By Mbongeni Ncube
Students’ contribution in the political discourse in Africa, is paramount in shaping the current political land mark of the continent. The continued works of Leaders for African Network (LAN) has a bearing on how Zimbabwe’s current political discourses will be penned down in history. These writes have a view that Students in Post-Millennium Africa are an active body that have the possibility to fuel post-colonial discourses of politico-economy of this rich continent.
However, this young scholars are convinced that limited literature on the millennium student activism in the political realm has been published. And they argue that their interaction with the history of African Nationalists equipped them with the knowledge of how liberation and independence movements were led by such student activists like Kwame Nkrumah; a United States scholar, George Padmore of Trinidad, Edward Blyden and Steve Bantu Biko of South Africa.
These icons’ influence, largely informed 21st century politics and the social discourse that Africa is painted in to date. The contests of eligibility and belonging of students has been a major contemporary debate, thus the need to literalise students activities and impact in today’s society. This has led them in resorting to collect different work done by students on such matters after a call for researchers to submit their work was made in their site. This special volume aims to provide a platform for researchers to present new research and developments in the area. It triggers the need for rethinking a new line of debate and ideologies that architecture the status quo. The book will be titled Students in Post Millenium Africa. The book is an extension of the paper on Student Debate and Activism in the Post-1980 Chimurengas by Ndzozi and Mhlanga, a chapter contribution to the book, The Post-1980 Chimurengas Explained, edited by Mahomva and Moyo (2015).
The book will be published by LAN Readers Publishers, a subsidiary of Leaders for African Network (LAN), an independent organisation guided by the objectives of Leadership and Pan-Africanism to create platforms for tackling contemporary African socioeconomic and political issues and championing African cultural conservatism.