Africa and Globalization

Challenges of Governance and Creativity

  • Toyin Falola
  • Kenneth Kalu

Part of the African Histories and Modernities book series (AHAM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Kenneth Kalu, Toyin Falola
    Pages 1-18
  3. Africa’s Adaptation to Globalization

  4. Governance and Creativity

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 243-258

About this book


This book considers the promises and challenges of globalization for Africa. Why have African states been perennially unable to diversify their economies and move beyond export of primary produce, even as Southeast Asia has made a tremendous leap into manufacturing? What institutional impediments are in play in African states? What reforms would mitigate the negative effects of globalization and distribute its benefits more equitably? Covering critical themes such as political leadership, security challenges, the creative sector, and community life, essays in this volume argue that the starting point for Africa’s meaningful engagement with the rest of the world must be to look inward, examine Africa’s institutions, and work towards reforms that promote inclusiveness and stability.


Atlantic slave trade Globalization of Africa governance in Africa African economy Africa in the global market African indigenous culture African traditions colonialism in Africa Nigeria's creative sector Nigerian film industry Nollywood prebendalism creative space in Africa migration of Africans neoliberalism African political economy African development soft power in South Africa

Editors and affiliations

  • Toyin Falola
    • 1
  • Kenneth Kalu
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of Texas at AustinAustin, TXUSA
  2. 2.Global Management Ted Rogers School of ManagementRyerson UniversityToronto, ONCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-74904-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-74905-1
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