We are delighted to announce the second cohort of Africa Oxford Initiative (AfOx) Visiting Fellows at the University of Oxford. The number of fellows this year is 13, building up on the 3 fellowships we offered in our inaugural call in 2017, and to meet the overwhelming demand and high quality of applications.
The 2018 AfOx Visiting Fellows are: Dr. Augustina Adusah-Karikari (Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration), Dr. Abdelrazek Bedir Abdelrazzak Ahmed (National Research Centre, Egypt), Prof Abi Alabo Derefaka (University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria), Dr Seifu Kebede (Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia), Dr. Benta A. Abuya (African Population and Health Research Center, Kenya), Dr Tongai Maponga (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa), Dr Itai Magodoro (University of Cape Town, South Africa), Dr Nicola de Jager (Stellenbosch University, South Africa), Dr Caesar Atuire (University of Ghana), Dr. Amos Olalekan Abolaji (University of Ibadan, Nigeria), Prof Abdulkader Tayob (University of Cape Town, South Africa), Dr Amina Abubakar (KEMRI-WTRP, Kenya) and Dr. Christine Nalwadda Kayemba (Makerere University, Uganda).
The AfOx Visiting Fellowship Program was set up to foster research and teaching excellence, as well as to facilitate sustainable collaborations between academics at The University of Oxford and in African Institutions. Academics working in any African institute are eligible, and the calls for fellows have drawn over 450 applications from across Africa. We are grateful to St Edmund Hall, Christ Church College and St. Peter’s College – who are with us for the second year running, and to All Souls College, Brasenose College, Hertford College, Jesus College, Oriel College, Mansfield College, Pembroke College, St. Antony’s College and Somerville College for partnering with us to host the fellows this year.
ABOUT THE 2018 AFOX VISITING FELLOWS
Dr Augustina Adusah-Karikari
Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Ghana
Dr Adusah-Karikari is a Senior Lecturer at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration where she teaches Public Administration, Public Sector Management, Qualitative Research Methods, Philosophy of Research, Ethics and Social Responsibility, and Gender and Development. She is Head of Liberal Arts Department. She was a Newton International Fellow at the University of Birmingham, UK from 2013 to 2015. Her research interests are in gender and public administration in developing world contexts, gender and extractive industries and ethics, and management in public sector. Her work has appeared in journals such as the International Journal of Public Administration and the Journal of Public Administration and Development. She has facilitated various training programs in management development in Ghana’s public sector organisations and is Lead Facilitator of the Gender and Diversity Module on the Young African Leaders Initiative West Africa. She holds a PhD in Educational Studies, Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Arts in International Affairs from Ohio University, USA and a BA Hons (Secretaryship) from the University of Cape-Coast, Ghana.
Dr Tongai Maponga
University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
Dr Tongai Maponga is currently a post-doctoral research fellow in the Division of Medical Virology at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. He trained as a medical laboratory scientist at the University of Zimbabwe and completed his Masters and PhD studies in Medical Virology at Stellenbosch University. His research interests include viral hepatitis and its associated sequelae.
Dr Christine Nalwadda Kayemba
Makerere University, Uganda
Dr. Christine Nalwadda Kayemba is a PhD graduate in Public Health of Makerere University and Karolinska Institutet. She is a Lecturer at the Department of Community Health and Behavioural Sciences, School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University, involved in research, teaching and supervision of graduate students. Her research areas of interest include maternal and newborn health, and health systems.
Dr Caesar Atuire
University of Ghana
Dr Caesar Atuire joined the University of Ghana in January 2014 as a Lecturer at the Department of Philosophy and Classics. He began his university education in Civil Engineering at the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (London). He branched off to Philosophy and obtained a BA (summa cum laude) in 1992. He earned a Licentia Philosophiae from the Gregorian University (Rome) in 1994. In 2005, he obtained a PhD in Philosophy with ‘An Enquiry into Suicide’ at the Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum (Rome). Dr Atuire also holds a Master’s degree in Theology and Diplomas in Bioethics and Pedagogical Sciences.
Dr Atuire is currently leading the project to establish the West African Multi-Disciplinary Bioethics Centre at the University of Ghana. During the AfOx Fellowship he will be working with the Oxford team of the NeuroGenE project, the Oxford Global Initiative on the Ethics of Psychiatric Genomics, to research into the empirical, theoretical and normative frameworks of Ghanaian attitudes towards mental health, personhood, and psychospiritual cures.
Dr Abdelrazek Bedir Abdelrazzak Ahmed
National Research Centre, Egypt
Dr Abdelrazek Bedir Abdelrazzak Ahmed is a researcher at the National Research Centre, Egypt. He has earned his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Biophysics from Mansoura University, Egypt and D.Phil. in Radiobiology from University of Oxford, UK. His research Interest is in studying the effects of low-dose ionizing radiation and the associated phenomena of Bystander effect and Adaptive response. He is also interested in studying the modulation intercellular communication by ionizing radiation.
D. Benta A. Abuya
African Population and Health Research Center, Kenya
Dr Benta A. Abuya is a Research Scientist at the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC). Benta is the Principal Investigator and Project Manager of the project, Advancing learning outcomes for transformational change in the urban informal settlements (January 2016-2018). Between January 2013-March, 2016, Benta was the PI and Project Manager for the project, Improving learning outcomes and transition to secondary school through community participation and afterschool support. Benta is also a co-PI on the Adolescent girls initiative-Kenya, a DFID funded project. In 2010, she graduated with a Dual Title PhD in Education Theory and Policy and Comparative and International Education, with a minor in Demography from the College of Education at the Pennsylvania State University. She also holds a Master of Arts in Populations Studies from Nairobi University and a Bachelor of Education (Hons) Upper Division from Moi University, Eldoret. Benta is a Ford Foundation International Fellow, a Policy Communication fellow, with Population Reference Bureau (PRB), and a Compton Foundation and PRB Reproductive Health Fellow. Currently Benta is a PI of the Regional Education Learning Initiative (RELI), a learning initiative that brings together about 50 education grantees in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and DRC.
Dr Itai Magodoro
University of Cape Town, South Africa
Dr Magodoro is an early career investigator in global health with an interest in the interplay between cardiovascular diseases and HIV. Specifically, his research aims to better understand the early development of HIV-related heart failure in young people in sub-Saharan Africa. A native of Zimbabwe, his work is presently based in South Africa and Uganda. He received his medical training in Malawi, and he holds masters` degrees from Harvard Medical School, USA, and Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He has also undertaken advanced epidemiology training in The Netherlands and France. Itai presently holds a Fogarty Fellowship from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA, by which he is furthering his global health research. He is jointly a research fellow/scientist in the Division of Cardiology, University of Cape Town, South Africa, and the Center for Global Health, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA. Dr. Magodoro is also a visiting scholar in the Department of Global Health and Population in the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. Through this visiting fellowship at Oxford, Itai will be joining Prof. Leeson`s Preventive Cardiology Research Group in the Radcliffe Department of Medicine, where he hopes, in addition to building long-term collaborations between the Leeson group and his University of Cape Town group, to learn novel methods and techniques to identify and prevent heart disease in young people.
Prof Abi Alabo Derefaka
University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Professor Abi Alabo Derefaka, who attended King’s College Lagos, is an Archaeologist with a B.A. Second Class Upper Degree in History from the University of Lagos(John F. Kennedy Scholar); an M.A. from Indiana University (on an ITT through IIE Fellowship); and a PhD from the University of Port Harcourt, has taught in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Ibadan and is currently teaching in the Department of History and Diplomatic Studies, University of Port Harcourt, Choba, Port Harcourt. He has been Director of the University of Port Harcourt Museum. He is also currently the Director, Institute of Niger Delta Studies, University of Port Harcourt and has been a Member, Governing Board, National Commission for Museums and Monuments and a Member, Board of West African Museums Programme. He is a Fellow of the Archaeological Association of Nigeria, Member Nigerian Academy of Letters, Member World Archaeological Congress, and Member Historical Society of Nigeria. He has published widely in learned Journals and has several chapters in books. He has also written and edited a number of books. Professor Derefaka is married to Mrs Ibiwari Derefaka and they have three children. He hails from Ogu in Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area of Rivers State, Nigeria.
Dr Seifu Kebede
Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
Dr Seifu Kebede is a hydrogeologist and Associate Professor of Hydrogeology based in Addis Ababa University and authors more than 35 peer reviewed scientific articles and a book entitled ‘Groundwater in Ethiopia: features, numbers and opportunities’. He is involved in research related to the multifaceted dimensions of groundwater (rural water supply, groundwater irrigation, groundwater and health, isotope and geochemistry application for water resources mapping, household water economy and groundwater role in economic growth and development). Currently and recently he is involved in the following groundwater projects: Climate Risk Screening for Rural Water Supply in Rural Ethiopia (ODI-DFID project); A technical assistant study on Groundwater Development and Management for Ethiopia (World Bank); Capacity building for drought mitigation (UNESCO-Addis Ababa); UPGro’s Hidden Crisis research consortium; Developing Adaptive Water Resources Management Strategy for Ethiopia (SCIP-DFID funded); REACH: Improving water security for the poor (DFID funded Oxford University led project). He has been involved in international expert missions (eg Kenya, Sierra Leone, Morocco, Tunisa, Lesotho, Malawi, Uganda), such as for the International Atomic Energy Agency mainly related to isotope hydrology and project management in groundwater sector.
Dr Nicola de Jager
Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Dr Nicola de Jager (PhD Political Science) is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Political Science at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. She is also a Research Associate of the Transformation Research Unit (TRU) and heads its Southern African research team. TRU is an international research unit investigating and comparing democratic processes across the globe. She is editor of South African Politics: An Introduction (2015) published by Oxford University Press and co-editor with Pierre du Toit of Friend or Foe? Dominant party systems in southern Africa (2013) published by the University of Cape Town Press. Research interests and article publications include topics on religion and politics, democratisation and Southern African politics.
Dr Amos Olalekan Abolaji
University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Dr Amos Olalekan Abolaji is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He obtained B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Biochemistry from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, University of Lagos, Lagos and University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria respectively. He is currently researching the mechanisms by which environmental toxins contribute to the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases and female reproductive dysfunctions using mammalian and D. melanogaster models. He is the secretary of African Society of Drosophilists and a collaborator of DrosAfrica Trust. Dr Abolaji is a recipient of several awards including TWAS-CNPq Postdoctoral Fellowship. He is a member of Society of Toxicology, Society For Redox Biology and Medicine and European Teratology Society.
Prof Abdulkader Tayob
University of Cape Town, South Africa
Professor Abdulkader Tayob is Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Cape Town. He obtained his doctoral degree in 1989 from Temple University in the United States. He has worked and published on Islam in South Africa, Africa and on the discourse of contemporary Islam. His recent books on Education (2011), Modern Islam (2009) and a collaborate translation of an early historical text (2011), add to his earlier books on Islam in South Africa. In addition, he has to his name numerous articles and book chapters. His current projects focus on the life trajectories of Religion Education teachers in South Africa, and on aesthetics and ethics in the Qur’an.
Dr Amina Abubakar
Pwani University and the Kenya Medical Research Institute/Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kenya
Dr Amina Abubakar is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Public Health at Pwani University, Kenya and a Senior Research Fellow at the Kenya Medical Research Institute/Wellcome Trust Research Programme. Her substantive work has focused on the adverse impacts of a range of health conditions on young people’s neurocognition and mental health. She is interested in developing culturally appropriate and contextually relevant approaches for identifying, monitoring and rehabilitating at risk children.