African awakening: the emerging revolutions

African Awakening is a new book about the 2011 African uprisings that the mainstream media didn’t cover properly, such as the April uprising in Swaziland.

The publisher, Famuna Books and Pambazuka Press, descibes the book as follows:

“What the media has missed – the 2011 uprisings in their African context.
Pambazuka News’s respected writers offer in-the-moment comment and analysis as well as informed reflection. An almanac with its eyes open – Africa’s radical review of the year. The tumultuous uprisings of citizens in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya have seized the attention of media analysts who have characterised these as ‘Arab revolutions’, a perspective given weight by popular demonstrations in Yemen, Bahrain, Syria and elsewhere. However, what have been given less attention are the concurrent uprisings in Benin, Gabon, Senegal, Swaziland, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Uganda and in other parts of the African continent.

The uprisings across Africa and in the Middle East, the book argues, are the result of common experiences of decades of declining living standards, mass unemployment, land dispossessions and impoverishment of the majority, while a few have engorged themselves with riches.

Through incisive contributions from analysts and activists across the continent, the essays in ‘African Uprisings’ provide an overview of the struggle for democratisation which goes beyond calls merely for transparent electoral processes and constitutes a reawakening of the spirit of freedom and justice for the majority.”

The book features a chapter about the uprising in Swaziland in April, written by Peter Kenworthy.

The book will be available in December, and you can receive an e-mail alert as soon as it becomes available.

Buy the book from the publisher.

Preorder or buy the book from Amazon.

Read the book at Google Book View.

Read a review of the book in Kenyan newspaper, The Star.

Read a review in The Rising Continent.


See Pambazuka News editor, Firoze Manji, speak of the uprisings in Southern Africa on here

Hear Firize Manji interviewed about the book on RFI here

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