The Oxford African and Caribbean Society (ACS) has elected an executive committee for the 2017/18 academic year. The ACS is a student-run society at the University of Oxford who are committed to exploring, promoting and celebrating African and Caribbean culture within The University.
The new executives are Taiwo Ava Oyebola, Joshua Tulloch, Georgina Ramsay, and Kareem Belo-Osagie
Taiwo Ava Oyebola (ACS President), Wadham College
Joshua Tulloch (ACS Vice President), Lady Margaret Hall
Georgina Ramsay (ACS Secretary), Queen’s College
Kareem Belo-Osagie (ACS Treasurer), Worcester College
Taiwo Ava Oyebola is a second year Classicist studying at Wadham College.
For this year, the bedrock of all ACS’ activities can be summarised by CEMENT AND GROWTH – ACS is committed to cementing the robust structures and foundations established by the previous committee, ensuring that this growth continues in order to support their students, whether this is through providing a diverse range of career opportunities, or creating a forum which allows members to use their different cultural backgrounds to express themselves.
Joshua Tulloch is in his second year studying PPE at Lady Margaret Hall.
As a passionate advocate for social justice and education reform, he is committed to using the ACS platform to further shed light on and begin to break down the social and institutional barriers that prevent those of Afro-Caribbean descent from realising their full academic potential. He relishes the chance to promote and encourage engagement with the rich heritage of African culture in the wider Oxford community.
Georgina Ramsay is a second year English and French student at The Queen’s College.
As former Junior Access & Outreach Officer for the ACS, she is passionate about dispelling myths which might deter students of African and Caribbean heritage from applying to university. She is committed to celebrating African and Caribbean culture within the University of Oxford.
Kareem Belo-Osagie is a second year Mathematics and Computer Science student at Worcester College.
As a previous Junior Events Officer and proud Nigerian, he is dedicated to creating a space in which African and Caribbean culture can thrive in Oxford. In addition, he is driven by his passion for education to empower students of Afro-Caribbean heritage and instil in them a lifelong love of learning.
The outgoing executives are Renée Kapuku (President), Mobeen Salih (Vice President), Ruth-Lily Djaba (Secretary), and Desola Kazeem (Treasurer)
The Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) has announced the first-ever recipients of the AIG Scholarships at the University of Oxford.
These are fully-funded scholarships available to West Africans who are passionate about the public sector to pursue the Master of Public Policy degree at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford.
“We are pleased to support our six AIG Scholars in their aspiration to acquire the skills and experience that will enable them elevate their capabilities and contribute meaningfully to the development of their nations,” said Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, AIG Founder and Chairman. “These outstanding, young Africans will return home after their studies as high-performing public servants.”
This scholarship will be awarded every year to 6 West Africans, though for this year AIG elected to fund an additional scholarship.
The recipients of the first AIG scholarships are Emokiniovo Akpughe (Nigeria), Efosa Trevor Edobor (Nigeria), Abdul-Fatawu Z. Hakeem (Ghana), Chukwunonso Iheoma (Nigeria), Oluwapelumi Simpson (Nigeria) and Emmanuel Taiwo (Nigeria).
Speaking about the scholarship, one of the recipients Emmanuel Taiwo who graduated from the University of Lagos with First Class Honours stated – “As a young person intending to help transform my country, I believe that excellence in public service is the way to go. Studying at the University of Oxford promises to be a life changing experience for me and positions me to serve my country in a vital policy advisory capacity.”
AIG also today announced the opening of the application window for the 2018-2019 AIG Scholarships. The application window will close October 2, 2017.
Beloved, distinguished Oxford Professor of African Politics, Abdul Raufu Mustapha has passed away.
Professor Mustapha, or Raufu, as he was affectionately called by his students and colleagues, died in Oxford after battling stomach cancer on Tuesday 8th August, 2017. He is survived by his wife Kate, and their three children.
He taught African Politics at the Oxford Department of International Development, and his research areas included the politics of rural societies in Africa, the politics of democratisation in Africa, identity politics and ethnicity.
His publications include Sects & Social Disorder Muslim Identities & Conflict in Northern Nigeria, 2014; ‘The Public Sphere in 21st Century Africa: Broadening the Horizons of Democratization, (2012); Turning Points in African Democracy, 2009; Zimbabwean Farmers in Nigeria: Exceptional Farmers or Spectacular Support?, 2011; and Gulliver’s Troubles: Nigeria’s Foreign Policy After the Cold War, 2008.
He was from Ilorin in Kwara State, Nigeria and studied Political Science at the Masters and DPhil level at St Peter’s College, University of Oxford. Prior to that he studied for an MSc and a BSc in Political Science at the Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria.
He was on the Steering Committee of the Africa Oxford Initiative, the Editorial Advisory Board for the Review of African Political Economy, the Board of Trustees of the Development Research and Projects Centre in Kano, and was the Patron of the Oxford University Africa Society. He also served as director of the 2002 CODESRIA Governance Institute.
He helped the Oxford University Africa Society Conference put together the first Oxford Africa Conference, and was always available to help African students who passed through Oxford both through academic mentorship and social support.
He will be fondly remembered, not only for his prolific intellectual output and academic legacy, but for his thoughtfulness, insights, kindness and generosity.
Three African academics will be joining African Studies Centre, University of Oxford in different capacities this year. They are Katharina Oke (Nigeria) – Departmental Lecturer in African History, Miles Tendi (Zimbabwe) – Associate Professor in the Politics of Africa and Wale Adebanwi (Nigeria) – Rhodes Professor of Race Relations and Director of The African Studies Centre.
Katharina Oke is currently a DPhil Student in History. She holds a Beit Research Scholarship from the History Faculty and her thesis is titled: ‘Budding Forth in its Nascent Growth’: English-Language and Yoruba-Language Newspapers in the Lagos Printing Sphere. Her publications include ‘The Colonial Public Sphere in Nigeria, 1920‐1943’, and she is a 2013/14 Gerda Henkel Stiftung Fellow at Queen’s College, Oxford.
Blessing-Miles Tendi is also a writer and has taught African Politics in Department of International Development since 2011. Prior to joining the Department of International Development, Tendi worked as a risk consultant for Control Risks (London). His research interests include society and the state; the political role of African militaries; Southern African politics (especially Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Madagascar, Swaziland); and the role of regional organisations in crisis resolution in Africa.
His publications include ‘Politics, Patronage and Violence in Zimbabwe’ (book) co-authored with J Alexander, J McGregor) (2014), ‘Making History in Mugabe’s Zimbabwe: Politics, Intellectuals and the Media’ (book) and ‘Transnationalism, Contingency and Loyalty in African Liberation Armies: The Case of ZANU ’s 1974 –1975 Nhari Mutiny’
Wale Adebanwi is the first black Rhodes Professor of Race Relations since the chair was created over 60 years ago. He is moving on from his previous position as Associate Professor of African American and African Studies at University of California, Davis. He is the co-editor of The Journal of Contemporary African Studies. Wale has a BSc in Mass Communications from the University of Lagos, an M.Sc and a Ph. D. in Political Science from the University of Ibadan, and an MPhil and a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge.
He has also worked as a reporter, writer and columnist for various publications in Nigeria including Nigerian Tribune and The NEWS. His publications include ‘Yoruba Elite and Ethnic Politics in Nigeria: Obafemi Awolowo and Corporate Agency’ (book), ‘Authority Stealing: Anti-Corruption War and Democratic Politics in Post-Military Nigeria’ (book), ‘Nigeria: The Predators Prepare to Pounce’, and ‘The Clergy, Culture and Political Conflicts in Nigeria’.
Wale’s research interests include Democracy; State-Civil Society Relations; Elites; Political Communication; Political Economy of Social & Cultural formations in Africa; Nationalism, Ethnicity & Identity Politics; Territoriality, Spatial Politics & Cities; Transnationalism & Migration; Religion & Cultural Politics; Citizenship & Civic service and Historical Anthropology.
Papers addressing economic analysis of the broad issues relevant for economic development in Africa are invited for the CSAE 2018 conference. Papers on countries other than those in Africa are welcome, providing they deal with issues central to African development.
Please note that due to the high demand to present papers at this conference, CSAE will only be considering FULL DRAFTS of papers for 2018. Please ensure your paper also includes a short abstract.
To find out more about what the CSAE Conference is like, watch this short video:
Deadline for submissions is Friday 27 October 2017
Travel funding available
There is a limited budget to fund African presenters who are currently living and working in Africa and who will be travelling from Africa to the conference. If awarded, funding will cover flights, accommodation, and conference registration costs. If you would like to apply for funding please follow the detailed submission instructions at http://www.csae.ox.ac.uk/conferences/
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Michael ‘Stormzy’ Omari has been named Person Of The Year by the Oxford African and Caribbean Society based in the University of Oxford.
The award-winning Grime and Hip hop artist was in Oxford today, 11th July 2017, to receive his award.
He tweeted – “Today I received the “Person Of The Year” Award from Oxford University ACS. Standing proud in a room full of young black Kings & Queens”.
Stormzy, who has won Best Grime Act at both the 2014 and 2015 MOBO awards recently donated £9,000 to a Oxford graduate Fiona Asiedu’s crowdfunding campaign to attend Harvard University.
The Oxford African and Caribbean Society celebrates and represents students of African and Caribbean heritage in the University of Oxford. The current President is Renee Kapuku, a first year Historian from North London.
Today I received the "Person Of The Year" Award from Oxford University ACS. Standing proud in a room full of young black Kings & Queens.👑❤️ pic.twitter.com/MABnj8fjci
Kena Mphonda, Malawi High Commissioner to the United Kingdom met with the Africa Oxford Initiative team to discuss academic and research collaborations between academics in Malawi and their counterparts in the University of Oxford.
The meeting was a follow up to President Mutharika’s visit a month ago to the University during which discussions were held about strengthening research partnerships with Malawi.
Mr. Mphonda met with AfOx Director Prof Kevin Marsh, Program Coordinator Dr Anne Makena, and Communications Manager Kuukuwa Manful. Also present at the meeting was Norbert Nthala, a DPhil candidate in Computer Science, who researches security and holds a BSc. in Information Technology from the University of Malawi.
Apart from increasing and strengthening research partnerships, the meeting also discussed the allocation of Postgraduate scholarships from the government for Malawians to study in Oxford, the establishment of expert and advisory groups consisting of Malawians abroad as well as friends of Malawi.
Malawians in Oxford
There are currently 4 Malawian students studying in the university and there are 31 alumni in Malawi. There are also 2 Malawian academic staff who work with the University.
Oxford Research in Malawi
There is are strong Oxford research connections in Malawi especially in the area of health research with partnerships in various research areas including orthopaedic surgery, digital health, and health systems strengthening among others.
Dr Alison Ward, Assoc. Professor at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences was part of the international team of consultants for the FP7 Supporting Life programme – a €3M programme on child care in rural Malawi using diagnostic and mobile phone technology carried out in partnership with Mzuzu University and others.
Prof. Chris Lavy, Professor of Orthopaedic and Tropical Medicine at the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMS) served as professor at the University Of Malawi College Of Medicine where he oversaw the setting up of The Beit CURE International Hospital, an orthopaedic teaching hospital and research centre in Malawi with a regional and international training scheme in orthopaedic surgery with the College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa. He remains on the Council of the College and is Chairman of the Orthopaedic Fellowship exam.
Dr Anant Jani’s areas of research include value-based healthcare, and TB diagnostics, and has research partners in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Dr Richard Idro, Senior Clinical Research Paediatrician with the Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health, is a consultant paediatrician and paediatric neurologist in Mulago hospital and an Honorary Lecturer in Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Uganda. He has research collaborations with the University of Malawi. Prof Andrew Farmer studies long-term chronic health conditions, and using digital health to deliver interventions and has collaborations with the Karonga Prevention Study and the Malawi Ministry of Health. Dr Richard Idro is a researcher in Clinical Neuroscience and Tropical Medicine and has collaborations at the University of Malawi.
Other University of Oxford academics with research projects in Malawi are Dr Sarah Rowland-Jones, Dr Sassy Molyneux, Prof Martin Maiden, Dr Vicki Marsh, Dr Susan Bull, Dr Patricia Kingori, Dr James Meiring, Prof. Calman MacLennan, Prof. Andrew Pollard, Dr Gail Carson and Dr Jenny MacLennan
The Africa Oxford Initiative (AfOx), in association with St Edmund Hall, Christ Church College and St. Peter’s College seeks to appoint up to three visiting Fellows from African universities and research institutions to foster research or teaching in any field of study, and to assist collaborations between the University of Oxford and the individual appointed.
The Fellowship is for a duration of 4 to 6 weeks, to be taken up anytime from September 2017.
The Fellows appointed will be provided with an en-suite, single occupancy study bedroom with all meals provided in the Senior Common Room, temporary membership of which will be granted for the period of residency. The fellowship will also include airfare, visa fee and a maintenance allowance for incidental expenses.
Academics working in any African institution are eligible. Applicants can have existing collaborations with the Oxford academics or have the intention to establish long-term relationships with the Departments or Colleges at Oxford.
Applications should include a personal statement outlining the reasons for the collaboration and the activities to be undertaken during the residency as well as a short CV of the AfOx Visiting Fellow.
Ndjodi M.L Ndeunyema, a Namibian MPhil Law candidate at Linacre College has been elected president of the Oxford University Africa Society for the 2017/18 academic year.
The Oxford University Africa Society (Afrisoc) is an official student club of the University of Oxford (registered through the Proctor‘s Office on an annual basis) with Prof. Dr. Raufu Mustapha, Associate Professor at the Department for International Development (Queen Elizabeth House) as its patron. It has focused on African affairs at the University of Oxford for over 50 years.
Past presidents include Rutendo Chigora, Melvyn Lubega and Dr Sebabatso Manoeli.
Ndjodi will proceed with a DPhil in Law at Oxford this winter – Michaelmas term. As president of Afrisoc, Ndjodi aims to realise the FOUR E pillars as reflected in his election manifesto for the Society.
Entrench: this is to ensure that the Society has a coherent legal framework that can be carried down to future Committees. Entrance: to increase opportunities for Africans to enter and access an Oxford education through by working together with key University stakeholders. Experience: to ensure that the Society’s membership has a positive intellectual and social experience as well as working towards any concerns of mental illness that may arise. Engage: The Society will build upon efforts to engage with Africa and African issues whilst in Oxford.
Ndjodi is grateful to previous Africa Society Committees which have worked tirelessly in cementing the Society and looks forward to the building upon this legacy.
Zeinab Badawi delves into the history of Africa for a brand new, nine-part series on BBC World News. The continent of Africa has a long, complex history, and its people built civilizations which rivalled those that existed anywhere else in the world. However, much of the continent’s history is not widely known, and what we are presented with often projects a distorted and partial picture. Sudan-born Zeinab travels to all four corners of Africa, interviewing African historians, archaeologists, and citizens whose accounts and stories paint a vivid picture of their continent’s past and how it informs their present lives. It is a series that will inform, educate and entertain – Africa’s history told by Africans themselves.
Episode 1: Mother Africa.
In the first episode Zeinab Badawi travels across the continent, examining the origins of humankind and how and why we evolved in Africa. During her journey Zeinab is granted rare access to the genuine bones of one of the most iconic discoveries in the field of palaeontology: Lucy in Ethiopia, or as she is known in Amharic ‘Dinkenesh’ – which means ‘you are marvellous’! Zeinab also spends time with a unique tribe in Tanzania, who provide insight into how we have lived, for most of our history, as hunter-gatherers. She also looks at what distinguishes us from the animal world and makes us human. Transmission Times: Sat 1st July 02:10 (Except North and Latin America), 15:10. Sun 2nd July 09:10, 21:10
Episode 2: Cattle, crops and Iron.
Zeinab Badawi continues her journey through the history of human development, travelling to meet the Masai of East Africa where she explains how humans began to domesticate animals and become pastoralists; in Zimbabwe, Zeinab visits one lively farming family and examines how we became settled and began to live from farming. She also looks at how the Iron Age transformed life in Africa and paved the way for the development of rich urban civilisations. Transmission Times: Sat 8th July 02:10 (Except North and Latin America), 15:10. Sun 9th July 09:10, 21:10
Episode 3: Gift of the Nile.
Zeinab Badawi’s quest to uncover the history of Africa takes her to Egypt, where she explores the most famous civilisation on the continent – the ancient Egyptians. Zeinab takes you beyond the usual coverage of the pharaohs and asks first who the ancient Egyptians actually were? What was their ethnicity? What made such a great civilisation possible? How did they order their society, and what were their values? Transmission Times: Sat 15th July 02:10 (Except North and Latin America), 15:10. Sun 16th July 09:10, 21:10
Episode 4: The Kingdom of Kush.
In the fourth episode, Zeinab Badawi travels to the country of her birth and the very region of her forefathers: northern Sudan, where she sheds light on a little know aspect of ancient African history: the Kingdom of Kush. Its kings ruled for many hundreds of years and indeed in the eighth century BC, they conquered and governed Egypt for the best part of 100 years. Furthermore Kush was an African superpower, its influence extended to the modern day Middle East. Zeinab shows you some of the best preserved of Sudan’s s 1,000 pyramids and explains how some of the customs of Kush have endured to this day. Transmission Times: Sat 22nd July 02:10 (Except North and Latin America), 15:10. Sun 23rd July 09:10, 21:10
Episode 5: The Rise of Aksum.
Zeinab Badawi travels to the little visited country of Eritrea and neighbouring Ethiopia, to chart the rise of the Kingdom of Aksum. Described as one of the four greatest civilisations of the ancient world, Zeinab examines archaeological remains in both countries dating from many hundreds of years before Christ. She explains how the Kings of Aksum grew rich and powerful from their control of the Red Sea trade and how they were one of the first civilisations that officially embraced Christianity in the 4th century. Also find out why the Queen of Sheba and the Sacred Ark of the Covenant are so critical to the story of Aksum. Transmission Times: Sat 29th July 02:10 (Except North and Latin America), 15:10. Sun 30th July 09:10, 21:10
Episode 6: Kings and Emirs.
In the sixth episode, Zeinab Badawi focuses on the fall of the kingdom of Aksum, and how the Christian kings that followed in Aksum’s wake left powerful legacies, especially that of King Lalibela. He is credited with building a complex of rock-hewn churches, which represent amazing feats of engineering. She also charts the arrival of Islam in this part of Africa and how the Christian kings and Muslim emirs co-existed. In the most Muslim of Ethiopia’s cities Harar: she observes the bizarre, long standing tradition of the Hyena Men of Harar. Transmission Times: Sat 5th Aug 02:10 (Except North and Latin America), 15:10. Sun 6th Aug 09:10, 21:10
Episode 7: North Africa.
In this episode, Zeinab Badawi’s exploration of Africa’s rich history focuses on North Africa. She goes to Morocco to find out about the original inhabitants of the region – in particular the Berbers or Amazigh – the best known of the people of North Africa. Zeinab visits Carthage in Tunisia and explains who the Carthaginians were. She looks at the great Berber kings and how they managed to retain their influence when North Africa came under Roman rule. Zeinab shows you some of the most extensive and least visited Roman sites in Algeria. Transmission Times: Sat 12th Aug 02:10 (Except North and Latin America), 15:10. Sun 13th Aug 09:10, 21:10
Episode 8: Ancestors, Spirits and religion.
In this episode, Zeinab Badawi examines religion in Africa. First the enduring presence of Africa’s indigenous ancestral religions, which millions of people on the continent still adhere to. She travels to Zimbabwe to find out more about a remote community that follows traditional African religion. In Senegal she meets a Muslim man who blends Islamic beliefs with his ancestral ones. She also charts the impact of Judaism and early Christianity in Africa and how Africans in particular made significant contributions to Christian thinking and practice. Transmission Times: Sat 19th Aug 02:10 (Except North and Latin America), 15:10. Sun 20th Aug 09:10, 21:10
Episode 9: Islam in Africa.
In the final episode Zeinab Badawi travels to several countries and looks at the early spread of Islam in Africa and how many Africans practise to this day a mystic, Sufi form of the religion. She shows how Arab culture came to influence a large part of the continent – particularly in the north. And she charts the rise of the powerful Islamic dynasties of North Africa, that built magnificent monuments, mosques and empires – including a part of southern Europe. Transmission Times: Sat 26th Aug 02:10 (Except North and Latin America), 15:10. Sun 27th Aug 09:10, 21:10