Robert Mugabe and the Will to Power in an African Postcolony

William Mpofu




This book is a philosopher’s view into the chaotic postcolony of Zimbabwe, delving into Robert Mugabe’s Will to Power. The Will to Power refers to a spirited desire for power and overwhelming fear of powerlessness that Mugabe artfully concealed behind performances of invincibility. Nietzsche’s philosophical concept of the Will to Power is interpreted and expanded in this book to explain how a tyrant is produced and enabled, and how he performs his tyranny. Achille Mbembe’s novel concept of the African postcolony is mobilised to locate Zimbabwe under Mugabe as a domain of the madness of power.


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William Mpofu is a researcher at the Wits Centre for Diversity Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a founding member of the Africa Decolonial Research Network (ADERN).