- About the book
DetailsKristina Bekenova presents a collection of interviews with fifteen emerging African leaders, musicians, poets, artists, doctors, environmentalists, defenders of animal rights, and tour operators, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Nigeria, Malawi, Rwanda, Somaliland, South Africa, South Sudan, and Zimbabwe. These interviews are an important, effective, and efficient way to make Africa’s authentic voices heard. The interviewees explain what Africa needs most, what they are doing about it, what vision for Africa they have, and how they think their ideas can be implemented. They share genuine African bottom-up perspectives, voice their understanding of African natural and cultural issues, identify Africa’s true needs, and formulate recommendations from an original African perspective. This book presents a unique opportunity to hear their opinion, to learn from Africa, and to understand what the continent needs as it makes progress along its developmental path.
- The author
About the authorKristina Bekenova worked as a volunteer correspondent in African Politics and Policy from 2016 to 2018. The idea of this book was born during two years of fruitful collaboration and personal fascination with Africa. She was a Teaching Assistant and later a Research Assistant at Nazarbayev University (NU). She holds a Masterʼs Degree in International Relations from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China.
Reviews"In Their Own Voices: Conversations with Emerging African Leaders by Kristina Bekenova represents an important contribution in its declared strategy to elicit the views and perceptions of young African artists and activists and in its stated objective to provide an emic contextualized discussion of the perceived issues important to people on the ground. The book offers a truly authentic discussion from an African perspective. This text will be of interest to research scholars, professors, and students in the fields of anthropology, sociology, and political science. It will also be of interest to policy makers within Africa, but, importantly, also outside agencies that have interests in Africa."—Ronnie Rock-Moore, Professor of Anthropology and Sociology, Nazarbayev University
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