Will Africa's recuperative powers have dispelled the shadows of historically imposed predicaments by the end of the century? This is the question posed to this group of scholars from all over Africa and the diaspora. Their comments cover a range of issues, from knowledge and its transformation to the need to manage natural resources. Viewing the economy through the lens of actual livelihoods, however, it is clear is that colonial legacies continue to circumscribe many of the hopes and aspirations of new democracies in Africa.
Dr Kwandiwe Kondlo is Executive Director of the Democracy and Governance Programme at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and a visiting adjunct professor at the School for Public and Development Management at University of Witwatersrand. He holds an MA in economic history from the University of Cape Town, and obtained his doctoral degree from the University of Johannesburg. Dr Kondlo holds research associations with several universities, including the University of Cape Town, and Basle University (Switzerland). Mashupye Herbet Maserumule is a senior lecturer at the Tshwane University of Technology.||Chinenyengozi Ejiogu is an assistant research professor at the University of Maryland and the author of the forthcoming The Roots of Political Instability in Nigeria. He is a also a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Nationalism. He lives in College Park, Maryland