This volume attempts to insert itself within the larger discussion of Africa in the twenty-first century, especially within the realm of world politics. Despite the underwhelming amount of attention given to Africa’s role in international politics in popular news sources, it is evident that Africa has a consistent record of participating in world politics—one that pre-dates colonization and continues today. In continuance of this legacy of active participation in global political exchanges, Africans today can be heard in dialogues that span the world and their roles are impossible to replace by other entities. It is evident that a vastly different Africa exists than ones that bolster images of starvation, corruption, and compliance.
The essays in this volume center on Africa and Africans participating in international political discourses, but with an emphasis on various forms of expression and philosophies, as these factors heavily influence Africa’s role as a participant in global politics. The reader will find a variety of essays that permeate surface discussions of politics and political activism by inserting African culture, rhetoric, philosophies into the larger discus-sion of international politics and Africa’s role in worldwide political, social, and economic debates.
Toyin Falola is the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair Professor in the Humanities and a Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, USA. He is a Fellow of the Historical Society of Nigeria and a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters.
Danielle Portcr Sanchez is a doctoral candidate in the Department of His-tory at the University of Texas at Austin, USA.