Negotiating Identities in Contemporary Africa: Gender, Religion, and Ethno-cultural Identities explores the changing dynamics of identities in Africa, with a focus on gender, ethno-cultural, and religious identity. Toyin Falola and Emmanuel M. Mbah argue that because identity defines who we are as individuals or groups, studies on African identities must focus on understanding the changing dynamics in the socio-economic and political spheres in the continent. These chapters cover subjects such as women’s career identity, gender roles and knowledge, childlessness, ethnocentrism and democracy, cultural identity through theater, Black identity in the diaspora, and diasporic consciousness. Using existing scholarship, the chapters in this edited volume challenge our understanding of what identity entails and provide new discussions on the hitherto politicized historiography of some identities in Africa.
Toyin Falola is University Distinguished Professor and the Jacob and Francis Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities Department at the University of Texas at Austin and Extraordinary Professor of Human Rights at the University of the Free State.
Emmanuel M. Mbah is professor of history and Deputy Chair of the History Department at the City University of New York, College of Staten Island.
Introduction: Negotiating Identities in Contemporary Africa: Gender, Religion, and Ethno-cultural Identities by Emmanuel M. Mbah and Toyin Falola
Chapter 1: Sowing in the Wind: Girls’ Education in Kenya’s Bungoma County by Namulundah Florence
Chapter 2: Gendered Political Institutions and Women’s Career Identity Construction by Wakil Ajibola Asekun
Chapter 3: To Have or Not to Have: An African Perspective on Childlessness by Namulundah Florence
Chapter 4: Gender and Initiation Rites in Ejagham Land of Cameroon by Victor Ntui Atom
Chapter 5: Restoring Gender Knowledge in Kenya’s Mau Mau War: New Methods and Perspectives by Mickie Mwanzia Koster
Chapter 6: Gender Inequality in the Peace Building Process during the Anglophone Crisis in Cameroon by Primus Fonkeng
Chapter 7: From Hapless Victims to Helpful Collaborators? The Contradictions of Boko Haram Female Suicide Bombers (FSBs) in Nigeria, 2009-2019 by Femi Adegbulu
Chapter 8: A Comparative Study of the Influence of Modernization on Traditional Gender Roles of Men and Women in Lagos and Ogun States, Nigeria by Tolu Ogunleye
Chapter 9: Ethnocentrism, Democratization and Nation Building in Africa: The Nigerian Experience by Steve A Iyayi
Chapter 10: Identity Dynamics in the Southern Tier of the Cameroon-Nigeria Frontier by Victor Ntui Atom
Chapter 11: Redefining Cultural Identity in Nigeria through Dramatic and Theatrical Arts by Adedoyin Aguoru
Chapter 12: “I never knew I was a Negro until I came to America.” Black Identity, Diasporic Consciousness, and Nigerian Ambivalence to Pan-Africanism by Ajibola A. Abdulrahman
Chapter 13: Sidis in India, and of India, too? An Exploratory Study into the Identity of the African Diaspora in the Western Indian State of Gujarat by Pradeep Mallik
Appendix A: 2016 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education Results of Select Bungoma County Boys’ Secondary/High Schools
Appendix B: 2016 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education Results of Select Bungoma County Girls’ Secondary/High Schools
Appendix C: 2016 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education Results of Select Bungoma County Mixed Secondary/High Schools in Bungoma County
Appendix D: 2016 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education Results of the Two National Schools in Bungoma County.
Appendix E: 2016 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education results of Extra-County High Schools in Bungoma County.
Appendix F: 2017 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education Results of Bumula Constituency, Secondary/High Schools in Bungoma County
About the Editors and Contributors
This book is a bold and illuminating discussion on forms of identities in Africa. Gender, religion, and ethno-cultural affiliations are often a part of African identities. The strength of the book is in coverage of themes; the variety of interesting, well-researched, and well-analyzed topics, written by experts and experienced African scholars. The editors did an excellent job in structuring the book to make it readable, especially for undergraduate and graduate students of global identities and the African diaspora.
In Negotiating Identities in Contemporary Africa, Toyin Falola and Emmanuel Mbah have assembled an impressive team of scholars from multiple disciplines who present new and challenging perspectives on gender, religion, and ethno-cultural identities in Africa. The volume is a most timely and significant contribution to the study of the problematics of identities in African economic, political, and social manifestations in our contemporary world.
Approaching the topics from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives, the contributors to this volume elaborate on diverse aspects of socially constructed, intersectional identities in contemporary Africa. Individual chapters show how those identities interact with everyday life on the local level and how they impact a wide range of national and global experiences in Africa and abroad. There’s something here for everyone interested in gender, ethno-cultural, and religious identities in Africa.
Emmanuel Mbah and Toyin Falola's, Negotiating Identities in Contemporary Africa: Gender, Religion, and Ethno-cultural Identities, expertly delves into nearly all forms of identities among Africans and successfully demonstrates how those identities are constructed, negotiated, and emanated as lived experience among the African people. Consisting of thirteen well-crafted chapters by some of the leading authorities on the subject telling us about how Africans in Africa, and their descendants living outside Africa identify and define themselves, this book is an exciting addition to the growing body of scholarship on identity politics in Africa, in particular, and, the world, as whole.