Editorial from ROAPE Volume 23 Number 68
ROAPE Review of Books
This third issue of the ROAPE Review of Books, like the first two, continues to explore the response of scholarship and research to the key challenges confronting Africa. The themes raised here are again at the heart of Africa's political and economic development at the end of the century: food security; conflict resolution and the role and performance of NGOs. In addition, it is also important, in the wake of Africa95 to assess the way in which Africa has been portrayed in western discourse. This is what David Richards does in his appraisal of the major exhibitions, plays and workshops on Africa during 1995. He reminds us of the continuing, often crude and reductionist way in which Africa is perceived and also, when reviewing recent work of Soyinka in the aftermath of the murder of Ken Saro Wiwa and others by the Nigerian state, that speaking out against the tyranny of injustice is a very costly affair.