The Journal of Retracing Africa (JORA) is honored to publish the second volume dedicated to some of the issues surrounding Africa’s socio-political and economic development. The attitude in the West over the last three decades has been to exaggerate and generalize problems in Africa and ignore many positive news that typify modern Africa. This unreliable approach has continued to becloud proper understanding of the problems African countries face, the domestic and external forces that created them, and the efforts Africans h ave made to address them. The impression that Africa remains a lost continent persists in the minds of many in the Weste in spite of the fact that six out of the thirteen fastest-growing economies in the world are located in Africa: Rwanda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Ethiopia.1 As the World Bank’s June 2015 Global Economic Prospects reveals, these African countries possess the highest projected Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) from 2014 through 2017.2 JORA publishes articles that provide a much more balanced and comprehensive analysis of the complex and challenging social, economic and political transformation in Africa since the precolonial period. We witnessed a significant increase this year in submissions. This second volume of JORA includes three articles and 18 book reviews.