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O. Udechukwu's painting 'drums'
House of Four Trees, installation, 1995
Artist: Obiora Udechukwu


J. Nozipo Maraire. Zenzele: A Letter for My Daughter. New York, Crown Pub., 1996. 194 pages. $20.00. ISBN 0-517- 70242-8. Reviewed by Pamela Smith, University of Nebraska, Omaha.

"Aluta continua," the slogan for the revolution in much of southern Africa, is a befitting theme for this mother-to-daughter clarion call to "remember" in order to know and be, for it is in knowing what makes one that one then knows how to be, how to absorb "multiple frames of reality." Thus, the essence of a mother's legacy to her daughter as she enters a new world, leaving her native Zimbabwe to study at Harvard University, USA.

A long, reflective letter, Zenzele is a mother's retrospection and her reminiscences of her restless, inquisitive daughter's growing up years. Born of premonition and thoughts about the transitoriness of life, Zenzele bears home truths for the realities of living in the real, unnatural world of racism, of color consciousness; importantly, it is lessons in what it means to be an African, an African woman abroad. It is the natural exchange between generations, each enriched and enriching—the older feeling inadequate and obsolete as it struggles with the effects of change and modernity, the younger, idealistic, charging full force into the future. Zenzele is necessarily a "curious distillation of traditional African teaching, social commentary, and maternal concern," a cultural, maternal legacy, told and passed on with love and exultation by a mentor-guide mother. Through reminiscences of her own growing up experiences—from puberty to the giddiness of adolescence love to facing loss from sudden death of a first love to mature love, marriage and family to—she recounts one recollection after another, deftly interweaving history with memories.

Made all the more immediate, intimate and forceful by the discovery of a strange, yet undiagnosed strength-sapping "growth" the doctors discovered, this lyrical "lessons of life" legacy is replete with home truths ranging from the "post-colonial syndrome" of cultural bleaching that produces tragic "been-tos" like Mukoma Byron who sell their souls to Western icons, to political activism; from the topic of love—that "beautiful and mysterious event"—to the revolutionary war; from wife abuse to ruminations on metaphysics and "staying at peace within." The language is poignant, simple, and laced with humor and pathos especially evident in cousin Tinawo, the maid-turned-spy's long account of her exploits as a female freedom fighter and in Mukoma Byron's tragic transformation from sadza-eating Byron Makoni to pipe-sucking, tea-at-ten-and-four, Englishman, Byron Makon. The tone is conversational, one of ease, providing a sense of immediacy and connectedness despite the ever present sense of geographic distance.

For Zimbabwean women writers, the incubation period is over, so to speak. Renaissance women indeed, these writers are emerging from the woodwork, their artistic and creative talents fully shored up with formal academic and professional preparation. With fellow country women and writers, Tsitsi Dangarembga and Yvonne Vera, Maraire joins the rising ranks of Zimbabwe women writers with successful first novels. A neuro-surgeon, trained at Harvard, Columbia and Yale—certainly America's very best—Maraire has successfully combined professional studies with literary and creative talent, actively practicing medicine and nurturing her artistic and creative bent through art collection and writing.

Yvonne Vera. Without a Name. Harare, Zimbabwe. Baobab (African Books Collective, dist.). 1994. 103 pages. $8.50. ISBN 0-908311-78-8. Reviewed by Pamela Smith, University of Nebraska, Omaha.

A relatively newcomer to the literary scene, Yvonne Vera of Zimbabwe joins the rising ranks of Zimbabwean writers and African women writers, earning her place with promising academic and literary credentials. Vera is the author of two works, a volume of short stories, Why Don't You Carve Other Animals (1992), and a poetic novel, Nehanda (1993), both short-listed for the Regional Commonwealth Writers Award in 1993 and 1994 respectively. A third publication, Without a Name, followed in 1994, also short-listed for a Regional Commonwealth Prize for best work of fiction in 1994 and named First-Prize Winner of the Zimbabwe Book Publisher's Association Annual literary Awards. These achievements, all within a three-year period, delineate the artistic talent and the potential prolificacy of this young, rising writer.

A gripping, compelling novel, written in poetic prose, Without a Name is the story of one woman's endurance and survival in war-torn Zimbabwe. The year is 1977. Set in the historical context of pre-independence Zimbabwe, against a backdrop of insensitive colonialism and the guerrilla warfare to unseat it, Vera paints the picture of the dispossession of native Zimbabweans and their struggle to maintain faith in the land, its dream and its inclusive histories of the people.

Mazvita, a strong, freedom-seeking but naive woman, seeks refuge in the city. Leaving her rural Mubaira and the security of Ndenyedzi's love because she no longer believes in the promise of the land, Mazvita sets out on a journey of dreams, searching for freedom and new beginnings. The land, poisoned by acts of war, becomes maleficent. Instead of the freedom and refuge she seeks in the city, away from the land which seems to have forgotten its people because "it dreams new dreams for itself," Harare offers its own horrors and perils, its own warfare, unleashing false hope too readily, too soon.

The "journey" itself is portentous, fraught with the burden of fear—with the reality of rape and the dangerous search for "new dreams to replace...ancient claim(s)" in the city where one could not even trust one's own shadow, in a city where "[d]eath, properly executed, could be mistaken for progress." Pregnant upon arrival, burdened with motherhood and dreams unrealized seven months later, and her fate in disarray, Mazvita murders her unnamed child—Ndenyedzi's child—in a moment of despair and madness, mistaking her resolve for kindness. Since "[s]he knew about departures because she had mistaken them for beginnings," her passion for beginnings yields a sour harvest; her lack of patience and hope results in nightmarish dreams. Freedom becomes indefinable, unattainable when new, shallow dreams are sought to replace ancient claims promised by the land which "defines ...unities." But it is 1977. Mazvita returns to Muraibi, the place of her beginning, broken and brutalized, to bury her child.

Vera's style is terse, poetic, almost academic; her metaphoric language suggestive, suspenseful, compelling. Her audience is clearly western-oriented in the sense that Without a Name does not show readily strains of the oral tradition. Thirty-three short, one-, two-page chapters—the longest five pages long—of terse but dense, poetic, image-laden language depict rather than tell about anguish, poverty and suffering. The repetition of the year 1977 looms large, and is evocative. A fine work of fiction, indeed.


African Countries' Home Pages


Country Specific pages
URL: http://www.africa.upenn.edu/Home_Page/Country.html
Summary: General Information on some African countries' home pages.

World Development

African Studies
URL: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/libraries/indiv/area/Africa/emflg.html
Summary: African Embassies and Flags in the United States

African Studies Association
URL: http://www.africanstudies.org/

African Population Database
URL: http://grid2.cr.usgs.gov/globalpop/africa/app-2.html
Summary: Population density in African countries.

Development Foundation

 Summary: Statistics on African countries.


URL: http://www.grantsnet.org
Summary: GrantsNet is a new web site designed to conduct grant searches for student researchers at the undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels. GrantsNet provides an extensive database on fellowships, grants, and other sources of support for research and advanced training in the biomedical sciences. The site also features links to the web sites of funders, online applications, stories about previous fellowship recipients, and comments from recent application reviewers. The search engine can be used after registering for a login number and password. International students can locate sources of funding specific to their study interests. Graduate students can find out about possible funding for postdoctoral positions. Undergraduates thinking about going to graduate school can explore fellowships and other sources of support.

URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/ssrg/africa/grants.html
Summary: Information on funding opportunity for Africans and Foreign Nationals

Scholarship Award from Galilee College Israel

The Galilee College in Israel has awarded one of its scholarships to the Association of African Women Scholars. Galilee is interested in candidates from Africa (sub-Sahara regions). Interested members of AAWS are encouraged to apply to Galilee College (please indicate your affiliation to AAWS).

Galilee College, the leading higher education institute in Israel in training senior managers from Developing Countries, has expanded its TUITION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM to include management training courses in several disciplines. Participants worldwide have been graduated by the college (since 1987) in the areas of Senior Port Management, Small Businesses and Industries, Tourism Management and Development, Health Systems Management, Environmental Planning & Management, and Urban Economic Development, and our newest offering: The Management of NGO's.

In order to strengthen existing friendships and forge new links for the future, the College's International Scholarship Committee has established a limited number of FULL TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS for qualified applicants. One such scholarship has been awarded to your organization/institution (Association of African Women Scholars). Qualified candidates for the course must be college graduates (holding a first degree), citizens of your country, proficient in English and currently working in or with experience in their respective fields of first degree), citizens of your country, proficient in English and currently working in or with experience in their respective fields of management.

Galilee College management training courses focus on strategy and policy formulation. The role of the senior manager is examined in depth. The characteristics, opportunities and problems of leadership are described and analyzed. Course appropriate study tours and weekend excursions are an integral and important part of the curriculum.

Contact: Mrs Tamny Beris, Deputy Director, Galillee College International Department - Admissions Committee P.O. Box 1070, Kiryat Tivon, 36000, Israel Fax: Int'l 972-4-983 0227.

URL: http://www.sshrc.ca/
Summary: SSHRC is Canada's federal funding agency for university-based research and graduate training in the social sciences and humanities. Created as an independent body by Parliament in 1977, it reports to Parliament through the Minister of Industry. As a key national research funding agency, SSHRC helps to continually build the human knowledge and skills Canada needs to improve the quality of its social, economic and cultural life.

Funding Agencies

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is a non-profit organisation under private law established by the Federal Republic of Germany. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables highly qualified foreign scholars holding doctorates to carry out long-term research projects in Germany. Humboldt Research Fellowships and Humboldt Research Awards are granted without regard to race, religion, sex or ideology. E-mail:
sponsor@avh.de; http://www.avh.de/engl/_homepage.htm

American Association of University Women (AAUW) promotes education and equity for women and girls through research, fellowships and grants, activism, voter education, and support for sex discrimination lawsuits. E-mail:

(I’m not sure AAU will provide funding but its database and information system will be useful in initiating collaborative work with colleagues in other universities and countries.)

AAU was formed by 34 universities which adopted its constitution and formally inaugurated its association at a founding conference in Rabat, Morocco. Aims: To promote interchange, contact and co-operation among African universities. To disseminate information on higher education and research in Africa. To promote cooperation among African Institutions in curriculum development, and in the determination of equivalence of degrees. To encourage increased contacts between its members and the international academic world. To study and make known the educational and related needs of African university institutions and, as far as practicable, to coordinate the means whereby those needs may be met. To encourage the development and wider use of African languages. To reorganize, encourage and support seminars and conferences between African university teachers, administrators and others dealing with problems of higher education in Africa. E-mail

The Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) was established at the initiative of the World Bank in 1988. Then called "Donors to African Education" (DAE), its objective was to foster collaboration and coordination between development agencies in support of education in Africa. ADEA now focuses on developing partnerships between Ministers of Education and funding agencies in order to promote effective education policies based on African leadership and ownership.

General enquiries e-mail:
noned.enquiries@britcoun.org; Education inquiries e-mail: education.enquiries@britcoun.org

The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) is a voluntary, non-partisan, non-profit, self-funded bilingual organization of 10,000 women university graduates. Affiliated with the International Federation of University Women (IFUW/FIFDU), CFUW is committed to working to raise the social, economic, and legal status of women, as well as to improve education, the environment, peace, justice and human rights. E-mail:

Mandate and Objectives:
Canada's Foreign Policy Statement, which was released in February 1995, set out the following purpose for Canada's Official Development Assistance Program. The purpose of Canada's Official Development Assistance is to support sustainable development in developing countries in order to reduce poverty and to contribute to a more secure, equitable and prosperous world. The objective of the CIDA program is to facilitate the efforts of the people of developing countries to achieve self-sustainable economic and social development in accordance with their needs and environment, by cooperating with them in developing activities; and to provide humanitarian assistance, thereby contributing to Canada's political and economic interests abroad in promoting social justice, international stability and long-term relationships for the benefit of the global community. E-mail:

Founded in 1959, CODE is a Canadian charitable organization dedicated to supporting literacy and education in Africa and Central/South America. Literacy is basic to development. It brings knowledge and opportunity—to find training or a job, and to learn about human rights, better health, nutrition or how democracy works. E-mail:

CDG's practice-oriented training programs for specialized and executive personnel from developing countries are committed to the concept of sustainable development through a management dedicated to economic and environmental compatibility. E-Mail:

Grant proposals will be entertained only if submitted by mail. Requests for information or publications can be made by mail, telephone, fax-on-demand, or by accessing the Corporation's Internet Gopher or World Wide Web online information services.
http://www.carnegie.org If your are using Web browser software you can connect to the Gopher server by typing: gopher://gopher.carnegie.org Carnegie Corporation makes grants primarily to academic institutions and to national and regional nonprofit organizations for projects that have potential for national or international impact. Those that are too local in scope are likely to be turned down.

The Commonwealth Foundation is an intergovernmental organization funded by Commonwealth governments. It provides travel grants and facilitates networking and training opportunities to encourage inter-country exchange and co-operation among non-governmental organizations, professional and cultural bodies of the 53 Commonwealth countries.

The bilateral part of the Danish official development assistance is being concentrated on activities in the following 20 programme countries: Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Eritrea, Ghana, India, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Danida has also worked out strategies for transitional development assistance to Angola and South Africa and for the regional development assistance to the countries in Central America. Email:
um@um.dk Website: http://www.um.dk/english/

The Department for International Development (DFID) is the government department responsible for all aspects of international development policy. Our principal aim is to contribute to the elimination of poverty in poorer countries and to enable poor people to achieve sustained improvement in their living standards. As well as administering the British development program, DFID is promoting more coherent UK and international policies in support of sustainable development. We also provide assistance for those affected by disasters and work to tackle global environmental problems. E-mail:
library@dfid.gtnet.gov.uk Website: http://www.oneworld.org/oda/

The DAAD is an organization of the institutions of higher education and student bodies in the Federal Republic of Germany, founded in 1925, refounded in 1950 an institution for the promotion of international academic exchanges an internediary for the implementation of foreign cultural and academic policy as well as for the educational co-operation with developing countries national agency for the EU programmes.
postmaster@daad.de Website http://www.daad.de

The Ford Foundation is a resource for innovative people and institutions worldwide. Our goals are to: Strengthen democratic values, Reduce poverty and injustice, Promote international cooperation, and Advance human achievement. E-mail:
Please be sure to include your E-mail reply address in the body of your message to facilitate our response to your request.


The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung or FES (Stiftung is the German word for foundation) was founded in 1925 as a political legacy of Germany's first democratically elected president, Friedrich Ebert, who died in that year. The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung today is a non-profit making, political public-interest institution committed to the principles and basic values of social democracy in its educational and policy-orientated work.


The Global Alliance for Women’s Health is committed to advancing women’s health in all of the life cycles at all policy levels through education, advocacy and program implementation. It is an alliance of international and national non-governmental organizations, health care professionals, women's groups, religious organizations, academicians, and individual citizens from all of the regions of the world who are committed to improving health care services and research for women's health at the local, national and international levels. E-mail:


The Global Fund for Women is an international organization which focuses on female human rights. It supports issues as diverse as literacy, domestic violence, economic autonomy, and the international trafficking of women, among others. It supports women’s groups based outside of the US by providing financial and other resources, developing and strengthening links among women’s groups worldwide, and heightening awareness of the needs and strengths of women. E-mail:


Hivos, the Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries, seeks to help improve the opportunities and scope for development of people in the South. Respect for human rights, pluralism and democratization are essential elements here. Local NGOs (non-governmental organizations) and social organizations play a key role. General policies: Hivos supports organizations that enable people to assert their rights and improve access to decision-making. This involves supporting not just the activities in question but also the organization itself. Financial support is sometimes backed up with organizational advice. Hivos confines its support to organizations that are secular, independent and non-governmental. E-mail


The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting social and economic development with women's full participation. ICRW generates quality, empirical information and technical assistance on women’s productive and reproductive roles, their status in the family, their leadership in society, and their management of environmental resources. ICRW advocates with governments and multilateral agencies, convenes experts in formal and informal forums, and engages in an active publications and information program to advance women’s rights and opportunities. ICRW focuses principally on women in developing & transition countries.


The International Development Research Center is a public corporation created by the Canadian government to help communities in, the developing world find solutions to social, economic, and environmental problems through research. E-mail:
info@idrc.ca Website: http://www.idrc.ca/


Since 1974 JICA has been extending technical assistance for national development and human resources development as a part of Japan's Official Development Assistance programs. JICA's activities take the form of dispatching experts and Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers to developing countries and accepting participants from them for technical training in Japan.

The Konrad Adenauer Foundation is related to the Christian Democratic movement. Having emerged from the 'Society for Christian Democratic Education Work' founded in 1956, it was named after the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic in 1964. We are guided by the same principles that inspired Adenauer's work. The Konrad Adenauer Foundation offers political education, conducts scientific fact-finding research for political projects, grants scholarships to gifted individuals, researches the history of Christian Democracy, and supports and encourages European unification, international understanding, and development-policy cooperation. Our annual budget amounts to around DM 200 million.


The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is a private, independent grantmaking institution dedicated to helping groups and individuals foster lasting improvement in the human condition. The Foundation seeks the development of healthy individuals and effective communities; peace within and among nations; responsible choices about human reproduction; and a global ecosystem capable of supporting healthy human societies. The Foundation pursues this mission by supporting research, policy development, dissemination, education and training, and practice. E-mail:
4answers@macfdn.org Website: http://www.macfdn.org/


The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) is a directorate under the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD). NORAD's purpose is to assist developing countries in their efforts to achieve lasting improvements in political, economic and social conditions for the entire population within the limits imposed by the natural environment and the natural resource base. Website:


During 1997 SIDA produced four action plans: for poverty reduction, sustainable development, gender equality and democracy. We also work with country strategies on behalf of the Government. During 1996 strategies for 16 countries (including Uganda, Zimbabwe, Tanzania) were produced. SIDA also runs programmes of research cooperation. These consist of bilateral and regional projects which are intended to strengthen the research capacity of developing countries. Solidarity and security are two sides of the same coin. These programmes include the transfer of knowledge and development of trade and industry, projects in respect of the environment, nuclear safety and radiation protection, support to non-governmental organisations and to projects for democracy and human rights.
info@sida.se Website: http://www.sida.se/

The Swiss Agency for Development and Co-operation (SDC) is responsible for the following four areas of activity of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (EDA): Bilateral Development Co-operation; Multilateral Development Co-operation; Humanitarian Aid; Technical Co-operation with Eastern Europe. The aim of Development Co-operation is to combat poverty by providing help towards self-help. In particular, it promotes economic and government autonomy, contributes to the improvement of production conditions, helps to solve environmental problems and strives for better access to education and basic health care for the most disadvantaged population groups. E-mail:
"info@deza.admin.ch" Website:

The Third World Organization for Women in Science (OWSD) has instituted three types of grants: (1) Travel Grants for Third World Women Scientists for participation in scientific meetings and short courses abroad, (2) grants for the publication of theses, (3) grants for national/regional publications. E-mail:


Contact: 7, Place de Fontenoy, 75352 PARIS 07 SP, France. Phone national : O1 45 68 10 00, international : 33 1 45 68 10 00; Fax national : 01 45 67 16 90, international : 33 1 45 67 16 90; Telex : 204461 Paris; 270602 Paris


The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) provides direct support for women's projects and promotes the inclusion of women in the decision making process of development programs. UNIFEM works primarily in three areas: Agriculture and Food Security, Trade and Industry, and Macro Policy-Making and National Planning.
gopher://gopher.undp.org/1/unifem E-mail: unifem@undp.org


Through a unique network of 134 country offices, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) helps people in 174 countries and territories to help themselves, focusing on poverty elimination, environmental regeneration, job creation and the advancement of women. In support of these goals, UNDP is frequently asked to assist in promoting sound governance and market development and to support rebuilding societies in the aftermath of war and humanitarian emergencies. UNDP's overarching mission is to help countries build national capacity to achieve sustainable, human development, giving top priority to eliminating poverty and building equity.

USAID is an independent federal government agency that conducts foreign assistance and humanitarian aid to advance the political and economic interests of the United States. Website:


Contact: Client Services, Toll Free: 1-800-590-1906 or (202) 473-7824; Fax: (202) 522-1498; E-mail:


World Health Organization (WHO), Avenue Appia, CH-1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland Website:

Europe's Forum on International Cooperation: A gateway to European development policy and cooperation, aid policy and management, and the institutions concerned with them. A multi-lingual gateway to knowledge and information on European development cooperation

Links to large number of organisations under the topic of International Development Co-operation

For UN and other development organisations

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development

Non-Profit Organisations

US coalition of disaster-relief, development and refugee-assistance organization

Organization of American States

Development news, features, photos, maps and links to UK-based development organizations from One World Online.

Official web locator for the United Nations system of organizations.

World bank documents: research, publications, country and sectoral programs, evaluation report on projects.


African Films, Videos, and Music

African Radio on the Internet
Radio stations

California Newsreel
URL: http://www.newsreel.org/
Summary: Information on documentary film and video production and distribution centers.Also lists the video titles you can purchase from California Newsreel

Columbia University
URL: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/africa/videos.html
Summary: African videos

Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou
URL: http://www.fespaco.bf/
Summary: Created in 1969, the Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) has evolved into an internationally recognized and respected event. FESPACO became an institution on January 7th 1972 by decree in Burkina Faso, because of the enthusiasm and the hope it created among the public and filmmakers in Africa. It is biennial; starting on the last Saturday in February every odd year.

Stanford University
URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/ssrg/africa/film.html
Summary: African Films

University of Pennsylvania
URL: http://www.sas.upenn.edu/African_Studies/About_African/ww_aud.html
Summary: African films, videos, and music


Africa: Africa World Press Guide
URL: http://www.igc.org/worldviews/awpguide/
Summary: Information on introductory matter and the texts of the 28 chapters in Africa: Africa World Press Guide, a 200-page annotaed guide to educational resources from and about Africa.

Africa: General References
Summary: General References on Africa.

African: Publications
Summary: Includes information from African publishers (and from American Association for the Advance of Science Sub-saharan African Program), African Crop Science Society, Center for Advanced Social Science, CODESRIA etc.

Citing Internet Resources
URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/ssrg/africa/citing.html
Summary: Information on how to cite intenet sources using the MLA citation style.

URL: http://web.lexis-nexis.com/universe
Summary: Information on services and management tools in online, Internet, CD-ROM and hard copy format for legal, news and business professionals.

Research Sources
URL: http://www.ed.ac.uk/~centas/resource.htm
Summary: Research Sources for African Studies—University of Edinburgh

African american newspapers
University of Sussex


Africa Update
URL: http://www.ccsu.edu/afstudy/archive.html
Summary: AfricaUpdate is the quarterly newsletter of the Central Connecticut State University African Studies Program.

African Journal
URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/ssrg/africa/journal.html
Summary: List of African Journals and Newspapers written in either French or English.

African Studies at Central Connecticut State University
URL: http://www.ccsu.edu/afstudy
Summary: The African Studies Program is a part of the Central Connecticut State University International Area Studies Program. Its principal goals are: To promote an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Africa, to give students an opportunity to study in Africa and to encourage student exchanges, to facilitate the exchange of scholars between C.C.S.U. and African institutions, to establish links with local and regional educators interested in the study of Africa, to encourage student visitation of Africana Collections, and to develop a collaborative relationship with other African Studies programs.

Columbia University - Area Studies
URL: http://library.columbia.edu/indiv/area.html
Summary: Electronic Journals and Newspapers on Africa.

Summary: African Journals

Research in African Literatures
URL: http://www.indiana.edu/~iupress/journals/ral.html
Summary: Research in African Literatures, the premier journal of African literary studies worldwide, serves as a stimulating vehicle in English for research on the oral and written literatures of Africa. Reviews of current scholarly books are included in every number, often presented as review essays, and a forum offers readers the opportunity to respond to issues raised in articles and book reviews. The journal, which is published quarterly, also provides information on African publishing as well as announcements of importance to Africanists, and frequently prints notes and queries of literary interest.

World Literature Written in English
URL: http://www.nus.sg/NUSinfo/FASS/ELL/wlwe/
Summary: World Literature Written in English is a scholarly journal devoted to the study of literature in English and in the new englishes written throughout the world, and variously termed post-colonial or new literatures in English, Commonwealth literature, contact literature, global literature, or resistance literature. We welcome articles from all points of view, focussing on individual authors, texts, and national literatures, as well as articles addressing problematic theoretical issues facing the discipline today.


Africana Collection
URL: http://www.library.nwu.edu/africana/
Summary: Founded in 1954 to support the research and curricular programs of the Northwestern University Program of African Studies, the Herskovits Library is today the largest separate library for the study of Africa in existence.

Africa-Libraries and Archives
URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/ssrg/africa/libs.html
Summary: A rich source of information on African primary sources, with directories of African archives, archives in Europe and North America.

British Library
URL: http://portico.bl.uk/
Summary: This free service will allow you to find out what material is held in the major Reference and Document Supply collections of the British Library. In many cases it will also be possible to request copies of document supply material from the Library's Document Supply Center (BLDSC) at Boston Spa.

Columbia University - Libraries
URL: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/africa/cuvl/
Summary: Information on North American libraries with major Africana collections.

IU Bloomington
URL: http://www.indiana.edu/~libweb/mainlib.html
Summary: Indiana University Library, Bloomington.

Library of Congress
URL: http://lcweb.loc.gov/
Summary: The Library of Congress's mission is to make its resources available and useful to Congress and the American people and to sustain and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations. Through this Web site, the Library is offering broad public access to a wide range of information as a contribution to education and scholarship.The Library of Congress presents these materials as part of the record of the past. Users should keep in mind that some materials may contain offensive language or negative stereotypes reflecting the culture or language of a period or place.

Library Resources
URL: http://www.uneca.org/popia/resources/bibliography.htm
Summary: Information about libraries and bibliographic resources on Africa.

Libraries - Africa South of the Sahara
URL: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/ssrg/africa/libs.html
Summary: List of Libraries and References

M25 Consortium of Higher Education Libraries
URL: http://www.M25lib.ac.uk/M25/welcome.html
Summary: M25 Consortium of Higher Education Libraries represents about 125 libraries in the London area.

University of Florida
URL: http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/hss/africana/biblio.html
Summary: Selected Library Resources: African Literature in English, References and Bibiographies.

Virtual Library
URL: http://www.africa.upenn.edu/Home_Page/AFR_GIDE.html
Summary: List as many of the growing number of African Studies related link available on the World Wide Web.

Women Studies
URL: http://sunsite.unc.edu/cheryb/women/librcws.html
Summary: Library Sources for Women’s Studies on Academic Programs and Departments, and Research Institutes.


URL: http://www.si.edu/
Summary: The Smithsonian American Institution for learning

Virtual Library
URL: http://www1.historisches-centrum.de/vlmp/africa.html
Summary: WWW Virtual Library Museum Pages. A comprehensive directory of on-line museums and museum-related resources.


Africa-Current Events
Summary: Current events in Africa listed by country

KIOSKEN: African Newspapers
URL: http://www.esperanto.se/kiosk/enginder.html
Summary:African newspapers online. This Swedish site is quite up-to-date and has a reasonable list of African newspapers by country. KIOSKEN has links to news media all over the world, mainly to newspapers in the countries' own language(s).

Publishers Weekly
URL: http://www.bookwire.com/pw/pw.html
Summary: Publishers Weekly is the international news magazine of book publishing and bookselling. Industry professionals depend on PW for in-depth interviews with top authors, publishing industry news, bestseller lists, and early reviews of adult and children's books.

US Africa Online
URL: http://www.usafricaonline.com/
Summary: Houston-based electronic newspaper with focus on Africa.

URL: http://www.igc.org/igc/womensnet/
Summary: WomensNet supports women's organizations worldwide by providing and adapting telecommunications technology to enhance their work.

URL: http://www.wwwomen.com/category/public/magazi1.html
Summary: WWomen fills a need for anyone who is looking for topics relating to women. We are dedicated to finding all sites on the Web relevant to women-- from sites about child rearing and pregnancy to sites about civil liberties, careers and religion. Supportive of women and their interests, WWWomen offers no political, religious or philosophical agenda and hopes to attract women of all attitudes and persuasions.


URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/ssrg/africa/publish.html
Summary: List of Africa-Publishers and their line of work.

Africa World Press
URL: http://www.africaworldpressbooks.com/servlet/StoreFront
Summary: The home page for Africa World Press

African American Bookshelf
Summary: A list of African American Bookshelf stocks books by Black authors.

Amazon Bookstore
URL: http://www.amazon.com
Summary: Amazon.com is more than just a bookstore. We offer our catalog of more than 2.5 million titles as well as a variety of other resources for readers including customer reviews, personal recommendations, and gift suggestions.

Barnes and Noble
URL: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/
Summary: Bestselling software for your home and office

Blacknet Book Store
URL: http://blacknetuk.com/smart/home.htm
Summary: The Black History Archives is devoted to cataloging
and showcasing historical Black content on the World Wide Web. In
this area you'll find information on Political Leaders, Exhibits, Indexes
and References to African Americans, as well as pictorial galgtiacies.

Book Dealers-Africana
URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/ssrg/africa/afrbook.html
Summary: Information on books on Africa and dealers

Feminist Bookstores
URL: http://www.uah.edu/english/wip/stores.html
Summary: Lists Feminist Bookstores' indexes

Feminist Bookstore Network
URL: http://www.dnai.com/~seajay/fbn/
Summary: A list of Feminist Bookstores' and their location.

URL: http://www.bangor.ac.uk/library/info_staff/bookseller.php.en
Summary: Bookseller and publisher links

Rutherford's Booksite
URL: http://www.booksite.com/rutherfords
Summary: Rutherford's Booksite gives online shoppers throughout the U.S. the personal service of an independent bookseller as well as providing our local customers around the clock online access to Rutherford's Book Shoppe in historic downtown Delaware, Ohio.

Seminary Co-op Bookstore
URL: http://www.semcoop.com/index.htm
Summary: The Seminary Co-op is a consumer-owned bookstore in Chicago started in 1961 by residents, students, and University of Chicago faculty of the South-Side Hyde Park neighborhood. Three locations now serve Chicago, and thousands of former residents continue to patronize the Co-op from countries throughout the world. The Co-op is internationally-known for its extensive experience dealing with the latest scholarly and academic titles. We are also known for our large inventory of titles and special ordering any domestic or foreign titles for our customers.

African Sun Media
Summary: Resources provided by African Sun Publishing - Publishers and distributors of African worldbooks, directories, periodicals, etc.

Women's Cybrary
URL: http://www.womenbooks.com/cybrary/publishers.html
Summary: List of authors


Teaching Resources on Africa
URL: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/libraries/indiv/area/Africa/teaching.html
Summary: The primary objective of the teaching resources on Africa is to widen the policy debate in the United States around African issues and the U.S. role in Africa, by providing accessible policy-relevant information and analysis usable by a wide range of groups and individuals.


Egyptian Universities Network (EUN)
URL: http://www.frcu.eun.eg/
Summary: The Egyptian Universities Network (EUN) acts as the Internet Service Provider since 1993, concentrating mainly on the Egyptian Universities and the education sector. EUN connects all theEgyptian Universities, the Azhar University and the American University in Cairo. EUN also connects academic and research centers and institutes as well as other governmental and non governmental organizations.

Makerere University, Uganda
URL: http://www.muk.ac.ug/
Summary: Makerere was founded as a technical school in 1922, and attained full university status in 1970. The University consists of eleven faculties and six institutes.The University also operates a Library, an Environment Research Center, a Center for Continuing Education and an Economic Policy Research Center.

The National University of Lesotho
URL: http://www.nul.ls/
Summary: NUL mission is to prepare to enter the next millennium, to foster an environment suited for the pursuit of relevant quality teaching and research using, inter alia the facilitative tools available in information technology so that the fruits of this quality teaching and research provide the basis for national capacity building meant to permeate the entire fabric of our society, and rural equally.

Universit* Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar
URL: http://www.ucad.sn/
Summary: Information about the University of Cheikh Anta Diop in Daka, Senegal

University of Mauritius
URL: http://www.uom.ac.mu/
Summary: The University of Mauritius Ordinance No. 39 of 1965 defined the objects of the University, established the Provisional Council as the Supreme body in which were vested all the assets and property of the University and regulated its financial and other administrative functions.

University of Nigeria
The University of Nigeria, commonly referred to as UNN, is a federal university located in Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria. Founded in 1955 and formally opened on October 7, 1960, the University of Nigeria has four campuses - Nsukka, Enugu and Ituku-Ozalla - located in Enugu State and one in Aba, Abia State, Nigeria. The University of Nigeria was the first full-fledged indigenous and first autonomous university in Nigeria, modeled upon the American educational system.
University of Ibadan

The University of Ibadan is the oldest Nigerian university, and is located five miles (8 kilometres) from the centre of the major city of Ibadan in Western Nigeria. The origins of the University are in Yaba College, founded in 1932 in Yaba, Lagos as the first tertiary educational institute in Nigeria. Yaba College was transferred to Ibadan, becoming the University College of Ibadan, in 1948.[3] The University was founded on its own site on 17 November 1948.

University of Zambia
URL: http://www.unza.zm
Summary: The University began with three Schools: Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences - but as facilities developed and needs were recognised new Schools were added: Law (1967), Engineering (1969), Medicine (1970), Agricultural Sciences (1971), Mines (1973), Business and Industrial Studies (1978, at Ndola Campus), Environmental Studies (1981, at Ndola Campus), and Veterinary Medicine (1983).


Summary: Information on selected universities in Africa.

College and University Home Pages
Summary: College and University Home Pages. Alphabetical links the universities and colleges around the world.

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