African Awakening

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An insightful and comprehensive compilation of the year’s events, this record offers in-the-moment comment and analysis as well as informed reflection on the 2011 African uprisings. While the tumultuous uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya have seized the attention of media analysts, the concurrent rebellions in Benin, Gabon, Senegal, Swaziland, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Uganda, and in other parts of the African continent have gone virtually unnoticed. Arguing that these disturbances are the result of decades of declining living standards, mass unemployment, land dispossessions, and impoverishment of the majority, this account provides an overview of the struggle for democratization, which constitutes a reawakening of the spirit of freedom and justice for all.


Sokari Ekine is an activist and the writer of the award-winning blog, Black Looks. She is the author of Grace, Tenacity and Eloquence: The Struggle for Women's Rights in Africa and SMS Uprising: Mobile Activism in Africa. Firoze Manji is the founder and former executive director of Fahamu and the editor of Pambazuka News. He is also the former program director for the International Secretariat of Amnesty International and the former CEO for the Aga Khan Foundation UK. He is the author of African Voices on Development and Social Justice and China's New Role in Africa and the South: A Search for a New Perspective.