As Africa and its diaspora commemorate fifty years of post-independence Pan-Africanism, this unique volume provides profound insight into the thirteen prominent individuals of African descent who have won the Nobel Peace Prize since 1950.
From the first American president of African descent, Barack Obama, whose career was inspired by the civil rights and anti-apartheid struggles promoted by fellow Nobel Peace laureates Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, and Albert Luthuli; to influential figures in peacemaking such as Ralph Bunche, Anwar Sadat, Kofi Annan, and F.W. De Klerk; as well as Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee, Wangari Maathai, and Mohamed El-Baradei, who have been variously involved in women's rights, environmental protection, and nuclear disarmament, Africa's Peacemakers reveals how this remarkable collection of individuals have changed the world - for better or worse.
Dr. Adekeye Adebajo has been Executive Director of the Centre for Conflict Resolution, Cape Town, South Africa, since 2003. He previously served as Director of the Africa Programme of the New York-based International Peace Institute, when he was also an adjunct professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). He also served on United Nations missions in South Africa, Western Sahara, and Iraq. He obtained his doctorate from Oxford University in England, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He is the author of four books, and the editor or co-editor of a further seven.
Part I: Introduction 1. Obama's Nobel Ancestors: From Bunche to Barack and Beyond - Adekeye Adebajo 2. Barack Obama: Between Racial Compatriots and Nobel Ancestors - Ali A. Mazrui Part II: The Three African-Americans 3. Ralph Bunche: The Scholar-Diplomat - James Jonah 4. Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Great Provocateur - Lee A. Daniels 5. Ralph Bunche, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Barack Obama: Three African-American Nobel Laureates Debate War and Peace - Pearl Robinson Part III: The Four South Africans 6. Albert Luthuli: The African Moses - Chris Saunders 7. Desmond Tutu: The Wounded Healer - Maureen Isaacson 8. Nelson Mandela: The Oratory of the Black Pimpernel - Elleke Boehmer 9. Frederik Willem de Klerk: The Pragmatic Peacemaker - Gregory Houston Part IV: The Two Egyptians 10. Anwar Sadat: The Tragic Peacemaker - Boutros Boutros-Ghali 11. Mohamed El-Baradei: The Rocket Man - Morad Abou-Sabe Part V: The Kenyan and the Ghanaian 12. Wangari Maathai: The Earth Mother - Janice Golding 13. Kofi Annan: The Soft-Spoken Prophet - Gwendolyn Mikell Part VI: The Two Liberians 14. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: The Iron Lady - Adekeye Adebajo 15. Leymah Gbowee: The Prayerful Peace Warrior - Rosaline Daniel