In Their Own Voices

Conversations with African Emerging Leaders

Edited by Kristina Bekenova

ibidem Press

In Their Own Voices

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Pub Date: September 2019

ISBN: 9783838213378

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In Their Own Voices

Conversations with African Emerging Leaders

Edited by Kristina Bekenova

ibidem Press

Kristina Bekenova presents a collection of interviews with fifteen African emerging leaders, young scholars and researchers, musicians, poets, artists, doctors, philanthropists, environmentalists, defenders of animal rights, tour operators, and treasurers of traditional culture, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, the Gambia, Nigeria, Malawi, Rwanda, Somaliland, South Africa, South Sudan, and Zimbabwe. These interviews are an important, effective, and efficient way to make Africa’s authentic voices heard. The interviewees explain what Africa needs most, what they are doing about it, what vision for Africa they have, and how they think their ideas can be implemented.

They share genuine African bottom-up perspectives, voice their understanding of African natural and cultural issues, identify Africa’s true needs, and formulate recommendations from an original African perspective.

This book presents a unique opportunity to hear their message and to think more carefully about how we can help Africa along its developmental path.
In Their Own Voices: Conversations with African Emerging Leaders by Kristina Bekenova represents an important contribution in its declared strategy to elicit the views and perceptions of young African artists and activists and in its stated objective to provide an emic contextualized discussion of the perceived issues important to people on the ground. The book offers a truly authentic discussion from an African perspective. This text will be of interest to research scholars, professors, and students in the fields of anthropology, sociology, and political science. It will also be of interest to policy makers within Africa, but, importantly, also outside agencies that have interests in Africa. Ronnie Rock-Moore, Professor of Anthropology and Sociology, Nazarbayev University

About the Author

Kristina Bekenova worked as a volunteer correspondent in African politics and policy from 2016 to 2018. The idea of this book was born during two years of fruitful collaboration and personal fascination with Africa. She was a Teaching Assistant and later a Research Assistant at Nazarbayev University (NU). She holds a Masterʼs Degree in International Relations from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China.