This book puts a spotlight on the political leaders of the ever-changing African continent. Concentrating on those in power, those recently in office who are likely to make a comeback, and those struggling to reach the top, it is particularly significant at a time when most African countries are changing from single party rule to multi-party democracy. The pattern of leadership has seen convulsive change over the last two years. Containing lively descriptions of Black Africa's top leadership, the book gives essential curricula vitae and goes much further, weighing the political importance and potential of hundreds of top personalities. Probing beyond the bare facts and dates, Rake puts the top leaders in true perspective.
Alan Rake(B.A., Politics, Philosophy and Economics, Brasenose College, Oxford) is Managing Editor of the monthly London-based magazine New African. After living in East, West, and South Africa for a dozen years, he returned to England but still travels regularly throughout the continent. He has specialized in African affairs for the last 35 years, working with many other magazines and newsletters, and is the author of a number of books and reference works on Africa, including a similar Who's Who in Africa last published in Britain in 1973. In preparing the book he has been comprehensively assisted by correspondents based in most of the main African capitals.