Pan-Africanism is an issue dedicated to a political project that “maps onto Blackness” (Denise Ferreira da Silva) between the African Continent, the Afro Diaspora, and beyond; a project that can serve as a force and a reference for all people struggling against colonialism or neocolonialism. We begin its history with the Haitian Revolution (Annette Joseph-Gabriel), which strongly influenced the imaginary of those who, from Harlem to Accra to Dar es Salaam, have designed the dream of a political union (Amzat Boukari-Yabara). The struggle against European colonialism materialized Continental solidarity when it was not happening at the very core of the Empire itself (Ana Naomi de Sousa & Sónia Vaz Borges), while cultural and political festivals such as Panaf ’69 in Algiers (Sophia Azeb) or Festac ’77 in Lagos (Ntone Edjabe) ceremonialized it. Yet, Pan-Africanism is not a project of the past: it is fundamentally a project of the present and the future. Reading the Continent through its cities rather than its states can constitute one way to approach it (AbouMaliq Simone); another consists in strategizing towards an African federal state (Joao Gabriel). In the same spirit, we wanted to conclude the issue with a manifesto for Pan-African futures (Namata Serumaga-Musisi), which dialogues with the beautiful and vibrant cover drawn for us by Maya Mihindou.
The Funambulist 32 Pan-Africanism
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