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THE POLITICS OF COMMUNICATIONS IN WEST AFRICA: A Socio-Economic

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The West African Press, the oldest of the mass media in the African Continent, has played a significant role in the social and political emancipation of the Africans through its involvement inthe struggle for independence and social justice. Mr. Atangana examines its history, role, problems, excesses, hopes and aspirations from the publication of the Royal Gazette in Sierra Leone in1800 through the illustrious careers of Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe of Nigeria and J. B. Danquah of Ghana. While the Press in Commonwealth West Africa continued to progress the Press in francophone Africa appeared to be declining. Issues involving the evolution of the press in old West Africa had often been confused and distorted. The book is a valuable history of the press in West Africa.

A. K. Sandy Atangana, a Cameroonian and formerly a professional journalist, career diplomat was a one-time Charge d “Affaires of the Cameroun Embassy in Peking, China. He received his M.A. in Social Psychology & Journalism at Chengchi University in Taipei in 1966 and also studied at The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D. C.