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«Africa: History and Culture» - electronic scientific journal.

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1 December 19, 2019


1. Jacob Owusu Sarfo
2020 Open Call for Special Issues: Editor-in-Chief’s Note

Africa: History and Culture, 2019, 4(1): 3.
DOI: 10.13187/ahc.2019.1.3CrossRef
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2. Shuan Lin
“Hey! Who is that Dandy?”: High Fashion, Lower Class of La Sape in Congo

Africa: History and Culture, 2019, 4(1): 4-11.
DOI: 10.13187/ahc.2019.1.4CrossRef

Vestments transmit a sense of identity, status, and occasion. The vested body thus provides an ideal medium for investigating changing identities at the intersection of consumption and social status. This paper examines the vested body in the la Sape movement in Congo, Central Africa, by applying the model of ‘conspicuous consumption’ put forward by Thorstein Veblen. In so doing, the model of ‘conspicuous consumption’ illuminates how la Sape is more than an appropriation of western fashion, but rather a medium by which fashion is invested as a site for identity transformation in order to distinguish itself from the rest of the society. The analysis focuses particularly the development of this appropriation of western clothes from the pre-colonial era to the 1970s with the intention of illustrating the proliferation of la Sape with the expanding popularity of Congolese music at its fullest magnitude, and the complex consumption on clothing.

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3. Kazeem Oyedele Lamidi
Origin and Trajectory of National Youth Service Programme in Africa: An Exploratory Review

Africa: History and Culture, 2019, 4(1): 12-22.
DOI: 10.13187/ahc.2019.1.12CrossRef

This paper explored the origin and trajectory of the National Youth Service Programme in Africa with a view to understanding its visions as well as intended benefits. It attempted to conceptualise the National Youth Service using the four most commonly found programme models of National Youth Service in a bid to clarifying the dimensional intents of the scheme across countries in Africa. This paper also depicted the trajectory by discussing the growing attention to National Youth Service in Sub-Saharan Africa; re-envisioned and emerging programmes in the continent; National Youth Service programme goals and the focus on youth employability in Africa; as well as, understanding the scale of National Youth Service in Africa vis-à-vis its institutional arrangement and access to funding. Secondary data were fittingly utilized for this paper. It, however, provided a synopsis of the current trends of the National Youth Service Programme in Africa. It also concluded that National Youth Service Programme in respective African countries must continue to exhibit the vision, the integrity and the commitment which have taken the scheme from its humble beginnings to the echelon of being an important national institution in the development of state-building across nations in Africa.

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4. Benedicta Incoom, Enoch Kwame Tham-Agyekum
Political Party Vigilantism and Violence in Ghana: A Study of the Perceptions of Electorates in the Cape Coast Metropolis

Africa: History and Culture, 2019, 4(1): 23-32.
DOI: 10.13187/ahc.2019.1.23CrossRef

The views of electorates in the Cape Coast Metropolis were solicited on political party vigilantism and electoral violence in Ghana. The descriptive survey method was used to select 200 electorates via the snowball sampling technique. A questionnaire was designed to collect the data and analysed using descriptive statistics. The main findings of the research indicate that the electorates do not have any knowledge of vigilante groups in their constituency. However, they knew about vigilante groups in other parts of the country. The greatest cause of vigilantism in Ghana according to the study is the quest for political power. The greatest effect found of political vigilantism in Ghana is death and injuries. Political party vigilantism activities are dominated by young men and it is spearheaded by party executives. However, they engage in campaign activities before the election, protect ballot boxes during elections, and are employed if their party wins. Their activities affect voter turn-out during elections. The majority of the electorates would not consider being members of a political party vigilante group for financial gain neither do they know how political party vigilante groups are funded. Electorates asserted that political party vigilante groups should be disbanded and that they would not vote for a party that sponsors and supports vigilantism.

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5. John Lawer Narh
Azadirachta indica (Neem Tree) for Furniture Production in Ghana: A Historical Review

Africa: History and Culture, 2019, 4(1): 33-36.
DOI: 10.13187/ahc.2019.1.33CrossRef

Wood as a raw material is essential for economic growth. As the global population increases, it is predicted that the percentage of wood required for human use will triple by 2050. In Ghana, many of our traditional wood species are overexploited and threatened to extinction. Nonetheless, the utilization of other lesser-used and lesser-known wood species needs to be looked at urgently to increase the wood resource base for furniture production. This paper reviewed the historical trends of commercial wood production in Ghana and the possibility of increasing the use of lesser-used species like Azadirachta indica (Neem). Notably, neem has been proven as a good substitute for the dwindling species like Odum, Mahogany, Asanfena, Emeri, and Kyenkyen due to its unique properties. Neem is a fast-growing tree and can shed some or all of its leaves and still flourish. Aside from its use for furniture production, Neem is known for its medicinal and agricultural benefits.

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6. Christopher Tawiah Narh
Gaps and Opportunities for Labour Force Participation in Ghana: A Position Paper

Africa: History and Culture, 2019, 4(1): 37-40.
DOI: 10.13187/ahc.2019.1.37CrossRef

Labour force participation is an important component of a national and global development. As global populations keep increasing, it is important to explore the scope of Ghana’s labour force participation. In this paper, I briefly reviewed literature and other secondary evidence for gaps and opportunities for labour force participation. Though Ghana’s population has been increasing continuously like many countries worldwide, little is known about the impact of the rise in the number of people within the working age population. Ultimately, accurate information and empirical evidence are needed to support research, policy and practice in Ghana. It is therefore, useful to study and understand the socio-economic and demographic characteristics of the labour force in Ghana, and how these characteristics influence labour force participation, so as to guide government and other relevant bodies in designing and implementing policies to address the needs of this key segment of the population.

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