European Locusts to Africa's Triple Quest for Emancipation
2 Hilary Beckles, The Great Durban Betrayal: Global Africa, Reparations, and the End of Pan-Africanism

The Pioneers
3 Gilbert M. Khadiagala, Edward Wilmot Blyden: Pan-African Pioneer
4 Aldon D. Morris, W.E.B. Du Bois: "The Father of Pan-Africanism"?
5 Colin Grant, Marcus Garvey: "Africa for the Africans"
6 Seamus Duggan, George Padmore: The Pan-African Scholar-Activist
7 Rhoda Reddock, Amy Ashwood Garvey: Global Pan-African Feminist
8 Bongani Ngqulunga, Pixley Seme: The Regeneration of Africa

The Politicians
9 Ama Biney, Kwame Nkrumah: "A Great African, But Not a Great Ghanaian"?
10 Adekeye Adebajo, Thabo Mbeki: The Pan-African Philosopher-King
11 W. Andy Knight, Dudley Thompson: Pan-African Politician and Diplomat
12 Adekeye Adebajo, Boutros Boutros-Ghali: The Pan-African Peacemaker

The Activists
13 Lee A. Daniels, Malcolm X: Pan-African Crusader for Social Justice
14 Alease Brown, Maya Angelou: Pan-Africanism within a Politics of Respectability
15 Annita Montoute, Walter Rodney: Pan-African Martyr
16 Maureen Isaacson, Ruth First: Pan-African Revolutionary
17 Janice Golding, Wangari Maathai: The Environmental Peacebuilder
18 Pearl T. Robinson, Randall Robinson: A Pan-African Foreign Policy Virtuoso

The Social Scientists
19 Selwyn R. Cudjoe, C.L.R. James: With Africa on His Mind
20 Alison E. Stone Roofe, Arthur Lewis: Nobel Actor on a Pan-African Stage
21 Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni, Ali Mazrui: African Identity and the African Condition
22 Zine Magubane, Stuart Hall: The Making of a "Post-Colonial" Sociologist
23 Jerome Afeikhena, Adebayo Adedeji: Prophet of Pan-African Integration

The Philosophers
24 L. Adele Jinadu, Frantz Fanon: Pan-African Philosopher of Democracy and Development
25 Reiland Rabaka, Amilcar Cabral: Critical Theorist of Revolutionary Decolonisation
26 N. Barney Pityana,Steve Biko: Philosopher of Black Consciousness
27 M. John Lamola, Paulin J. Hountondji: Africa's Quest for Authentic Knowledge
28 Kwabena Opoku-Agyemangand Cheikh Thiam, V.Y. Mudimbe: The Philosopher-Poet
29 Kweku Ampiah, Kwame Anthony Appiah: The Cosmopolitan Pan-Africanist

The Literati
30 Abiola Irele, Léopold Senghor: Poet-President of Négritude
31 Sanya Osha, Wole Soyinka: Ogun's Bard
32 Vladimir Lucien,Derek Walcott: Black Power and "The Myth of My Own Self"
33 Louisa Uchum Egbunike, Buchi Emecheta: The Burden of Exile
34 Ada Uzoamaka Azodo, Mariama Bâ: Pioneering Feminist
35 Ndirangu Wachanga, Micere Mugo: Making Life Sing in Pursuit of Utu

The Musical Activists
36 Nomsa Mwamuka, Miriam Makeba: Mama Africa
37 Clinton Hutton, Bob Marley: Revolutionary Prophet of African Unity
38 Sola Olorunyomi, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti: A Felasophy of Kalakuta Republic and African Citizenship


Adekeye Adebajo is Director of the Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation at the University of Johannesburg. He was Executive Director of the Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR) in Cape Town between 2003 and 2016. Adebajo served on United Nations missions in South Africa, Western Sahara, and Iraq, and was Director of the Africa Programme at the International Peace Institute (IPI) in New York.

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