Ivorian-Beninese Professor of Sociology at Alassane Ouattara University (Bouaké, Côte d’Ivoire), author of a number of essays on political science, including Côte d’Ivoire : la réinvention de soi dans la violence (Codesria, Dakar, 2011) and Les racines de la crise militaro-politique en Côte d’Ivoire (Codesria, Dakar, 2006).
The word utopia is not commonly heard in Africa. It is not the subject of any particular focus in our school syllabuses. In African secondary education, philosophy is taught, but without any systematic consideration of utopianideals. The concept of utopia is generally absent from African discourse and plans. Is it even useful to African societies? The world of the imagination is indispensable to societies.
What do Africans think about the changing perceptions of their continent, but particularly about the much-vaunted growth that is supposed to lead to emergence? Before responding to this question, it must be emphasised that Africa’s relationship with the world is based on a set of historic landmarks and resentments whose origins lie in Europe. The continent of the former colonial powers still gives the impression of making various attempts to steer the course of...
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