Adekeye Adebajo

Adekeye Adebajo is the director of the Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation at the University of Johannesburg and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where he obtained his doctorate. He is the author of The Curse of Berlin: Africa after the Cold War and editor of Africa’s Peacemakers: Nobel Peace Laureates of African Descent. He is a columnist for Business Day (South Africa) and the Guardian (Nigeria).

Listed in: African Studies · International Studies · African History · Biography, Heads of State

In this concise biography, ideally suited for the classroom, Adekeye Adebajo seeks to illuminate former South African president Thabo Mbeki’s contradictions and situate him in a pan-African pantheon.

“The author's readable style summarizes the contours of Mbeki’s life from his childhood with activist parents to student defiance of apartheid, then exile to Britain and across Africa, where Oliver Tambo groomed him for leadership.…The book succeeds as a balanced, easy-to-read, yet insightful biography. Like other titles in the "Ohio Short Histories of Africa" series, students will benefit from the book's succinctness…Summing Up: Recommended.”


Peacebuilding, Power, and Politics in Africa is a critical reflection on peacebuilding efforts in Africa. The authors expose the tensions and contradictions in different clusters of peacebuilding activities, including peace negotiations; statebuilding; security sector governance; and disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration.

“This is a fine work of collective, substantiated scholarship. Particularly praiseworthy is its list of authors. Many are extremely well known in the field and highly regarded. Many are also African scholars, which is a major contribution of its own, introducing them to a non-Africanist peace building audience and implementing a widely shared, current goal in the field of creating ‘north-south’ networks of scholars.”

Susan Woodward, Professor, PhD Program in Political Science, The Graduate Center, City University of New York