amilcar cabral ideological school

"We form part of a specific reality, namely Africa, fighting against colonialism, racism and imperialism, if we don’t bear these in mind, we will make several mistakes …" - CABRAL




The Weekly Ideological Class

1. Understanding Nature and Society
• Origin and Destiny of Human and Society
• Distinctions and similarities in Laws of Nature and Society
• Religions and Philosophical perspective

2. Historical Development of Societies
• Marxist theory of Social Development
• Non-Marxist theories of Social Development
• Socio-economic Formations
• The Motive Force of History

3. Historical Development of Classes
• The State and Class Society
• Classes and Class Struggle
• The State and Revolution

4. World histories
• Highlights of World history and civilizations

5. Africa in History
• Ancient Period
• Medieval Period
• Modern Period – pre-colonial; colonial; and post-colonial
• Analysis of African History against the background of World history

6. The Political History of Nigeria
• Pre-colonial period
• Colonial period
• Post-colonial period
• Nigeria in relations to Africa’s Destiny

7. Political Economy
• Production – modes, means and social relations
• Material base and Superstructure
• The Basics of Political Economy

8. Philosophy
• Historical background of Philosophy
• Idealism and Materialism
• Dialectics and Metaphysics
• Dialectical Materialism and Historical Materialism
• Knowledge and Practice as it relates to Philosophy

9. Socialism
• Historical background
• Utopia socialism and its variants
• Scientific socialism
• ‘African Socialism’
• Communism
• Social production and production relations under Socialism and Communism

10. Capitalism
• Modes of production
• Imperialism – the highest state of capitalism
• Globalisation – the latest form of imperialism

11. Pan-Africanism
• Its birth and development
• Diaspora Africa
• African renaissance

12. Revolution
• Its forms and contents
• Reforms and Revolution
• Military coups and Social Change
• Revolution and Social Change
• Studies in Socialist revolutions – Paris Commune, Bolsheviks, Cuba, China, other countries in Europe and Asia

13. Philosophical schools
• Ujaama
• Ghandism
• Nkrumaism
• Awoism
• Anarchism, etc.

14. Democracy
• Bourgeois Democracy
• Socialist Democracy
• Dictatorship of the Proletariat

15. Youth and Students’ Movement
• Unionism, self-awareness and activism
• Students’ movement and radical politics in Nigeria
• Youth and Social Change

16. The National Question
• Perspectives on Self-determination
• The Nationality and Minorities Question
• Self-determination and Socialist Revolution
• Self-determination and the Right to Secession

17. The Women Question
• Gender issues
• Gender and Class
• Feminism
• Radical and Revolutionary perspectives on the Women question

18. Religion
• Origin and development
• The World major religions
• Indigenous religions
• Marxism and Religion
• Religion and Revolution
• Religion and Science

19. Neo-liberalism
• Classical liberal thoughts
• State intervention and Libertarianism
• Welfarist theories
• Aids and Development theories

20. Political Parties, Popular organisations and Popular Struggles
• Concepts in Political Formations and Organization
• Tendencies in Political parties – conservative, progressive, radical, revolutionary, etc
• Political Parties and Power Struggles
• NGOism and Popular organisations
• Revolutionary organizations and the Social movement
• Principle and Practice of Internationalism

21. Labour
• Wage Labour and trades unionism in history
• Labour struggles and the Working People
• Labour and Revolutionary Change

22. Contemporary discourse
• Outstanding historical personalities – Fidel Castro, Marcus Garvey, Nkrumah, Malcolm X, Che Guevera, Cabral, Bob Marley, Fela Anikulapo, Imoudu, Angela Davis, Winnie Mandela, Roxa Luxemburg, Lumumba, etc.
• Landmark historical events – World, Africa and Nigeria.


Suggested General Readings


  1. How Europe Underdeveloped Africa by Walter Rodney
  2. The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon
  3. Fanon for Beginners
  4. Unity and Class Struggle by Amilcar Cabral
  5. The Weapon of Theory by Amilcar Cabral
  6. Pedagogy of the Oppressed
  7. Communist Manifestoes.
  8. The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State
  9. The State – (Lenin & ABC of Social and Political Knowledge)
  10. The State and Revolution
  11. A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy
  12. Fundamentals of Marxist Philosophy
  13. Mao’s Five Essays on Philosophy.
  14. Lenin on Youth
  15. Darwin – The Origin of Species
  16. Marx on Religion.
  17. Garvey – its Work and Impact
  18. African origin of Civilisation by Cheik Anta Diop
  19. The Destruction of Black Civilization by Chancellor Williams
  20. Blacks before America
  21. New Dimensions in African History
  22. Sojourner Truth
  23. Harriet Tubman
  24. Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee – Dee Brown
  25. Blacks and Jews
  26. Angela Davies – an Autobiography
  27. Soledad Brothers – Prison notes
  28. History Will Absolve Me
  29. Fidel and Religion
  30. Face to Face with Fidel Castro
  31. The Twelve by Carlos Franqui
  32. Cuba and the Missiles Crisis
  33. Global Justice – Che Guevara
  34. The South African Churches in a Revolutionary Situation
  35. The Autobiography of Malcolm X
  36. Malcolm X – the Man and his Times
  37. The Final Speeches of Malcolm X
  38. Devil on the Cross by Ngugi Wa Thiongo.
  39. Petals of Blood by Ngugi Wa Thiongo.
  40. Rights of Man – Thomas Paine
  41. The South African Churches in a Revolutionary Situation
  42. Why we Struck by Adewale Ademoyega.
  43. Imoudu Biography – A Political History of Nigeria by Baba Omojola.
  44. Storms on the Niger – Mokwugo Okoye
  45. The Twelve Day Revolution by Adaka Boro
  46. Awoism by Akin Omoboriowo.
  47. Thoughts on Nigerian Constitution by Obafemi Awolowo
  48. The Travails of Democracy and the Rule of Law by Obafemi Awolowo