Coloniality of Power in Postcolonial Africa – Myths of Decolonization


Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni
Professor & Chair of Epistemologies of the Global South, University of Bayreuth, Germany
Jason Morgan
University of Texas at Austin
Toyin Falola
Professor and author of Decolonizing African Studies


africa, Chan, coloniality, decolonization, myths, Ndlovu-gatsheni, postcolonial, power, sabelo, Stephen


The book interrogates the African postcolonial condition focusing on the liberation predicament and the long standing crisis of dependence (epistemological, cultural, economic, and political) created by colonialism and coloniality. A sophisticated deployment of historical, philosophical, and political knowledge in combination with the equi-primordial concepts of coloniality of power, coloniality of being, and coloniality of knowledge yields a comprehensive and truly refreshing understanding of African realities of subalternity. How global imperial designs and coloniality of power shaped the architecture of African social formations and disciplined the social forces towards a convoluted ‘postcolonial neocolonized’ paralysis dominated by myths of decolonization and illusions of freedom emerges poignantly in this important book. The book is distinguished by its decolonial entry that enables a critical examination of the grammar of decolonization that is often wrongly conflated with that of emancipation; bold engagement with the intractable question of what and who is an African; systematic explication of the role of coloniality in sustaining Euro-American hegemony; and unmasking of how, paradoxically, the ‘postcolonial’ is interlocked with the ‘neocolonial’. To buttress the theoretical arguments, detailed empirical case studies of South Africa, Zimbabwe, DRC and Namibia completes this timely contribution to African Studies.


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Author Biographies

Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni, Professor & Chair of Epistemologies of the Global South, University of Bayreuth, Germany

Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni is Professor and Chair of Epistemologies of the Global South with Emphasis on Africa at the University of Bayreuth in Germany. He is former Head of the Archie Mafeje Research Institute (AMRI) and Professor in the Department of Development Studies at the University of South Africa. He has taught in universities in Zimbabwe, United Kingdom and South Africa and has published extensively on African history and politics.

Toyin Falola, Professor and author of Decolonizing African Studies

Toyin Omoyeni Falola (born January 1, 1953) is a Nigerian historian and professor of African Studies. Falola is a Fellow of the Historical Society of Nigeria and of the Nigerian Academy of Letters, and has served as the president of the African Studies Association.He is currently the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin.



May 18, 2022