This rich collection of biographies of African men and women adds a crucial human dimension to our understanding of the continent's tumultuous history since 1800. They coped with upheavals such as the Atlantic slave trade, the absorption of smaller societies by larger ones, and growing European intrusion and conquest. More recently, they were actors who participated in the changes and challenges of independence, including dictatorship, economic boom and bust, internal conflict, and, for some, migration from their homeland. Their lives demonstrate that individual women and men can and do indeed "make history."
Dennis D. Cordell is professor of history and associate dean at Southern Methodist University.
Introduction: People and History in Modern Africa Dennis D. Cordell Part I: Encounters: Two Worlds and New Worlds, 1800-1850 Chapter 1: Jose Manuel and Nbena in Benguela in the Late 1810s: Encounters with Enslavement Jose C. Curto Chapter 2: Efusetan Aniwura of Ibadan (1820s-1874): A Woman Who Rose to the Rank of a Chief but Whom Male Rivals Destroyed Toyin Falola Chapter 3: Moka of Bioko (late 1820s-1899): The Chief Who United a Central African Island Ibrahim Sundiata Part II: Fashioning African Identities in the Era of European Conquest, 1850-1910 Chapter 4: Hamet Gora Diop (1846-1910): Merchant and Notable from Saint-Louis in Senegal Mamadou Diouf Chapter 5: Samuel Johnson (1846-1901) and The History of the Yorubas: Christianity and a New Intelligentsia in West Africa Toyin Falola Chapter 6: Stories of Cape Slavery and Emancipation in the Nineteenth Century Pamela Scully Chapter 7: Mama Adolphina Unda (c. 1880-1931): The Salvation of a Dynastic Family and the Foundation of Fipa Catholicism, 1898-1914 Marcia Wright Part III: The Contradictions of Colonialism, 1910-1960: Exploitation and New Rights Chapter 8: Colonial Administrator Adolphe A. M. Taillebourg (1874-1934): Strict Interpreter of the Law or Humanitarian? Issiaka Mande Chapter 9: Louis Brody (1892-1951) of Cameroon and Mohammed Bayume Hussein (1904-1944) of Former German East Africa: Variety Show Performers and the Black Community in Germany between the Wars Andreas Eckert Chapter 10: Siti binti Saad (c. 1885-1950): "Giving Voice to the Voiceless," Swahili Music, and the Global Recording Industry in the 1920s and 1930s Laura Fair Chapter 11: Maryan Muuse Boqor (b. 1938) and the Women Who Inspired Her: Memories of a Mogadishu Childhood Lidwien Kapteijns and Maryan Muuse Boqor Part IV: Globalization, Family Strategies, and New Threats in the Era of Independence, 1960-2012 Chapter 12: Wambui Waiyaki Otieno Mbugua (b. 1928): Gender Politics in Kenya from the Mau Mau Rebellion to the Pro-Democracy Movement Cora Ann Presley Chapter 13: Tina (b. 1942) of Cote d'Ivoire: Success in the Masculine World of Plantation Managers Agnes Adjamagbo Chapter 14: Samba Sylla (b. 1948), Doulo Fofanna (b. 1948 or 1949), and Djenebou Traore (b. 1972): The Colonies Come to France Dennis D. Cordell and Carolyn F. Sargent Chapter 15: Foday (b. ca. 1974) Meets the Rebels in 1991: Diamonds Are Not a Boy's Best Friend Doug Henry