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Rahman Adewale Abdul-Azeez has been a lecturer at Osun State College of Education, Ilesa, since 1994 and Chief Lecturer in 2010. He is currently the Dean of the School of Languages of the institution.

Jamaine M. Abidogun is currently an Associate Professor in History at Missouri State University at Springfield. She holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction in Secondary Education with a minor in African and African-American Studies from the University of Kansas. She is currently working on a monograph, Reconstructing Education and Cultural Transformation in the Anglophone African Diaspora.

Seth Addai worked as a professional teacher at the Police Experimental School, Sunyani, from 2001 to 2007 and is currently working as an ICT instructor in the Sunyani Senior High School.

Tajudeen Adewumi Adebisi attended Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State Nigeria where he obtained his bachelor’s degree (Education/English) in 1993, his master’s degree (Adult Education) in 2001, and his doctoral degree (Adult Education) in 2011.  He taught English Language and Literature-in-English at senior secondary school level between 1995 and 2007. He started lecturing in 2007 as a Special Doctoral Training Fellow and as one of the pioneer lecturers in Osun State University (UNIOSUN), College of Education, Ipetu-Ijesa Campus.

Nathaniel Adebowale is a native of Oko-Afo town, Lagos, Nigeria. His qualifications include: OND, HND, SSD (MFA) with the highest distinction from Academic Royalle Des Beaux Arts, Bruxelles, Belgium; NYSC/ Partime Lecturer Fine Arts OAU Ife; Lecturer SACOED Oyo State, AOCOED, Lagos, Nigeria; Chief lecturer, Dean SVTE, Deputy Provost, and HOD. He is a member of SNA, AGA, FNA, INSEA, CBAAC, and president of OIGOA. He has participated in arts exhibitions, and published articles in journals. His recent works include “Expression of African Facial Mask,” “Apero,” “Be vigilant,” “Oju Ona,” “Coconuts Harvest,” “You Can’t Cheat Nature,” and “the Artefacts.”

Amos Adjei-Gyabaah is a member of the International Professional Managers Association (IPMA-UNITED KINGDOM). He is currently a level 300 student of University of Ghana-Legon, studying for a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Geography.

Arinpe G. Adejumo is currently an Associate Professor/Reader in Yoruba literature at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She holds a Ph.D. in Yoruba Language and Literature from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. Adejumo’s research focuses on gender studies, satirical studies, and literary criticism.  Her publications have established the functionality of literary works in Africa with specific reference to Nigeria.  She is the current Acting Head of the Department of Linguistics and African Languages, University of Ibadan, Ibadan.

Tolulope Elizabeth Adenekan has worked with the Proprietor of Lead City University and High School and currently works as an Assistant Registrar/Personal Secretary to the Chairman of Council.  She is the Company Secretary of Lead City Microfinance Bank since 2009. 

Moses Aderibigbe is a senior lecturer in the General Studies Department, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria. He obtained his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. His research area covers social and political philosophy, philosophy of science and technology, ethics and Africa philosophy.  He is currently doing research on Africa culture and the question of appropriate technology for self-reliance.

Funso Adesola is the current Chairman, Department of International Relations at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Nigeria.  He was a Grantee of the French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA) Ibadan, Nigeria and a Laureate/Grantee of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) Dakar, Senegal. He has authored two books titled International Relations: An Introductory Text and National Security in Nigeria Relations with its Neighbours.  His research interests are on security studies, geopolitics, and international relations of Africa.

John Agbonifo is assistant professor of Sociology at the Osun State University, Osogbo, Nigeria. John is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Munich. He holds a doctorate in Development Studies from the International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Ikenna Aghanya is an artist, researcher, gallery owner, and an Art lecturer. He studied Fine Arts at the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, specializing in Graphics/Advertising Designs.  He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the department and a PhD candidate (Studio Arts) at the Department of Fine Arts, Imo State University, Nigeria.  He is working on ways to fuse the use of technology (as an art tool) and traditional art techniques into one art structure or style. This technique can be seen in most of his recent art works.

Rachael Folashade Aina is a lecturer in Information Resources Management at Adeleke University, Ede, Osun State Nigeria .  She has background in Statistics and Business Administration with a National and Higher National Diploma from the Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, Nigeria. She is also holds a Masters of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.  Currently, she is the Coordinator of the Department of Information Resource Management of Adeleke University.

Elizabeth Adenike Ajayi is a Chief Lecturer in History at the Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Nigeria. Her research interest covers the Awori of South Western Nigeria.  Her current research interest investigates the role of women in the church in Lagos.

Joshua Olusola Akande is an Associate Professor of Adult Education at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.  His research is focused on community education, community development, and rural education. He has also been teaching various courses in Adult Education at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the Department of Continuing Education, Faculty of Education, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife for more than a decade.      

Ezekiel Kehinde Akano presently lectures in the Department of CRS, Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo.  He has published a book titled, Christian Ethics at a Glance, and published articles in both local and international journals.

Ronke Iyabowale Ako-Nai is a senior lecturer in the Department of International Relations, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Dr. Ako-Nai was a recipient of Ford Foundation Award, Grantee of the French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA), Small Grants for Post Graduate Thesis Writing, and Research Grants from the Centre for Econometric and Allied Research, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. She was also a recipient of a grant for Ph.D. fieldwork from the Centre for Research and Documentation, Kano, Nigeria and CODESRIA Small Grants for Postgraduate Thesis Writing. Her research interest is in the area of Human Rights, especially the rights of women as they affect governance and development. Apart from various articles.  Dr. Ako-Nai has authored a book titled “Women, Governance, and Democratization in Nigeria and Ghana: A Comparative Study.” She is currently editing another book on Gender and Power Relations in Nigeria. In addition, she is co-editing a book on Human Rights in Africa titled Rhetoric or Reality: Selected Essays on Human Rights in Africa.

Philip Akpen is a lecturer in the Department of History, University of Abuja, Nigeria. His research interests are in the area of colonial infrastructures or urban utilities, governance, and political economy. He has contributed many articles in international scholarly journals and other collective volumes. He has co-edited a volume titled, Nigeria at 50: Issues and Challenges in Governance, 1960-2010 with B. M. Barkindo and Folasade Ifamose (2011).

Olayinka Ahmed Aluko has been the security advisor to the government of Kwara state in north-central Nigeria since 2003. He holds a master’s degree in Business Administration and Peace & Development Studies. His research interests are protest policing, security management, and human security. His current research is exploring how the civil society can collaborate with the state in ensuring public order and security in and around Ilorin, Nigeria.

Alexius Amtaika currently teaches Political Theory and Governance in the Department of Political Studies and Governance at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa. He is a former recipient of the University of Michigan African Presidential Research Fellowship (2008-2009). He was a guest lecturer at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2008-2009) and the University of Texas at Austin (2011). He has been a visiting professor at Khon Kaen University, Thailand since 2010.  He is the founder of the International Association for Local Government and the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of African and Asian Local Government Studies published by the College of Local Administration (COLA), Khon Kaen University, Thailand.  He is also a research fellow at Helen Suzman Foundation in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Yusha’u I. Ango lectures at Kaduna State University, Kaduna, Nigeria where he is currently the Director of the University’s Entrepreneurship Research & Development Centre. He was the pioneer Head of the University’s Department of Business Administration and acted as the Dean for the Faculty of Social and Management Sciences. His research interests include business ethics, business entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship culture, and banking and finance. He has attended and presented papers at several local and international conferences.

Gbemisola Animasawun is a member of the Society for Peace Studies & Practice (SPSP) and a Senior Fellow of the Institute for French Research in Africa (IFRA-Nigeria). He lectures at the Centre for Peace & Strategic Studies, University of Ilorin. His research interests traverse issues of Identity Conflicts, Peace-Building, Human Security, Neo-Patrimonialism, Islamism and Social Protests.

Oyesoji Aremu is an Associate Professor at the Department of Guidance & Counseling, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.  He is the editor of Nigerian Journal of Counseling and Clinical Psychology. He is also on the Editorial Board of Police Practice and Research: An International Journal.  Dr. Aremu is currently the Deputy Director (Academic) of the Distance Learning Centre, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

Oliver Arko went to Catholic University College and graduated in 2010 with BSC Economics and Business Administration in Management. Currently, he is working with the Local Government in his district.

Eunice Kusi Asante received a Higher National Diploma in Accounting in 2008 from the Sunyani Polytechnic and did her National Service at the Electoral Commission of Ghana. She was a voluntary teacher at Sacred Heart School. She now works at Capital Rural Limited as a Credit Officer. She is also a second-year student at the Catholic University of Ghana pursuing B.S. in Economics and Business Administration.

Elfatih Maluk Atem is a Senior Director of Cinematography and Film Industry, Ministry of Culture and Heritage, South Sudan. He coordinates the mobile cinema project, short film productions, and training the youth of South Sudan in video techniques. An experienced actor and filmmaker, Atem has made numerous films and video productions, and provided project coordination for UNESCO, WAR Child, Great Lakes Film Company and South Sudan TV. In addition to his work in media production, Atem is accomplished in theater acting and direction and has served as faculty of Arts, Music, and Drama at the University of Juba.

Peter Ati is currently teaching Information and Communications Technology at Twene Amanfo Senior High/Technical School in Sunyani, Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana.

Leigh Oluwaseyi Augustine has been on the academic staff of the Faculty of Law, Olabisi Onabanjo University (formerly: Ogun State University) since June 2000 and a Senior Lecturer since 2006. He is the Acting Head of the Department of Business and Industrial Law .  Besides his academic engagements, he also combines the practice of law through litigation in the Nigerian Courts. He also comments on current issues as they relate to law and politics in the Nigerian media. In the academia, his areas of research are Intellectual Property Law, Labour Law, Environmental Law, and Maritime Law. As a member of the Department of Business and Industrial Law, he is interested in the Law of Business Associations with special focus on the Law of Corporate Governance. He is a scholar of the International Ocean Institute (IOI) of the Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada at the 29th IOI Course, 2009. 

Augustine E. Ayuk is Associate Professor of Political Science at Clayton State University. He previously taught at Kennesaw State University and the University of West Georgia. His areas of interest include electoral politics in Africa, African Political Economy, African International Relations, leadership, and political institutions in Africa. 

Daniel Takyi Baah taught at Sunyani Services Basic School, Ghana, for three years (2006-2009). He is presently a final year student of the University of Education, Winneba-Kumasi campus, where he is reading Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Education.

Sunday Oludele Babalola is a lecturer at Adeniran College of Education, Oto/Ijanikin, Lagos Nigeria, an ethnomusicologist in the Music Department. He is currently in the Ph.D programme in University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He was the social director of Academic Staff Union, AOCOED, between 2010 and 2012. He is a member of the Association of Musicologist Nigeria (ANIM), International Society for Music Educators (ISME), Colleges of Musicologists of Education Nigeria (COMEN), and Pan African Society for Musicological Association of Education (PASMAE), African composers.

Abiodun Oladele Balogun is a Professor of Philosophy, and currently the Chair of the Department of Philosophy, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State, Nigeria. He is the National Vice Chairperson of the Nigerian Philosophical Association. His research interests concern African philosophy, philosophy of education, social philosophy, epistemology, and philosophy of law.

Temitope Abiodun Balogun is currently a senior lecturer at Osun State University where she specializes in Functional Grammar, Syntax, Pragmatics, and Discourse Studies.

Inyang Etim Bassey is a Ph.D candidate and lecturer in the Department of History and International Studies, University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria. She teaches African History and Gender Studies. She has published various book chapters and Journals.

Arthur Bernard is a pioneer in the field of dream work. He has been a clinician, guest lecturer, seminar leader, and media expert on the topic for more than thirty years. He has addressed audiences ranging from the Walt Disney Studios and the Los Angeles Times to the International Association for the Study of Dreams and the National Organization of Women Business Owners. As a result of one of his dreams, Dr. Bernard founded and ran the Dream Center in Sherman Oaks, CA. for twenty years. There, he taught people his unique approach to dreams. He has conducted dream seminars in cities throughout the USA and authored the book, God Has No Edges, Dreams Have No Boundaries and the CD dream programming series, Dreams: The Wisdom in Sleep.

Osei Boakye is pursuing a dual MA/MS from Columbia University and the London School of Economics in International and World History.  His field of interest focuses on pre-colonial West Africa, primarily the Asante of modern-day Ghana. He has previously collaborated with Dr. Wilhelmina Donkoh on several projects, including a presentation at James Madison University on reverse Diaspora migration and reverse acculturation in Togo and Ghana.

Jay Carriker received a B.A. in History with minors in Classical Studies, and Medieval and Renaissance studies from the University of Texas at Tyler. His research is focused on the intersection of politics, religion, and gender in the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean with secondary interests in the American South—especially East Texas studies—and history theory.

Shery Chanis is a second-year doctoral student in the History Department at The University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on the cultural exchanges between early modern Europe and China through cartography.  Her current project examines the mapmaking of European Jesuit missionaries in China in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, focusing on the hybridity of European and Chinese technologies in their maps, and the reception of these cartographic epistemologies by their various audiences. Before joining UT Austin, Ms. Chanis received her undergraduate degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and her master’s degree from the University of South Florida.

Eke Chidi received his degree from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria. He tutors at the University of South Africa.

Asante Da-costa lives in the Brong Ahafo region in Ghana. He completed his first degree at the University of Ghana, Legon, with the award of a B. A. in Sociology and Political Science.

Olubukola Christianah Dada is a Principal Lecturer at Federal College of Education (Special) Oyo. She served as Head, Department of Rehabilitation Education, Federal College of Education Special, Oyo, Nigeria between 2008 and 2012. Dr. Dada is a member of the National Council of Exceptional Children and the National Association of Special Education Teachers in Nigeria. She is also a member of America Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Kenya Association of Professional Counselors, amongst others.  She is at present a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Special Education at the Kwara State University, Nigeria.

Sule Israel Dantata lectures at the Department of Sociology, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. His academic interest and contributions covers criminology, social theory, globalization and development studies.

Wilhelmina Joseline Donkoh is a Senior Lecturer in History at KNUST. She is currently a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow at Lyon G. Tyler Department of History in the College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. She is a past recipient of Sephis Visiting Fellowship to the School of Women's Studies, University of Jodhpur, Kolkata, India (2006); Cadbury Fellowship, Centre for West African Studies, University of Birmingham, UK (2002), Outstanding Teacher Honoree, Honor a Teacher Initiative, Jackson State University School of Education, Mississippi, USA in (2002); and African Studies Association International Visitor’s Award in (2000).

Brittany Duck is a first-year graduate student at The New School in New York City. She is pursuing a Master of Arts in International Affairs with a concentration in Governance and Rights. Brittany’s research interests include post-conflict governance, restorative justice, transnational Black social movements, and postcolonial theory. Brittany holds a Bachelor of Arts from New York University. Prior to beginning her graduate studies, Brittany worked as a Research Assistant with Africare Ghana in Accra and as a Program Assistant with the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.

Itang Ede Egbung is a lecturer at The University of Calabar, where she has been lecturing for the past three years.  She has eight published articles in reputable journals nationally and internationally. She has attended and presented papers at conferences within Nigeria.

Constance Ogonnaya Egesi received her Bachelor of Science degree in Plant Science and Biotechnology from Abia State University, Uturu, and Post-graduate Diploma in Microbiology (PGD) from Imo State University, Owerri. Currently, she is a M.Sc. student in Microbiology at Imo State University, Owerri. Constance serves under the Personnel/Human Resources Department at Consolidate Breweries Plc, Awo-Omamma Owerri, Imo State where she engaged in planning organization, distribution, and implementation of Human Resources Program, and production and quality control where she also engaged in brewing monitoring of production, conditions analysis of production water and products. She currently serves on the Education Commission, Imo State, Nigeria.

Juliet Nkane Ekpang is a lecturer in the Department of English and Literary Studies, University of Calabar. She is presently studying for a doctorate in English at the University of Calabar. 

Felix Damilola Emoruwa is an experienced theatre practitioner, teacher, researcher, and anthropologist. He obtained his B.A, M.A, and Ph.D. degrees in Performing Arts (Dance Emphasis) from the University of llorin, where he lectured for twelve years before moving to University of Lagos. He is a member of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Guild of Nigerian Dancers (GOND), the National Association of Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP), Society of Nigerian Theatre Artistes (SONTA), etc.

Bojor Enamhe is a senior lecturer in the Department of Visual Arts and Technology, Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH), Calabar. She holds a PhD in Arts Administration with special interest in Visual Arts. She teaches Art Appreciation, Art History, African Arts and Society, and Arts Management. Her research interest is developing, promoting, and marketing art. She has published in local and international journals. She was sub-dean of Environmental Sciences, CRUTECH, Calabar.

Dorcas Iranwo-Oluwa Ewejobi is a lecturer of English language with emphasis in Literature in Redeemer’s University, Nigeria, where she teaches “Creative Writing”, “Bible as Literature”, “Use of English” among others. Currently, she is a graduate student of English Philologue at the Faculty of Modern Languages, University of Heidelberg, Germany. Her research interest centers on Nigeria, its variety of English, and its writers. She has several poems, short stories, and a play to her credit, most of which are published on-line.

Ogechukwu Ezekwem is a Ph.D. student at the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on women, war, and memory. She specifically examines the socio-political changes that occurred in post-civil war Nigeria because of women’s wartime roles in the Nigeria-Biafra conflict, and the reconstruction of memories of trauma.

Rasheed Adekunle Fasasi teaches at the Department of Teacher Education, University of Ibadan. He has a B. Agric, PGDE, M.Ed.  and about to defend his Ph.D. thesis in Ethno science. He focuses on ethno science and indigenous Knowledge, science education, history, philosophy of science and agricultural Education. 

S. Fwatshak is a lecturer in the Department of History and International Studies, University of Jos, Nigeria, where he has been faculty member since 1990. He obtained his Ph.D. in 2003 from the same university. He was a Fulbright Fellow at New York University, NYU in the 2000/2001 academic session. Between 2003 and 2009, he was a member of international research teams that carried out research on Sharia implementation in Nigeria sponsored by Volkswagen Foundation of Germany and CORDAID of the Netherlands, and became Nigeria Country Coordinator of the Volkswagen-sponsored Project, Knowledge for Tomorrow: Cooperative Research in Sub-Saharan Africa between 2007 and 2009. His research publications and interests span African social and economic history including the History of African entrepreneurship, African development, African politics, African conflicts, and Islam in Africa. His major publication entitled African Entrepreneurship in Jos, Central Nigeria, 1902-1985 was published in 2011.

Enoch Olújídé Gbádégesin received his B.A. (Hons) in Religious Studies in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in 1991, M.A in Religious Studies (Biblical Studies), Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife 1998, and studied for his Master of Theological Studies (MTS), Comparative Studies in Religion, Harvard Divinity School, 2008. Currently, he is on study leave studying for his Ph.D.  in Religious Studies at Rice University. He has been a lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies, Obafemi Awolowo University, since 2000. His areas of concentration are Comparative Studies in Religion, Philosophy of Religion, African Religions, and Anthropology of Religion.

Louis Audet Gosselin is currently doctoral candidate in sociology at Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada. His thesis focuses on contemporary religious dynamics in Burkina Faso, particularly, the reflections made among young religious militants on topics related with national history, cultural identity, moral aspirations and class interest. He previously obtained Bachelor and Master degrees in history at Université Laval in Quebec City, Canada. His other work includes research on social history of religion in Burkina Faso, urban history, political caricature, youth, faith-based development organizations as well as teaching in the sociology of social class and stratification.

Kudzai Goto is a master’s student of Conflict Transformation and Peace Studies at the University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. She holds a bachelor’s degree (Hons.) in International Relations. Her research interests are keeping, building, and enforcing peace in conflict-torn areas in Africa.  She was a member of the Organizing Committee for the International Conference on Corruption in Africa held in January 2013.

Edwin Gyekye trained as a teacher at the Berekum College of Education. He is currently a final year student of the University of Ghana, Legon, reading for a bachelor’s degree in Geography and Sociology. He has been an employee of the Ghana Education Service since September 2007.

Mona Hamedani is currently an undergraduate student at James Madison University, with a major in Art History and a minor in Cultural Anthropology. Her focus is researching art and culture of non-Western populations.

Jenna Hanchey is a first-year doctoral student at the University of Texas at Austin. She is pursuing a degree in Rhetoric and Language in the Communication Studies Department.  Currently, she is interested in postcolonial criticisms of rhetorics of international aid and assistance, and possibilities for revolutionizing the current systems in place. All of her work is intersectional, dealing with nation, gender, race, and class.

Edith Herbert is a lecturer in Public Administration at the Rivers State College of Arts and Science, Nigeria. She has particular interests in political science majoring in international relations and possesses more than twenty years’ experience in teaching and research. She is the author of two books and over ten journal and conference publications. She is a member of the Institute of Public Management, Institute of Development Studies, Nigerian Institute of Management, Nigerian Political Science Association, and a fellow of the Institute of Business Entrepreneurship. Mrs. Herbert has recently concluded her Ph.D. program at the University of Nigeria, Nsuka.

Nathanael Homewood is a Religious Studies graduate student at Rice University.  He studies African religions with a particular focus on Pentecostalism in Southern Africa and its relationship to issues of sexuality and gender.

Myra Ann Houser is a doctoral candidate in African History at Howard University in Washington, DC.  She also holds degrees from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA (MA in Comparative History) and Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR (BA in History, Mass Communications, and Russian). She is interested in the transnational dimensions of twentieth-century southern African liberation movements and is currently at work on a dissertation entitled ‘Every War’: Anti-Fascist Activism among South Africa’s Left, 1929-1948, which she plans to defend in the spring of 2014.

Stephanye Hunter is a M.A. student in the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.  Stephanye’s research centers on how migrations, particularly migrations of Mizrahi Jews and Palestinians, are documented and archived in literature, and contribute to the formulation of collective identity. A significant component of her research is the examination of gender within the context of migration. 

Folasade Olayinka Ifamose is an Associate Professor and former chair of the Department of History at the University of Abuja.  She is a fellow of Charles Warren Centre for Studies in American history, Harvard University Cambridge, M. A. She was a resident Post-Doctoral Fellow of the African Humanities Program (AHP) of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) at the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa.  She specializes in social and economic history with a focus on policy issues and inter-group relations in Nigeria. Her current research work is titled, “Industrial Policy Formulation and Implementation in Nigeria: A Case of Ajaokuta Steel Complex, 1958-2007.”  She is a member of the Historical Society of Nigeria, Nigerian Economic Society, and American Studies Association of Nigeria.

David Lishilinimle Imbua lectures at the Department of History and International Studies, University of Calabar.  Dr. Imbua is the author of several books, which traverse history and historical fiction, book chapters, and articles in learned national and international journals.  

Victor Inyanya holds a Ph.D. in History from Benue State University (BSU), Makurdi.  He joined the History Department of Benue State University, Makurdi, in January 2003, and has remained there till date. He has taught a wide range of courses crossing African, American, and Asian History in addition to theoretical and applied archeology. His main area of research revolves around African cultural history.

Adedayo Irinoye is a Medical Director of the Medical & Health Services of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He is also the Resource Person for the Centre for Management Development, Shangisha, Lagos. He won the National Award, AstraZeneca National Essay Competition in 2002. He is the author of: Optimal Management of Healthcare Organisations (2004), National Health Insurance Scheme in Nigerian Tertiary Institutions (2007), and The Dynamics of Healthcare Organisations (2008), Stress, Job Performance and Satisfaction in Health Institutions (2011), Strategic Management of Kidnapping, Terrorism & Violence. He was appointed Consulting Editor of the American Bibliographical Institute, 2004 to 2007.

Nicholas Jackson is an independent researcher of international development and social movements, currently examining corporate exploitation, resistance, and neoliberal representations in Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. His recent and forthcoming works address neoliberalism as spectacle (Human Geography), the rapid failure of the Chad-Cameroon Petroleum Development Project, and strategic management of resistance through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). From 1994-1996, he lived and worked in the Anglophone Western highlands of Cameroon.

Itsewah Steve James is a trained dance practitioner, teacher, choreographer, and dancer.  He is a founding member of the apex body of dance in Nigeria - National Troupe of Nigeria, and Founder and CEO of Ivory Ambassadors Dance Company.  He was the former Vice Chairman of the National Association of Nigerian Theater Arts Practitioners (NANTAP), Lagos chapter. He is the National President of the Dance Guild of Nigeria. He is a senior cultural officer with the Department of Creative Arts University of Lagos.

Daniel Jean-Jacques is currently a graduate student in his first year at the University of Texas, Austin.  His primary research interests are the history of science and empire and Yorùbá history.  He is also interested in the history of the African Diaspora – particularly in Haiti.

Vernon Damani Johnson has been a faculty member in the Department of Political Science at Western Washington University since 1986. His research focus has been on comparative settler colonial and post-settler colonial states in the global system. Damani has authored several scholarly and popular articles on issues ranging from revolution in Africa to race and identity in American politics.  As a scholar-activist, Damani was on the advisory committee to Reverend Jesse Jackson's Presidential Campaign in the state of Washington in 1988, and subsequently served on the Steering Committee of the Washington State Rainbow Coalition from 1988-92. When the militia movement swept into the region in the 1990s, Damani helped to found the Whatcom Human Rights Task Force, and chaired its board from 1997-2000. He was President of the board of the Northwest Coalition for Human Dignity, a regional human rights organization, from 2000 to 2003.

Agbo Uchechukwu Johnson is a senior lecturer of Political Science and International Relations at Taraba State University, Jalingo, Nigeria. He is also the Head of Department of Political Science and International Relations. He is currently a senior lecturer with the Federal University, Wukari.  He is a Laureate of Annual Social Science Campus (CODESRIA, 2006) and Democratic Governance Institute (CODESRIA, 2011). He is a member of the Nigerian Political Science Association (NPSA) and International Political Science Association (IPSA).     

Abiodun Kafaru is currently a doctoral student at the University of Northampton, United Kingdom. His educational degrees include HND from Yaba Tech, B.A from University of Benin, M.A from University of Ibadan, and MFA from De-Montfort University United Kingdom. Abiodun is a senior lecturer at the Department of Fine and Applied Arts, Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Lagos State Nigeria. He won an award for academic excellence in 1994 and 2008.

Greg Kame is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Philosophy and Systematic Theology of the University of South Africa. He is originally from the Republic of Cameroon where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Theology from the Cameroon Baptist Theological Seminary in 2007 and went on to earn his master’s degree in Theology from West Africa Theological Seminary, Lagos (in cooperation with the University of Nigeria) in 2010. He is also a graduate from the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute where he studied Thought Leadership for Africa’s Advancement. Kame’s research interest is in the area of Biblical/Reformed theology, church and state issues, African leadership, and governance.

Kevin Karaki is graduate student at the University of Texas at Tyler with an emphasis in Western studies and literature. He graduated in 2010 with a B. A. in History from Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, New Jersey. He is currently writing a study of his own culture’s struggle in the Japanese-American internment camps of the Second World War.

Ishola Hannah T. Kehinde is a chief lecturer in the Department of Christian Religious Studies at Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Otto/Ijanikin, Lagos State. She started her career at the above college in June 1990 after her First Degree at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1989. She obtained her master’s degree at the Lagos State University in Ojo, Lagos in 1998 while she completed her Ph.D. in Religious Studies in 2008 at Obafemi Awolowo University. She has been researching into Gender and Pentecostalism in South-western Nigeria since the completion of her Ph.D. in 2008.

Kathleen Keller is Assistant Professor at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota. She earned her Ph.D. in history at Rutgers University. Her research focuses on French colonial West Africa in the twentieth century and African migration to metropolitan France.  Her publications include articles in French Colonial History and French Historical Studies on the role of police surveillance in the federation of French West Africa.  Keller teaches a wide range of courses on African, European, world, colonial, and women’s history.

Felix Kiruthu is a lecturer at the Department of History, Archaeology, and Political Studies at Kenyatta University. He is the co-coordinator of Public Policy and Administration Programs.  Besides his research interests in the history of political economy, he has pursued studies in peace and conflict at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). He is the author of Voices of Freedom (2001), in addition to several book chapters and articles in refereed journals. His other research interests include biographies of prominent individuals, pedagogical methods in the study of history, and political studies as well as studies in masculinities.

Mickie Mwanzia Koster is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Texas at Tyler. She has a M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Rice University. She teaches a variety of courses in History along with upper-level and graduate courses like “African History Before 1885,” “History of Modern Africa,” “History of Modern Kenya,” “Writing/Research Seminars,” and “Historiography”. Dr. Koster has published articles and book chapters that focus on African liberation, spirituality, revolution, and empowerment. Her manuscript The Power of the Oath: The Making of Mau Mau in Kenya, 1952-1960 examines the centrality of oath rituals taken by fighters to join the Mau Mau war. The research is based on field work (oral interviews and surveys from Mau Mau veterans) as well as archived files in Africa, Europe, and the United States. She recently presented on Mau Mau at Egerton University in Nakuru, Kenya and Maseno University in Kisumu, Kenya. 

Dr. Alain Lawo-Sukam is an Assistant Professor of Hispanic and Africana Studies at Texas A&M University. He holds a Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His special interest includes Afro-Latin American & Hispano-African Literatures and Cultures, Afro-French Literature and Culture, Post-Colonial and Cultural Studies. He is the author of the research book entitled Hacia una poética afro-colombiana: El caso del Pacífico (2010); a poetry book “Sueno con Africa/Dream Of Africa/ Reve D’afrique” (2013) and of several articles published in peer-reviewed national and international journals. He is also a recipient of numerous grants and awards; among the recent are the PESCA, Race, and Ethnicity Studies Institute Research, Texas A & M University System Teaching Excellence Award.

Kirsten Lorgen-Knapp is currently living in Mexico City and interning with the Foreign Commercial Service and the Executive Office at the U.S. Embassy. She has an interest in economic development and has participated in the planning and organizing of conferences at the U.S. Trade Center and the World Trade Center in Mexico City as well as writing market research on energy sectors in Mexico and organizing a year-long infrastructure industry webinar series. In 2012, Kirsten graduated with honors from Western Washington University with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Latin American Studies. During her undergraduate studies, she traveled to South Africa and several other countries, volunteered with nongovernmental organizations, presented papers at Political Science and International Studies conferences, worked as a research assistant and an English as a Second Language teaching assistant, and was an active participant in Model UN, the Current Events Club, and the Student Coalition for Immigration Rights.

Rebecca Lorins earned her Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Texas at Austin with an interdisciplinary dissertation on a Sudanese cultural center, which used theatre and performance practices as vehicles for peace building, cultural revival, and social change. Rebecca received her B.A from Oberlin College and was a fellow at Columbia University's Center for Oral History's 2011 Summer Institute. She has taught courses in literature, religion, and cultural studies at the college level and is serving as the program director at a nonprofit using oral history to promote conversations about violence and non-violence. Previously, she worked in documentary film and contributed to numerous participatory theatre and video projects. She is committed to bridging community initiatives and higher education.

Frédérick Madore is a Ph.D. student in history at Laval University (Quebec, Canada). His main research topics are the relations between politics and religion, Islam and public space, Islamic militants’ profiles, and inter-generational relations in Burkina Faso and Côte d'Ivoire. His Ph.D. thesis is entitled "Islam, media and public space in West Africa (Côte d'Ivoire and Burkina Faso): towards new inter-generational relations (1960-present)". The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) granted him the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Doctoral Scholarship.

Christian C. Madubuko  holds a double degree in History and International Relations from the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria, and a master’s degree in Diplomatic History from the same university. Mr. Madubuko also holds a Diploma in Latin from the Catholic Urban University, Rome. He is an Australian Government Scholar and currently a doctoral candidate in Peace and Conflict Studies, University of New England, Armidale NSW Australia. He is researching on oil politics and youth unrest in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. He has research interest in electoral frauds and violence in Africa, particularly Nigeria. In 2012, Mr. Madubuko won both the International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) and the Keith and Dorothy Mackay Postgraduate Traveling Scholarship all administered by the Australian Government. He is the author of NIGERIA: A Nation in Dilemma.

Matsobane Jacob Manala is an ordained minister of the Reformed Church, South Africa. He obtained his Doctor of Theology degree from UNISA in 2006. He was appointed Associate Professor in the Department of Practical Theology at UNISA in 2010 after rising through the ranks of junior lecturer, lecturer, and senior lecturer in 2002, 2004 and 2008 respectively. In 2011, he served as Chair of the Department of Practical Theology and after the merger process involving four disciplines in 2012, he served as Discipline Leader for Practical Theology.  His fields of interest include pastoral care, the church’s diaconal service, the church’s ministry to the sick in an African context, worship and Christian leadership, and church management.

Madimabe Mapaya holds a Ph.D. in African studies. His interests lie in African musicology. He is currently the head of the Music Department and a founding member of the Indigenous Music and Oral History Project at the University of Venda. Apart from his university duties, Mapaya is a performing musician with four albums to his name. He is the author of Music of Bahananwa. He currently serves as a scientific editor of ‘Culture of Limpopo’ publication in which he authored a chapter on dipela tša harepa.

Idumbo Marthe is a M.D. from Shabunda Territory, South Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She holds a master’s in Public Health, Health, and Development from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, LB, Belgium. She graduated with Doctor of Medicine in Surgery and Midwifery from the University of Kinshasa. She is currently the Head of Child Survival Program (Health and Nutrition) to the Office of the United Nations Children's Fund, Unicef / Bukavu, DRCongo. Dr. Marthe held the position of Head of Office, 5th Development Officer of Primary Health Care in the thrity-four health zones that make up the province of South Kivu in the DRC. She was also the Chief Medical Officer of Health Zone Lemba in Kinshasa, DRC.

Maurice Mbam holds a master’s in Public Administration from Ondo State University, Ondo state. His experience includes protocol officer to Senate President from 2000-2002; Public Relations Officer, Ebonyi State Government House from 2003-2004; Public Relation Officer, Ebonyi Local Government from 2004-2008; Public Relation Officer, Ministry of Education, Ebonyi State from 2008 to date. Currently, he is the President-General of the Izzi-nnodo Youth Forum and a member of Nigerian Union of Journalist (NUJ).

Veronica Savory McComb currently serves as Assistant Professor of History and Coordinator of the Africana Studies minor at Lenoir-Rhyne University.  She received her BA in Film and Television Studies from Dartmouth College and her PhD in American Studies from Boston University. She is the recipient of the 2009-2010 Charlotte Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship for Religion and Ethics as well as several research, teaching, and mentoring grants from the Appalachian College Association in 2012-2013.  Her research and teaching interests include immigration, race, and ethnicity; the African diaspora, media studies, and religious studies.

Sheela Jane Menon is a graduate student in the Department of English at the University of Texas at Austin. Originally from Malaysia, Sheela Jane completed a B.A. in English and a B.A. in Religion at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Her interests center around Malaysian and Southeast Asian literature, with a particular focus on issues of gender, race, and national identity.

Ukertor Gabriel Moti is a fellow of the Certified Public Administrators of England and Wales; Journal of the Alternative Perspectives in the Social Sciences (JAPSS, USA), and a member of the African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM) based in Nairobi-Kenya. Dr. Moti has participated in politics and governance in Nigeria serving as Director of Campaign Strategy and Special Assistant to the Governor of Benue State in 1992-1993. He also served as Political Adviser and Principal Secretary to the National Chairman of Nigeria’s ruling party from 1999-2001. Dr. Moti attended the Universities of Port Harcourt, Lagos, and Benin where he obtained the Bachelor of Science, Masters, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Public Administration. As an academic, Dr. Moti taught at the Benue State University, Makurdi, from 1993 -1995. He is currently a senior lecturer in the Department of Public Administration, University of Abuja where he was the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Management Sciences from 2006-2011. Dr. Moti currently coordinates the M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs of the Department of Public Administration and the Faculty of Management Sciences’ Representative to the University Senate.

Bode Jerome Monye is currently an Assistant Lecturer in the Sociology Department, Faculty of the Social Sciences, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria.

Kamogelo Motshidi is a policy analyst, researcher, and development planner with interest in understanding how socio-political dynamics affect Africa’s development. Her interest in this and other matters has been underpinned by her involvement in community organisations that aim to actively address pertinent societal issues. Her academic interests include, but are not limited to issues relating to politics, economics, race and identity, and social development. She has contributed to Policy Insight regarding the role of women in national leadership. She has authored nuanced publications based on building a democratic developmental state, and more recently, a publication on the formation of an African Diaspora bond for infrastructure development in Africa.  

Wanjala S. Nasong'o is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of International Studies at Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee. He received his Ph.D. in Public and International Affairs from Northeastern University, Boston. Prof. Nasong'o has previously taught at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; University of Nairobi, Kenya; and Kenyatta University, Kenya. He is the author/editor of Contending Political Paradigms in Africa: Rationality and the Politics of Democratization in Kenya and Zambia (Routledge, 2005);  Kenya: The Struggle for Democracy (Zed Books, 2007); The African Search for Stable forms of Statehood(Edwin Mellen, 2008); The Human Rights Sector in Kenya: Key Issues and Challenges (KHRI, 2009); and Regime Change and Succession Politics in Africa (Routledge, 2013). In addition, Prof. Nasong'o has contributed numerous chapters to edited volumes and learned papers to esteemed peer-reviewed journals among them African Studies Review, Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Third World Studies Review, African and Asian Studies, Taiwan Journal of Democracy and Nigerian Journal of International Affairs.

Juliet Adaku Nwokenkwo is currently studying for a M.S. in industrial sociology personal management (ISPM) at Imo State University Owerri. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Anthropology from the Imo State University with a Professional Certificate in Management (NIM). She was an assistant lecturer in the Department of General Studies during her National Youth Service Program at the Federal Polytechnic, Ida Kogi State, and served as Registrar at Owerri Arch Diocese Education Commission Imo State. She has contributed in the development of human structure as a member of the Institute of Nigerian Management, vice president of the National Association of Catholic Corps (NACC), Kogi State Chapter; vice president of the National Youth Service Corps Leisure and Tourism Community Development Group, and secretary of the Catholic Youth Organization of Nigeria (CYON), Imo State Chapter.

Pierre Nzokizwa is a professor of French language, of French and francophone Literatures, and of Current trends in foreign language teaching. He teaches at Southern Adventist University, Collegedale (suburb of Chattanooga), TN. His scholarly Interests include Sub-Saharan Francophone literature and culture, applied linguistics, and teaching methods, increasing interest in feminist studies, and in conflict resolution.

Mike O. Odey is professor of Economic History and the previous Head of the Department of History, Benue State University, Makurdi, Nigeria. He holds a doctorate degree (2001), M.A. (1994), PGDE (1987), and a B.A (1980) from the University of Jos, Nigeria. In the last twenty-three years, he has consistently been developing an academic career through University teaching and research, and has successfully graduated over thirty master’s degrees and six Ph.D. students. He had earlier taught in University of Agriculture, Makurdi (1981-2003), and was a visiting lecturer at Imo State University Owerri (2000-2004). He moved to Benue State University, Makurdi in 2003 and was Coordinator of Postgraduate programs in the Department of History and Chairman; Faculty of Arts Seminar/ Conference Series BSU, Makurdi from 2005 to 2009. He is external examiner at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the University of Jos and University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He has been a member of council, Historical Society of Nigeria (HSN) since 2005. Professor Odey is the author of The Development of cash crop Economy in Nigeria’s Lower Benue Province, 1910-1960 (Aboki Publishers, London 2009). His latest published book is Food Crop Production, Hunger, and Rural Poverty in Nigeria’s Benue Area, 1920-1995 (NC. USA 2011). He is also co-editor of Historical Research and Methodology in Africa: Essays in Honor of Professor C. C. Jacobs (Aboki Publishers, Makurdi) and Agricultural and Environmental Issues in Nigeria (Oracle Press, Makurdi). Professor Odey is also editor of several journals including Journal of Research & Contemporary Issues. He has published over 60 articles in Local and International academic journals and book chapters. He is an international traveler, and an active participant in local and international academic conferences including the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture in Ghana (August, 2007) and the Africa conferences in University of Texas at Austin, USA (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012). Professor Odey’s current research interests revolve around development issues in Nigeria and Africa including the political and economy of war/peace in Africa, food security systems, poverty analysis, environment, and others.

Godwin Ejembi Ogli is a music teacher at the Federal College of Education, Nigeria. He started his music studies in 1987 at the Federal College of Education, Pankshin, Plateau state of Nigeria after which he proceeded to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music in 1994. He had his post-graduate studies for both Masters and Ph.D. at the University of Ibadan. Godwin has done extensive research into the music of the Idoma people in Nigeria and is currently researching into the music of the Ebira people in Kogi state of Nigeria. He is a registered member of several professional bodies including Association of Nigerian Musicologists and Pan-African Society for Musical Arts Education (West African Sub Region).

Segun Ogungbemi is currently Head of the Department of Philosophy at Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria. He has taught many courses in philosophy in several universities in Africa. He has attended several national and International conferences where he presented papers some of which have been published as chapters in books and international journals. He is currently working in the area of Environmental Ethics and Contemporary Issues in African Philosophy.

Olusola Ogunnubi is a doctoral candidate at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. His thesis, “Hegemonic Order and Regional Stability in Sub-Saharan Africa: a Comparative Study of Nigeria and South Africa,” specifically focuses on unpacking the argument of the validity an hegemonic presence in Africa by looking at how South Africa and Nigeria have directed their foreign policies to advance hegemonic ambitions within the continent. His knowledge areas include comparative foreign policy, African regional power politics, conflict transformation, and peace studies.

Babatunde A. Ojedokun holds a Master of Science degree in Political Science from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He began his career in election administration in 1989 with the National Electoral Commission, Nigeria. Presently, he is an Assistant Director of Research and Documentation at the Electoral Institute that was created by INEC in Nigeria. His career has been motivated by the desire for the management and development of electoral processes, particularly in developing countries in Africa. He hopes to be an educationist, giving training to achieve professionalization among election officials.  He is presently undertaking research into electoral issues for electoral policy enhancement and engaging in training of election officials across the country. He is a member of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, and a certified BRIDGE Workshop Facilitator. He also undertakes election observation in other countries; most recently in Ghana and Liberia.

Nathanael Ojong is currently completing his Ph.D. in Development Studies at the Graduate Institute of International & Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland. He holds a B.Sc (Political Science) and M. A (Development Management). He has carried out research on social economy at the International Labor Organization (ILO). He is a contributing author of the ILO’s 2011 edition of The Reader “Social and Solidarity Economy: Our common road towards Decent Work.”

Nneka Okafor is a Ph.D. student at the University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. She attended Enugu State University of Science and Technology in Nigeria for her B.Sc in Politics and proceeded to the University of Kwazulu Natal for her masters in politics.  Nneka Okafor is a recipient of the prestigious Golden key International Award, which recognizes academic excellence. She teaches Ethics and Politics at the University where she is pursuing her Ph.D. degree. Her research interest includes African ethics, gender issues, life, and sexuality.

Adakole J. Oklobia is a lecturer in the Department of Theatre Arts, University of Abuja. He studied at the University of Jos, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts. He has worked in television and film, theatre productions, community theatre for development projects over the years. His specialties are film and television production, scenography, theatre for development, media studies, carnival and tourism studies amongst others. He is currently awaiting the award of his doctorate degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Abuja.

Victor Okoye is a Principal Lecturer at the Department of Banking & Finance, Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra State, Nigeria. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from the University of Jos, Nigeria; Master of Business Administration (Finance) degree from the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria; Master of Science (Finance), Imo State University, Owerri, Nigeri, and a Ph.D. (Finance) from the Ebonyi State University, Abakiliki, Nigeria. Dr. Victor Okoye is an Associate member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Nigeria and the Chartered Institute of Public Administrators of Nigeria. He has also held a couple of administrative positions at the Federal Polytechnic, Oko. He is currently the director of the Consultancy Unit in the said polytechnic.

Okpeh O. Okpeh is professor of African History at the Benue State University, Makurdi, Nigeria. He is also a consultant on Gender and Development Studies. He has authored, co-authored, and edited/co-edited many books including Gender, Power and Politics in Nigeria (Makurdi: Aboki Publishers, 2007); Population Movements, Conflicts and Displacements in Nigeria (Trenton, New Jersey: Africa World Press, 2008), China in Africa: Threats and Opportunities (Makurdi: Aboki Publishers, 2009); and Readings in Nigerian History and Culture (Jos: Concept Publishers, 2012). He is the Editor of Journal of Globalization and International Studies; winner of the  2008 NUC Award for supervising the best Ph. D. thesis in Humanities in Nigeria; and winner of the 2010 prestigious Distinguish Africanist Research Excellence Award, Department of History University of Texas at Austin, USA.

Atinuke Olubukola Okunade is a principal lecturer of Christian Religious Studies in the School of Arts and Social Sciences, Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Nigeria. She graduated from the Lagos State University, Ojo, in the year 2012 with Doctor of Philosophy in the Christian Religion with specialty in the Philosophy of Religion. Her research topic for the Ph.D. thesis is “Comparative Analysis of Orthodox and Herbal Treatment of Infertility among Yoruba Christians of Ogun State Nigeria.” She is a member of America Academy of Religion (AAR), International Professional Association (IPDA), and many others. She has contributed to several journals and books including “The Upsurge of Africanism in the Christian Church Worship in Nigeria” in Continuing Education Review, “Religion and Human Rights: The Christian Perspective” in Religion and Rule and Law and National for the Study of Religions andEducation (NASRED).       

Olufunmilola Temitayo Oladipo is a musicologist. She began her music carrier at The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Nigeria and obtained a National Diploma (ND) in music technology. She then moved further to Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in music and later went for her postgraduate diploma course in education (P.G.D.E) at the National Teachers’ Institute (N.T.I) Kaduna, Nigeria. She proceeded further to the University of Ibadan, Nigeria where she obtained a master’s degree in African Music. Oladipo Olufunmilola Temitayo has several years of experience as a secondary school music teacher and a lecturer of music at the department of Music Technology, The Polytechnic Ibadan. Presently, she teaches at the Department of Music, Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, Nigeria.

Adenike Olufade works for the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA).  She holds a B.A. in English Language, MBA in Marketing, and MA in Peace and Conflict studies, her current position sees her as a Zonal Director at the NTA. 

Olubukola Olugasa is a Lecturer in the Department of Private and Commercial Law, Babcock University, Iperu Campus, Nigeria. Called to the Nigerian Bar in 2002, he has one book on contract and three articles in learned journals. He was commissioned with three others to write a text on business law for Distance Learning Institute, University of Lagos. He teaches evidence, tort and equity, and computer applications to legal study and research. He is a doctoral candidate. His research is on ICT and Law.

Joseph Omoragbon is a pastor in the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Living Faith, South Shields, United Kingdom. He is also a graduate student at Springdale College, Birmingham, where he is pursuing a Master’s in Missional Leadership. He had his first and second degrees from the University of Ibadan and Lagos State University respectively. Joseph is the founder and Chairman, Board of Governor of Father Abraham's Children School, Ebute Meta, Lagos; a school he ran for more than twenty years before going into full time ministry.

Foluso Anna Onaolapo is a senior lecturer at the Department of History, Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Nigeria. She has a National Certificate of Education from the Advanced Teachers College, Zaria (1979), B. A Ed. (History) from the University of Ilorin (1984), and an M. A. (History) from University of Ilorin (1997). She is on course for her M. Phil/Ph.D. in the Department of History and Strategies Studies, University of Lagos. She is a historian with a bias in Gender history, researching presently on the Coastal Yoruba Women of Lagos, Ogun, and Kwara states.

Adeola Ogunrin is a member of the Department of Continuing Education, Faculty of Education, Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife. Her research and scholarship interests include Adult Education (with specialization in Gender and Gender related issues), Women Empowerment, Violence Against Women, Peace Education, and Social Welfare. 

Kunirum Osia has a M. Phil. and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the George Washington University and MA in African Studies from Howard University, Washington, DC. He teaches Multicultural issues, and Organization and Administration at Coppin State University, Baltimore, Maryland. He also taught International Political Economy at Central Michigan University (College of Extended Learning), Camp Springs, Maryland. He was Executive Editor of World Review of Science, Technology, and Sustainable Development —a paper and electronic journal based in the United Kingdom. He was for sixteen years the Editor- in- Chief of the International Journal of Nigerian Studies and Development formerly based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Chukwudi S. Osondu holds a B.A. in English/Education from the University of Port Harcourt. He also studied Religion (B.A.) and Political Science (Post Graduate Diploma) at the University of Nigeria. Ven. Chukwudi holds a M.A. in Political Science from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He is currently undertaking his Ph.D. research in the same university. A priest by vocation, Ven. Chukwudi is a lecturer in the Public Administration Department at the Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra State Nigeria. He has published in many academic journals. Ven. Chukwudi is married to Tochukwu.

Meshack Owino is an Associate Professor of History at Cleveland State University.  He earned his E.Ed. and M.A. at Kenyatta University and another M.A. and Ph.D. a Rice University.  Dr. Owino specializes in the social history of African soldiers during the pre-colonial and colonial periods.  He has taught African history at Egerton University, Kenya and Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, PA.  He has been a visiting professor at Stanford University and an adjunct professor at Texas Southern University.

Adam Paddock currently teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and he received his Ph.D. in African history from the University of Texas at Austin. He has co-authored or co-edited three books including The Women’s War of 1929: A History of Anti-colonial Resistance, Environment, and Economics in Nigeria, and Emerging Themes and Methods in African Studies: Essays in Honor of Adiele E. Afigbo. Adam’s current research is focused on child labor in southern Nigeria beginning in the late 1800s and continuing to the late 1960s and early 1970s, which places child labor in the context of cultural practices and the influences of the colonial experience.

Rasheed Olanrele Popoola has an educational life spanning from 1961 to date, culminating in his studentship with four Nigerian Universities. From his sojourn to those Universities, he has obtained a B.A in Linguistics (1980); DMS (1983); MBA (1985); M.A (1993); M.Ed (2006) and PGDE (2008).

Cassie Reeder is a young artist soon to graduate from James Madison University. She has passion for many things, most pertinent here is for learning and understanding new cultures, ways of perceiving information, and experiencing life. She hopes that through physical, emotional, intellectual, and social interactions, she may feed her passions.

Mark Reeves is a graduate student at Western Kentucky University. His presentation comes out of his undergraduate thesis that explores the roles played by Africans during the establishment of Charles de Gaulle’s Free French resistance administration in Equatorial Africa. His paper relies on data collected during a research trip to French archives in 2011. He is writing this project for publication and will continue to research African history when he pursues doctoral work. He is also developing a project on decolonization that reveals how nationalists utilized the rhetoric of the 1941 Atlantic Charter to internationalize their struggles for independence during the decolonization period.

Hallie Ringle is a second year MA student in the Art History department with a concentration in contemporary African art. She earned her undergraduate degree in Art History and History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Hallie has worked and interned at a number of art museums including the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York City and the Museum for African Art in New York City.

Alhaji Saccoh was born and raised in the war ravished West African nation of Sierra Leone. While growing up, Saccoh witnessed firsthand the tragic consequences of civil war, an experience that has greatly shaped his life. Overcoming tremendous odds, Saccoh immigrated to the United States in 2000. In the spring of 2006, he enrolled at Richland Community College, Dallas Texas. Since then, Saccoh has continued to work diligently in his academics. In 2008, Saccoh graduated from Richland College with an Associate Degree in Peace Studies. As an African, Saccoh dreams of a sustainable society for Africans, one without war, hunger, disease, and abject poverty. Saccoh holds a bachelor’s degree in International Politics and Diplomacy from the University of North Texas. He is currently a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania.

O. O. Shada obtained her B.A in Yoruba and M.A in Yoruba Language from the University of Lagos and Ilorin respectively. She develops and validates test items for the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) and the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB). She is at present a doctoral research student in Linguistics at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She is a lecturer at the Federal College of Education (Special), Oyo, Nigeria, and a member of the Linguistics Association of Nigeria.

Wahutu J. Sigiru attended Moi University Law School from 2003-2007. He moved to Minnesota in 2007 completing a double major in Sociology and Global Studies at the University of Minnesota in 2010. He spent one year doing research with Dr. Okediji on ethnicity and ethnic group formation in Africa. He began coursework towards a Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Minnesota in 2011. His research focuses on representation of conflicts in Africa, particularly Darfur and Rwanda, and democracy and development in Africa. He is currently analysing data collected in the summer of 2012 in Johannesburg and Nairobi for a paper on representations of Darfur in African media.

Timothy Stapleton is professor of history at Trent University in Canada, and has taught at Rhodes University and the University of Fort Hare in South Africa.  He has also been a research associate at the University of Zimbabwe and the University of Botswana.  His published books include, Maqoma: Xhosa Resistance to Colonial Advance, 1798-1873 (1994); Faku: Rulership and Colonialism in the Mpondo Kingdom (c1780-1867) (2001); No Insignificant Part: The Rhodesia Native Regiment and the East Africa Campaign of the First World War (2006); A Military History of South Africa: From the Dutch-Khoi Wars to the End of Apartheid (2010), and African Police and Soldiers in Colonial Zimbabwe (1923-80) (2011). 

Oladipo Olufunmilola Temitayo is an accomplished musicologist. She began her music carrier at The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Nigeria, and obtained a National Diploma (ND) in Music Technology. She then moved further to Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in music and later went for her post graduate diploma course in education (P.G.D.E) at the National Teachers’ Institute (N.T.I) Kaduna, Nigeria. She proceeded to the University of Ibadan, Nigeria where she obtained a Masters Degree in African Music and currently, she is pursuing her M.Phil/Ph.D in African music in the same University. Oladipo Olufunmilola Temitayo has several years of experience as a secondary school music teacher and a lecturer of music at the Department of Music Technology, The Polytechnic, Ibadan. Presently, she teaches at the Department of Music, Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, Nigeria.

Olivier J. Tchouaffe is a visiting Assistant Professor at Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX. He teaches classes on Communication and Film Studies. He currently works on a book on Cameroonian cinema, grassroots democratic activism, and on Cultural Flows and Globalization: When China Meets Africa.  Besides many book chapters, his other works have also appeared in the Journal of Applied Semiotics, POV Online, Journal of Contemporary Thought, the Journal of African Cinemas, Post Amble Journal, Journal of Reception Studies, and the International Encyclopedia of Communication. Most recent publications include “Colonial Visual Archives and the Anti-Documentary Perspective” in Journal of Information Ethics and “District 9 and Mobility Rights in Africa” in Toyin Falola and Bridget Teboh’s edition.

Oluwaseun Tella is a doctoral candidate at the University of Kwazulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. He holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Political Science from the Obafemi Awolowo University and University of Ibadan, Nigeria respectively. His areas of research interest are international relations, comparative politics, and peace and conflict studies. He has attended a number of conferences within and outside South Africa. His passion for a place in the academia is borne out of his desire to contribute positively to the development of humanity and the expansion of the frontiers of knowledge through academic research and its subsequent application to the plethora of crises facing the human race.

Martin Tsang completed a M.A. in Social Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London and a M.A. in Global & Sociocultural Studies from Florida International University (FIU), Miami. He has undertaken extensive fieldwork and written on orisha worship in North America, Cuba, and Europe. He is currently a doctoral candidate in Anthropology at FIU, where he is researching Chinese influence in Afro-Cuban religions. Martin was awarded the Horniman Foundation and Sutasoma Trust prizes from the Royal Anthropological Institute, UK, for fieldwork in Cuba. 

Eric Tuffour attended T. I Ahmadiyya Secondary School and was a member of the school’s S. R. C. He is presently a final year student of the University of Cape-Coast studying for a Bachelor of Education (Science). He serves on the university’s S.R.C. committee.

Ifunanya Gertrude Ugwu was National Youth Service at Osun state College of Education, Ila-Orangun from November 1995 to October 1996. She was given permanent appointment by Osun State College of Education, Ilesa in November 1996 as an Assistant Lecturer in the Igbo department. She has risen to the post of a Principal Lecturer. Currently, she is the Head of the Department of Igbo. She has also published a book on Igbo phonology and orthography.

Gaius A. Umahi is a senior lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies and has taught for twelve years and is currently the Director of Pre-Degree Program, Babcock University.  He holds a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria. His research interests include religious groups, and culture and gender issues. He has published articles and book chapters in both local and international journals and books.  He is an ordained pastor of the Seventh-day Adventist Church with over seventeen years of experience.

Florence Undiyaundeye is a lecturer with degrees from the Federal College of Education (Technical) Gombe, University of Calabar, and University of Jos. She worked with the Post Primary Schools Management Board (PPSMB) from 1988 to 2000, when her services were transferred to the Federal College of Education, Obudu.  Since then, she has risen from Lecturer II to Principal Lecturer in the following sequence; 2003 Lecturer I, 2006 Senior Lecturer, and 2009 Principal Lecturer. She has headed these departments while in the services of FCE, Department of Psychology 2008 – 2011 and Early Child Care Development Education from 2011 to date.  Her work experience cuts across part time teaching at the University of Jos and Imo State University. Her community development spans through coordinating the Special Teachers’ Upgrading Program, the Millennium Development Goals Workshops (MDG) for Primary School Teachers as a Center Manager/Facilitator, and the Universal Basic Education Workshop for Primary and Junior Secondary School Teachers as a facilitator. Her research work has been on Sexuality Education, Early Child Education, and Counseling Issues in school and non-school settings. She has published in National and International journals.  She has textbooks on Guidance and Counseling, Psychology of Learning, full text in The Child and The Learning Environment (2012), and Introduction to Child Studies (2012). Her awards have been from the First Lady of Cross River State, Mrs. Onari Duke, as a woman of distinction in 2001, Best Female Academic, National Association of Obudu Students Worldwide (NAOS) (2007), NYSC Award for Community Development (2008), CRISSA Award (2008), and Fellow Corporate Institute of Administration Award (2012).  She has attended international conferences in Ghana for design and management of HIV/AIDS (2006), Character Education, Partnership in California USA (2010), London International Conference on Education (2011), Canada International Conference on Education (2012), and International Conference on Higher Education Paris (2012). She also went on sightseeing tour to Belgium and Holland. Her hobbies include girl/child nurturing, community development, care and support for the needy, reading, dancing and listening to good music.

Aminu Usman holds B. Sc., M. Sc., and Ph.D. in Economics from Ahmadu Bello University (AU), University of Jos, and the Nigerian Defense Academy (NDA), all in Nigeria. He has 25 years working experience in the banking industry and academics at the Department of Economics, Kaduna State University, Kaduna, Nigeria. He has many publications in peer-reviewed journals, and has attended and presented papers at international conferences in India, Iran, Tanzania, etc.  Dr. Usman’s main areas of interest are Small Scale Industries, Islamic Banking, Finance, Microfinance, and Poverty Alleviation.

Nathanael Vlachos is a third year graduate student in the Department of Anthropology at Rice University. He holds a M.A in Philosophy from Texas Tech University with an emphasis on Moral Philosophy and Aesthetics. His current dissertation research focuses on the use of theater as a tool of ethical development by white and Zulu theater-makers in South Africa. He will begin dissertation fieldwork in Johannesburg in September 2013. His broader research interests include the anthropology of ethics, the anthropology of performance, and the conceptual links between ethics and art.

Hermann W. von Hesse studied History and Political Science and graduated summa cum laude in 2011 from the University of Ghana, Legon. His research interests include Euro-African and Afro-Brazilian interactions in the Gold Coast, transnationalism, social, and medical history, and architectural history of pre-colonial Southern Ghana. His unpublished undergraduate dissertation is “A Brief History of the Afro-Brazilian Community of Accra.” He is currently studying for the Master of Philosophy in History at the Department of History, University of Ghana, Legon. His dissertation explores the agency of Euro-African and Afro-Brazilian communities in the social evolution of Accra in the 19th century.

Aminah Wallace is a doctoral candidate in the Sociology department at Binghamton University with an emphasis in the global political economy, Pan-Africanism, and social regulation in the age of slavery. She also serves as an Adjunct Faculty member at both Midlands Technical College and Fortis College in Columbia, South Carolina. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology in 2002 at Cal State University East Bay and a master’s in Sociology in 2006. She spent a year as a Clark Fellow from 2007-2008 in her first year as a Ph.D. student. Her work emphasizes the linkages between the entire African diaspora as opposed to the Anglo-centric view of the Western African diaspora. Her dissertation hopes to link the relationships among slaves of different colonies in the Americas using their forms of social regulation to a more unified Pan-African protest among Africans throughout the diaspora dating back to the 16th century.

Joseph Wasonga holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, M.A in Philosophy from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from University of the Witwatersrand. Wasonga has been lecturer for about ten years in the areas of conflict, political studies, and international relations. Currently, he is a lecturer in Political Science, Conflict Studies and International Relations at Kenyatta University, Kenya. He is also a visiting lecturer at St. Augustine University of Tanzania. His research interests are transitional justice, political sociology, political theory, and international relations.  

Ben Weiss is an undergraduate senior at the University of Texas at Austin. He triple majors in Government, History, and a self-created major of African Development Studies. He is also pursuing minors in Philosophy and African Studies, as well as a certification in Human Rights and Social Justice. He researches governance, development, aid, and HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. Ben is currently working on research under Dr. Catherine Boone on antiretroviral procurement policies in Zambia, Uganda, Ghana, and Botswana. He will continue his education next year in an African History Ph.D. program.

Dr. Gloria Eme Worugji is currently a senior lecturer in the Department of Theatre and Media Studies, University of Calabar, Nigeria. From 2012/2013 Academic Session, she has taught in the Department of English and Literary Studies.  She holds the following degrees: B. A (Hons) in Theatre Arts, University of Port Harcourt (1991), Masters in Public Administration (1997), M. A in English and Literary Studies (2002) and a Ph.D. in English and Literary Studies (2008) all from the University of Calabar. She has over eighteen articles and four book chapters to her credit. Her teaching and research interests include Women Studies and children's drama. She has participated in several academic and non-academic activities, within and outside the University of Calabar. One of such non-academic activities is the "Calabar Carnival" tagged the "Biggest Street Party in the World” as an adjudicator and also a consultant in the "Carnival Essay Competition" for secondary schools and tertiary institutions in the state.

Gee A. Yawson holds dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Biological and Evolutionary Psychology, and Applied French Linguistics from the Pennsylvania State University. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Justice, Law, and Society with a concentration in International Public Policy from American University, Washington DC. She is currently working towards a Juris Doctorate (JD) and a Masters in Law (LLM) with a specialization in Intercultural Human Rights at St. Thomas University. Concurrently, Ms. Yawson is also pursuing a Ph.D. in Legal Anthropology in the Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies at Florida International University. Her current research interests, which focus on the performative spaces of African descendant peoples of Luis do Maranhão, Brazil, are strongly influenced by her interdisciplinary studies in gender studies, critical race theory, legal studies, musicology, human rights and Black studies.

Stephanie Zehnle is a research assistant at the History Department of the German University of Kassel. In her master’s thesis on the Ruga-Ruga mercenaries of East Africa and in her PhD project on the Sokoto Jihad she has been working on Pre-Colonial African history intensely. Having studied Arabic, Swahili and Hausa her work is aimed at combining European and African sources. Her research interest includes religious movements, perception of space and historical consciousness in Pre-Colonial Africa. Stephanie Zehnle teaches African History with special interest in African religious history and Africa in utopian and visionary ideas.

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