16. The Pan-African Pantheon: Prophets, Poets and Philosophers

Reviewer: Professor Simphiwe Sesanti
Review Publisher: Journal of Renaissance Studies
Author: Adekeye Adebajo (eds.).
Date: 15 February 2021

In 2003, Hakim Adi and Marika Sherwood published their book Pan-African History: Political Figures from Africa and the Diaspora since 1787. Fifteen years later, in 2018, Hakim Adi brought out Pan-Africanism: A History. Two years later, in 2020, Reiland Rabaka brought out Routledge Handbook of Pan-Africanism, an edited volume. In the same year (2020), Adekeye Adebajo also brought out an edited volume on Pan Africanism, The Pan-African Pantheon: Prophets, Poets, and Philosophers. What is remarkable about Adebajo’s book is not only his awareness of the above-cited titles, but his open acknowledgement of this scholarship. This enables him to demonstrate the unique contribution that his book makes to Pan-Africanism, a “political thought … that has been historically under-researched”. The Pan-African Pantheon: Prophets, Poets, and Philosophers contains short biographical essays about the intellectual thinking and contributions about of thirty-six Pan-Africanist figures.

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