Mediatizing and Gendering Pan-Africanism for ‘Glocal’ Impacts

  • Sharon Adetutu Omotoso


Although the historical emergence of Pan-Africanism had recorded some significant breakthroughs, today the hindsight of Pan-African ideals, which re-echoes the vibrancy of the movement as a philosophy of social action and African unity, is short-lived. The unifocal outlook on Pan-Africanism as a movement toward emancipation and self-government largely limits its relevance in the twenty-first century; similarly, the manner with which Pan-Africanism is described as a legacy entrenches an impression that it is a relic. This, to a large extent, leads to questioning its relevance and the necessity of a continual pursuit of its tenets. This chapter is inspired by Falola and Essien’s (Introduction. In Pan-Africanism, and the politics of African citizenship and identity (pp. 1–10). New York: Routledge, 2013) position that twenty-first century Africa is witnessing waning Pan-Africanism. They argue that “the appropriation and performance of Pan-Africanism on continental, national, regional, local and transatlantic levels offer an alternative solution for sustaining Pan-Africanism”. This chapter engages with the arguments of these scholars.


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  • Sharon Adetutu Omotoso
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  1. 1.Women’s Research and Documentation Center, Institute of African StudiesUniversity of IbadanIbadanNigeria

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