Steve McGiffen


Sanya Osha’s desire to encapsulate the diversity of Africa’s peoples, their problems and the possible approaches to those problems, makes this collection of essays on a wide variety of topics a stimulating and informative book, but one which is difficult to review. The author himself noted in a personal email to this reviewer that “Africa is a problematic subject thematically. It is too big, heterogeneous and contentious to enable a unifying theme in the realm of politics, history and culture”. Instead, he said, he “wanted to project a sense of this heterogeneity and peculiar variety regarding the African condition.” This of course could be said of every continent, but a number of features emphasize the special difficulties of dealing with Africa as a unified subject for study.