On Pan African Analytical Foundations; Francis Kwarteng writes

African Union: Pan African Analytical Foundations

Kwame Nkrumah
Kwame Nkrumah

Not too long ago, we profiled two major scientific publications on Nkrumahism by the eminent economist, mathematician, philosopher, historian, logician, management scientist, financial and policy analyst, and statistician Dr. Kofi Kissi Dompere. We gave our readers the following information:

1) “The Theory of Philosophical Consciencism: Practice Foundations of Nkrumaism” (http://adonisandabbey.com/book_detail.php?bookid=231) (ISBN: 978-1-909112-66-7)

2) “The Theory of Categorial Conversion: Rational Foundations of Nkrumaism.” (http://adonisandabbey.com/book_detail.php?bookid=232) (ISBN: 978-1-909112-67-4).

Since then, we have been engaged with Dr. Dompere on how to make the contents of these highly technical scientific/mathematical/philosophical texts more accessible to the average reader.

We have made some progress in this area however, a tentative one of course, and will definitely bring simplified chapter-by-chapter renditions of the texts to the attention of our readers once we formalized everything (Dr. Dompere is working on two books this year on related subject matters).

In the meantime, we shall ask our readers to stay tuned for more information in the future. That said, we will like to bring to your attention two more highly technical texts both of which also deal with aspects of Nkrumahism and [other] related topics.

The title is “African Union: Pan African Analytical Foundations,” published by Adonis & Abbey Publishers Ltd 2006-02-28, 2006 (ISBN 10: 1905068166/ISBN 13: 9781905068166).


“The monograph advances a sociological, political and politico-economic theoretic argument for African unity. The conceptual system is based on the philosophy of polyrhythmicity.

“The methods and techniques of the argument are drawn from the logic of polyrhythmics where conflicts in cultural differences as revealed in Africa’s diversity are viewed as strength and beauty in unity within the Africentric mindset.

“These cultural conflicts and differences must be concretized in unity for Africa’s emancipation, development and social welfare improvements.
“The main premise of the book is that Africa must unite without which Africa’s rapid socio-economic development will be kept in arrested mode and held hostage by imperial system of predation through international strategic resource games.

“The validity of the main premise is demonstrated from a global conceptual view of African nationalism. The concept of global African nationalism is developed from the Pan-African analytical foundations after reviewing other views with the title ‘African nationalism.’

“The logic of the analysis is systematically constructed from the building blocks and conceptual relationships among state-specific nationalism, ethnic-specific affinity and tribal-specific affinity; and the roles they may play in facilitating or inhibiting Africa’s complete emancipation through politico-economic unity.

“The relationships are linked to events of contemporary dynamics of the modus operandi of global predation, resource conflicts and politico-economic power distribution over the global resource and demographic space.

“In general the monograph presents a multidisciplinary theory of regional integration with a special emphasis on Africa’s global position.

“The monograph addresses itself to researchers, scholars, diplomats, political practitioners, students and those in the general public, who are engaged in economics, political science, sociology, theory of regional integration, African studies, Africana studies, Black studies and activists searching for better global tomorrow.”


Kofi Kissi Dompere is a professor of economics at Howard University.

He has authored a number of scientific and scholarly works on economics, philosophy, and decision theory and related fields. He has also authored a number of monographs including twelve monographs with Springer Science Publishers, three with Greenwood Publishers, and two with Adonis-Abbey Publishers.

His teaching areas include Economic Theory, Mathematical Economics, International Economics and Cost-Benefit Analysis as decision theory.

His current research foci are on Theory of Development Process, Qualitative mathematics of transformations, epistemics and mathematics of fuzzy phenomena and their application in economic decision, mathematics of transformations and General information theory.

He is the producer and host of a radio program “African Rhythms and Extensions” on WPFW 89.3 FM, in Washington D.C., USA, a member of Pacifica Foundation.


1) “The Theory of Philosophical Consciencism: Practice Foundations of Nkrumaism” (http://adonisandabbey.com/book_detail.php?bookid=231) (ISBN: 978-1-909112-66-7)

2) “The Theory of Categorial Conversion: Rational Foundations of Nkrumaism.” (http://adonisandabbey.com/book_detail.php?bookid=232) (ISBN: 978-1-909112-67-4).

Readers may want to revisit Ghanaweb and all the other major web portals for the following articles “Rational Foundations of Nkrumahism” (April 10, 2015) and “Practice Foundations of Nkrumahism” (April 12, 2015), the serial essays “Dr. Kofi Dompere On Nkrumah’s Scientific Thinking,” sixteen in all, for a rough idea as to what Nkrumahism philosophically, mathematically and scientifically means.

Dr. Kofi Kissi Dompere, one of America’s and the world’s most respected economists and academics, a brilliant mathematician and philosopher as well, has finally published two highly scientific, technical and sophisticated volumes on Nkrumah and Nkrumahism.

In other words not only is he a man of theory but that he is also a man of practice. He knows how political economy and comparative advantage truly work, particularly as it should have been in the case of the African world from the standpoint of consciencism, fundamentally Nkrumahism. Categorial conversation is key to these formulations in both theory and practical assertion.

As a matter of fact he wrote his doctoral dissertation on categorial conversion, the focus of Nkrumah’s “Consciencism: Philosophy and Ideology for De-Colonization,” and brings his extensive knowledge and expertise from that field to bear on his vigorous philosophical, mathematical and scientific analysis of Nkrumahism. His approach to the scientific method is commendable.

An award-winning author, professor of economics, and academic widely recognized around the world for his highly technical texts and publications and cutting-edge research, as well as one of the distinguished faces in America and the world known for bridging the frontiers of mathematics, science and the humanities/liberal arts through his cutting-edge research, the polymath Dr. Dompere is also the author of several economics-cum-mathematics texts used around the world and American universities/colleges and the following highly recommended texts:

a) “Polyrhythmicity: Foundations of African Philosophy”

b) “African Union: Pan-African Analytical Foundations”

c) “Africentricity and African Nationalism”

In other words, he is widely known for the rigor of his mathematical formulations and modeling of complex qualitative problem. For instance, Prof. Dompere’s contributions to fuzzy logic, fuzzy mathematics, and fuzzy theory as they relate to academic economics and the practice of political economy have widely been acknowledged by academic economists, mathematicians, institutions, and Springer Publishing, one of his major publishers which also happens to be one of the world’s largest carriers of scientific titles and journals; as well as of Adonis & Abbey Publishers Ltd, and so on.

More than 3500 libraries carry Prof. Dompere’s academic works around the world (see WorldCat for Prof. Dompere’s scholarly works; WorldCat houses tens of thousands of libraries in at 160 countries; it is also “the world largest and most comprehensive catalogue of library resources from around the world.” See OCLC.org for additional information! Amazon.com also has them).

Also, Prof. Dompere’s high-profile academic standing in the American Academy, notwithstanding all the above, is exemplified by his respected membership in a number of prominent institutions: The American Society for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest scientific organization; the New York Academy of Sciences; the Econometric Society, an international society of academic economists; the Golden Key National Honor Society; the American Economic Association (AEA); the Diopian Institute for Scholarly Advancement (DISA); and the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS).

Prof. Dompere is also associated with Scientific American; Fuzzy Sets and Systems; the International Journal of Development Economics; the Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing, Theory and Decision; and the Journal of Intelligent and Fuzzy Systems. Further, Prof. Dompere has also served as Chairman of the Appointments, Promotions and Tenure Committee (APT) of Howard University’s Economics Committee, as well as of the Curriculum Committee and the Macroeconomic Examination Committee.

He has also been a member of the Graduate School’s Task Force on Environment Science at Howard University. He has also worked with a number of international organizations (the World Bank, for instance), American institutions, and a number of governments from around the world (for instance, the Organization of American States (OAS)), etc.

To remind our readers once again, he has been ranked among “The World’s 100 Leading Thinkers.”

Last but not least, for those uneducated and skeptical minds that are of the view that there has never been a systematized formal body of knowledge on political economy or a science of political economy called Nkrumahism, this is finally it. These two highly technical texts put those uninformed plaints to eternal rest.

Again, as far as we can tell no scholarship or academic text on the subject matter comes close in terms of the analytic depth and sheer range of mathematical, philosophical and scientific rigor with which Dr. Dompere, a world-class economist, mathematician, philosopher, historian, management scientist, and logician approaches the subject.

In fact, there is nothing like it in the entire field of African political economy and philosophy if we may put it succinctly. The technical sophistication of methodology, the denseness of formal auctorial language, and the multifaceted (or multidisciplinary) approach to this rigorous study of Nkrumahism put the subject matter in a class of its own.

The average or casual reader is, therefore, not going to find these remarkable texts friendly at all as he writes mostly for experts. Beyond this, the two books must also be in our parliament, in the Flagstaff House, and in our major libraries and research institutions and think tanks (as well as those of the world beyond the African world).

Then also their contents should be explored and debated and made a dialectic fixture of national political discourse, of policy strategies and tactics. Our students in the fields of engineering, management science and operations research, policy studies, mathematics, political science, logic, economics, political economy, diplomacy and international relations, political sociology, philosophy and history, literature, science and technology, computer science, leadership studies, law, sociology and development sociology, sustainable development and political psychology need to explore the contents of these books.


1) Encyclopedia of Capitalism

2) Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Technology

3) International Journal of Production Economics

4) Theory, Fuzzy Sets and Systems

5) Engineering Costs and Production Economics

6) Cybernetics and Systems Research

7) Fuzzy Sets and Systems

8) Fuzzy Information and Decision Processes

9) Applied Systems and Cybernetics

10) Approximate Reasoning in Decision Analysis

11) INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and Management Science)


13) Journal of Intelligent and Fuzzy Systems

14) Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing, Theory and Decision

15) The New York Academy of Sciences

16) The American Society for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

17) Econometric Society

18) American Economic Association

19) The Diopian Institute for Scholarly Advancement

20) Scientific American

21) The International Journal of Development Economics


“His [Dr. Kofi Kissi Dompere] publication list for this decision process begins with two 1982 papers, includes a 1989 paper, and then encompasses a large body of papers and books published in the later 1900s and 2000s. So we are looking here at a case of a professor who has focused increasingly on academic production and specifically publication. There is a large volume of work here, with certain areas of special intensity…

“The work is clearly technically competent, and the author is very well read. The question that confronts the reader of this work is, what is the through-line? What thematics connect the work on fuzzy decisions, Pan-African analysis, development, and capital/labor allocation under technical change? That is, what connects the diverse theoretical work of Prof. Dompere?” (Dr. Kaushik Basu)


Dr. Basu is the Carl Marks Professor of International Studies and Professor of Economics at Cornel University. He is a Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist (World Bank). Dr. Basu, a Fellow of the World Academy of Science, Italy, served as Chief Economic Advisor to the Indian Government.

He wrote his doctoral dissertation under Amartya Sen, the 1998 recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, with some studies ranking Sen among the world’s greatest economists alongside Adam Smith, Hyman Minsky, John Maynard Keynes, Karl Marx, Milton Friedman, David Ricardo, and Fukuzawa Yukichi.

Dr. Basu, a prolific writer of economic texts and numerous research papers and recipient of honorary doctorates, has taught at some of the world’s best universities.

By Francis Kwarteng

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