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Palgrave Macmillan

Education, Creativity, and Economic Empowerment in Africa

ISBN 9781137438492
Publication Date August 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

On the African continent, education and the arts offer multiple, mutually clarifying lenses through which to examine and understand issues of poverty and empowerment. Much of the scholarly education literature tends to confine its focus to methodology and content in the classroom, and while it may include issues related to arts curricula, it has largely ignored their social role in economic empowerment. At the same time, even social-scientific studies of the arts have overwhelmingly emphasized critique, heritage preservation, and cultural appreciation. As such, issues relating to arts and empowerment are more often addressed by political or civic organizations rather than scholars. Here, both are combined in a fascinating look at how these often overlooked elements promote social equality and cultivate personal agency across Africa's diverse political-economic landscapes

Toyin Falola is the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities and a Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He has published and edited more than 100 books.

Jamaine Abidogun is Professor of History at Missouri State University, USA.


1. Advancing the Anti-Poverty Crusade through the Enforcement of the Fundamental Right to Education under Nigerian Law; Eteete Michael Adam

2. Social-Economic Inequality and Progress towards Achieving Education for All by 2015 in Nigeria; Roselyn Jumai Musa and Nathaniel Umukoro

3. Women and Poverty Eradication Efforts in Uganda: Why Is Ending Gendered Poverty Still Far-Fetched?; Sarah Hasaba

4. Empowering the Poor in Nigeria through Adult and Community Education: Implications for Educational Policy Reform; Joshua Olusola Akande and Adeola Bosede Ogunrin

5. Combating the Scourge of Poverty in Nigeria through Rural Community Education; Bolanle Clara Simeon-Fayomi and Joshua Olusola Akande


6. Poverty, Endangered Languages, and Creoles: Two Case Studies from Southern Africa and the Greater Caribbean; Ann Albuyeh

7. Poverty Eradication for Sustainable Growth in Africa: Insights from Ben Okri's In Arcadia; Ezinwanyi E. Adam

8. Between the Sublime and the Subliminal: Economic Modernity, Desire and Political Fictions in Cameroon; Olivier J. Tchouaffe


9. Arts Management as a Strategy for Rapid Development of the Arts in Nigeria; Bojor Enamhe

10. The Changing Images and Representations of Adire Technology in Nigerian Politics; Omotayo I. Owoeye


11. 'Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow': Fela's Prophetic Lyrics in the Light of 21st Century Realities; Albert Oikelome

12. Deconstructing African Poverty against the Backdrop of a 'Rich' Musical Heritage; David Akombo

13. From the Street to Stardom: The Socio-Economic Empowerment of Nigerian Youth through Music; Stephen O. Olusoji

14. Popular Music as an Economic Tool for Nigerian Youth; Sunday O. Babalola

Ezinwanyi E. Adam, Babcock University, Nigeria
Eteete Michael Adam, Babcock University, Nigeria
Ann Albuyeh, University of Puerto Rico, USA
Joshua Olusola Akande, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
David O. Akombo, Jackson State University, USA
Sunday Oludele Babalola, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Bojor Enamhe, Cross River University of Technology, Nigeria
Sarah Hasaba, United Nations University, Japan
Roselyn Jummai Musa, University of Benin, Nigeria
Adeola Bosede Ogunrin, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
Albert Oikelome, University of Lagos, Nigeria
Stephen Olusoji, University of Ibadan Lagos, Nigeria
Omotayo Idowu Owoeye, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Bolanle Clara Simeon-Fayomi, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
Olivier J. Tchouaffe, Southwestern University, USA
Nathaniel Umukoro, Delta State University, Nigeria


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