n Journal of Somali Studies - Africa’s First Democrats: Somalia’s Aden A. Osman and Abdirazak H. Hussein, Abdi Ismail Samatar - book review

Volume 6 Number 1
  • ISSN : 2056-5674
  • E-ISSN: 2056-5682



For African Post-colonial researchers who have taken to heart the oft-quoted Gramscian adage “pessimism of the intellect; optimism of the will,” optimism is the best way out of the contemporary African conundrum. The efficacy of such optimism becomes palpable when it is infused and combined with talent and gumption. In other words, this kind of optimism compels Africans to critically examine the gathering of rainclouds on the horizon. From this perspective, Abdi Samatar’s book Africa’s First Democrats is undoubtedly a welcome addition.

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