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Governance and the Crisis of Rule in Contemporary Africa

Leadership in Transformation

  • Editors
  • Ebenezer Obadare
  • Wale Adebanwi

Part of the African Histories and Modernities book series (AHAM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Governance and the Unending Search for Leadership in African Politics

  3. Postcolonial and Decolonial Philosophies of Leadership

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni
      Pages 23-47
    3. Olú́fẹ́mi Táíwò
      Pages 49-71
  4. Nation-Building and the Question of Rule

  5. Power, Governance, and Non-State Leadership

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 295-310

About this book


This volume advances the discussions of leadership in Africa's specific history, culture, economy, and politics. The book promotes an understanding of leadership and its paradoxes and illuminates the conditions under which political leadership has been produced, and how those conditions have shaped leaders.


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About the authors

Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni, Professor and Head, Archie Mafeje Research Institute, University of South Africa, South Africa Olúf?e??mi Táíwò, Professor, Africana Studies and Research Center, Cornell University, USA Samuel Zalanga, Professor of Sociology, Bethel University, USA Warris Vianni, Independent Scholar, Kenya Basile Ndjio, Professor of Social Anthropology, African Studies Center, University of Douala, Cameroon Enocent Msindo, Associate Professor of History, Rhodes University, South Africa Ibrahim Gambari, Chairman and Founder, Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development, Nigeria William Reno, Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University, USA Simeon O. Ilesanmi, Washington M. Wingate Professor of Religion, Wake Forrest University, USA Okechukwu C. Iheduru, Professor of Political Science, Arizona State University, USA Gbemisola A. Animasawun, Lecturer at Center for Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ilorin, Nigeria

Bibliographic information


“This book offers an account of some of the historical manifestations of positive leadership in Africa … . this book presents a collection of well-researched studies into political leadership in Africa which offers useful empirical insights into the prevailing atmospherics of governance that influenced the emergence of specific leadership styles in different contexts. The book is therefore essential reading for scholars concerned with political development, democratization and leadership in Africa.” (John Olushola Magbadelo, African Affairs, Vol. 117 (469), October, 2018)