Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies


As Ufahamu’s editors for the 2016-2017 academic year, we, Janice Levi & Madina Thiam, would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to one of the oldest African Studies Journals in North America.

Named after the Swahili word for comprehension, understanding, or being, Ufahamu is committed views about social issues, addressing both the general reader and the scholar. Ufahamu is an interdisciplinary Journal of African Studies. Since its establishment in 1970, Ufahamu continues to challenge and correct misconceptions about Africa and the African diaspora, thereby creating relevant criteria for African Studies and African Diasporic Studies. Ufahamu, UCLA’s multidisciplinary Africanist student Journal, has been an important forum for the publication of materials addressing Africa and the African Diaspora for 45 years. Activists and scholars such as Ned Alpers, Basil Davidson, Amilcar Cabral, Christopher Ehret, Sondra Hale, Robin D.G. Kelley, Daniel P. Kunene, Ali A. Mazrui, Mahmood Mamdani, Boniface I. Obichere, Terence Ranger, and Walter Rodney have all contributed to Ufahamu’s mission and publications over the years. Since its establishment in 1970, Ufahamu has maintained its original vision of creating a forum and platform for Africans, people of African descent, students, academics, and non-academics to directly engage, create new methodological and thematic spaces, and challenge misconceptions about Africa and the African diaspora. Together with our readers and contributors, we reaffirm our commitment to create intellectual linkages, feature and promote current critical views.

We publish material supportive of Africa and socially significant works of African history, politics, economics, sociology, anthropology, law, planning and development, literature and other topics about the continent and the African Diaspora.


"Editorial Statement." Ufahamu 1. no. 1 (1970): 1.

Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies was birthed out of the Africanist Activist Association (AAA) at UCLA in 1970. It has since developed into its own organization and entity, with a separate staff, but continues to work alongside AAA and co-sponsor events. The image above is the Editorial Statement from the first issue that describes the inspiration for and creation of Ufahamu. Complete first issue is available along with the full collection of past issues.


Contact Information:

Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies

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