Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Pan-African Studies

Degree Program

Pan-African Studies, MA

Committee Chair

Rajack-Talley, Theresa

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Fleming, Tyler

Committee Member

Fleming, Tyler

Committee Member

Logan, Mawuena

Author's Keywords

Gandhi; colonialism; independence; global south; non-violence


My research began by uncovering connections between the Non-Cooperation movement in India, led by Mohandas Gandhi and the Pan-Africanist movement in Ghana, led by Kwame Nkrumah, illuminating the process in which Nkrumah engaged with Gandhi’s political non-violence and non-cooperation. The research then sought to understand how the Mau Mau uprising acted as anti-colonial activism in Kenya, and how the Indian diaspora in both South Africa and Kenya, were interpreting the colonial response to the Mau Mau. This thesis aims to answer two questions: How did Gandhi’s political philosophies of non-violence influence/inform leaders, activists, and movements in Kenya and Ghana during the 20th century, and did diasporic interactions between Africans and Indians in the Global South yield a shared anti-colonial identity in resistance to British colonial rule? In answering these questions, this study identifies in what ways satyagraha impacted the anti-colonial activisms of Indians and Africans in colonial Kenya and Ghana and describes the negotiating of South Africa Indian views on violent and non-violent resistance to colonialism.