Journal of
African Studies and Development

  • Abbreviation: J. Afr. Stud. Dev
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2189
  • DOI: 10.5897/JASD
  • Start Year: 2009

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Femininity, Masculinity and Family Planning Decision-Making Among Married Men and Women, in Rural Ethiopia: A Qualitative Study

Family planning service contributes a lot in reduction of morbidity and mortality and it does more help couples to limit the number of their children. Women’s ability to control their own fertility is strongly affected by social constructs of gender role, expectations and gender inequalities. Objective: To explore influence of femininity and masculinity on family planning decision- making among married men and women,...

Author(s):Dereje Geleta

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Return Migration and Development in Rural Communities: The case of Nzega and Magu Districts, Tanzania

This study examines the effects of both internal and cross-border re-migration on rural development in Tanzania mainland. Four rural communities drawn from Nzega and Magu districts were selected based on a high magnitude of rural-to-urban and cross-border labour migration; and distance from the district headquarters. 648 re-migrants were sampled from the four communities. The theoretical framework applied in this study is...

Author(s):George Felix Masanja

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Stakeholders Engagement at Magozi Rice Irrigation Scheme: Case Study of Moving from Food-Aid Dependency to Food Self Sufficiency in Tanzania

This article examines the stakeholder engagement in the context of attaining food security and reducing poverty in the rural setting that are endowed with water natural resource. The main purpose of the article was to find evidence for appropriate approaches for overcoming food insecurity and poverty in areas with abundant natural resources but engulfed with food and income poverty in rural areas. The article reviews the...

Author(s):FRANCIS MWAIJANDE and Anna Sikira

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Enhancing Local Livelihoods Resilience and Food Security in the Face of Frequent Flooding in Africa: A Disaster Management Perspective

Climate Change and Climate Variability is causing frequent flooding in northern Cameroon with dire consequences for the food security and agrarian livelihoods. With projected increases in temperature and rainfall, there is heightened risk for livelihood assets especially and food security in the region. This article undertakes three tasks. First, it applies and adapts the Sustainable Livelihood conceptual framework to the...

Author(s):HENRY NGENYAM BANG, Lee Miles and Richard Gordon

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The teaching of Unhu/Ubuntu through Shona novels in Zimbabwean secondary schools: A case for Masvingo urban district

The study investigated the extent to which secondary schools contributed towards the promotion of unhu among secondary school learners through the teaching of Shona novels. It aimed at assessing teachers and learners’ understanding of unhu and thereby establishing the extent to which they value the teaching of unhu through the Shona novel and ascertain the extent to which Shona teachers use prescribed texts to teach unhu....

Author(s):Eunitah Viriri and Maradze Viriri

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The purpose of this study was to investigate challenges faced by and opportunities open to women entrepreneurs in Botswana. In the current study 400, women entrepreneurs were selected using stratified random sampling procedure to participate in the study. A structured questionnaire was used for data collection. One-Way ANOVA and regression analysis were used for data analysis. Results showed that women entrepreneurs face a...

Author(s):Norman Rudhumbu and Cosmas Maphosa

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People have influenced their societies and nations in different ways through different means.In some cases, because of the radical nature of these apostles of change and better society, they are often neglected, persecuted or called names. Among classical figures of these people in the world histories are: Socrates, Jesus, Martin Luther, GaniFawehinmi, and FelaAnikulapoKuti. This paper exploits the socio-political impacts...

Author(s):Ogoma Daniel Ebun

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Ghosts in Chinese and Igbo religions

This is a comparative study on Chinese and Igbo beliefs about ghosts and life after death. One understands that with the interaction between the Western and Chinese cultures on one side, Igbo and Western cultures on the other, the modern Chinese and Igbo peoples tend to misunderstand their ancestors’ understanding of life after death, hence, the disrepect for the dead in recent times from the duo cultures. This paper...

Author(s):Anedo Alexander Alfred Onukwube and Anedo Edith Ngozi

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Return migration intentions of Zimbabwean mathematics and science teachers before South Africa’s 2014 immigration reforms

The paper explained factors influencing some Zimbabwean teachers ‘pushed’ by the crisis (2000-08) into migration to South Africa (SA) to harbour return migration intentions and others not. Quantitative data was collected from 100 Zimbabwean teachers identified through snowball sampling in 2012 in SA since it was difficult to locate schools with Zimbabwean teachers. Three-fifth (59%), most of who were males or few females...

Author(s):Ranga Dick

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Illegality and livelihood consequences of indiscriminate logging: A case study of logging in the West Gonja District of Northern Ghana

The Ghanaian government has taken a number of steps to reduce illegal logging and related trade, most notably with the signing of the Ghana-European Union (EU) voluntary partnership agreement in 2009 because of its increasing rate. Some illegal timber dealers have occupied the West Gonja District and have engaged the youth in felling large volumes of timber, despite the Districts’ dry and poor vegetation cover. The effects...

Author(s):Isaac Agyemang and Gifty Debero Dery

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The research empirically examined the impact of empowerments of traditional rulers on rural development in Cross River State, Nigeria. In order to guide the study, two research hypotheses were formulated. A survey design was adopted for the study and a questionnaire was the main research instrument used to collect data from the respondents. A sample of five hundred and twenty government certificated traditional rulers...


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Desk Study of Minamata Mercury Disaster and Policy Lessons in Ghana

Minamata disaster is a typical pollution-related problem caused by the environmental exposure of mercury from a point source chemical plant to a final destination in the 1950s in Japan. It was unprecedented in human history in terms of health damage it caused and the extent of spread and severity in degrading the natural environment, leaving behind adverse effects across the local communities where the incident occurred....


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Societies across the globe have survived in their different environments, through improved and innovated strategies in facing new challenges even before their contact with other external groups. No society is above social challenges or has the ultimate answer to the social challenges which are inevitable in every society as a result of changes in the evolutionary scale rather, the principles of social evolution and...

Author(s): Okafor Samuel Okechi

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Igbo traditional security system: A panacea to Nigeria security ¬¬¬–quagmire

This is a study on Igbo traditional security system believed to be of help in solving Nigerian and global security challenges if adopted by Governments. Among the Igbo people, there are devices and ways of securing life and property. These devices and ways used by the Igbo in checkmating stealing, witchcraft, terror, accident, fraud, war, embezzlement, internet crime and others are Ngige, Ọgwụ amosu, Nkwụ ọgwụ, Iji ọgwụ,...

Author(s):Anedo Alex Alfred Onukwube

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In Search of Lasting Calmness: How Sustainable is the Federal Government’ Amnesty Programme as a Peace Strategy in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria?

The exploitation of natural resources and the associated marginalization of indigenous occupants of areas with such endowments continue to act as a major driving force for conflicts around the world especially in Africa. In Nigeria’s Niger Delta region, the major triggers of resource-based violent conflicts have been the subject matter of many academics and policy analysts. The introduction of several peace strategies...

Author(s):Lasisi Raimi

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African philosophy of development as expressed in Shona proverbs

The paper examines the African philosophy of development as it is expressed in Shona proverbs. It seeks to analyse the African people’s perspectives with regards to the question of development as expressed in their arts and beliefs. The proverbs analysed in this article candidly express perspectives on development among the Shona people of Zimbabwe. There has always been an intricate relationship between art and life and...

Author(s):Masowa Angeline

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Ghana’s “Meso Model” of Partial Liberalisation of the Cocoa Industry: A challenge to the Washington Consensus

Abstract The aim of this study is to analyse the impact of the ‘meso model’ on Ghana’s cocoa sector in general and the practices and opportunities for smallholder cocoa farmers in particular. Additionally, Ghana’s efforts to embrace globalisation are examined. The theoretical framework of this study is the neo-structuralism paradigm out of which an analytical framework was distilled to assess the impact of the 1993...

Author(s):Ofosu-Asare Kwaku

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A Review of Challenges and Prospects for the Nigerian Youth in the Current Economic Situation

Due to numerous challenges and harsh socio-economic environment, many Nigerian youth are now depending on themselves and driving their own future by creating opportunities for themselves and others, by undertaking different entrepreneurial ventures towards self-reliance. The strength of any nation depends on the policy framework and initiatives put in place by the public sector and NGOs to develop and empower the youth in...

Author(s):Hajara Shuaibu

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Chieftaincy; An Anachronistic institution

Prior to the contacts with the European merchants and the establishment of colonial rule, the art of governance in Africa in general and Ghana, in particular, rested on chiefs and their council of elders. The advent of colonialism and the impact of other currents of social change reduced the powers and functions of chiefs. Critics tagged the chieftaincy institution as anachronistic and even predicted its demise during the...

Author(s):Kwabena Boateng

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Proliferation of churches in Nigeria: Causes, impacts and likely solutions

The study aims to estimate the effect, causes and probable solutions of church proliferation in Nigeria. The study was based on the analysis of fifty structured questionnaires that were distributed among people both in and out of Churches of different denominations using purposive sampling technique method. Statistical descriptive method was used to analyze the information collected from the respondents. The result of the...

Author(s):Ogunbade Adewale Olusegun

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Proceed despite anticipated challenges: Community-led total sanitation (CLTS) initiative in Northern Ghana

Providing adequate sanitation facilities to rural dwellers remains one of the biggest development challenges in many developing countries. Target C of Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 7 was “to halve, by 2015, the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water and sanitation”. Currently, the rural sanitation sector is fragmented, with different actors involved with differing approaches in improving sanitation....

Author(s):Isaac Agyemang, Oswald Baloo and Dramani File

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Environmental factors and geriatric abuse in Ibadan, Nigeria

The growth in the numbers of aged people has brought an increase in the range and intensity of their vulnerability and exposure to maltreatment and abuse which are associated with increased violation of human rights, health problems and mortality. This study, therefore, examined the environmental factors (westernisation, cultural belief and social support policy) on geriatric (aged) abuse in Ibadan. The study adopted the...

Author(s):Kester K. O. and Ayantunji M. M.

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