"He who doesn’t know where he came from doesn’t know where he is going” –An African proverb.
February 19, 2012 8:39 AM   Subscribe

THE OYO EMPIRE by Prof George Ayittey As you read this keep these pertinent modern questions in mind: Whether or not military dictatorship existed in the empire, rule of law was absent, there were no accountability or checks and balances, and whether the rulers can be removed.
posted by infini (4 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
No, There was certainly justice but law I'm not sure, No, Yes
posted by Rubbstone at 9:12 AM on February 19, 2012

I love these african history posts!
posted by moorooka at 11:18 AM on February 19, 2012

Look very interesting. Thanks, infini.
posted by benito.strauss at 6:59 PM on February 19, 2012

STATELESS SOCIETIES: The Igbo, the Fulani, the Somali by Prof G.N Ayittey

“I am convinced that those societies [as the Indians] which live without government enjoy in their general mass an infinitely greater degree of happiness than those who live under European governments.”
 Thomas Jefferson in 1787.

“The most distinctive contribution of Africa to human history has been precisely in the civilized art of living reasonably peacefully without a state (or government).”
 Jean-Francois Bayart (1989; p.58).

posted by infini at 3:05 AM on February 21, 2012

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