Guest Editors: E.N Khalema, H.O Patrick, A. Popoola and K.P Puplampu


Colonialism is generally believed to connote the rule of a superior power over the internal affairs of another state (Young, 2018; Whyte, 2018; Hechter, 2020). Coloniality on the other hand implies the legacies of colonialism in a post-colonial society (Maldonado-Torres, 2017; Bonilla, 2020; Enns and Bersaglio, 2020). It encompasses the pattern of power relations in society, which emerges from society's colonial past (Ricaurte, 2019). While many may trace Africa's colonial realities back to the conquest and subjugation of Africa in the slave trade era (Wabah and N-ue, 2020; Masaka, 2021), one can argue invariable assert that official colonialization of Africa was formalized in the Berlin conference of 1884/85, chaired by Otto van Bismark (Idejiora-Kalu, 2019; Babatunde, 2020).

The 1950s marked the wave of pan-African nationalistic movements and independence in Africa (Falola and Essien, 2014; Schramm, 2016). While these waves of political independence have been a yearly celebration in practically all independent states in Africa, the elusiveness of coloniality in Africa cannot be over-emphasized.  The continuous subtle influence of the West and other emerging global powers in post-colonial African affairs is an everyday reality. This is evident in many decolonizing discourses in contemporary times. Colonizing research (Smith, 2019), education and knowledge (Fataar, 2018; Absolon, 2019), curriculum (Knight, 2018; Settler, 2019), among others.

In the 'seem like' decolonized region and countries, the lived experience of Africans subjects the opposite of a complete freedom experience. Read studies by Ocheni and Nwankwo (2012), Sesay (2014), and Kanakulya (2015) that provide a mixed grill experience of the 'post-colonial regime. Asserting this, in Southern Africa, the argument along the apartheid inequality continues to taunt the livelihood struggle and attempts of indigenous residents (Popoola et al., 2021). In Western Africa, post-colonial activities reflecting spatial inequality and power devolution quest across regions provoke a shock on the 'freedom' experience (Archibong, 2018). While the Northern and Eastern regions of Africa raised the question of the sustainability of governance (due to the emergence of new dimensions of coloniality- oligarchy, and monarchy) (Monjib, 2011).

While the idea of independence is meaningless unless it can be linked directly to total liberation, the underlining inquiry is to ascertain whether the political and social independence that started in 1950 encompasses true spatial emancipation for Africa and all Africans?

Along with the colonial and post-coloniality lens, this special issue is geared toward assessing the extent to which Africa can claim true spatial emancipation (if viable). It is aimed at discussing how coloniality plays out in the lived experiences of Africa. The issue welcomes papers that discuss coloniality and decoloniality issues as that relate to spatial justice within the build environment and cognate disciplines in humanities and social sciences. The aim is to cast a critical eye on the interdisciplinary prisms of how coloniality is expressed, embodied, and resisted within contemporary African contexts.

Suggested themes

•Decoloniality and Built Environment in Africa
•Indigenous placemaking and land tenure in Africa
•Coloniality, integration, and spatial justice in Africa
•Decoloniality, inclusivity, and autonomy in reimagining cities of the future
•Decoloniality and service delivery in the city
•Interrogation of Place, Space, Race, and other markers of identity in negotiating autonomy
•Coloniality and urban citizen participation in Africa
•Pre- and Post-colonial Spatial and Social Inequality
•Citizen struggle, liveability, and integration
•Governance of Space and Place in the post-colonial era
•Decoloniality and the politics of knowledge production in Africa

 Interested authors are invited to submit 150-300 words abstract describing the research relevance, methods, results (expected) and implications of their papers on African Perspectives Of (De) Coloniality, Autonomy, And Spatial Justice To Prof. Ernest Khalema (✉; and copied Dr Hosea Patrick ( by 15th February 2022. Authors will be notified of the outcome by 1st March 2022. Full papers to be submitted to the journal’s Online Submission due on 15th May 2022

Suggested Timeframes:

15th February 2022 - Deadline for submission of topic and provisional abstract (Extended abstract of 500 word Maximum)

01st March 2022n - Final date for acceptance of topics and abstracts

15th May 2022 - Submission of accepted articles full manuscript

30th July 2022 - Return of peer reviewed articles

15th August 2022 - Submission of final versions of all articles

30th August 2022 - Final proof reading and desk copy editing, phase

10th September 2022 - Final Publication

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