No. 103, June/Oct 2000 

ISSN 0148-7868

ALC Members
on the Move

As in previous years, members of the Africana Librarians Council (ALC) traveled this summer - to Europe and Africa, to meet international colleagues, attend various conferences and the Zimbabwe International Book Fair, and buy books. Among the travelers were Phyllis Bischof, who attended a conference in Switzerland; David Easterbrook, Joe Caruso, and Marion Frank-Wilson who attended the Zimbabwe International Book Fair in Harare. Marion Frank-Wilson also met with Africana librarians in Germany, and visited the Library of Congress Office in Nairobi. This issue of ALN, apart from providing the usual information, focuses on these activities.

I want to take this opportunity to wish Ruth Thomas all the best for her retirement from her position as Director of the Library of Congress Office in Nairobi. I cannot thank Ruth and her staff enough for their help and hospitality during my visit. It was truly a pleasure to meet the people who are responsible for the smooth and efficient running of the LC Nairobi program. The helpful suggestions and personal assistance of Janerose Lolele and Ruth Olago-Odia, both acquisitions librarians, in my search for Somalia-related materials in Nairobi not only contributed largely to the success of this trip but also made it a very enjoyable one!   -Marion Frank-Wilson


Table of Contents
ALC Members at ZIBF ..... David Easterbrook
In Switzerland ..... Phyllis Bischof
At German Universities ..... Marion Frank-Wilson
Calendar of Future Meetings
Conference Announcements
ASA's Distinguished Africanist Award Winners
1st Caine Prize for African Writing Awarded
Entries Sought for Caine Prize 2001
Literature on Libraries and Information Science
Selected New Books
New Serials
Web Sites of Interest
Material and Vendor Notes
Africa's 100 Best Books of the 20th Century
New Mellon Fellow at Indiana University
Onuma Ezera - A Valedictory ..... Helen MacLam

At the Zimbabwe International Book Fair
by David L. Easterbrook

Northwestern University

Three ALC members, Joe Caruso, David Easterbrook, and Marion Frank-Wilson attended this year's Zimbabwe International Book Fair (ZIBF) and Indaba in Harare, July 29-August 5. All three attended as part of the ZIBF-American Library Association free pass program. This program, now in its second year, partially subsidizes attendance at ZIBF by American Library Association (ALA) members. There were a total of seven librarians in this group including a recent library school graduate and a library school faculty member. The group was smaller in number than the ten expected because three participants dropped out, uncertain of the political situation in Zimbabwe. There were other U.S. colleagues present not part of the ZIBF-ALA program. Also in attendance was Jane Rose Lolele of the Library of Congress Office, Nairobi.
The events of the week provided opportunities not only for acquiring materials for libraries, but also for learning first hand about current initiatives in African publishing and discussing them in person with African publishers, librarians and booksellers. The week also gave those of us usually focused only on issues related primarily to academic libraries an opportunity to broaden our perspective.

Official statistics for ZIBF 2000 include 317 exhibitors from 31 countries and overall attendance of 23,729. The overall theme for ZIBF 2000 was "Celebrating African Books." The country of focus for ZIBF 2000 was Ghana and the theme of the Indaba was "Millennium Marketplace." The Indaba provided a number of lively plenary events as well as over 50 panel sessions that addressed a broad range of issues. A look at the program for the Indaba will show clearly the breadth of the presentations (

Throughout the week of the book fair, day-long conferences, seminars and workshops sponsored by many different organizations such as APNET, the British Council, SABDET, the Swedish Library Association, and the Zimbabwe Book Development Council focused on such issues as African scholarship, copyright, marketing, library selection, publishing, writing, etc. Many other book and cultural events surrounded the book fair. These included a film festival and exhibition of original illustrations from children's books published in Africa, both held at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe directly adjacent to the site of ZIBF. There were also book launchings, signings, readings and dramatic presentations at a number of different venues. Highlights of the week also included presentation of the first Caine Prize for African Literature, the Zimbabwe Book Publishers Association Literary Awards and the launching of the "Africa's 100 Best Books" program.

Of particular importance to those participants in the ALA-ZIBF free pass program was a one-day orientation seminar. The program included presentations made by representatives of APNET, the Pan African Booksellers Association (PABA), the Zimbabwe Library Association, the Zimbabwe Book Development Council and Zimbabwe's Rural Libraries and Resources Development Program. The day also included a tour to two libraries, the University of Zimbabwe Library and one of Harare's major public library branches, the Highfield Library.

Looking ahead to next year, the 2001 Zimbabwe International Book Fair will be held in Harare, August 3-11, with an overall theme of "Transformation." The country of focus in 2001 will be Senegal and the Indaba theme will be "Changing Lives; Promoting a Reading Culture in Africa." Preliminary information about ZIBF 2001 is already on the web at

At an International Birthday Celebration

Africa in Switzerland
by Phyllis Bischof

Dr. Carl Schlettwein, founder of the Basler Afrika Bibliographien [the BAB], a Namibia Resource Centre and Southern African Library, in Basel, Switzerland, chose to celebrate his 75th birthday by hosting an international symposium. This conference, Documenting and Researching Southern Africa in New Contexts: A Symposium in Honour of Carl Schlettwein, was held 12-14 May at the BAB.

Phyllis Bischof delivered an invited paper, entitled "The Potential of Cooperative Projects by Southern African, European and American Librarians," which shared information concerning the work of the Cooperative Africana Microform Project and the Africana Librarians Council. Also discussed were a number of possible new or easily expandable projects, many made feasible by electronic communication.

The approximately fifty persons who attended the conference were librarians and government officials from Namibia, South Africa, various European countries, and Mozambique. The occasion afforded marvelous opportunities for networking, and surely was a birthday party that will live in memory, not only because of the quality of its programming, but also because its proceedings will be published shortly.


At German Universities

Looking toward Communication and Cooperation - European and US Africana librarians

by Marion Frank-Wilson

During my trip to Germany this summer, I met with Africana librarians at two German universities: Dr. Rainer Maria Kiel (Bayreuth University), and Dr. Irmtraud Wolcke-Renk (Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universitat Frankfurt). During conversations about their collections, collection policies and foci, as well as special projects, it became clear that an exchange of information between European and American Africana librarians would indeed be fruitful. I believe the Africana Libraries Newsletter could play a role in initiating such an exchange and, as a first step, I will solicit short contributions to ALN from our European colleagues which highlight their collections and projects. I hope to launch this new series with a text by Dr. Wolcke-Renk from Frankfurt in the next issue and hopefully continue in following issues with contributions from other colleagues throughout Europe.Eventually, I could see this leading to more interaction in the form of replies/letters published in ALN, e-mails with our European colleagues, meetings at conferences, and, eventually maybe even cooperative projects.


November 15-19, 2000 Nashville ASA Annual Meeting
April 26-28, 2001 - Bloomington, Indiana ALC/CAMP Spring Meeting

Fall 2001, Houston ASA Annual Meeting

Fall 2002, Washington, DC, or Detroit ASA Annual Meeting

Fall 2003, Minneapolis ASA Annual Meeting


Boston, USA, 16-25 August 2001

Glasgow, UK, 2002

Berlin, Germany, 2003


Feb. 9-14, 2001, Washington, DC Midwinter Meeting

June 14-20, 2001, San Francisco ALA Annual Conf.

Jan. 18-23, 2002, New Orleans Midwinter Meeting

June 13-19, 2002, Atlanta ALA Annual Conference

Apr. 8-15, 2003, Charlotte, NC ACRL National Conf.

June 19-25, 2003, Toronto ALA Annual Conference

2004, Orlando ALA Annual Conference


"People and Power in 21st Century Africa," African Studies Association 43rd Annual Meeting
Convention Center and Renaissance Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee, November 16-19, 2000

The Preliminary Program for the African Studies Association 43rd Annual Meeting is now available on the ASA web site at http://www.africanstudies.orgThe program lists all scheduled panels and roundtables by session day and time and all conference presenters alphabetically in the index. The program also appeared in the July/September 2000 ASA News.

"Development policy in Africa: Public and private perspectives"

Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE)

2001 CSAE Conference to be held at Keble College, Oxford, on March 30th/31st, 2001


ASA's Distinguished Africanist Award Winners


Every year the African Studies Association offers the Distinguished Africanist Award in recognition of a lifetime of contributions to African studies.The Association is pleased to announce its Distinguished Africanist Award winners for the year 2000:

Bernth Lindfors, scholar of African literature. Professor of English and African literatures, University of Texas at Austin.

J.H. Kwabena Nketia, authority on traditional African music. Professor Emeritus at the University of Ghana, formerly Cornell visiting Professor and a Distinguished Hannah Professor at Michigan State University.

Roy Sieber, historian of African art. Rudy Professor Emeritus at the School of Fine Arts, Indiana University and Research Scholar Emeritus at the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Winners receive a plaque and lifetime membership in the African Studies Association. Any ASA member may nominate an Africanist for the award. Details on the procedure are available from the African Studies Association, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Douglass Campus, 132 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1400USA.

Sudanese Author Receives British Prize

Caine Prize for African Writing

awarded at ZIBF 2000

Leila Aboulela received the Caine Prize for her short story, "The Museum", published in Opening spaces: an anthology of contemporary African women's writing (Heinemann, 1999). She is the first recipient of the annual prize established by Emma Nicholson, in memory of her husband Michael Caine, founder of the Booker Prize in Britain.The prize carries with it an award of US$15,000.

Caine Prize for African Writing 2001

After the successful award and celebration of the first Caine Prize for African Writing in Harare on 29 July 2000, the Caine Prize organizers are now keen to receive submissions for next year's competition. The prize will be for a short story (indicative length 3000-15000 words). The deadline for submissions is 31 January 2001. Only works published in English - including published translations into English - will be considered and publishers should submit twelve copies of the published work to: Nick Elam, Administrator, Caine Prize for African Writing, 2 Drayson Mews, LONDONW8 4LY

The work should have been published in the 30 months preceding 31 January 2001 and not submitted already for this year's prize. The prize will be awarded to one story, so publishers submitting collections of stories by one author should nominate the story for consideration by the judges.

Literature on Libraries and Information Services

African Publishing Review, vol. 8, no. 5, September/October 1999 includes, "New Leadership for South African Publishers Association", "Academic Publishing in Algeria", "Academic Publishing at the University of Zimbabwe", "Publishers as Members of the Academic Community", "University Librarians Should Master the Internet."
African Publishing Review, vol. 8, no. 6, November/December 1999 includes, "Exploring Regional Economic Policies and Possibilities for the Book Trade in Africa", APNET and ADEA Launch Joint Campaign", "Survey of Capacity Building of National Publishers Associations in Africa", "Uganda Prime Minister Opens APNET 4th General Council", "APNET Chairman's Report to the 4th General Council Meeting", "Strengthening Indigenous Publishing in Africa - APNET's Five-Year Strategic Plan 1999-2004", "Research on Capital for Publishers", "Perspective on Publishing in Indonesia."

African Publishing Review, vol. 9, no. 1, 2000 includes, "The Asmara Declaration on African Languages and Literatures", "Languages of Instruction and Language Policies: A Synthesis of Research", "Multilingualism in South Africa: Opportunities and Obstacles for Publishers", "Language and Education Policy in South Africa", "Publishing in African Languages in Francophone Africa", "African Languages Publishing: A Zimbabwe Case Study", "Mauritius - Publishing for Bilingual Education."

African Research & Documentation no. 82, 2000 includes, Nathan Mnjama, "The records of the East African Community", p. 3-12;John McIlwaine, "Reptiles, amphibians & fishes of Africa: guide to reference materials," p. 12-30;A.A. Alemna, "Bookselling and the library: a partnership for enhancing the book trade in Ghana," p. 31-38;Hans Zell, "The fifth edition of African Books in Print: new features, and old problems," p. 39-46;Paiki Muswazi, "Swaziana: an assessement," p. 47-62.

Coleman, Sterling. "Librarianship and Information Science in the Maghreb 1966-1999: an Annotated Bibliography." International Information and Library Review 31.4 (December 1999): 157-80.

Kagan, Alfred. "The Growing Gap between the Information Rich and the Information Poor Both Within Countries and Between Countries: A Composite Policy paper."IFLA Journal26.1 (2000): 28-32.

Kamusella, Tomasz. "Globalisation or Semi-Globalisation - a Communications View." Africa Insight 29.3/4 (January 2000): 64-68.

Lundu, Maurice. "Interconnectivity and the African Scene." Kaapse Bibliotekaris/Cape Librarian44.2: 6-9.

Mnjama, Nathan M. "Freedom of Information Legislation in ESARBICA States and its Implication on Records Management Practices." African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science 10.1 (April 2000): 43-54

Mutula, Stephen M. "Changing Trends in Library Automation." African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science 10.1 (April 2000): 23-33.

Nawe, Julita. "Using Information and Communication Technologies in Tanzania: Responses of Information Professionals." Information Development 16.1 (March 2000): 24-28.

Ojedokun, Ayoku A. "Prospects of Digital Libraries in Africa." African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science 10.1 (April 2000): 13-21.

Shibanda, George Gundu. "Managing and Strategising Africa's Information in Global Computerisation." African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science 10.1 (April 2000): 35-41.

Yeomans, Keith. "Closing the Digital Divide - the Commonwealth's Role." Commonwealth Currents1 (2000): 18.

Selected New Books

Just published: Paying the Price: The Sierra Leone Peace Process, which is the ninth issue in the publication series, Accord: An International Review of Peace Processes. It is available both on the web ( and in print.
Titles from P. Schlettwein Publishing (Address: Klosterberg 21, CH-4051, Basel, Switz.;

Adam, Kanya. The colour of business : managing diversity in South Africa. Switzerland : P. Schlettwein Publishing, 2000. xii, 215 p. Revision of 1998 Oxford D.Phil thesis.isbn: 3908193052

Based on interviews and surveys conducted among 200 South African business executives between 1994 and 1998, the study finds that while a growing Black elite benefits from racial preference policies in senior management, the majority of the poor are not affected at all. A policy of non-racial bias-based affirmative action is suggested as the most feasible way to facilitate equity.

Schubert, Benedict. A guerra e as igrejas : Angola 1961-1991. Switzerland : P. Schlettwein, 2000. vi, 251p. Translation of German ed., 1997. isbn 3908193079. CHF 30.00.

Suzman, James. "Things from the Bush" : a contemporary history of the Omaheke Bushmen. Basel : Schlettwein, 1999. xxvii, 191 p. Basel Namibia studies series ; 5. Revision of 1997 Univ. of Edinburgh anthropology thesis.

ISSN: 3908193060. Price: 50CHF.

Based on 1994-96 fieldwork on the White-owned commercial farms and former "native reserves" of the Omaheke Region, this work shows that the San people were mostly not driven off their original lands but were rather enveloped by settler-farmers in a crude system of villeinage.

Johannes Fabian. Out of Our Minds: Reason and Madness in the Exploration of Central Africa. Berkeley : University of California Press, c2000. 335 p., 14 figures, 1 map Clothbound: 0-520-22122-2 Paperback:0-520-22123-0 For more information, visit the website:

Reclaiming Women's Spaces: New Perspectives on Violence Against Women and Sheltering in South Africa.

This book explores the nature of gender violence in South Africa. It brings together the collective wisdom and wealth of experience, of activists, academics, experts and survivors who have fought to end gender violence in SA. 406 p. Price: R110-00Order from: Harja Mohamed of NISAA(Tel) 854-5804 (Fax) 854-5718 (e-mail)

From the Greenwood Publishing Group:

Running towards us: new writing from South Africa, edited and with an introduction by Isabel Balseiro. May, 2000. 216 p. (Heineman studies in African Literature) isbn 0325002118 $25.00; isbn 0325002312 (hardcover $65.00).

The Boer War: historiography and annotated bibliography, by Fred R. van Hartesvelt. Greenwood Press, 2000.272p. (Bibliographies of Battles and Leaders ; no. 24) isbn 0313306273 $79.50

The History of South Africa, by Roger B. Beck. Greenwood Press, 2000.280 p. isbn 031330730X$35.00

Books from the Greenwood Publishing Group can be ordered with a credit card by calling 1-800-225-5800

Fadiman, Jeffrey. South Africa's 'Black' market: how to do business with Africans. Examines the critical dynamics of marketing to and doing business with Black South Africans.$24.95Intercultural Press, forthcoming, for more information, see or write, Intercultural Press, 374 US Route One, PO Box 700, Yarmouth, ME 04096 USA

From Africa to Afrocentric Innovations Some Call "Jazz". Hesteria Records & Publishing Co., PO Box 4613, Ithaca, NY 14852Telephone (607) 255-8738, or (607) 272-3586Fax (607) 254-2877Web

This 4-volume set contains an extensive discography, numerous artist biographies for reference, explanations of musical terms, a vast index, and a detailed lesson plan for pedagogical purposes. The price of the four volume set is $80 and it will soon be available through major book outlets and distributors. In addition, the hardback version will soon be available at the price of $160.

Stoics without pillows: a way forward for the Somalilands, by John Drysdale.

Publisher: HAAN Associates, 2000. 216 pp, isbn: 1874209782 HBK 1874209731 PBK Further details from:Africa Book Centre Ltd., 38 King Street, London WC2E 8JT<> TEL +44 [0] 20 7240 6649N.B. this book is not distributed to the trade in the USA.

Almamy, une jeunesse sur les rives du fleuve Niger, Almamy Maliki Yattara et Bernard Salvaing; préface de Adame Konaré Ba. Brinon-sur-Sauldre: Editions Grandvaux, 2000. isbn2909550230

This first of two volumes of memoirs left by Almamy Maliki Yattara, recorded by Bernard Salvaing offers a portrait of life in a region of Mali still mostly untouched by colonial and modern influences, and the story of the making of a great Islamic scholar. Distributor: ETAI, 20 rue Saussière, 92100 BoulognePrice: 149 ff

Available from Clarke's Bookshop, 211 Long Steet, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa; (e-mail:

Smith, Andy, Candy Malherbe, Mat Guenther, and Penny Berens. The Bushmen of Southern Africa. David Philip Publishers.

de Gruchy, John, ed. The London Missionary Society in Southern Africa.David Philip Publishers.

Seekings, Jeremy. The UDF: A History of the United Democratic Front in South Africa 1983-1991. David Philip Publishers.

Villa-Vicencio, Charles and Wilhelm Verwoerd, eds. Looking Back Reaching Forward: Reflections on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa. UCT Press.

Les Cinemas d'Afrique: Dictionnaire. Karthala, 2000.

Five Windows into Africa: a CD-ROM,. by Patrick McNaughton, John Hanson, dele jegede,

Ruth Stone, and Brian Winchester.

2 disks, Mac and Windows compatible. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2000

Newman, Paul. The Hausa language: An Encyclopedic Reference Grammar. Yale University Press, 2000.

Nigeria: Index to Law Reports (1880-1990). 4 vols. Lagos: Florence & Lambard (Nigeria) Ltd.Distributors: Jifeson Book Centre, 76 & 78 Ojuelegba Road, P.O. Box 4870, Surulere, Lagos, e-mail: jifeson@netscape.netor: Gio marketing, 48, Wilcox Road, London SW 82 UX, e-mail:

The Linguasphere register of the world's languages and speech communities. Hebron, Wales, UK : Published for Observatoire Linguistique by Linguasphere Press/Gwasg y Byd Iaith, 19992 v. isbn: 095329191X (v. 1); 0953291901 (v. 2)

The Linguasphere Observatory is a research network devoted to the classification of the world's languages and dialects, and the study and promotion of multilingualism. At, you can download extracts from the recently published Linguasphere Register of the World's Languages and Speech Communities, which include the Mandic (Mande) languages spoken in West Africa and the Inner-Bantu languages (east and south) spoken in Central and Southern Africa. Linguists are invited to send comments on the extracts.

The Linguasphere Press sells the 2 volume Linguasphere Register at the site ($175 or $275 for online version). Directed by David Dalby, it includes Dalby's Language Map of Africa and the adjacent islands, a directory of African language department sites, discussion lists, journals, an annotated directory of general language sites, and a table of the world's major languages (with numbers of speakers). The Linguasphere Press is at

New Serials
Epasa Moto:A bilingual journal of language, letters and culture = Revue bilingue de langue, lettres et de culture; edited by Dorothy L. Njeuma; quarterly; Publisher: University of Buea, PO Box 63, Buea, South West Province, Cameroon. Subscription rates: CFA 3,500; $15.00

Journal of Cultural Studies, edited by Joseph U. Yakubu and Oyeniyi Okunoye; annually; Publisher: Journal of Cultural Studies, Nigerian Group for the Study of African Cultures, c/o Department of English, Ogun State University, PMB 2002, Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria, email: or rates: In Africa, individual rate: $20.00, institutional rate: $25.00; Outside Africa, individual rate: $25.00, institutional rate: $35.00

Malilime: Malawian Journal of Linguistics, ed. by Al D. Mtenje and Gregory H. Kamwendo. Frequency: Annual. Publisher: Centre for Language Studies, University of Malawi, P.O. Box 108, Zomba, Malawi, email:

The South African Journal for Social and Economic Policy, 'New Agenda,' aims to contribute to the current debates, research and discussions on social and economic transformation within South Africa's diverse communities. It is dedicated to promoting democratic participation in economic, social and political activities. It hopes to stimulate the active involvement of all South Africans in national policy-making and the empowerment of marginalized groups in the development process. It is a publication of the Institute for African Alternatives, SA (IFAA) and it will be a quarterly.

Subscriptions/sales: $50 (Individual) $100 (Institutions)

Payment(cheques and postal orders) should be made payable to the: 

Institute for African Alternatives

P O Box 12491, Mill Street,8010, South AfricaInquires: Berrie Ebden

Contact: Tel: 027-21-403-2593

New Serial Titles available from the

Library of Congress,

Nairobi Field Office

African Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 1, no. 1 (1998).A bi-annual journal of the Council for Development of Science Research in Africa offering a platform for analysis on contemporary issues in African international affairs.Codesria, BP 3304, Dakar, Senegal. Email: Subscription: US$40 per copy

The Analyst, Issue no. 001 (Dec. 1998).A monthly publication on topical economic issues in Kenya. Published by Kaizen Investments Ltd., PO Box 76529, Nairobi, Kenya. Subscription: US$190 per year.

Annales de la Faculte des Sciences Juridiques et Politiques, T. 1 (1997). An annual publication of Universite de Dschang, Faculte des sciences juridiques et politics on various legal and political issues.Address: L'Africaine d'Editions et de Services (A.E.S.-s.a.), BP 8106, Yaounde, Cameroon. Subscription: CFA 3000 per copy

Directory of Ugandan Professional Women, 1999/2000.A directory of professional women to be updated annually. It brings women out, highlights their achievement abilities, diversities, and their contribution to national development.Address: Uganda Women's Network (UWONET), PO Box 27991, Kampala, Uganda. Email: Subscription: Ushs 7500 per copy

The Heritage Magazine, Vol. 1, issue 1 (Dec. 1999).A broad spectrum publication catering for all tastes and interests including politics, economic issues, social concerns, science, art, and culture.Address: The Heritage Magazine, PO Box 28444, Kampala, Uganda. Subscription: Ushs 1500 per copy.

MUARIK Bulletin, Vol. 1 (1998).A research publication of the Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute, Kabanyolo.Address: The African Crop Science Journal Secretariat, Makerere University, Faculty of Agriculture, PO Box 7062, Kampala, Uganda.Email: US$ 25 per copy

The Pan Afrikanist, Vol. 1, issue 1 (Sept. 1999). A monthly review of African political economy published by the Pan Afrikan Youth Movement, PO Box 7186, Kampala, Uganda. Email: Subscription: Ushs 1500 per copy.

Revue africaine de defense, No 001 (Janv.-mars 2000). A quarterly publication on politics, conflicts, and security in Africa.Published by Editions CLE, BP 1501, Yaounde, Cameroon. Subscription: CFA 5000 per copy.

Sosongo, Vol. 1, no. 2 (June 1999). Cameroon review of arts and social sciences issued by Universite de Yaounde I

PO Box 755

Yaounde, Cameroon


Subscription: US$ 40 per copy.

Websites of interest

The Art Room, Fine Arts Center for EastAfrica

The center provides exhibition space and curatorial focus for leading members of East Africa's Modern Art Movement. Artworks and essays may be viewed online.


"Yenza," meaning "do it" in isiXhosa and isiZulu, is a guide to using the Internet for research and teaching in the Social Sciences and Humanities. The site presents a mixture of annotated links to resources in South Africa and elsewhere, and materials developed specifically for Yenza.

Contemporary Postcolonial and Postimperial literature in English

Originally developed for students in his courses at Brown University, Professor George Landow invites contributions to this site.

Country Studies

This website contains the on-line versions of books previously published in hard copy by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress under the Country Studies/Area Handbook Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Army. Country studies for some African nations are available.

Moçambique on-line - Links para páginas com informação de e sobre Moçambique

Directory of Mozambique-related web pages, created by Wim Neeleman.Updated regularly.

For more web sites on Mozambique, see Mozambique Peace Process Bulletin, Issue 25, August 2000, published by AWEPA, the European Parliamentarians for Southern Africa.

Materials and Vendor Notes

Basler Afrika Bibliographien (BAB)(Namibia Resource Centre - Southern Africa Library in Switzerland, PO Box 2037, CH 4001 Basel) issued its Namibia Bibliographical Update No 4:2000

Compiled by Dag Henrichsen. This update covers monographs, periodicals, unpublished theses, papers and other materials as received by the BAB Namibia Resource Centre only. It is selective and annotations do not imply a comprehensive treatment of the title. For more detailed information kindly contact Dag Henrichsen at

The Namibia Bibliographical Update has been issued approximately every other year since February 1997. Back issues can be consulted on their webpage:

Clarke's Africana and Rare Books ABA (P.O.Box 186, Constantia (Cape Town) 7848, South Africa, Tel: 0027 21 794 0600, Fax: 0027 21 794 0601, E-mail:, have added a list of about 90 recent acquisitions to their website: The new titles can be accessed from the New Acquisitions area of the site:

Clarke's Bookshop (211 Long Street, Cape Town 8001, South Africa, Tel: +27 21 423 5739, Fax: +27 21 423 6441, email:, URL: has issued Catalogue 104 with over 900 titles. 

Ceeba Publications (Antenne d'Autriche, c/o Prof. Dr. Hermann Hochegger, St. Gabriel A-2340 Modling, Austria, E-mail: Homepage: has issued its new list of publications from Ceeba, Bandundu, Congo. All books can be ordered by e-mail.

The Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA) (P.O. Box 31971, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Tel: 251-1-551163, Fax: 251-1-551399, email:, URL: has issued its 2000 catalogue.

The University of Cape Town Press has issued its "Catalogue 2000".New address: Juta & Co. Ltd, Mercury Crescent, Hillstar Industria, Wetton, 7780, Tel.: (021)797 5101, Fax: (021) 762 7424, email:, Postal address: P.O. Box 14373, Kenwyn 7790. URL:

IDC Publishers (Hogewoerd 151, Leiden, P.O. Box 11205, 2301 Leiden, The Netherlands, Tel: +31 (0)71 514 27 00, Fax: +31 (0)71 513 17 21, email:, URL: or: IDC Publishers Inc., 350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1801, New York, NY10118, Tel: 212-271-5945, Toll free: 800-757-7441, Fax: 212-271,5930, email: issued its catalogue "Missionary Archives on Africa".

The African Book Centre (38 King Street, London WC2E 8JT UK; email: issued its Book Review no. 16 (Summer 2000) with reviews, news and events in the African book trade and listings of new books from and about Africa.

David Philip Publishers (Cape Town Head Office: P.O. Box 23408, Claremont 7735, telephones: (021) 674 4136/7/8, email:,, URL: has issued its catalogue "ZIBF 2000" with "books that matter for Southern Africa". 

Ghana Universities Press (Universities Publishing House) has issued its 2000 Export Catalogue (Ghana Universities Press, O.P. Box GP 4219, Accra, Ghana, Tel.: 500300 Ext. 6130/6135, Fax: 233-21-501930).

Women, Ink. (777 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10007, USA, Tel: 212-687-8633, Fax: 212-661-2704, email:, URL: has issued its 2000 Catalogue with information and training resources on women and development issues in Africa, Asia, Western Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

University of Zimbabwe Publications (P.O. Box MP 203, Mount Pleasant, Harre, Zimbabwe, Tel. (263-4)303211 Ext. 1236, Fax (263-4)333407/335249, email:, has issued its "Catalogue 2000/2001".Enquiries and orders from the United Kingdom and Europe, the United States and Canada, and Commonwealth countries, excluding Africa, should be addressed to The African Books Collective Ltd. 

Fountain Publishers Ltd. (Fountain House, Plot 55, Nkrumah Road, P.O. Box 488, Kampala, Uganda, Tel: (256-41) 259163/251112, Fax; (256-41) 251160, email:, URL: has issued its 2000/2001 catalogue and backlist on academic, scholarly, and general books.

Witwatersrand University Press (P.O. Wits 2050, Johannesburg, South Africa, 23 Junction Avenue, Parktown, Tel: +27(0)11 484-5907, Fax: +27(0)11 484-5971, email:, URL: distributed its 1999/2000 Catalogue.

The University of Lagos Press, publisher of scholarly and professional books, monographs, lectures and learned journals, distributed its price list for 1999/2000. For further information contact: The Marketing Manager, University of Lagos Press, P.O. Box 132, Unilag Post Office, Lagos, Nigeria. 

The Media for Development Trust (MFD) has issued its "Africa Film and Video Catalogue". MFD is a registered non-profit social welfare organization, seeking to promote development through communication, particularly through the production and distribution of socially conscious films and videos that are relevant to an African audience. Orders and enquiries to: Media for Development Trust, P.O. Box 6755, Harare, Zimbabwe, Tel: 263-4-733364/5, Fax; 263-4-729066, email: or, or visit the office at: 19 Van Praagh Avenue, Milton Park, Harare, URL:

Michael Graves-Johnston (P.O. Box 532, 54, Stockwell Prk Road, London SW9 0DR; email: issued Catalogue 73 on African Travel and History and 

Catalogue 74 on African Art. 

African Books Collective Ltd. (The Jam Factory, 27 Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1HU, UK, Tel: +44/(0)1865-726686, Fax: +44-(0)1865-793298 or +44-(0)1993-709265, email:, URL: issued its Catalogue 2000 with new and backlist titles on publishing, book trade and writing, and its "Africa - Spring 2000 catalogue". Secure on-line ordering facilities are on ABC's website. The site is updated with new titles on the first day of each month.

Livraria Portugal (Rua do Carmo, 70-74, 1200-094 Lisboa, Tel.: 213-474 982/3/4/5, Fax: 213 470 264, email:, issued its lists nos. 689, 690, 691, and 692.

Gerald Rilling (1315 Ryan Street, Machesney Park, IL61115-1844, Tel: 815-654-0389, Fax: 815-633-2361, email: eafricabk (or eafricbk) distributed his list 2000-01 on military, natural history, exploration and hunting, history, anthropology, and other topics.

Bennett-Penvenne (162 Oak Street, Duxbury, MA02332, Tel: 781-934-0961, email: issued list 67.

OAN Oceanie Afrique Noire (15 West 39th Street, New York, NY10018-3806, Tel: 212-840-8844, Fax: 212-840-3304, email:, URL: issued its spring 2000 "Selections 24".OAN specializes in (in-print and out-of-print) art, ethnology and related publications of Africa, Oceania, the Americas, South-east Asia/Asia, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. Titles on Africa in "Selections 24" are on pp. 17-70.

Message from Hans Zell:

After two months 'on the road' I have now moved into my new home in the Wester Ross area of the Scottish Highlands, and here is my new address, and new telephone and fax numbers:

Hans Zell Publishing Consultants 

Glais Bheinn Lochcarron Ross-shire IV54 8YB Scotland UK 

Telephone: +44-(0)1520-722951 Fax: +44-(0)1520-722953 

The Email address and the Web site remain the same. 

Africa's 100 Best Books of the 20th Century An Initiative of the Zimbabwe International Book Fair

A news release from ZIBF (UK), Moses Samkange, Executive Director

To mark the beginning of the 21st century, and encouraged by Professor Ali Mazrui, the Zimbabwe International Book Fair has launched the international compilation of Africa's 100 Best Books. Nominations are being sought throughout the African continent and internationally. A comprehensive list of all nominations will be published at the ZIBF in August 2001 and during the course of the following year regional panels will compile their own short lists of 100 best books. Closing date for nominations is 30 September 2001. A panel of judges will make the final decision from the short list and the final list of Africa's 100 Best Books will be announced in early March 2002. This will allow for ample time for those involved (authors of nominated books and their publishers) to prepare for participation in ZIBF2002. ZIBF2002 (3 to 10 August) will celebrate the authors and publishers on the final list.

Criteria for nomination of a book

Only books written by Africans are eligible. After extensive discussion and debate, the ZIBF has for the purpose of this project identified an African as someone either born in Africa or who became a citizen of an African country. This definition incorporates those African writers who have moved from their countries of birth to other continents. The issue of authors who are not by this definition deemed African but who consider themselves such or those who have made a notable contribution to African scholarship and literature will be addressed on their merit should their books be nominated.

A nomination should be made on the basis that the book has had a powerful, important or affecting influence on you, as an individual, or on your society.

What you can do

Submit your nominations by post, fax or e-mail to the ZIBF. There is no limit to the number of nominations any one individual or group of individuals may submit, but they must each be accompanied by a 50-word justification.

Use this project to generate discussion among your colleagues and friends, with your teachers or students, and in the media.

 Use it as a basis for having African writers in your own cities and countries interviewed, or given a platform to speak and to debate their own work.

 Use it as a positive vehicle for analysis, serious criticism, debate and scholarship.

Buy, loan and read books extend the breadth of your knowledge and understanding of the great wealth twentieth century writing by Africans.

 Photocopy, translate, circulate and encourage people to seriously complete the nomination forms. Every serious nomination will lend weight and substance to the list; every book that has made an impact on an individual or on society is worthy of note.

Regional committees/coordinators

In Africa, Europe and the USA many have expressed the willingness to act as coordinators of information, promotion, publicity, public debate and discussion.

To date the representatives are as follows:

South Africa - Monica Seeber

East Africa - Mary Okurut

West AfricaAkoss Ofori-Mensah

Germany- Peter Ripkin

The Netherlands - Ron Smit

Asia - Vikas Ghai

The UK - DavidBrine

The USA - Joe Caruso

(ZIBF are in the process of ensuring that there is a representative in every African country).

Please address all queries and ideas to your local/regional coordinator or directly to ZIBF at:

Zimbabwe International Book Fair, Harare Gardens, P. O. Box CY1179,

Causeway, Zimbabwe,Tel: 263 4 702104, 702108, 707352, 705729, 704112,

Fax:263 4 702129 E-mail: Web site:

He's a jolly good fellow


Indiana University welcomes Edward Miner

Edward Miner is the new Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in African Studies Librarianship at Indiana University for the academic year 2000-1. He is working under the mentorship of Marion Frank-Wilson, Librarian for African Studies.

Edward will be awarded his Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in December. His dissertation, based on fieldwork and archival research in Uganda, undertakes an analysis of language ideologies in public discourses under the Museveni regime. While completing coursework at UIUC, Edward taught Kiswahili at all levels and served as Supervising Teaching Assistant for the African Languages Program. He has additional proficiencies in Arabic and Luganda, as well as research interests in a number of other Bantu languages.

In a departure from past years, the Mellon Foundation permitted Indiana University to offer the appointment to a candidate who had already undertaken library science graduate coursework. Edward has completed about half of his coursework towards an MLS at the University of Illinois and intends to complete his degree when the Mellon fellowship ends. Last year, Edward worked as a reference assistant in the Education and Social Science Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Onuma Ezera - A Valedictory
Helen MacLam bids farewell to her Bennett sister

Onuma Uko was born in the village of Ohafia Bende, Nigeria, to parents who were determined to see their children formally educated. Accordingly, as a small girl Onuma trudged to the mission school, literally taking the first steps that eventually resulted in her singular contributions to her community, African studies, and Africana librarianship.
In the early 1950s, she came to the United States to attend Bennett College, a black women's school in then segregated Greensboro, North Carolina. Following her graduation in 1958 she returned to Nigeria to teach history at St. Anne's Secondary School in Ibadan, becoming principal of the University of Nigeria Primary School at Nsukka, then moving to the University library where she supervised readers' services, circulation, and reference.

Married to Kalu Ezera, a political scientist with a 1957 Oxford D.Phil. and a prominent figure in Nigerian and Biafran politics, and a mother, Onuma enrolled in 1967 in the masters program in librarianship at the University of Washington, where she earned her MLS. Her return home was interrupted by the worsening of the Biafran War, and her four sons joined her in East Lansing where she took a "temporary" job at Michigan State University, the institution that had helped set up the University of Nigeria. The tragic disappearance of her husband at the end of the Biafran War prolonged her stay in the U.S.

Beginning as a reference librarian at the MSU library, Onuma soon became Africana bibliographer.In 1985 she was appointed head of the Africana Library at MSU.She served on many campus committees, on national committees concerned with sending resources to Africa, and as Chair of ALC, 1991-92. She has published several papers and bibliographies in African librarianship as well as a preliminary bio-bibliography of Chinua Achebe.

Onuma Ezera's professional life can be gleaned from this brief outline. However, the personal impact of that life has been so wide and so deep that no summary can do justice to it. She is most aptly known as the "Mother of all the Nigerians" in the greater MSU area and has shared her skills, resources, and even her home with members of that local community and with any others in need of her assistance (as Greg Finnegan once said, "Who else can find an Igbo-speaking lawyer in the U.S.?").

Onuma and I first became friends when she discovered that I, too, had briefly attended Bennett College in 1952 as a white exchange student. My life, as well as the lives of everyone who knows her, have been enriched by her humor and grace, and by her unwavering commitment to helping her community here and in Nigeria. I have called this a valedictory, but it is written not to say farewell to my "Bennett sister" Onuma; rather it is intended to wish this remarkable woman well as she moves to what comes next in her life.

Africana Libraries Newsletter (ALN) is published by the Office of the Librarian for African Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington and is funded by the Indiana University Libraries, the Indiana University African Studies Program, and Indiana University's Office of International Programs. Its purpose is to support the work of the Africana Librarians Council (ALC) of the African Studies Association. Contents include minutes of ALC and CAMP (Cooperative Africana Microform Project) meetings, as well as reports on other events and resources of interest in Africana librarianship. The newsletter is mailed free of charge to over five hundred interested individuals and organizations in sixty six different countries.

Editor: Marion Frank-Wilson, Librarian for African Studies

Tel.: 812-855-1481;Fax: 812-855-8068;


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Indiana University Main Library E-660

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