This thesis begins with the assumption that the theory of academic dependency provides an
adequate framework within which the relationship between social science communities in the
North and South can be understood. Present problems of social scientists in the South have
very often been attributed to this dependence and it has been concluded that academic
Xolela Mangcu’s recent biography of Steve Biko takes up its place in the contested field
of “Biko Studies”. It remains an open question as to why, given the explosion of
scholarly interest in Biko, and his ever-increasing popularity as an icon of the liberation
struggle, it has taken this long for a self-declared biography of Biko to appear.
Dr Mamphela Ramphele’s book begins with an angry young man, and a Sepedi phrase: “Mabu a u tswitswe” – “The soil has been stolen.” The young man who spoke these words, Ramphele informs her readers, had no need to explain them or elaborate on his meaning; his idiomatic call to arms in defence of the land spoke for itself
The Afrocentric paradigm has revolutionized the field of Black studies for the past several decades following scholar Molefi Asante’s extensive works on the theory. Many other scholars have since advanced the Afrocentric idea with similar or dissenting views and interpretations.
Es'kia Mphahlele is one of the doyens of African literature. Throughout Africa, Europe and the United States of America he has played a major role in the development, teaching and promotion of African literature. He has written autobiographies, criticism, works of fiction, poetry, plays and essays.
In October 1972, Steve Biko was employed by the black division of the Study Project of Christianity in Apartheid Society (SPRO-CAS), which had its office in the same building as the South African Student Organization (SASO) at 86 Beatrice Street, Durban. American political scientist Gail M.
In those five years Nyerere stumped the country organizing a nationalistic movement so strong that it cut clean across tribal barriers. He was elected to Legco in 1958 and headed the Elected Members Organisation that was the official opposition.