#PoTW – A State of Our Own: Second Independence, Federalism and the Decolonisation of the State in Africa

Map showing dates of Decolonisation and Independence in Africa
Map showing dates of Decolonisation and Independence in Africa

The lecture interrogates the intriguing features of statehood and politics in Africa. It argues that the decolonisation process in Africa is incomplete without the liberation of the state which retains its colonial cast and remains the locus and embodiment of colonisation. This process is already underway in different forms and at various stages all over the continent under the banner of second independence movements whose object is the appropriation, realignment and reorientation of states that constituents can genuinely call their own. Briefly stated, second independence aims at decolonisation, something first independence failed to do. Given the primacy of the deep cleavages of ethnicity, regionalism and religion to the political contestations and demands of the second independence ferment to reclaim the state, the lecture makes a case for federalism operationalised as a variety of federal solutions, as the most suitable political framework for decolonising the state.

This is the inaugural lecture of the Chief Emeka Anyaoku Visiting Chair.

This event is free and open to the public. Please register by clicking here.

Speaker:  Prof. Eghosa Osaghae
Chair: Prof. Philip Murphy
Date and time: 09 April 2014, 18:00 – 19:30
Venue:  The Chancellor’s Hall (Senate House, first floor)

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