Our Bulletin this year reflects our commitment to publishing authors based on the continent, to highlighting the achievements of Leeds’ graduate students, and to reflecting our city’s complex and evolving relationship with Africa. Emmanuel Adeniyi’s article employs linguistic analysis of Yoruba poetry to draw out new meaning from writings about identity crisis, the transatlantic slave trade and diaspora. Lauren Devine, winner of the Lionel Cliffe prize, critiques occidental consumerist paternalism in her article’s analysis of sensationalist accounts of African child-soldiers. Marika Sherwood, in her article on the All Colonial Peoples Conferences of 1945 reminds us of the vital role played by advocates of pan-African unity in challenging assumptions of imperial reconstruction after the Second World War. Max Farrar, Emily Zobel Marshall and Guy Farrar draw together the local and global heritage which has shaped the Leeds Carnival, and emphasise its enduring radical, socially-engaged character.
- Indexicality and Graphetics as Linguistic Tools for Meaning Creation and Negotiation in the Poems of Atlantic Yoruba Poets - Emmanuel Adeniyi
- Representing the Child Soldier - Lauren Devine
- The All Colonial Peoples Conferences in Britain, 1945 - Marika Sherwood
- The Leeds West Indian Carnival is Fifty - Max Farrar, Emily Zobel Marshall and Guy Farrar
- Report on Rwanda - Ryan Topper
In this issue we have a report on a YASN workshop on Gender and Sexuality in January 2016. One of the papers from that workshop by Manel Zouabi appears in this Bulletin. Another article, by Emma Rice, on the Calabash and gendered identity won the 2015-2016 Lionel Cliffe dissertation prize. Two further articles by Zindaba Chisiza and Abayomi Awelewa examine Theatre for Development and Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun respectively. The final set of articles consider Leeds’ relationship with Africa from different approaches. Martin Banham reminds us of some of the remarkable resources of the Leeds Library; Max Farrar provides a more painful reminder, of the history of racial violence in the city; while Christian Høgsbjerg’s interview with Joe Williams links the past with the present in a number of ways.
- The Problem with Theatre for Development in contemporary Malawi - Zindaba Chisiza
- Post-Revolutionary Tunisia - Manel Zouabi
- Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun - Abayomi Awelewa
- Re-thinking the Calabash - Emma Christina Rice
- The Leeds Black History Walk - An Interview with Joe Williams
- Materials relating to Africa at the Leeds Library - Martin Banham
- Remembering David Oluwale - Max Farrar
This issue includes the LUCAS 2015-16 Annual Lecture on the excesses of power given by Professor Wole Soyinka, Nobel Laureate, who studied at Leeds in the 1950s. Other articles include pieces by Emma Camp, Jethro Norman and Christian Høgsbjerg and a tribute to the late Prof Vic Allen by Alex Beresford.
- Narcissus and other Pall Bearers: Morbidity as Ideology - Wole Soyinka
- Thabo Mbeki’s AIDS denialism - Emma Camp
- Private Military and Security Companies in Somalia - Jethro Norman
- Remembering the Fifth Pan-African Congress - Christian Høgsbjerg
Our lead article this year is by Professor Ray Bush, who gave the annual LUCAS Lionel Cliffe lecture, analysing the history and causes of the rise and subsequent overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Other pieces include articles on LUCAS African Voices Week, the state of museums in Nigeria and the Ebola crisis, plus the usual news and book reviews.
- Evaluating the Efficacy of the African Voices Week at Three West Yorkshire Schools - Arthur Rose
- Ebola in Sierra Leone - Samuel Kargbo
- Resisting decomposition as evidence of bodily strength: funerary practice and psychological well-being in rural Guinea Bissau - Maxwell Cooper and Sarah Cooper
- A Museum of Colonial History and National Identity: Lokoja and the Nigerian situation regarding preserving the past - Amirikpa Oyigbenu
- Arab Spring to the Egyptian Winter? Ray Bush
This year our Bulletin is dedicated to the memory of our friend, colleague, and mentor to a whole host of Leeds academics and students, Professor Lionel Cliffe. We are delighted to be able to announce that we will be setting up an essay prize for student writing on Africa as the Lionel Cliffe prize. Further details will follow later in the year.
- Black Consciousness in South Africa and the Question of White Oppression under Apartheid - Edward Powell
- Positioning Kiswahili Video-films as a Pedagogical Institution - Vicensia Shule
- The Other Side of the Bush - Patience Nitumwesiga
Featuring an article by renowned Kenyan playwright, novelist and cultural activist (and alumnus of the School of English of the University of Leeds), Ngugi wa Thiong’o, alongside atricles by James Currey, Toussaint Nothias and Farai Michael Magunha.
- Understanding Remittances as a Form of Social Protection: An analysis of Kinships and Transnationalism amongst the Zimbabwean Diaspora - Farai Michael Magunha
- Definition and scope of Afro-pessimism: Mapping the concept and its usefulness for analysing news media coverage of Africa - Toussaint Nothias
- Ngũgĩ, Leeds and the Establishment of African Literature - James Currey
- The Language of Scholarship in Africa - Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
A report from the visit by Chinua Achebe in November 2011 to give a poetry reading and take part in a question and answer session at the Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre (and a fully occupied overflow lecture theatre with live video transmission) by Brendon Nicholls, and articles by Natasha Lloyd-Owen, Joseph Nfi.
- The Question of Insecurity in the Southern Cameroons Reunification Debate - Joseph Nfi
- Pleasure, Autonomy and the Myth of the Untouchable Body in Bessie Head’s Maru - Natasha Lloyd-Owen
- Chinua Achebe at Leeds: When the Great Share the Good - Brendon Nicholls
Articles by Professor Paul Richards of Wageningen University in the Netherlands, Dr Chukwuma Okoye, Lionel Cliffe and finally on the 25th anniversary of Band Aid, Jane Plastow, Lionel Cliffe and Philip White look back on their own involvement with the famine in Ethiopia.
- Land Issues under Power-Sharing: Comparing Kenya and Zimbabwe - Lionel Cliffe
- Looking Back: Nigerian Video Film Anthropologises the West - Chukwuma Okoye
- BAND AID: Memories from the Field 25 Years Ago - Lionel Cliffe, Jane Plastow & Philip White
- Afro-modernism: an assessment - a study of the occult in the Sierra Leone conflict - Paul Richards
Articles from a former Leeds research fellow, Solomon Tsehaye, on Eritrean oral culture; from Elinettie Chabwera on madness in the writing of Bessie Head, and from Hannah Cross on migration from West Africa.
- Books for UNZA - Ranka Primorac
- Madness and Spirituality in Bessie Head’s A Question of Power - Elinettie Kwanjana Chabwera
- Aspects of Traditional Wisdom: Agents of Conflict Resolution - Solomon Tsehaye
- Migration, Mobility and Borders: the EU and West African Migrant Communities - Hannah Cross
This issue is dedicated to our friend and colleague, Dr John Holmes, who served as a Board member for LUCAS from 2000 to 2008. In John’s honour we are delighted that one of his colleagues, Charles Ochieng’ Ong’ondo, has written us an article on language teacher education in Kenya. Our other main article is by Ray Bush, who gave his inaugural professorial lecture as the LUCAS Annual Lecture in 2007.
- Language Teacher Education as a Means to Social Development in Africa: the Kenyan Case - Charles Ochieng’ Ong’ondo
- Africa and globalisation - Ray Bush
This edition features three articles by scholars based at Leeds University. At the heart of the Bulletin is a long personal reflection by Morris Szeftel on the enduring horrors experienced by so many Africans, subjected to regimes both colonial and postcolonial that treat people as 'supernumeraries‘. Jane Plastow also writes on 'The LUCAS Schools‘ Global Citizenship Project', while Martin Banham looks back to his experiences of Nigeria on the eve of independence in 'Ibadan 1960‘.
- Ibadan 1960 - Martin Banham
- The LUCAS Schools' Global Citizenship Project - Jane Plastow
- Supernumeraries of the Human Race? Reflections on the African 'holocaust' - Morris Szeftel
This issue features articles dealing with the issues of publishing in Africa and African language study, including James Currey, doyen of African publishing, sharing his experience of publishing the work of Ngugi wa Thiong'o over half a lifetime and Bankole Olayebi describing his struggles to survive as a publisher in Nigeria.
- Literacy Use and Instruction in Multilingual Eritrea - Yonas Mesfun Asfaha, Jeanne Kurvers, Sjaak Kroon
- Across Literacies: A Study of Gendered Oracies and Literacies in the Cameroonian Parliament - Lem Lilian Atanga
- My Publishing Journey, So Far! Publishing in Nigeria - Bankole Olayebi
- Publishing Ngũgĩ - James Currey
This issue of the Bulletin focuses on African theatre, with articles by Prosper Kompaore, Patrick Mangeni, Emelda Ngufor Samba, Judy El-Bushra, David Kerr and Sam Durrant
- Restaging South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission: John Kani’s Nothing But the Truth - Sam Durrant
- NGOs, Performance and Conflict Transformation - Judy El-Bushra and David Kerr
- Enabling the Disabled through Theatre - Emelda Ngufor Samba
- Obwenzi and Entalo: Two Radio Plays for Development - Patrick Mangeni
- Artistic Expression and Communication for Development - Prosper Kompaoré
This issue ranges widely with pieces analysing the role of myth making in the horrors of mass murder, privatisation in the Sudan, and race as reflected in literature.
- Bessie Head - Elinettie Chabwera
- Two Poems - Solomon Tsehaye
- Sudan's Privatisation Experience 1990-2000 - Khalid Hassan Elbeely
- Myth-Making and the Rationality of Mass Murder - René Lemarchand
This issue includes articles on political theatre in Kenya, food production in the Sudan and the importance of the historical perspective in African literature.
- Drought and the Evolution of Well-Irrigated Wadi Agriculture - Khalid A. El Amin
- The Big Man's Turn to Dance in Kenyan Bar-Rooms - Mbũgua wa-Mũngai
- An Idea of the Past - Abdulrazak Gurnah
This issue includes Professor Lionel Cliffe's Annual LUCAS lecture in April 2001 entitled Struggles for Land in Africa, and an appreciation of Professor Cliffe’s work within Leeds in and on Africa over some 40 years
This issue includes two articles coming out of the Millennium conference 'Africa: Capturing the Future' organised by LUCAS and The Review of African Political Economy in Leeds.
- The 'Uses and Abuses' of Civil Society in Africa - Julie Hearn
- Ethnicity Kills? - Einar Braathen, Morten Bøås & Gjermund Sæther
This issue features the third annual African Studies Lecture given by Michael Barratt Brown in 1997
This issue includes the second African Studies lecture, given by Femi Osofisan on West African writers since the 1970s.
This issue features the first annual African Studies Lecture given by Jack Mapanje
- Orality and the Memory of Justice - Jack Mapanje
- Wole Soyinka's The Beatification of Area Boy - Martin Banham
This issue includes a tribute to Wole Soyinka by Martin Banham and obituaries of Aquino de Braganca and Judy Kimble
This issue includes details of a conference on socialism in Africa
This issue includes details of the Honorary degree ceremony for Professor Wole Soyinka at the University of Leeds in May 1973
This issue includes an article on Educational Development in the Sudan
Includes notes from two talks and a Senate Resolution on Academic Liberties and the Universities of South Africa
- Local Government Institutions in Nigeria - Ingrid V. Hudson
- The Provision of Medical Services in Africa - R.E. Tunbridge
- Senate Resolution on Academic Liberties and the Universities of South Africa
This issue includes two articles and news on the development of the African Studies Unit
The first edition of the Leeds African Studies Bulletin includes detail of the formation of what became LUCAS