ISSN 1011-226


An African Journal of Philosophy

Revue Africaine de Philosophie


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IMPORTANT NOTICE (Dec. 2008): After some setbacks, by the end of 2008 we have finally been able to bring out as many as three new annual volumes of quest: 2006 (xx), 2007 (xxi) and 2008 (xxii). This brings the journal up to date again. Sanya osha edited a timely and fascinating special issue on african feminisms (xx – 2006) with a team of high-ranking contributors -- including some of the most prominent women intellectuals of Africa, and the prominent Nigerian philosopher Eze (♂). Wim van binsbergen edited a special issue on lines and rhizomes: the transcontinental element in african philosophies (xxi - 2007), as well as as a general volume xxii – 2008 under the title African philosophy and the negotiation of practical dilemmas of individual and collective life. We thank our authors, readers, publishers sending review copies, and subscription agents, for their patience and continued support of quest. As Editor, I also wish to thank my fellow members of the Editorial Team, Sanya Osha and Kirsten Seifikar, for their hard work and perseverance. As a sign of the continued resilience and quality of quest, I am pleased to announce that the prominent African / global philosopher Valentin Mudimbe, a regular contributor in recent years, has agreed to join our Advisory Editorial Board, to fill the place sadly vacated by the demise of the lamented Lolle Nauta; an obituary of the latter will appear in the imminent volume XXIII.

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Volume XX (2006)


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ISSN 1011-226X


An African Journal of Philosophy/

Revue Africaine de Philosophie

Vol. XX, No. 1-2, 2006

Special issue on:

African feminisms

editor for this issue: Sanya Osha

general editor: Wim van Binsbergen

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Table of contents

Introduction: African Feminisms,
by Sanya Osha


Theorizing African Feminism(s)
 the ‘Colonial’ Question,  
by Pinkie Mekgwe



Is gender yet another colonial project? 
A critique of Oyeronke Oyewumi’s proposal,
by Agnes Atia Apusigah



‘Crafting epicentres of agency’: Sarah Bartmann and African feminist literary imaginings, 
by Pumla Dineo Gqola



Discursive Challenges for African Feminisms,
by Desiree Lewis


African Feminism: Resistance or Resentment?,
by Chielozona Eze


The State of Knowledge on Sexuality in Sub-Saharan Africa
A Synthesis of Literature,
by Chi-Chi Undie and Kabwe Benaya



Philosophy and Figures of the African Female,  
by Sanya Osha


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