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Cheikh Anta Diop
This page contains a short essay on the intellectual contribution of Cheikh Anta Diop as well as short descriptions of three of his books.

Does Africa Exist? - Gideon Strauss
Gideon Strauss's essay " Does Africa Exist? Racial essentialism and pan-african solidarity in postcolonial cultural politics" is worth reading more than one time. It's hard to summarize this essay, since it is very dense and replete with references, so let one of the first sentences tantalize your imagination: "The central question in African intellectual debate today, and for the past few decades, is the question of African identity. What does it mean to be an African? Before one can address this question, one first has to ask what we mean when we say "Africa"? In this sense then: does "Africa" exist?"