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Speaking Truth to Power: Selected Pan-African Postcards

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Dr Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem's untimely death on African Liberation Day 2009 stunned the Pan-African world. This selection of his Pan-African Postcards, written between 2003 and 2009, demonstrates the brilliant wordsmith he was, his steadfast commitment to Pan-Africanism and his determination to speak truth to power. He was a discerning analyst of developments in the global and Pan-African world and a vociferous believer in the potential of Africa and African people; he wrote his ...
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Overview

Dr Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem's untimely death on African Liberation Day 2009 stunned the Pan-African world. This selection of his Pan-African Postcards, written between 2003 and 2009, demonstrates the brilliant wordsmith he was, his steadfast commitment to Pan-Africanism and his determination to speak truth to power. He was a discerning analyst of developments in the global and Pan-African world and a vociferous believer in the potential of Africa and African people; he wrote his weekly postcards for over a decade.

This book demonstrates Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem's ability to express complex ideas in an engaging manner. The Pan-African philosophy on diverse but intersecting themes presented in this book offers a legacy of his political, social and cultural thought. Represented here are his fundamental respect for the capabilities, potential and contribution of women in transforming Africa; penetrating truths directed at African politicians and their conduct; and deliberations on the institutional progress towards African Union. He reflects on culture and emphasises the commonalities of African people. Also represented are his denunciations of international financial institutions, the G8 and NGOs in Africa, with incisive analysis of imperialism's manifestations and impact on the lives of African people, and his passion for eliminating poverty in Africa.

His personality bounces off the page - one can almost hear the passion of his voice: 'Don't agonise! Organise!'

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"Speaking Truth to Power is a testimony of a committed individual's contribution to Africa and the world. I highly recommend the excellent book to all those who would like to learn more about contemporary Africa as well as national and international institutions and political leaders from an unapologetic critical perspective."  —Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo, PhD

"Taju spoke truth to those in power. He boldly took to task leaders who did not have the courage of their convictions."  —Dr. Salim Ahmed Salim, former secretary general, Organisation of African Unity

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781906387853
  • Publisher: Fahamu
  • Publication date: 5/15/2010
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.81 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem was the coordinator for the Africa Research and Information Bureau, the founding editor of Africa World Review, the cofounder and executive director of Justice Africa, and the chair of the Centre for Democracy and Development and of the Pan-African Development Education and Advocacy Program in Uganda.

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