Developing Africa?

Developing Africa?

New Horizons with Afrocentricity

By Lehasa Moloi

Anthem Africology Series

The book depicts an Afrocentric thinker grounded in the theory of Afrocentricity in the interrogation of an African development discourse in pursuit of cognitive justice.

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March 2024

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March 2024

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About This Book

The book is written for those who are interested in theoretical debates as they relate to the field of Development Studies. It is aimed at academics and all those who work in the field of development, politicians, policy-makers and civil servants who need to familiarize themselves with key historical development debates, especially those relevant to Africa. The book takes an Afrocentric intellectual standpoint, grounded in the theory of Afrocentricity, in its interrogation of the idea and processes of development in Africa. It also adopts an historical approach in its interrogation of the idea of African development as a by-product of political deliberations. This book is about how the discourse of development as a field of study needs to be re-oriented towards African-based epistemologies to dismantle coloniality, in opposition to the historical embeddedness of development discourse in Eurocentrism.

This book contests the limitation of the modern African understanding of Africa’s journey with development to the period of the aftermath of World War II, to be specific, to President Harry S. Truman’s 1949 Point Four programme. Instead, the book argues that, that journey should be understood holistically. By this, I mean that Africa’s engagement with development did not begin with the politics of the Euro-North American political bloc – the story of African development must take into consideration Africa’s classical civilization, namely, the Nile Valley civilization and its contributions to human civilization. Such an approach provides a more holistic interrogation and casts light on how Africa’s history of greatness continues to be an inspiration even in modern times. Such an approach rejects the many reductionist lies and half-truths that undergird the modernist paradigm which seeks to portray African people as dependent beneficiaries of the colonial Euro-modernity framework. This framework has undermined the humanity of non-Western people in general, and Africans in particular. The book pursues the tradition of decolonial epistemic reflections grounded on Afrocentricity as its theoretical thrust to oppose discourses that are riddled with a racist agenda towards those in the Global South, especially in Africa to enable endogeneity. In the spirit of the pursuit for cognitive justice in the 21st century, this book argues that the discourse of development must be decolonized from hegemonic Eurocentric propaganda and needs to be framed from the viewpoint of those who have been seen as being on the receiving end, those projected as “backwards” from a Eurocentric perspective.


“In Developing Africa? New Horizons with Afrocentricity, Lehasa Moloi positions African culture and agency as the central foci for the development of Africa. Moloi makes a brilliant case for why Africa should not seek to chase Europe but instead pursue a type of development that is based on the epistemological paradigms germane to the African cultural-historical matrix.” —Taharka Adé, author of W.E.B. Du Bois’ Africa: Scrambling for a New Africa, and Assistant Professor, Africana Studies, San Diego State University, USA.

“This book hastens the Afrocentric turn in Development studies. It not only escapes the coloniality of development studies theories but demonstrates why it needs to be done and how to do it. It will significantly contribute to the transformation of Development studies in Africa to Afrofuturism studies.” —Olusegun Nelson Morakinyo, Visiting Research Fellow, School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK; Research Associate, Department of History, UNISA, South Africa

Author Information

Dr. Lehasa Moloi is an Afrocentric scholar grounded in the paradigm of Afrocentricity. He is a senior lecturer in the Department of Development Studies at the University of South Africa. He holds a PhD in Development Studies. He broadly reflects and writes on Africa, knowledge, development and decolonization.


Anthem Africology Series

Table of Contents

Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgements; Relevance of the Dialogue; Overview of the Book; 1. Introduction; 2. Theoretical Grounding: Afrocentricity’s Approach to Development; 3. Critique of Eurocentrism and a Mapping of African Development Initiatives; 4. Afrocentricity on the Significance of African History for Development; 5. Afrocentricity on the Significance of Culture in the Conceptualization of an African Development Paradigm; 6. Afrocentricity on the Significance of African Agency in Development in Africa; Bibliography; Index


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