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Conference Organizers


Professor Toyin Falola, Convenor

Professor Toyin Falola is the Frances Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professor of History and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin.  Prior to joining the University of Texas, Professor Falola taught at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University).  In addition to writing and editing over 100 books, including the acclaimed memoir A Mouth Sweeter Than Salt, he is a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters and Historical Society of Nigeria. 


Lady Jane Acquah, Coordinator

Lady Jane Acquah is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History.  She holds a B.A. (Hons) and a MPHIL (History) from the University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana.  Her research interests are Ghanaian politics, Islam in Africa and the Diaspora, and gender in the Muslim world.


Ryan Groves, Coordinator

Ryan Groves is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History.  He holds a B.A. from West Virginia University and a M.A. from the University of Central Florida.  His research interests pertain to African popular culture with a specific focus on Zimbabwean popular music and social identity formation. 

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