Shittu R. Akinola is senior lecturer in the Department of Architecture, Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria. He received his Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from Obafemi Awolowo University in 1997. The manuscripts of his book Polycentricity and Self-Governance in Yorubaland: A Passage to a Democratic Society in Nigeria is under review at the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA. He has published numerous journal articles on the socioeconomic development of Nigeria and has a journal article, titled: "A Polycentric Approach to Knowledge Generation and Political Action for enhanced Development in Africa" forthcoming in International Journal of African Renaissance Studies. His is concerned with how to achieve greater self-governing capabilities in confronting problems and realizing opportunities in the light of diverse contexts in which African people live.
Brian P. Klaas recently graduated Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota with a degree in International Relations and History. This article is a revised version of his honors thesis in International Relations, advised by Professor Julian Westerhout and Kellogg Professor of International Relations Roy Grow. Mr. Klaas's research interests include African civil wars, international and internal conflict resolution, and Middle Eastern politics. He plans to pursue a graduate degree in International Relations.
Maimire Mennasemay received his Ph.D. from McGill University. He teaches in the Humanities/Philosophy Department, Dawson College, Montreal, Canada. His publications and research interests are in Ethiopian politics, political philosophy, and African political thought. He is an associate editor of the Horn of Africa Journal and book review editor of Labour, Capital and Society.
Chioma Ugochukwu is an associate professor of Journalism at the University of South Carolina Upstate. She received her Ph.D. in Journalism and a doctoral portfolio in Women's Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Ugochukwu's research interests are in the areas of international communication, race, gender and ethnicity.
Mi Yung Yoon is professor of International Studies at Hanover College. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Florida State University in 1993. Her areas of research include women's political representation, democratization, and conflict in sub-Saharan Africa. Her research has appeared in [End Page 148] the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the Legislative Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Contemporary African Studies, the Journal of Political and Military Sociology, and Democratization. [End Page 149]