The African National Congress (ANC) party has governed South Africa since the end of apartheid in 1994. But the party today suffers from popular frustration over official corruption and economic stagnation. It faces growing threats from both left and right opposition parties, even as intraparty divisions surface. Given America’s history of opportunistic engagement with Africa, there are few prospects for a closer relationship between the two countries. Meanwhile, a weaker ANC could lead to political fragmentation in this relatively new democracy.
Speaker: Anene Ejikeme, Ph.D. Associate Professor, History, Trinity University
Educated on five continents, Anene Ejikeme received her PhD from Columbia University in 2003. A specialist in modern African history, she studies the politics of gender and economic development in colonial and postcolonial Africa. She is completing a manuscript, "From Traders to Teachers," an analysis of the changes in women's lives in Onitsha, an important Nigerian market town in the twentieth century. The life of the boxer, Hogan "Kid" Bassey, 1957 world welterweight champion and Nigerian nationalistic icon, is the subject of her next project. She is co-editing a volume titled "Black Women Travel," a collection of travel narratives. Prior to coming to Trinity, Anene taught at Barnard College in New York, where she served as the Director of the Pan-African Studies Program from 2001 to 2003.