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In order to maintain a semblance of balance, many African cities have to rely on various kinds of multinational organizations in addition to bilateral and multilateral agreements to secure funds for a variety of urban services. The economic downturn has led to a drastic reduction of the size of the public sector and considerable instances of unemployment. 21 People are simply compelled to be resourceful in the relays of subjectivity as this is connected to their having access to all manner of resources.

36 AFRICAN POSTCOLONIAL MODERNITY These operations aren’t merely a vulgarization of ideals and practices of Western political modernity. They are more importantly, a reconfiguration of those ideals and practices. They are also a new repertoire of political practices and signs that cannot be fully appreciated by employing only the political categories of the Same.  CH A P T ER 3 Urbanscapes  Abdoumaliq Simone ends his book, For the City Yet to Come: Changing African Life in Four Cities (2004), with a poignant description of Francois Woukoache’s film, Fragments of Life.

Indeed they are now expected to occur from time to time. In the north, there is an ongoing quest to institute a theocracy nationally in spite of a supposedly secular national constitution. This quest has resulted in the deaths of thousands people and the THE ORDER/OTHER OF POLITICAL CULTURE 29 destruction of property worth millions of dollars. With the Sharia code operating in at least nine northern states of the federation it is not a quest about to reach its end. Instead as millions of youth from the north continue to feel disempowered and dispossessed by the logic of late capitalism and the neoliberal foundations of governance, more violent eruptions are likely to occur.

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