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PhD Admission Essay

  • 3 page paper

A 3 page admission essay for a PhD program. The applicant seeks to focus on economic research that has the ability to effect economic and social change in sub-Saharan Africa, specifically as those changes depend on foreign direct investment. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

A 3 page paper discussing the biography and purposes of this former slave in publishing his Narrative in 1789 (1791 in the United States). Equiano illustrated to European and American readers the civilization of his people and the barbarism of the white slave traders, upending the common notion of who was “civilized” and who ...

7 pages. To understand Afro-Cuban society one must have an understanding of their religions and deities. This paper focuses on the deities and understanding of the Afro-Cuban society, including the biographies of the saints in the Yoruba Pantheon. Also are reflected the daily lives and historical experience of African and Cuban societies. ...

3 pages of research discussing obstacles faced by foreign (U.S.) businesses wishing to operate in South Africa since apartheid. Focus is on Goodyear. 1 source listed in bibliography.

This 6 page paper presents a business plan for beginning a talk radio show in Nigeria. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

A 7 page overview of the life and military accomplishments of this Sudanese ruler. Traces the life of the Mahdi from his religious seclusion to his defeat of British General Charles George Gordon and the seizure of Khartoum in 1884 and his death from typhus in 1885. Concludes that the Mahdi was in ...

Conflict in Zimbabwe

  • 5 page paper

This 5 page paper looks at the situation in Zimbabwe. The history of the country is briefly considered and the role that Mugabe has played in encouraging violence against white framers in his efforts to maintain political power through the use of racism as a diversion to the economic problems in the country due to ...

The Dahomey Empire

  • 3 page paper

This 3 page paper looks at the Dahomey Empire of West Africa which existed between the 17th and the 19th centuries. The structure and power of the Empire, stability, interaction with others and cause of the collapse are all discussed. The bibliography cites 3 sources.

This 5 page paper looks at of these two leaders, their rise to power and their rule. First the writer considers President Jose Eduardo dos Santos President of Angola and his political career along with key events during that career. Then the writer continues with Omar Bongo President of Gabon, giving a brief critique of ...

A 10 page research paper which explores the animistic aspect of religious belief in this primitive African culture. The writer discusses the role that animals play in Dogon rituals which predict the future, and also gives a possible explanation for the mystery surrounding the impressive knowledge of this primitive tribe regarding the star cluster which ...

A 5 page paper which compares and contrasts the relationship between politics and religion in the ancient civilizations of the Near East, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Orient and India. There are many similarities in each of these ancient civilizations considering it was a time when religion was the most important aspect of life for most of these people. Politics more ...

A 4 page research paper/essay that is formatted to be delivered as a speech to a Methodist youth convention in South Africa. The topic is accommodating cultural diversity using the philosophy of ubuntu in South Africa. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

7 pages in length. Discusses cultures, religions, and histories of three African countries : Zimbabwe, Egypt, and South Africa. Concludes with a brief comparison of these three. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

13 page-long elaborate discussion of religion in Africa. Divided into sections, key focuses are on : Animism (the religious belief that everything on Earth is imbued with a powerful spirit, capable of helping or harming human needs), Voodoo, and the Santeria Religion. Many issues, ideas, and subtopics are explored. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

Dogon Religion

  • 10 page paper

A 10 page paper discussing how the Dogon of Mali, Africa, view the origin of the world and how it is connected with astronomy. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

A 6 page paper that provides an overview of twins in African religion and ritual, with a focus on both symbolic and birth twins in Dogon tribes. Bibliography lists 5 sources.


  • 5 page paper

This 5 page paper discusses the Voodoo religion, its history, origin, controversies and rituals. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

This 3 page paper uses various readings, in particular Chinua Achebe’s novel “Things Fall Apart,” to discuss ways in which culture and religion shape each other. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

A 10 page paper discussing the Nuer religion in Africa and its views regarding nature, as well as the foundation for those beliefs. There are currently close to one million Nuer living in the Sudan and Ethiopia. Bibliography lists six sources.

This 6 page paper discusses the history of African-American Christianity. This paper looks to Africa as well as slave trading for roots into this diverse religion. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

This is a 7 page paper discussing the multiple heritage of Africans. Throughout Africa and countries where Africans live, the heritage of the African people has been influenced by a great many factors due to slavery, colonization, religion and aspects of the African continent itself. Africans for years relied on a religion and lifestyle which ...

The Gnostic Gospels

  • 5 page paper

A 5 page paper that defines the Gnostic Gospels, their origin, and the differences in religious beliefs between the Gnostic religion and conventional Christianity. A brief history of the Gnostic religion is presented, as well as the details of the discovery of the Nag Hammadi Library in Egypt in 1945. Bibliography lists 7 ...

A 14 page research paper that explores the nature and characteristics of traditional African religions, discussing these characteristics before and after the coming of outside influences and stressing the role of African religion in maintaining African identity and cultural values. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

This is a 5 page paper discussing the various ways in which African American slaves had to suffer from cultural dislocation. The African American slaves suffered a great deal from cultural dislocation from their native homeland in Africa for over two centuries. Cultural dislocation occurs not only from a physical separation from a landscape but ...

8 pages in length. Many of the Asante are religiously confused due to the many religions that have been placed upon them. Because of this confusion, their methods of healing and spirituality can become clouded and mixed, pulling certain beliefs from each religion to create a hodge-podge of medical practices. The poverty is another problem contributing to the ...

Ancient Kemet

  • 5 page paper

5 pages in length. The writer discusses cultural principles, government, social status, women warriors, religion and trade as they relate to ancient Kemet (pharonic Egypt). Bibliography lists 6 sources.


  • 7 page paper

7 pages. This extremely interesting religion was founded originally in Africa and is a mysterious mixture of voodoo, Catholicism and many other types of beliefs that are still in effect today. In fact, Santeria is making a comeback and many people find they want to adopt this unique and fascinating religious conviction. ...

This 5 page paper provides an overview of the basic process through which writing developed in the ancient cultures of Egypt, Mesopotamia and Greece and underscores the importance of language development and writing in the expansion of these cultures. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

Lives of the Pharaohs

  • 5 page paper

A 5 page discussion of the material culture and spiritual belief of the ancient Egyptians. An extensive discussion, based largely on Pierre Montet’s “Lives of the Pharaohs”, is included on the architecture of these peoples and of what we know about their spiritual beliefs. The author of this paper emphasizes that although the ...

This 11 page report discusses the enormous undertaking of building the pyramids and the incredible accuracy that was used in the construction of a tomb and monument to dead pharaohs. Every aspect of the ancient people’s life was consumed by the combination of worship and construction. The two were inextricably connected. Technology developed ...

This 4 page research paper discusses how the ancient Egyptians viewed writing as having magical properties. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

An 8 page research paper on this tiny African country located in the 'bulge' of Africa. The writer discusses the country's history, ethnic, and economic background as well as the recent political unrest which has plagued the country. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

Zaire, Past & Present

  • 7 page paper

A 7 page paper discussing an overview of Zaire, its history and social background and recent political developments. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

A 5 page overview of the various factors which interacted to shape ancient Egyptian culture. Egyptian archaeology and the Egyptian written record stand in testament to the fact of the existence and power of a central government and a strong social stratification. Egyptian architecture could have never been created, in fact, without this ...

Civil wars in Southern Africa have brought devastation on all levels - from political upheaval to famine, genocide and mass displacement. The diversity and history of conflict have added to systems of corrupt and, or, inept governments to bring most of the African States into and through the experience of civil wars. This 5 ...

Waiting for Equality

  • 6 page paper

A 6 page piece on the African Slave Trade, relating the European and American (Atlantic) history and economics of the trading of African peoples. The paper postulates, though citations, that there is a lot yet to be done for total equality and a hope for that future. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

This 5 page paper describes Algeria's history and its eventual independence. The current state of the nation is noted but the focus of the paper concerns the ultimate success of the Fifth Republic and why the Fourth Republic was unable to resolve the situation. Both Mitterrand and deGualle are discussed in terms of leadership ability. ...

This 15 page paper discusses French colonial policy as applied toward the Berbers of Morocco and compared to the policy France adopted relating to the Arabs. The report includes a brief history of the Berbers, examples of the French attitude regarding the Berbers, and French and Arab relations. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

A 5 page paper that compares the autobiographies of Benjamin Franklin and Olaudah Equiano. This paper considers the way in which each many writes about their cultures, society considerations, and difficult problems in America and Africa. Franklin's authobiography is set in the context of U.S. history, while Equiano's is based in the historical perspective of ...

An 8 page overview of the cultural underpinnings of body piercing and tattoos. The writer provides a brief history, health aspects, and negative and positive concepts about the latest form of body expression. The author argues that these forms of expression are more or less safer than breast implants and more acceptable forms of body ...

The Xhosa speaking nation in South Africa is second only to the Zulus in numbers. This 11 page report describes their location, society, history, culture, tradition, family life, etc.; The writer also covers historical tensions occurring between the Xhosa people and Europeans who came to the Cape. It is argued that the Xhosas' own ...

This 6 page paper discusses Ethiopia's history, it politics and political parties and some of the challenges it faces. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

This 6 page paper provides historical information about the Apartheid that existed in South Africa. Its beginnings as well as how it ended is included in this paper. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

African History

  • 12 page paper

A 12 page research paper that offers 4 short essays on 4 aspects of African history. The writer looks at the impact of Christianity and Islam on the Africa; role of western education; role of women and the role of the environment in shaping African history. Bibliography lists 13 sources.

A 6 page research paper that focuses on the role played by the gold industry in South African history. The writer discusses this in terms of the Boar War and apartheid. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

A 3 page history of this decade-long civil war. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Nigerian Independence

  • 11 page paper

African nations have had an interesting, colorful and often chaotic history since obtaining independence from their colonial 'masters'. Nigeria is certainly no exception. This 11 page paper provides an overview of the factors that influenced Nigeria's social and political history. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

A 10 page analysis of the historical colonization of Ghana, the effects of decolonization affecting the nation today, and how that history should and should not be applied to decolonization practices as proposed by modern-day philosophers. The paper discusses the problems being experienced by the lower classes and how the philosophers suggest changing that problem ...

An 8 page overview of the ancient history of Mali. This paper introduces Mali from the point of its origin in the thirteenth century and traces its history through its disintegration in the fifteenth century. Bibliography lists sources.

Economy Of Nigeria

  • 11 page paper

An 11 page paper that begins by reporting the current government does not really have an economic policy. The essay then reports the history, demographics and type of government, economic history from slavery forward, and a discussion of oil and its effects on politics, the economy and the people. The essay ends with a brief ...

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