Book Review by Carolina Nve Diaz San Francisco, MS Medical Anthropology, Boston University School of Medicine.
Dr. Fongot Kini-Yen Kinni is Dean of the Faculty of Law and Deputy Vice Chancellor of Research and Cooperation at Bamenda University of Science and Technology, Cameroon. He is a prolific researcher, writer, designer, artist, musician, philosopher and poet, who has travelled widely in Africa and the world.
Kinni, Fongot Kini-Yen. Pan-Africanism: Political Philosophy and Socioeconomic Anthropology for African Liberation and Governance, Research and Publishing CIG, Bamenda, Cameroon, 2015, Volumes 1-3, ISBN: 9956762768.
This work is a paramount contribution to humanity. This is a three-volume set that documents the history and trajectories of the worldwide ideological movement of Pan-Africanism. Kinni argues that the universal unity of the movement to fight racism and oppression with self-determination and liberation is an unbreakable force for social change that remains pertinent and alive today.
Kinni uses historical records and anthropological perspectives of cultural and socioeconomic diversity to collect and spread through this work, the struggles of Africans and people of African descent across the world, to overcome the tragedy and trauma perpetuated upon them because of the color of their skin. The author admires the efforts of the contributors to Pan-Africanism, and dedicates celebratory poetry to their strong sense of consciousness, agency and compromise to communal mobilization and emancipation. Kinni demonstrates how the global and pluralist nature of Pan-African philosophies and social movements against hate and marginalization, succeeds because of solidarity, and he encourages us all to unite in our persistence to fearlessly face and eradicate abuse today.
Volume One explores the ethno ideological and religious foundations of slavery and xenophobia that oppressed Africans and their descendants for over two thousand years. Kinni portrays the violence and the psychological trauma of supremacist imperialisms as the Black Holocaust, and horrors and crimes against Humanity, and he then proceeds unveiling the formation, influence, rise, as well as the contradictions of Black consciousness and freedom movements. Combatants from all walks of life and with different perspectives for paths of freedom, joined forces to express and address resolutions to eradicate their common problem of critical social, political and economic conditions. Pan-African movements worldwide found new platforms for expression and positive action in the arts and literature, sports, and the walks against fear and civil rights demonstrations.