With a point of departure in the contribution to the same volume by CODESRIA's executive secretary, Adebayo Olukoshi, this piece addresses the predicament and resource constraints of African scholars in pursuing research on their own societies, and discusses the comparative advantages of African versus non-African scholars in undertaking research on Africa. By way of conclusion it calls for collaborative research programmes to promote triangulation not only by researcher but also by data source and type, by method, and by theory and approach.

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