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Scirj Volume VI, Issue IX, September 2018 Edition
ISSN: 2201-2796

Africa Rising: (Re) interrogating the veracity and character of the Renaissance narrative

George Morara

Abstract: The Africa rising narrative has since 2000 been used to propagate and reinforce the idea that Africa is experiencing a renaissance as a consequence of increased economic growth, political pluralism and liberal democracy. Although some counties have experienced positive change, the validity or veracity of the idea is now questionable given recent events across the continent – from Libya to South Africa, South Sudan to Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Mali to the Democratic Republic of Congo, and others – paint a bleak picture of the continent with rising levels of poverty, corruption, conflict and civil war among other challenges. This article problematizes the concept of Africa rising, and argues that although Africa has experienced positive economic and political developments, the renaissance narrative has been used to propagate a myth that is meaningless to a majority of Africans.

Reference this Paper: Africa Rising: (Re) interrogating the veracity and character of the Renaissance narrative by George Morara published at: "Scientific Research Journal (Scirj), Volume VI, Issue IX, September 2018 Edition, Page 1-11 ".

Search Terms: Africa rising, Africa Renaissance, economic growth, democracy, political and economic myth

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