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n African Renaissance - Who is an African?
Identity, Citizenship and the Making of the Africa-Nation, Jideofor Adibe (Ed.) : book review

Volume 6, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305

Abstract

Who is an African? At face value, the answer seems obvious. Surely, everyone knows who the African is, it would seem. But the answer becomes less obvious once other probing qualifiers are added to the question. How is the African identity constructed in the face of the mosaic of identities that people of African ancestry living within and beyond the continent bear? Do all categorised as Africans or as having an African pedigree perceive themselves as Africans? Are all who perceive themselves as Africans accepted as such? Are there levels of "Africanness", and are some more African than others? How does African identity interface with other levels of identity and citizenship in Africa? And what are the implications of the contentious nature of African identity and citizenship for the projects of pan-Africanism, the making of the Africa-nation, and Africa's development trajectories?

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2019-08-25

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