What was the fight for Africa's independence all about? Was it just about majority rule? Was it to replace foreign economic and political systems with home-grown African systems or for Africa to remain with and/or adopt foreign systems? In "African Nationalism", the late African freedom fighter Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole presents a compelling account of why Africans sought their independence and his vision of a system that would be ideal for Africa's governance.
Should the continent seek to retain relations and model its rule after the Western capitalist democracies, or venture out East?
Can true Pan-Africanism and localized nationalism coexist?
If the ontology of African nationalism is inherently rooted in its opposition to European colonialism, what then is the African nation in the postcolonial era?
These are but some of the pressing questions that Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole, puts before the contemporary readers of thi book, now as he first did in 1959.
The compelling purpose of this book is to:
- Explain why Africans rose against colonial leaders and dissect the meaning and implications of the African freedom and independence that came just as the book was being completed
- Become a reliable and comprehensive source of reflection on how Africans use experiences and expectations of the past to shape Africa's future and status as an equal force
- Serve as a guide and a source of knowledge for the current and upcoming generations on why African forefathers fought so hard and what their visions were for Africa
- Help put into perspective the goals and aspirations of Africa's founding fathers against the backdrop of the realities of Africa today - has Africa lost its way? If so, how can it get back on track so that the visions of independent Africa's founding fathers may be realized one day? And so much more
Perhaps, most compelling of all, "African Nationalism" drives the point that this fight is not an optional undertaking.
It is a must if Africa is to take its rightful place as the richest continent on earth in terms of resources and as the future global leader in safeguarding the wellbeing of its people and the human race as a whole in centuries to come.
As the foreword states, "It is a book worth keeping, with counsel worth seeking."