Africa’s Indigenous Institutions in Nation Building

Author: Kizza, Immaculate
Year:1999
Pages:168
ISBN:0-7734-8159-1
978-0-7734-8159-6
Price:179.95
This volume emphasizes Africa's indigenous institutions as a vital part f the people's past, a source of order and security, and crucial ingredients to an effective administrative system. Reassesses the vital roles these institutions played over the years to anchor nation-building efforts.

"Kizza's analysis of post independent governments in Africa is superb. She discusses the various African leaders from Jomo Kenyatta, Julius Nyrere, Hastings Banda, Kwame Nkrumah, Jerry Rawlings to General Obasanjo. Each leader is placed in his colonial and cultural context and their positive and negative characteristics analyzed. Kizza's analysis is at its best when she discusses how Museveni came to power in Uganda and used the concept of ‘indigenous democracy' to govern. . . . Kizza has developed well thought out arguments based on historical and cultural scholarship. Her novel approach provides the student with essential information about Africa and offers statesmen guidelines for future policies. I recommend this excellent text for both laymen, scholars, and policy makers." – Clive Kileff

Reviews

"Dr. Kizza's indigenous institutional approach not only broadens our understanding of the historical trajectories of the African socio-political developments, but also opens new vistas on how to craft sustainable socio-political systems of governance in the region. . . . this work is a major contribution to the principles and craft of nation building, integrating the historical indigenous experiences into the process. In addition, it is well written. It will be highly useful for students focusing on non-western societies. The book also has great insights for research scholars and policy makers grappling with the difficult issue of crafting sustainable development in Third World countries." – John N. Anene

Table of Contents

Table of contents:

Preface, Introduction

1.Introduction to Africa's Indigenous Institutions

2.Indigenous Institutions in Uganda

3.Africa's Indigenous Institutions During Colonialism

4.African's Indigenous Institutions in the Struggle of Independence and Political parties Formation

5.Back to Indigenous Democracy?

6.The Future Role of Africa's Indigenous Institutions

Appendices, Bibliography, References, Index