AFRICANISM - Common Sense for Beginners
By Issah H. Tikumah
Africanism: Common Sense for Beginners, 300 pages of serious thoughts presented with a sprinkling of comic relief, is a critical reflection on current affairs affecting African development and identity. Using Australia and Ghana as (respectively the) paradigm cases, this book presents a comparative analysis of the developed world and the underdeveloped one from a socio-cultural point of view. Based on the author’s personal experience, the book discusses how the African has misconceived the ideal of respect and how that misconception is responsible for the woes of Africa. From private to public domain, the book touches on virtually every aspect of life in African society – social, economic, political, educational, religious, etc. Africa is in dire need of socio-cultural reorientation in order to be able to move forward. However, the solution does not lie in Africa imitating the West blindly. To attain its fullest potential and take its rightful place in the community of nations, Africa must proudly assert and jealously protect its socio-cultural distinctiveness as much as it must acknowledge and correct its weaknesses. Africa must put a stop to its pathological self-pity and take responsibility for its own problems, and then search for solutions from within Africa itself.
This modest work is a must for anyone who cares about Africa.
—Two hundred and sixty pages of serious thoughts presented in the form of standard comedy
—A deceptively thoughtful reflection on current affairs affecting African development and identity
—There is no other single volume as panoramic and down-to-earth on the African situation
—A must for anyone who cares about Africa
Tikumah provides an opportunity for everyone in Africa (or outside) to become president without combat or struggle; all you have to do is read this book, and you will be president. Thus, this modest work should bring all crazy scrambles for political power in Africa to a halt!
About the Author
Born in Tamale, in northern Ghana, Issah Hassan Tikumah read philosophy and political science to obtain a B.A. degree from Australian National University in 1996. He received both his PGDE (2007) and M.Ed. (2009) from Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria, where he has taught. He now teaches at the University of Cape Verde. As a writer, Tikumah has published more than a dozen books, including novels and essays. Refugees’ Rebellion (2015) and Baptism of Orphanhood (2013) are among his latest novels.