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Politics of Africa

Complimentary Resources (Media) to Course Weekly Themes

Below are some recommended materials that you should explore to deepen your knowledge on the politics of Africa. Feel free to explore the topic even further by searching the library catalog and also check these guides. In addition, explore the Audiovisual collection that includes recordings with African intellectuals and leaders (requires login with netid and password). 


The Politics of Africa: Africa’s pre-colonial and colonial inheritance

Colonialism: A case Study of Namibia. 1975. This 21 mins long DVD traces the history of Namibia also known as  South-west Africa. To watch, login with your netID. 

Colonialism in Namibia


Conference on Africa's Freedom Fighters, Accra 1962 : speech. Sound recording. 40 mins. Speech made by Kwame Nkrumah at the closing ceremony for the Freedom Fighters Conference held May-June 1962, at the Kwame Nkrumah Institute of Economic Science, commonly known as the Winneba Ideological Institute, near Accra. 

Conference on Africa's Freedom Fighters


The Angolan Liberation Movement. Sound recording. 1970. A talk given by Jose Condesse, whose guerilla name is Y. Toka and who is Commander of the Third Region (Eastern Angola). He describes the struggles of his people in their fight for independence from Portugal. 

The Post-colony

Nationalism and Patriotism. In Ethnic identity, regional conflict, and peacekeeping initiatives. A documentary examining efforts to promote and safeguard peace in the 20th century, a century defined by its wars. 

Nationalism and Patriotism


Kwame Nkrumah Talks to his People. Sound recording in two parts. 1961. He talks about his country's goals, aspirations and his critics. Log in with NU netID and password required. 

Tanganyika Declares Independence ca. 1961. Under British control since 1919, Tanganyika (the mainland part of modern Tanzania) became a United Nations (UN) Trust Territory following World War II. As an agent of the Tanganyikan African National Union (TANU), Julius Nyerere engineered Tanganyika's independence, which was declared in 1961. He then became the country's first president. 

"Unification of African Law" is discussed by N. RUbin (chair), Asante, Sebingwamo, and Enozie. Sound recording. 1963. 28 mins.

Power Politics
Political Regimes

Democracy and Authoritarianism

"Africa and Democracy" is discussed by N. Gellner (chair), R. Hinden, C. van Dyck, C. Veliz, and A. Mazrui. 1963. Sound recording. 29 mins long. To listen/play the audio recording, login with your netID and password. 


Chef! = Chief ; La tête dans les nuages = Head in the clouds. Documentary film on political corruption and authoritarianism in Cameroon. 1999. 1 videocassette (61, 35 min.) : sound, color ; 1/2 in.


Religion and Politics


Last chance for peace in Sierra Leone. Infobase; [2006], c2000. Video. 

Identity Politics

Ethnic Identity, Regional Conflict, and Peacekeeping Initiatives. Documentary. 

Ethnic Identity, Regional Conflict, and Peacekeeping Initiatives


Rwanda : history of a genocide. Video. Filmakers Library; 1998. 54 mins. 

All About Darfur. Video. Infobase; [2013], c2005. 82 mins 

Political Economy

African Development state and current debates

Violence and Conflicts

Eritrean Ethiopian Conflict in Ethnic identity, regional conflict, and peacekeeping initiatives. Documentary.