n African Renaissance - Social movements and nation-building in Nigeria and the Republic of South Africa : guest editor's comments

Volume 8, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


In the lecture that he gave at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa to mark this year's Africa Day, Ali A. Mazrui, who is also one of Africa's foremost scholars observed inter alia :

"Among the intriguing paradoxes of South Africa's history is that this land is the last country on the African continent to be , and yet it is also among the first to be truly . In our context here, liberation is either from racial minority rule or from colonialism in the imperial sense. On the other hand, democratization is either the quest for, or the consolidation of a system which combines government's accountability, with popular participation, and links the pursuit of social justice with open society."

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