Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies

As Ufahamu’s editors for the 2020-2021 academic year, we, Talia Lieber, Rebecca Wolff, and the entire editorial board, 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 to publishing 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. As UCLA’s multidisciplinary Africanist student journal, Ufahamu 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. Today, Ufahamu maintains its original vision of creating a forum and platform for Africans, people of African descent, students, academics, and non-academics to directly engage with the creation 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, and 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, culture, 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.


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