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AfriFuture Research Bulletin 1 (2) 2021

Greetings! We are excited to share with you the second issue of the AfriFuture Research Bulletin. The Bulletin, published quarterly under the auspices of the AfriFuture Research and Development Trust (AfriFuture), is committed to undertaking and disseminating cutting-edge, rigorous and transformational social science research. This issue features 10 exciting articles that address diverse socio-economic and political themes. We are impressed by the level of scholarship and commitment by authors to see their articles being published. As in the inaugural edition, in the current Bulletin we ensured that articles published underwent a rigorous double blind peer review process. We are grateful to all the reviewers from different academic institutions who provided timeous and critical feedback on manuscripts submitted to the Bulletin. We hope for your continued support in the future!

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AfriFuture Research Bulletin 1 (1) 2021

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What is the nexus between politics, security and international relations in the global south and what are the contemporary challenges facing citizens in this region? These are issues which Nothando Petra Magwizi explores in our upcoming and exciting issue of the AfriFuture Research Bulletin. She opines that when we look at the countries in the global south, they have faced persistent challenges of natural disasters, pandemics, weak health systems and gender-based violence. This is in addition to economic, cultural and religious challenges which are also quite evident. Capitalist, imperial, colonial and neo-colonial domination have in different ways contributed to these challenges. Nothando argues that lessons learnt, and experience gained in the past few years should be harnessed to develop solutions which are important for socio-economic and human capacity development as well as citizen wellbeing in the global south. For Nothando, the conversation needs to be opened up and solutions sought to improve the lives of citizens.

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What has been the role and contribution of women to economic sustainability and what have been the state responses in this context? This is a question which Emmanuel Osewe Akubor and Beatrice Amili Akubor interrogate in their article published in this Bulletin. They employ a narrative historical approach to critically explore the experience of women in the oil rich but environmentally degraded Niger Delta. They show that environmental degradation in the Delta has for decades posed serious livelihood concerns for women given their central social reproduction roles in the household and community. The implications of environmental degradation are shown as being worse for women compared to men, who have shown an indifferent attitude to its implications. Akubor and Akubor argue that women have for decades been at the helm of the struggle against environmental degradation, resource exploitation and low yields in the agricultural sector. Despite this there has been lacking a critical and nuanced analysis on the challenges which they face, and it is this gap in knowledge which their article interrogates.