Research Papers/Topics in African Studies

Traditional House Painting, Architecture, Decorative Motifs and their Cosmological Underpinnings: The case of ward 17 Matobo District.

ABSTRACTThe study focuses on the shapes of buildings, decorative motifs and their cosmological underpinnings. The symbols are so engrained into a people‟s culture that when people see these symbols they do not get the messages infused on the symbols. The thrust of this study is to unpack the cosmogonies, worldview and philosophy of life embedded on the designs and decorative motifs executed on houses in Matobo district. The study is qualitative and relied on interviews, observations and pic...

Prospects And Challenges Of Cross Cultural Counseling In Tertiary Institutions. The Case Of The Midlands State University Student Affairs Division

AbstractThis study is in the field of culture and counseling studies. The main focus of the study is on theprospects and challenges of cross cultural counseling at tertiary learning institutions. The researchwas informed by the culture relativism theory. The research was given impetus by the culturaldiversity at the Midlands State University and how it causes challenges to counseling. Theresearcher discovered that there are challenges that are associated with cross cultural counseling interti...

The Challenges and Possibilities in the Formulation and Implementation of a National Culture Policy for Zimbabwe: A Review of the 2007 Culture Policy Document.

Abstract The study is given impetus by the idea that there are conflicting statements surrounding the formulation and implementation of the 2007 National Culture Policy of Zimbabwe. The study reviews the 2007 National Culture Policy of Zimbabwe document, inorder to expose the challenges in the formulation and implementation of the policy so as to map the way forward. The study is guided by the by Neo Marxist Critique theory of hegemony and ideology. The theories are important in this st...

Relevance Of The Values Celebrated By The Shangani People In Komba Songs In Post-Independence Zimbabwe

ABSTRACT This study is in the field of cultural studies and is on the values celebrated by the Shangani people in komba songs in the post-independence Zimbabwe. The study employs different data collection instruments like interviews and observation methods to gather much needed data in the compilation of this research. Qualitative research design is used in this study because it best suits in the field of social studies. The case study of Mwenezi has been used as the main point of data ...

The Influence Of Polygamy On The Academic Achievements Of Pupils In Bubi District

ABSTRACT This research sought to find out the extent to which polygamy influences the pupils in their academic achievement in Bubi District. The researcher employed the descriptive survey design method. Data was collected through the use of questionnaires for pupils and for teachers and an interview schedule for School Heads and senior teachers. The population was made up of five secondary schools in Bubi district. The sample comprised of thirty pupils, (six pupils from each school), twe...

„Remaining a man…‟ Representations of The Constructions of Men And Masculinities in Contemporary Zimbabwean literature: An Analysis of Tagwira’s The Uncertainty of Hope (2006); chikwava’s har

Abstract This study focuses on the crisis of masculinity during Zimbabwe‟s post year 2000 socioeconomic and political degeneration. Through a masculinist re-reading of Tagwira‟s The Uncertainty of Hope (2006), Chikwava‟s Harare North (2010) and Nyota et al‟s Hunting in Foreign Lands (2010) I seek to show the difficulties men face in sustaining the normative masculine roles as providers and protectors of families, communities and the nation within a context of political insecurity...

An Afrocentric Muse On Sis Noe’s Blogspot In ‘Counseling’ Youths On Courtship, Marriage And Sexual Matters In Sunday News

ABSTRACTThe research focuses on an Afrocentric muse on Sis Noe‘s blogspot in ‗counseling‘ youths on courtship, marriage and sexual matters in Sunday News. It explores how relevant is Sis Noe‘s ‗counseling‘ role on youths as far as the handling of courtship, marriage and sexual matters is concerned within the African cultural matrix. As such, this study is largely informed by the traditional way of counseling which is rooted in the fecund African philosophy of life in dealing with ...

The Transformation Of Imbube Music In Zimbabwe: A Case Of Bulawayo

ABSTRACTThe research focuses on the transformation of ‘Imbube’ music in Zimbabwe. It interrogates therole and value of the transformation of ‘Imbube’ music in Bulawayo. The study is largelyqualitative but it also employs some quantitative techniques. Similarly the study uses datacollection methods such as structured and unstructured interviews, questionnaires, focus groupdiscussions and document analysis in collecting data from ‘Imbube’ groups, audiences andacademics. The Afrocent...

Narrating Selves: Alterity And Simultaneity In Lutanga Shaba’s Secret Of A Woman’s Soul, Peter Godwin’s Mukiwa: A White Boy In Africa, Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk To Freedom And Barack Obama’s

ABSTRACTThis study is an analysis of auto-biographical narratives reinterpreted as auto-heterobiography to open space to an exploration and interrogation of alterity. Analysis of these narratives operated via postmodernist, postcolonial and philosophical discourses.The problem of narrating traumatized, political and hybrid or cosmopolitan selves was sited as resident in the primordial polytropos of the human experience which exposes narratives as aporetic and incomplete once postured as close...

The Justice For All Programme, Its Impact On Ghana’s Prisons System: A Case Study Of Remand Prisoners At The Nsawam Medium Security Prison

ABSTRACT This study broadly investigates the impact of the “Justice for All Programme” on Ghana’s prison system. Specifically, the study seeks to outline the causes of delay in access to Justice by remand prisoners, identifies the effect of the delay in access to Justice by remand Prisoners on the Prison Administration, examines the effect of delay in access to Justice by remand Prisoners, and assesses the effect of the “Justice for All Programme” on access to justice by reman...

A Critique Of The Political Philosophy Of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti

ABSTRACT I have argued that since Plato, the main task of political philosophy is to prescribe how the ideal state ought to be attained. Several postcolonial thinkers, activists and theoreticians, notably, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti attempted a prescription of the ideal state suitable for Africa. Thus Fela’s political philosophy could be summed up as follows: the realisation of Africa’s cultural independence, the unification of continental Africa under democratic governance and Africa’s...

Sex Taboos As Regulatory Measure Against Sexual Immorality Among The Igbo People Of Anambra State

ABSTRACT Notable research works have been conducted on sexuality and taboos in Igbo land. However not much work has been done on how sex taboos and their breach have become a norm or cultural model for the regulation and prevention of all forms of bad sexual behaviours and sexually transmitted diseases. This research, therefore, explored sex taboos in Igboland and the consequences of breaching them, with a view to determining how these sex taboos serve as a means of controlling sexual immoral...

The Role Of Educational Supervision In Ensuring Quality Basic Education Delivery In The Zabzugu District

ABSTRACT This study was conducted to examine the role of educational supervision in ensuring quality basic education delivery in the Zabzugu district in the Northern Region of Ghana. The study was based on the premise that the poor nature of educational supervision often leads to poor quality basic education delivery, and thus falling standards of education in the public schools in the district. In all, five circuit supervisors, five DOEC members, 20 SMC/PTA executives, 10 head teach...

The Role Of Non Timber Forest Products To Rural Livelihoods In The Asutifi North District Of The Brong Ahafo Region, Ghana

ABSTRACT The study sought to assess ‘The role of Non- Timber Forest Products to rural livelihoods in the Asutifi North district of the Brong Ahafo Region, Ghana. The two broad types of data, the secondary and primary data were used in the study. Questionnaires, Observation and In-depth Interview were used to collect the data. It was found out that; gathering, processing and marketing of NTFPs are major livelihood activities engaged by most residents in the District, contributing to hou...

Domestic Violence Against Men In Ghana: Perceptions And The Role Of The Domestic Violence And Victim Support Unit (Dovvsu)

Abstract Domestic Violence is a phenomenon with grave consequences for individuals, families, and nations at large. Psychologically, abuses by an intimate partner can lead to suicidal thoughts and attempted suicide, posttraumatic stress disorder, insomnia, and anxiety disorders. The current study investigated domestic violence against men in Ghana due to the scanty scholarly attention given to the subject. The over-arching objective of the study is to understand the forms, causes of dom...


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