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Systems of government in Africa have had profound impact on the quality of lives of the citizenry and how Africa is positioned in the world. Yet when it comes to these systems, there is need to question where they originate and the culture of such people. Unexamined adoption of systems of governance is flagrant folly and the consequence is a tattered and dilapidated Africa. It is therefore vital to question where, how and why certain systems of government developed and whether they can cohere with our ways before embracing them. Systems of governance are powerful and can shape our society to the pinnacle of success. The emergence of democracy in the United States of America propelled her prosperity as early as 1801 when France was still pulsating under the weight of Napoleonic autocracy. The rise of one party autocracy in China under Mao Tse Dung laid the foundation of China’s economic prosperity. But can democracy and dictatorship work for any other civilisations like ours? Which is the system of governance best suited to African civilisation? Is it adopted forms or those home-grown systems in league with our civilisation? Have adopted systems like democracy worked for Africa? Has it worked for Rwanda where the president desires to become a life president? Has it worked for Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo where the presidents ignore term limits and continue to rule? Can Africans invent their own model of governance that can work for them? An international, intercultural, and interdisciplinary conference such as this brings us together; to surprise, support, and learn from each other. The IJORAS conference, however, seeks to interrogate existing systems of governance, compare and contrast them to pre-colonial models of governance in Africa and suggest the best model for African nations. Papers pertaining to and questioning democracy, monarchy, authoritarianism and aristocracy from the humanities and social sciences are admissible. Scholars who have written and published books that propose appropriate systems of governance for Africa are welcome for presentation from multiple perspectives.

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Kenya National Library Services, Upper Hill, Nairobi
Upper Hill, Nairobi, Kenya

Thu 12 Sep 2019 at 9:00 AM (SAST)
Fri 13 Sep 2019 at 5:00 PM (SAST)

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Royallite Global