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Participants in the 2014 Africa Conference


Ashley D. Aaron is an Adjunct Professor at San Francisco State University in the College of Ethnic Studies, where she lectures in the Department of Africana Studies and the Ethnic Studies and Race and Resistance Studies Program. Her current teaching and research interests are Afro-Latina/o identity and history, Global Black Liberation Movements, Racial Socialization in Afro-descendant communities, Black Family Studies, and Culturally Responsive Education in K-12 schools.​

Lateef Oluwole Abbas is a senior Lecturer in the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He is a researcher in Islamic History and Islamic family law with 15 years experience in University teaching. He holds a Ph.D in Islamic Studies. He is currently working on Building Bridges: Models for Christians/Muslims Relations in Nigeria.

Oni Abayomi is a music graduate with professional certificates from the following musical bodies ABRSM (Associated Board of Royal music), (Trinity College of music London) and MUSON (Music Society of Nigeria). He is an astute conference speaker, educator, researcher and multi- talented music enthusiast. He is committed to discovering and developing students’ musical abilities. He is a versatile individual, who has had various opportunities to serve in a number of professional roles including Teacher of Music, Music Instructor (peripatic and private), Choir Trainer, Music Director and Presenter/examiner for various examination bodies. He has been involved in countless school theatre productions, music productions and school improvement projects. Through these experiences, he has been fortunate enough to educate and motivate diverse groups of students of all grade levels. He is a very optimistic and dynamic individual, who strongly believes that every child has a specific talent or gift that can be developed and nurtured. His dream is to continue to produce outstanding students that can excel anywhere in the world. He is currently working on Assessment for Learning at Day Waterman College and Bèmbé music of Obáfémi Owódé in Ògùn State.

Fonkem Achankeng, is a Hubert Humphrey International Fellow and an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Dr. Fonkem served as senior official in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cameroon for 12 years, and was also founder and executive director of the Association for Nonviolence, where he helped to introduce and moderate a third voice in Cameroon in the 1990s in the wake of a very polarized introduction of multiparty politics. Following an interdisciplinary approach, he has published more than 18 titles and presented his research in various regional, national, and international conferences. His research interests encompass peace and conflict studies; postcolonial nationalism and conflict; nonviolence; identity, culture and conflict; human and people’s rights; refugees, migration and human services; the working poor; aging; international mediation; crisis intervention in human services; and families with children with disabilities.

Ezinwanyi Edikanabasi Adam obtained her PhD in English (Literature) from Babcock University where she currently serves as a lecturer at the Department of Languages and Literary Studies. She has authored several articles, both national and international, on gender and cultural studies, communication studies, literary criticism, language and law, human rights and development studies. Ezinwanyi is a member of several professional associations which include African Council for Communication Education (ACCE) Nigeria; Society of Young Nigerian Writers; East Africa Communication Association (EACA); International Research Development Institute (IRDI) and Gender and African Studies Group at Babcock University (BUGAS). She is, currently, the Post-Graduate studies coordinator in her department. Ezinwanyi is working on her first book in literary theory and criticism, gender and cultural studies.

Rafiu Ibrahim Adebayo is affiliated with the University of Ilorin, Nigeria.

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 one of the pioneer lecturers in Osun State University (UNIOSUN), College of Education, Ipetu-Ijesa Campus, Nigeria. He is an expert and consultant in the field of Adult Education, Literacy and Basic Education, Adult Learning and Human Resource Development, Supervision and Mentoring, Workplace Education and Vocational & Technical Education.

Olabisi Adedigba is a lecturer at Kwara State University, Malete, Nigeria. She holds a Master of Education in Counselling Psychology and Master of Education in Early Childhood Education. She is also a doctoral degree student in Early Childhood Education Unit of University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. She is a child and teacher educator, a counsellor and a veteran researcher. She is currently working on raising awareness of child rights by developing strategies that can effectively disseminate the content of child rights and change society’s ill attitude to children. She also has special interest in creating high-quality learning environments for children to enable them grow optimally and developing professional early childhood educators who will be able to deliver efficiently.

Atilade Moses Adedotun is a social entrepreneur with diverse interest in community development , corporate social responsibility, peacebuilding and conflict management with over 20 years experience in civil society work and mass organisation activities with interactions with various governments, nongovernmental and international donor agencies.

He is an academic and social researcher with published works in local and international publications. He is currently running a postgraduate degree in Peace and Conflict Studies at the Institute of African Studies University of Ibadan .

Ismaila Rasheed Adedoyin, professionally known as Otun Rasheed, lectures at the Department of Creative Arts, Faculty of Arts, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria. His areas of interest include Dramaturgy, Playwriting, Traditional and Contemporary African Drama. He won the 2000 Bode Osanyin Award for the Best Graduating Student in Playwriting. In 1999, his play, The Third World War was commissioned by the Lagos State Government and performed for all secondary schools in the state. In 2008, Arugba Osun was commissioned as the 2008 University of Lagos Convocation Play and was staged at the Main Auditorium, University of Lagos. The same play was also performed at the Nigerian High Commission in Ghana to mark the 48th plays continue to enjoy attention in higher institutions in Nigeria and abroad. His other works include, Wait Today, Our National Flag, Jungle Justice, and Ssshhhhhh. His play, The Gods Are Still Not To Blame was selected for staged reading at the 36th Conference at Stevenson University, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A. His latest play, From Idi-Araba To Akoka (A Chronicle of the 50 Years Existence of the University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria.) was performed as part of the activities marking the fifty years anniversary of the institution. Some of his stage plays are now in films. He was a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Theatre and Film Studies, University of Georgia, Athens, US from October 2012 to April, 2013.

Victor Olusegun Adefarasin obtained his B.A. (Hons) from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, M.A. and Ph.D respectively in Philosophy from the University of Lagos. He is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Philosophy, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye where he is currently the Sub-Dean Faculty of Arts. Though published in different areas of Philosophy, his areas of research include: Socio-Political Philosophy and Ethics. He has attended and presented papers at Local, National and International conferences.

Arinpe Adejumo is currently a Professor 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 currently the Head of the Department of Linguistics and African Languages, University of Ibadan, Ibadan.

Abimbola Adunni Adelakun is a first year doctoral student in Performance as Public Practice in the University of Texas, Austin. She has a Master's in Africa and Africa Diaspora Studies from the University of Texas at Austin where she completed a thesis on African Hip Hop, Mobility and Transnationalism. Her research interests are on Pentecostalism in Nigeria, religion and sex, feminism, and the politics of religion. Abimbola is the author of Under the Brown Rusted Roofs (her first novel) and is currently working on another book that would be published in 2015. She is a weekly columnist and social critic with Nigeria’s bestselling newspaper, PUNCH and has won several awards in her writing profession. She blogs at

Ademide Adelusi-Adeluyi is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History at NYU. Her dissertation, “Lagoon City: Lagos in Nineteenth Century Bight of Benin,” demonstrates how coastal West Africans imagined, constructed and represented their towns and cities, looking specifically through the politics of space in Lagos between 1845 and 1874. She is currently a fellow at the Humanities Initiative, where she is exploring the role of colonial cartography in shaping and narrating the development of urban space in the Bight of Benin.

Tolulope Elizabeth Adenekan earned  Diploma in Secretarial and Computer Studies in 1997, B.Sc Secretarial Administration (2008), M.Sc. Office Technology & Management (2011) from Lead City University, Ibadan. She has worked with the Proprietor of Lead City University & High School from first. She currently works as an Assistant Registrar in charge of Admissions. She is a member of the Academy of Management, New York and British Academy of Management, London. Her research interest is in the Administration and Management of Higher Institutions. She is the Company Secretary of Lead City Microfinance Bank from 2009 till date. She has attended trainings and conferences within and outside Nigeria.

Moses O. Aderibigbe is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of General Studies, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria. He obtained his PhD in Philosophy at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and his area of Research is in Social and Political Philosophy, Africa Philosophy and Philosophy of Science. He has published in both local and International Journals and he is currently doing a research on African culture and Technology.

Bridget Ebunoluwa Adeyanju is affiliated with Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, Nigeria.

Roheemat Olabimpe Adeyemi is a lecturer in Yoruba Literature and Language at  the Department of Linguistics and Nigerian Languages, University of Ilorin, Nigeria. She holds a B.A in Yoruba, M.A in Yoruba Literature and also has a Masters degree in Public Administration (MPA).  Her interests include Yoruba oral tradition and community development .She is currently a Ph.D student on stylistics analysis. She speaks Yoruba and English. She is a researcher who has participated in conferences both locally and internationally.

Kikelomo O. Adubi is affiliated with Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria.

Bosede F. Afolayan is a lecturer at the University of Lagos, Nigeria.

Rachael Ojima Agarry is a Lecturer in Kwara State University, Malete, Nigeria.  She specializes in Early Childhood Education. She is an advocate for children particularly the less privilege ones. She is currently working on intervention programmes for children with learning difficulties.

Chris Agoha is Political Affairs Officer, Political, Policy & Planning Section,  United Nations Missions in Liberia

Alfredo Aguilar is a supplemental instructor for history at the University of Texas-Pan American. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in history from the University of Texas-Pan American. At the university level he is a philosophy, writing, and history tutor. He speaks English and Spanish. His research is currently looking at the international role of African Americans between the United States and Mexico.

Lawrence Aje is an Associate Professor of United States History at the University of Montpellier, France. He specializes in African American history. His doctoral research focused on free people of color in 19th century Charleston, South Carolina. His current research explores the interconnection between law, race and group identity formation, as well as the migration and circulation of free people of color in the United States and in the Atlantic World during the 19th century.

Angela Ahwobewom Ajimase holds a Ph.D in Afro-Caribbean Literature in French. She lectures in the Department of Modern Languages and Translation Studies of the University of Calabar, Nigeria. She has published extensively in that area. Some of her publications include: Oraliture Contre écriture dans la littérature antillaise contemporaine: Lecture de Solibo magnifique et Texaco de Patrick Chamoiseau in Ahmadu Bello University Journal of Humanities,vol.1 no 9/10,2011; Africa’s perception of the world: A Commentry on Elerius John’s La Tortue; A Socio-psychological reading of Camara Laye’s The Radiance of the King in Calabar Journal of Liberal Studies,Vol.15,No 1,2011; Literary Currents in Francophone Caribbean Literature in Topics in Francophone Caribbean Literature (Edited by Professor Cyril Mokwenye of the University of Benin, Nigeria).

Samuel Ajose is a Lecturer in the Music Department of the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. His research interest is in the musical expressions along the coastal areas of Lagos State, Nigeria. He is currently running his Phd program in the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan.

Ezekiel Kehinde Akano is a native of Ogbomoso town in Oyo State, Nigeria. He attended Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Kaduna State for his B.Ed in Christian Religious Studies (C.R.S.), Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary Kentucky (Ogbomoso Campus) for his Masters of Divinity in Theology, University of Ilorin for his Masters and Ph.D in Christian Studies. He is presently a lecturer in the Department of Christian Religious Studies, Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo State, Nigeria. He has published a book titled Christian Ethics at a Glance and many articles in reputable local and international journals.

Lydia Bosede Akande graduated from Ahmadu Bello University and University of Ilorin, Nigeria, respectively for her Bachelors Degree with a Second Class Honours Upper Division, Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy, all in Christian Studies. Her areas of research interest are Church History and Interaction of Religions.

She formerly lectured in the Department of Christian Studies, Kwara State College of Education, Ilorin, Nigeria, where she was the Head of Department between 2008 and 2009. Presently she lectures in the Department of Islamic, Christian and Comparative Religious Studies, Kwara State University, Malete, Nigeria.

She has several publications in reputable journals and chapters in books, and as well attended both National and International Conferences.

Bolanle, N. Akeusola is affiliated with Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Otto/Ijanikin, Nigeria.

Joseph O. Akinbi is affiliated with Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo State, Nigeria

Motilola Olufenwa Akinfemisoye is a PhD candidate in the School of Journalism and Digital Communication at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston United Kingdom. Among other things, her doctoral research interrogates the extent to which alternative media are impacting the institutional practices of mainstream journalists in Nigeria. Publications from her current PhD research are: “Challenging hegemonic media practices: Of ‘alternative’ media and Nigeria's democracy”, Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies (2013) 34.1; and “Negotiating convergence: “Alternative” journalism and institutional practices of Nigerian journalists”, Digital Journalism (2014) 2.1.

Faith I. Akinnola is affiliated with Osun State College of Education, Nigeria.

Ann Albuyeh is professor of English Linguistics at the University of Puerto Rico. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has taught in Tehran, Iran, Jalingo, Nigeria, and Harvard University. Professor Albuyeh has also been a faculty associate at the International School of Theory at the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Much of her published research has focused on the evolution of English from Old English to the current varieties of English pidgins, creoles and standard dialects worldwide, with a particular emphasis on Africa and the Caribbean.

Omar H. Ali is Associate Professor of Comparative African Diaspora History at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. A historian and ethnographer of the African Diaspora, he explores the Atlantic and Indian Ocean worlds from the early modern period to the present. A graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science, he studied ethnography at the School of Oriental and African Studies before receiving his Ph.D. in History from Columbia University. Ali has been a Fulbright professor of history and anthropology at Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá and a Library Scholar at Harvard University. He has also been a historical consultant to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, authoring the series of essays for the exhibit "The African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean World."

Abdulwahid Adebisi Aliy researches and teaches Arabic Grammar, Literature and Translation studies at the Department of Arabic, Faculty of Arts, University of Ilorin, Ilorin Nigeria.He holds a B.A (Ed) in Arabic, a M.A in  Arabic, a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism and is currently a Ph.D candidate in Translation Studies.His areas of interest include Translation Arts & Traductology. He speaks English, Arabic and Yoruba. He has participated in conferences both locally & internationally.

Jafari Allen is jointly appointed with the Department of African American Studies, and works at the intersections of queer sexuality, gender and blackness --  in Cuba, the US, and transnationally. He is a recipient of fellowships from the National Science Foundation, Social Science Research Council Sexuality Research Program, and Rockefeller Foundation [Diasporic Racisms Project. He teaches courses on the cultural politics of race, sexuality and gender in Black diasporas; Black feminist and queer theory; critical cultural studies; ethnographic methodology and writing; subjectivity, consciousness and resistance; Cuba and the Caribbean. Dr. Allen’s critical ethnography, ¡Venceremos?: Sexuality, Gender and Black Self-Making in Cuba [Perverse Modernities, marshals a combination of historical, literary, and cultural analysis-- most centrally, ethnographic rendering of the everyday experiences and reflections of Black Cubans—to show how Black men and women strategically deploy, re-interpret, transgress and potentially transform racialized and sexualized interpellations of their identities, through “erotic self-making.”  His current research project, Black Queer Here and There: Movement and Sociality in the Americas, traces cultural and political circuits of transnational queer desire—in travel, tourism, (im)migration, art and activism

T.S. Allen is a cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York where he majors in Military History and American Politics, Policy, and Strategy. In 2012, he conducted research into civil-military relations in Rwanda as a guest of the Rwandan Defense Forces. In the summer of 2013 he interned at the Africa desk of the National Security Council at the White House. He has published on corruption in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and is currently researching South Vietnamese official corruption during the Vietnam War. After graduating from West Point in May, 2014 he will be commissioned into the U.S. Army as a Second Lieutenant and travel to Fort Hood, Texas for assignment to the First Cavalry Division.

Edward A. Alpers received his Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 1966. After teaching at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, he joined the faculty at UCLA, returning to Africa for research, including a year up country in Tanzania and a Fulbright year at the Somali National University in Mogadishu.  His research and writing focus on the political economy of international trade in eastern Africa through the nineteenth century, including the cultural dimensions of this exchange system and its impact on gender relations, with special attention to the wider world of the western Indian Ocean.  He has served as President of the African Studies Association (1994) and Chair of its National Program Committee (2001). Professor Alpers has published Ivory and Slaves in East Central Africa (1975) and a wide range of chapters in books and scholarly articles.  He has co-edited with Pierre-Michel Fontaine Walter Rodney: Revolutionary and Scholar (1982), with William Worger and Nancy Clark Africa and the West: A Documentary history from the Slave Trade to Independence (2001), with Vijaya Teelock History, Memory, and Identity (2001), with Amy Catlin-Jairazbhoy Sidis and Scholars: Essays on African Indians (2004), and with Gwyn Campbell and Michael Salman Slavery and Resistance in Asia and Africa (2005).  He is currently writing a political economy of eastern Tanzania in the nineteenth century while at the same time engaged in a long-term study of the African diaspora in the Indian Ocean.  He will also be writing a text entitled The African Diaspora: A Global Perspective. Professor Alpers has served as chair or co-chair for fifty Ph.D. dissertations and presently chairs or co-chairs the committees of ten advanced graduate students.

Yinka Ahmed Aluko holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) obtained from the University of Kensington, United States. He is enrolled as a doctoral student of the Center for Peace & Strategic Studies, University of Ilorin where he also obtained his Master’s Degree in Peace & Development with a specialization in Security and Strategic Studies. His doctoral research examines the Perception of the Police in Terrorized Spaces in northern Nigeria and his research areas include: State and Governmentalities; Protest Policing and Civil Society interactions with the State. Yinka Aluko has been the Security Advisor to the government of Kwara State, Nigeria since 2001.

Jaime Amparo Alves  is an Afro-Brazilian journalist and social activist. His research focuses on drug trafficking, racial necropolitics and spatial discipline in Colombia and Brazil. Jaime is a Visiting Professor at the Center for Afrodiasporic Studies at Universidad ICESI in Santiago de Cali, Colombia. He holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from UT/Austin and currently is a DSD/SSRC Postdoctoral Fellow. As of the fall/2014, he will join the Africana Research Center at the Pennsylvania State University. He has published on issues related to black urbanities, violence, and police in Brazil and is currently working on a book manuscript: Macabre Spatialities: the politics of race, gender and urban violence in a neoliberal city.

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), and a guest lecturer at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2008-2009); the University of Texas at Austin (2011); and a visiting professor at Khon Kaen University, Thailand (since 2010). He holds a PhD (2002) in Political Science from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has contributed scores of articles and chapters to several scholarly journals and books in the fields of local government, governance, human rights, political economy, and the politics of Southern Africa. His latest book, “Local Government in South Africa since 1994: Leadership, Democracy, Development and Service Delivery in a Post-Apartheid Era” was published by Carolina Academic Press in February 2013. Not only is he the founder of the International Association for Local Government, but he also 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.

Samuel M. Anderson is a fifth-year PhD candidate in Culture and Performance at UCLA. His current research maps the dynamics of post-war performance in Sierra Leone, including political party campaigns, NGO sensitization projects, traditional healing practices, and touring “cultural shows” that combine music, acrobatics, masked dance, and mystic arts. His dissertation has been supported by fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation, the UCLA International Institute, and the UCLA Grad Division.

Rijasoa Andriamanana, born and raised in Madagascar,  pursues her doctoral studies in Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural studies at the University of New Mexico. With a general focus on TESOL and Bilingual Education, her research interests include Foreign Languages Pedagogy, Identities and Cultures in Foreign Languages Teaching, Post-colonial Education in Africa, Culturally Relevant Pedagogy, and Sociocultural Theories of Learning. She advocates for social justice and educational equity for foreign language learners /users not only inside the classroom but beyond the community. Although she primarily looks into practices of "de-colonizing" the teaching of French and English in schools in Africa, she also investigates how African diaspora members negotiate their identities and cultures in the US. She is a proud mother of five Malagasy children who speak their native language at home, eat the traditional food everyday, and play the ancestors' games even in America.

Gbemisola Abdul-Jelil Animasawun holds a Master’s and Doctorate degree in Peace & Conflict Studies obtained from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He currently lectures at the Centre for Peace & Strategic Studies at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria. His works have appeared in the International Encyclopedia of Protests and Revolution edited by Immanuel Ness and the African Security Review and Canadian Journal of Peace Research amongst others. His areas of intellectual inquiry includes Pre- and Post-Conflict Peace Processes; Autochthony & Fault Line Conflicts; Human Security; Neopatrimonialism; Inter-Faith Relations; Radical Islamism; Protests & Popular Revolts and Impeachments. Dr. Animasawun is a training consultant for the Institute for Peace & Conflict Resolution and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Nigeria and author of academic texts on Peace & Conflict Resolution for the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).

A. Oyesoji Aremu is affiliated with the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

Felix Chinwe Asogwa is currently a Professor of Political science in the Department of Political Science, Enugu state University of Science and Technology, Enugu state, Nigeria. He attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where he obtained B.Sc, M.Sc, Ph.D Degrees in Political Science and LLB degree in Law. He equally attended the Nigeria Law School and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2009. He has Several Scholarly text books to his credit and has widely published in various international journals. He is the immediate past head of department of political science of Enugu State University of Science and Technology and has participated in several international conferences across the world.

Thabiti Asukile received a Ph. D. in 2007 in American History, with subfields in African Diaspora History and African-American Historiography and Intellectual Thought. His current field of research is African American and twentieth-century intellectual history. In this vein, his research is based on the life and writings of the Jamaican-born Pittsburgh Courier & New York Amsterdam journalist and self-trained historian Joel Augustus Rogers (1880-1966). Rogers’ contribution to Africana historiography and intellectual thought is profound. Asukile’s scholarship about Rogers has appeared in respected scholarly journals such as The Journal of African American History; The Black Scholar; Afro-Americans in New York Life & History; and The Western Journal of Black Studies.

Elizabeth Oluwakemi Augustus holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics, Master of Arts in English (Language Emphasis) and PhD Communication Arts in Adult Education, from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan in Nigeria. Dr. (Mrs.) Augustus is a member of International Reading Association (IRA), Reading Association of Nigeria (RAN), Nigeria Association for Educational Media and Technology (NAEMT), Nigeria English Studies Association (NESA) and African Council for Communication Education (ACCE). She has attended and presented papers at different national and international conferences in Nigeria and the United States of America. She has also authored several academic research papers in reputable national and international journals. Dr. (Mrs.) Augustus is a Chief Lecturer and for over two decades now, she has been in charge of English Language and Communication courses at Federal College of Agriculture, Institute of Agricultural Research and Training, Moor Plantation, Ibadan, Nigeria. Her main area of research revolves around Language and Development Communication Studies.

Oladapo Augustus holds Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Ife and Master of Pharmacy degree from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He is a Fellow of West African Post Graduate College of Pharmacy. Pharm. Augustus is a member of The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria and National Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists. He has attended and presented papers at national and international workshops and conferences with different academic publications to his credit. His research interests include Clinical Pharmacy Practice, Patients’ Counseling, Patients’ Nutritional Care and Pharmaceutical Care and Treatment of HIV Patients.

Bridget Itunu Awosika is a Chief Lecturer in the department of Home Economics, Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, Nigeria. She obtained her first degree in Home Economics with First Class Honors from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria and obtained her M. Sc. from the Federal University of Agriculture (FUNAAB) Abeokuta, Nigeria where she is currently concluding her PhD. She is a member of the International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE) and the Housing Education Research Association of America (HERA) among others. She has presented papers at many national and international conferences and has several articles published in reputable local and international journals. She is an Associate Lecturer with Wesley University of Science and Technology, Ondo and a Professional Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Administration in Nigeria.

Dotun Ayobade is a PhD candidate in the Performance at Public Practice (PPP) program of the Department of Theatre and Dance at The University of Texas at Austin. Ayobade’s dissertation explores gender dynamics in Fela Kuti’s Afrobeat, particularly through the ways that the Queens (Fela’s wives and co-performers) employed performance to enact complex notions of agency within a Nigerian postcolonial context. Recently, Ayobade curated the PPP Annual Symposium titled “Dancing Blackness; Negotiating Black Subjectivity” at UT, which was co-sponsored by the African and African Diaspora Studies Department (AADS), and The Warfield Centre for African and African American Studies. Ayobade is part of a team of young Performance Studies scholars at UT curating a year-long colloquia that examines the works of scholars and artists invested in performance and embodiment within and outside Austin, TX.

Vincent Adesina Ayodele is affiliated with the Department of Theatre Arts and Music, Lagos State University, Nigeria.

Augustine E. Ayuk is an Associate Professor of Political Science at  Clayton State University.

Abidemi Babatunde Babalola is affiliated with Rice University.

Philip Sunday Bagu is a lecturer in the department of English, Benue State University, Makurdi, Nigeria.

Abiodun Oladele Balogun is a Professor of Philosophy, and currently the Chair, Department of Philosophy, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State, Nigeria. He is the National Vice Chairperson of the prestigious Nigerian Philosophical Association. His research interests are in African Philosophy, Philosophy of Education, Social Philosophy, Epistemology and Philosophy of Law. His papers have appeared in both local and international journals such as: African Identities 3 (2) (2005), Nordic Journal of African Studies 16(1) (2007), The Journal of Pan African Studies 2 (3) (2008), Philosophia: International Journal of Philosophy 38 (1) (2009), Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya 1 (2) (2009), Lumina: An Interdisciplinary and Scholarly Journal of Holy Name University 21 (2)(2010), Φιλοσοφία 41 (2) (2012)among other numerous scholarly journals. Balogun has attended international conferences in Ghana, Leicester (U.K.), South Africa, Korea, Singapore, Belgium, Texas, and Minnesota in America.

Temitope Abiodun Balogun received her PhD from the University of Ibadan. She is a senior lecturer at Osun State University where she specializes in Functional Grammar, Syntax, Pragmatics and Discourse Studies. Also, she is currently the Acting Head of  the Department of Languages and Linguistics. She has attended conferences in many parts of the world like Leicester, United Kingdom, Minneapolis, USA and others. She has academic papers in both national and international outlets

Omeiza Olumuyiwa Balogun is affiliated with the Department of History and Diplomatic Studies, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Nigeria.

Josiane Banini is finishing concurrent Master’s degrees in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics at West Virginia University.  She is originally from Douala, Cameroon.

Kimberly J. Banks is an assistant professor at Queensborough Community College, City University of New York. Dr. Banks’s last publication was a book review of W. Jason Miller’s Langston Hughes and American Lynching Culture in African American Review. Her manuscript project, Reading/Righting Blackness through Haiti, 1936-1971, examines how travel narratives about Haiti participated in the global construction of race in this period. Key literary and cultural figures in this period include Zora Neale Hurston, Katherine Dunham, Melville Herskovits, and Harold Courlander.

Louise Barré completed her higher education in France where she obtained l'Agrégation d'Histoire at l'Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon. She moved in the U.S. to do a Masters in International and World History. She has been working on migrants' activism in the suburbs of Paris in the 1970s. Now, she specializes in contemporary West African history, where she intends to ally her interest in gender and migrations.

Leamon Bazil is a doctoral candidate in the department of philosophy at Saint Louis University, and expects to defend his dissertation, "Neo-Soul Politics: A Naturalistic and Critical Approach to Black Social Reform,"  in the spring of 2014. His areas of specialization include Social Political Philosophy and Ethics. His areas of competency are Africana Studies, Feminist Philosophy, and Contemporary Critical Theory. Leamon has experience teaching Ethics, Applied Ethics, and Ancient Greek Philosophy. Also, because he has completed a substantive amount of coursework that examines the history of philosophy, he is qualified to teach other subjects from a historical point of view.

Michael Becker is a first year PhD student in Caribbean history at Duke University. He is interested examining Caribbean maroon societies as important sites where New World Africans carved out spaces of relative freedom and autonomy and forged new subjectivities, new communities, and new solidarities. He draws on questions and methods from intellectual, cultural, and social history, ethnography, and archaeology to foreground maroons as political actors and thinkers operating within a broader African diasporic tradition.

Lauren Bednarski is an undergraduate in the History Department at the University of Texas at Austin.

Simona Bertacco is an Assistant Professor of Humanities at the University of Louisville, USA, and was previously a ‘ricercatrice’ at the University of Milan, Italy. Her research focuses on issues in postcolonialism, women’s and gender studies and translation studies. Her most recent publications include: “Postcolonialism”, in The Oxford Companion of Philosophy and Literature edited by R. Eldridge (2009), La morte e i suoi riti nella cultura contemporanea (Altre Modernità #4, 2010) co-edited with N. Vallorani, and  Language  and Translation in Postcolonial Literatures: Multilingual Contexts, Translational Texts, forthcoming with Routledge in 2013. She sits on the Board of Directors of AISCLI, the Italian Association for the Study of Postcolonial Literatures and Cultures.

Kevin Brooks is professor of English at North Dakota State University. His training is rhetoric and professional communication, but he is Vice President of The ASAH School for Orphaned Girls in South Sudan, is a Bush Foundation Fellow working to support English language learning among the refugee and immigrant population in Fargo, ND, and he has begun to publish on refugee and African Literature.

Osei Boakye is pursuing a dual MA/MSc. 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.

George M. Bob-Milliar is a PhD candidate at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana. He received his undergraduate degree from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. His article, ‘Chieftaincy, Diaspora,  and  Development: the  Institution  of  Nkɔsuohene  in  Ghana’,  published in African Affairs won the prestigious African Author Prize for excellence in African scholarship by an author in an African institution. He has also published articles in the African Review of Economics & Finance, in Africa: Journal of the International African Institute, in Democratization, and most recently in the Urban Anthropology and Studies of Cultural Systems and World Economic Development. George is hosted as a visiting scholar by the School of International Development and Global Studies at the University of Ottawa.

Peter Kankonde Bukasa is a Congolese (DRC) national residing in Johannesburg, South Africa and Gottingen, Germany. He is currently a research and doctoral fellow at both the African Centre for Migration and Society, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Gottingen, Germany. His research interest is migrants’ transnational social and political participation and the role of religion and religious affiliation in migrants’ integration in host society.

Danazumi Sharwa Bukar is affiliated with Plateau State University, Nigeria.

Oyeniyi Bukola is an Assistant Professor of African History at the Missouri State University. He has published on social and cultural history of Africa, conflict and peace building, Yoruba dress and identity, national and international migration of African peoples, and on African historiography. His recent essay on terrorism, entitled “One Voice, Multiple Tongues: Dialoguing with Boko Haram”, appears in Democracy and Security Journal, vol. 10: Issue 1, 2014.  His current researches focus on conflict memories, sacred spaces, and on history and trajectory of growth and development of the Nigerian state.

Sara Busdiecker holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Michigan and is an assistant professor in the African Diaspora and the World Program at Spelman College. Much of her research and ethnographic fieldwork over the past decade has focused on the meanings and experiences of blackness in Bolivia, with particular attention to the roles of performance, place, and activism in the construction of contemporary Afro-Bolivian identity. In 2009-2010, she lent her experience to a U.N. OHCHR effort, serving as regional coordinator for the Andean Project to Promote Afro-descendant Human Rights in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru. In 2010, Busdiecker initiated a new ethnographic project focused on grassroots organizing among Afro-descendants in Chile. Her recent publications include: “Redrawing Borders of Belonging in a Narrow Nation: Afro-Chilean Activism at the Hinterlands of Afro-Latin America” (forthcoming); “Researching While Black: Interrogating and Navigating Belonging at the Margins of the African Diaspora” in Talton’s Black Subjects in Africa and its Diasporas (2011); “The Emergence and Evolving Character of Afro-Bolivian Mobilization – From the Performative to the Political” in Mullings’ New Social Movements in the African Diaspora (2011); and “Where Blackness Resides: Afro-Bolivians and the Spatializing and Racializing of the African Diaspora” in Radical History Review (2009).

Kia Caldwell is an Associate Professor  at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her A.B., in Romance Languages from Princeton University; an M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas, Austin; and a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology (specialization in African Diaspora Studies), at the University of Texas, Austin. Her teaching interests include Critical race studies; Black feminism; Race in Brazil; Afro-Latin Studies; and African diaspora studies. Dr. Caldwell's book, Negras in Brazil: Re-envisioning Black Women, Citizenship, and the Politics of Identity was published by Rutgers University Press in 2007. She is the co-editor of Gendered Citizenships: Transnational Perspectives on Knowledge Production, Political Activism, and Culture which was published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2009. She has published journal articles in Frontiers, Transforming Anthropology, The Journal of Negro Education, Genero (Brazil), and Revista Estudos Feministas (Brazil). Her research interests include gender and race in Brazil, Afro-Latin studies, HIV/AIDS, and health and human rights. She has conducted HIV prevention research focusing on African-American young adults and African-American women in North Carolina. Her current book project examines health policies for the black population in Brazil.

Vanessa Castañeda obtained her bachelors in Anthropology and Latin American Studies at University of North Carolina, Charlotte. She has just completed her Masters in Latin American Studies at New York University. She carried out ethnographic research in Salvador, Brazil. Her Master thesis entitled “Traditional as Political: the Quotidian Politics of Baianas de acarajé” draws from her experience working with the association of Baianas de acarajé and Baiana street vendors. She is in the process of translating her work into Portuguese to send to the association in Brazil. She was also the multi-lingual Communications intern at the International Center for Transitional Justice. Vanessa is also the founder of a volunteer program at the highest grossing restaurant in the United States, where she teaches basic English speaking skills to Spanish speaking immigrants.

Dan Castilow is a doctoral student in the Anthropology Department at Tulane University. His research interests include masculinities, sexuality, the Caribbean and diaspora. Specifically, his dissertation explores youth culture, performance and racialized masculinities in Trinidad and how these performances inform notions of citizenship. Dan received his BA in International Studies from Morehouse College.

Fadeke Castor has taught at Williams College and Duke University and is currently Assistant Professor in Anthropology and Africana Studies at Texas A&M University. Her research and teaching interests include religion, modernity, postcolonialism, performance, decolonization, citizenship, identity and representation in popular/public culture in the African Diaspora. Fadeke Castor explores emerging forms of cultural citizenship with special attention to Yorùbá-based religions and decolonizing practices. She is currently working on her book manuscript, “Sacred Imaginaries: Performing Africa, Decolonizing Blackness,” which examines how African Diasporic religious practices inform local meanings of identity and political belonging in Trinidad while drawing on transnational networks. “Sacred Imaginaries” is based on over a decade of ethnographic engagement within Trinidad’s Orisha/Ifá communities, funded in part by grants from Fulbright-Hays and Wenner-Gren. Her research on African-based religious practices reveals spiritual epistemologies and sacred imaginaries that inform processes of decolonization by redefining conceptions of blackness, Africanness, and national belonging. In her upcoming research project she will be examining the impact of visiting practitioners and priests, from the African Diaspora, on the spiritual economy of the “traditional” (local term) religion in Yorùbáland, Nigeria.

Derek Charles Catsam is an associate professor of history at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. He is the author of "Freedom’s Main Line: the Journey of Reconciliation and the Freedom Rides" (University Press of Kentucky) and Bleeding Red: A Red Sox Fan’s Diary of the 2004 Season (New Academia, 2005). He is currently working on a book on bus boycotts in the United States and South Africa in the 1940s and 1950s. He writes about African affairs for the New York-based Foreign Policy Association and he also has contributed columns on both American and African politics to many newspapers and other publications.

Solmaz Çelik is an M.A history student at Sabanci University in Istanbul Turkey. She received a BA degree from the History Department at Yeditepe University in Istanbul. She is set to graduate in June, 2014 and hopes to also pursue a PhD degree in African Studies. Her research interests in history are in the areas of Ottoman Slavery, primarily on  enslaved Africans in the Ottoman Land. She has been deciphering archival documents which relate to the living conditions of slaves in 19th century.  Her BA dissertation  was about the Dalaman plantation where many African people were brought in 1902 in order to work in agriculture. The plantation was located on the Mediterranean coast and was owned by the government of Egypt, Khedive Hilmi Abbas . Moreover, she has been working in African-Turkish Solidarity Association as a volunteer since she was an undergraduate student. Solmaz Çelik presented a paper, named “Being an African Turkish” in the African Diaspora Conference in Nigeria and Senegal with the recommendation of UNESCO in 2010. Her M.A thesis is on enslaved Africans and their involvement to crime. The research looks at the causes of crimes in order to see why and to whom slaves committed crimes.  

Rafael Cesar is Brazilian, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro. He holds a BA in Portuguese Language and Lusophone Literatures from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and an MA in Lusophone African Literatures from Universidade Federal Fluminense. After three years of teaching Brazilian literature in high schools and training capoeira-de-angola, he joined NYU's Spanish and Portuguese PhD program, aiming to deepen his understanding of intersections and interactions between racial identity, language, aesthetics and coloniality by comparing lusophone African literatures with afro-Brazilian and Afro-Hispanic literatures in their respective canonical contexts. Other interests: Bantu cultures and languages in Africa and in the Americas, racial relations, gender relations, post-colonial theories.

Alaneme Justia Chika (Nee Onyeukwu) holds a B.Sc degree in Government/Public Administration from Abia State University Uturu, an MSc. degree in International Affairs and diplomacy from Imo State University Owerri and Ph.D degree in International relations from Ebonyi State University Abakiliki. She is a member of the Association for the Public Policy Analysis of Nigeria and has attended many conferences in Nigeria and outside Nigeria of which the last one was at Accra (Ghana) by ICAD (institute of Corporate Administration) in July, 2013. Dr. (Mrs.) Alaneme worked as a banker for 12 years. She is currently an academic lecturer and a facilitator in the department of Public Administration Imo State Polytechnic Umuagwo Ohaji, Imo State. She has authored some books and articles (both published and unpublished) in the Department of Public and Administration and Political Science. She is currently working  with Imo State Government Policy on demolition of Illegal Structures in Owerri Territory.

C.Izeoma Chinda is a senior lecturer and head of history at the Department of Arts, Rivers State College of Arts and Science, Rumuola, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. She is a Ph.D student in History at the University of Port Harcourt, Choba, Nigeria. She has attended and presented papers at local and international conferences.She has published in journals and book chapters. She is a member of the Historical Society of Nigeria.

C.D. Chuku is affiliated with the Department of Social Sciences, Rivers State College Of Arts and Science, Nigeria.

Joseph Clark is a PhD Candidate in History at Johns Hopkins University. His dissertation examines the relationship between Mexico's Gulf coast and the Spanish Caribbean in the seventeenth century, focusing primarily on economic, social, and cultural exchanges between the port cities of Veracruz and Havana. He is a past recipient of the Lydia Cabrera Award from the Conference on Latin American History, which supported his research in Spain during the spring and summer of 2013. He has conducted research in Mexico, Cuba, and the United States.

Raven Crowder recently completed her M.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education with an emphasis in History. During her graduate student career she conducted an original research paper on African American women in the antebellum south. Raven has worked for more than ten years in Higher Education with a specialized interest in the recruiting and retention efforts of underrepresented students. Future goals for Raven include acceptance into a Ph.D. program studying either history or American Studies, publishing a series of historical fiction novels for young adult readers, and passing her love of history on to her own children.

Dr. Ariana A. Curtis is the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum’s first curator of Latino Studies. Her current projects include exhibitions, an academic symposium, and serving as team leader for Smithsonian’s exploration of human and material resources regarding the African Diaspora. Dr. Curtis holds a doctorate in Anthropology with a concentration in race, gender, and social justice from American University.  She earned an MA in Public Anthropology also from American University and a BA from Duke University. Her research interests include: urban immigration/migrations; racial constructions in the U.S.; Blackness in the U.S., Latin America, and the Caribbean; African Diaspora; and neoliberalism/globalization.

Olubukola Christianah Dada is a Special Educator with bias in Education and Rehabilitation of Persons With Intellectual Disabilities. She is a Chief lecturer at the Federal College of Education (Special) Oyo, Nigeria and presently an Adjunct Lecturer in Department of Special/ Inclusive Education at Kwara State University,  Nigeria. Her research focus is on gender, rights, education and rehabilitation of persons with intellectual disabilities in particular and special needs education in general. She is a member of many professional bodies such as the  National Council of Exceptional Children (NCEC), America Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) amongst others. She had served as  Head, Department of Rehabilitation Education between 2008 and 2012. Many of her publications are in local and international journals.

Oluwagbemiga Temitope Dasylva is a graduate of the University of Ibadan (Nigeria) and Stellenbosch University (South Africa) with emphasis on English and Literary Studies, Communication and Language Arts. His areas of interest, as drawn from his works so far, include Conflict Communication, History and the Sociology of literature. He is currently affiliated with the Department of Communications and Language Arts, University of Ibadan. He published “Communal Communication and the Dynamics of Conflict among Youths in the Niger Delta” in 2012. He is currently a graduate student of Conflict and Diplomacy at the University of Ibadan. He is a business entrepreneur while his tremendous success in the Advertising industry in Nigeria is due to his years of experience and his lean on the humanities and history to formulate strategies that will pitch his clients above their competition. Gbenga Dasylva bagged the Junior Chambers Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award in 2012. He is also a member of various associations within and outside Nigeria.

Abdulsalami M. Deji is affiliated with the Department of History & Archaeology, Taraba State University, Nigeria.

Wilhelmina Joseline Donkoh is a Senior Lecturer in History at KNUST. A Fulbright Senior Research Fellow, Department of History, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, 2011/2012, a past recipient of Sephis Visiting Fellowship to the School of Women’s Studies, University of Jodhpur, Kolkata, India in 2006; Cadbury Fellowship at the Centre of West African Studies, University of Birmingham, UK in 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. She has published extensively in major peer-reviewed journals and contributed several book chapters.

Denika Y. Douglas earned a B.A. in Psychology from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Houston. After completing her degree at U of H, Dr. Douglas worked as a post-doctoral fellow in the Psychological Services Department of the Houston Independent School District where she was responsible for providing psychological services to twenty-one large, urban elementary, middle, and high schools. She later worked in the district’s Special Education Department where she conducted educational and psychological assessments to determine students’ eligibility for special education services. Dr. Douglas now works as an Assistant Professor in Texas Southern University’s Department of Psychology where she teaches and mentors both undergraduate and graduate students. Her research interests include African American identity development, body image following traumatic injury, and crisis intervention. Dr. Douglas is a Licensed Psychologist and a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology. She maintains a private psychology practice where she provides counseling and assessment to children, teens, and families. Her areas of specialization include depression, anxiety, and trauma.

Emma Dugas is a junior at the United States Military Academy at West Point. She is majoring in Portuguese and French with a focus in African Studies. She traveled to Moçambique in March of last year for an exchange program with the "Academia Military de Moçambique" and also spent 10 days in Zambia studying entrepreneurial networks with the Network Science Center of West Point.

Bojor Enamhe is a senior lecturer at the Cross River University Of Technology Calabar Cross River State, Nigeria sub-Dean Environmental Sciences. She received her B.A in art history ABU Zaria, M.A Arts Management and Ph.D. Arts Administration from University of Calabar. She is currently pursuing an M.A degree in Art History at the University of Port Harcourt. Her research interest is on development issues in the visual arts and has contributed articles in learned journals relating to promoting and developing the visual arts in Nigeria. Most recent research areas are on issues in developing and retaining art audiences in a society of change, Moninkim maiden dance safeguarding the beauty of womanhood and popular masks and masquerades of Cross River State.

Ugo Felicia Edu is a Doctoral Candidate in the University of California, San Francisco/University of California, Berkeley Joint Medical Anthropology Program. A California native, she received her B.S. in Physiological Sciences from University of California, Los Angeles and her MPH in International Health from Morehouse School of Medicine. Her scholarly interests include interdisciplinary approaches to reproductive and sexual health, gender, sexuality, race, reproduction and human rights. Her current research focuses on sterilization, race and aesthetics among Brazilian women.

Stella Ajah Effah-Attoe is a Professor of History and former Head of the Department of History and International Studies, University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria. She holds a doctorate degree (1985) and B.A (1980) from the University of Calabar. In the last twenty-nine years, she has consistently been developing an academic career through University teaching and research, and has successfully produced several masters and Ph. D students. She has at various times been external examiner at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels to several universities in Nigeria. Professor Attoe is the author of several books, among them are the widely referenced A Federation of the Biase People: Origin and Development of Biase Ethnicity, 1750-1950, (Enugu: Harris Publishers, 1990), Women Empowerment and Nation Building in Nigeria, (Calabar: University of Calabar Press, 2004). In addition, she has contributed numerous chapters to important books and published many articles in journals. Prof. Attoe is a regular participant in local and international conferences. She is a recipient of several fellowships and awards. Apart from her exploits in academic, she is actively involved in administration and politics and has served her state (Cross River) and country (Nigeria) in various capacities. Prof. Attoe’s current research interests revolve around gender and development issues in Nigeria and Africa.

Itang Ede Egbung is a lecturer in the Department of English and Literary Studies, University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria. Her area of interest is Gender Studies in African Literature. She has several publications in reputable journals nationally and internationally.

Adaku Juliet Egesi is a sociologist currently working with Owerri Archdiocesan Education Commission, Imo State, Nigeria, where she serves as the Registrar of the Owerri Girls’ Secondary School. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology and Anthropology received from the prestigious Imo State University, Owerri, Nigeria. She is completing her M.SC. degree programme in mainstream sociology. She is a graduate member of Nigeria Institute of Management (chartered) NIM since 2011. Additionally, she holds a proficiency certificate in management as well as Basic Computer Operations Certificate form Swintec Computer INstitute, Owerri, Nigeria since 2004.

Rev’d Canon Jonathan Chidomere Egesi is a priest of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion). He is also a senior lecturer in the Department of General Studies (GNS) Imo State Polytechnic Umuagwo-Ohaji, Owerri, Nigeira. He is a sociologist of profound intellect and consummate skills in research and teaching.  He holds a M.Sc (Hons) Degree in sociology, B. Sc (Hons) degree in Sociology and Anthropology, both of which were received from the prestigious Imo State University, Owerri in 2007 and 2001 respectively. In addition, he earned a National certificate in education (NCE) in political science/religious studies (2009), a Diploma in Theology (2009), and a Ph.D. in Sociology (in view). Revd Egesi has garnered long years of teaching experience, mmany of which he has spent at Imo State Polytechnic Umuagwo-Ohaji, Owerri, Nigeria (2007 to date) and at the Nigeria Open University (NOUN) Owerri study center where he serves as a Co-facilitator. He has several books to his creidt and has contributed countless articles in both local and international journals and magazines. He has participated in numerous national and international conferences, in Nigeria, UK, USA, Malaysia and Ghana. Some of his conference topics include, “Changing Norms and Values in Igno Nation: Shaping hte Future of the Igbo Nation,” (Howard University); “The Role of ICT in Achieving Political Stability and Sustainable Democracy,” (Ghana); and “Problems and Prospects of Developing Countries in Africa: a Case Study of NIgeria,” (Ghana).

Juliet Nkane Ekpang lectures at the Department of English and Literary Studies, University of Calabar, Nigeria. She is presently studying for a doctorate at the same university. Her research and teaching interest include rhetorical analysis, lexico - semantic and stylistic studies of texts, modes and repertoires.

Ngozi Ugo Emeka-Nwobia is a PhD researcher in the Department of Languages and Linguistics, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki- Nigeria. She obtained her BA (Hons) and MA Degree in Sociolinguistics from the university of Nigeria. Nsukka. Ngozi holds a Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Social Science Research council (SSRC) - Next Generation Social Science Research in Africa. She has participated in local and international conferences and her research interest is on the study of Pragmatics, Critical Discourse Analysis, Sociolinguistics, Anthropolinguistics, African study and language of politics. She is a member of Africa Studies Association and the International Pragmatics Association (IPrA).

Richard Agbor Ayukdang Enoh is a Lecturer with the Department of History, University of Buea in South West Cameroon. His research interests include: History of Slavery, History of Pan Africanism, African Diaspora and American Studies.

Ntim Gyakari Esew is a Ghanaian resident in Nigeria as a university lecturer. He obtained his B.A (Hons) degree from the University of Ghana Legon in 1981 and completed his MSc and PhD in Political Science at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria Nigeria where he taught at the Department of Political Science for seven years between 1998 and 2005. Currently, he is an Associate Professor at Kaduna State University, Kaduna Nigeria. He has attended and presented papers at local and international and academic conferences. His major work is entitled ‘The Military and Democratization in Africa: A Critical Analysis of Transition to Civil Rule in Nigeria and Ghana (1960-2000)’. His areas of concentration include Comparative Politics and Conflict Resolution.

Joke Muyiwa Fadirepo is an accomplished theatre artist, a veteran actress whose exploits in professional acting spans over three decades. From the Unibadan Theatre Company in 1980 to the Obafemi Awolowo University Theatre Company, she has cut her teeth in various, qualitative engagements at home in Nigeria and abroad in Europe with various professional troupes, notable among them , the KAKAKI under the leadership of Ben Tomoloju and Mathias Gerht under the aegis of Goethe institute, the national troupe at the national commonwealth festival in 1984. Joke is a current face in notable soap operas on television; superstory , Kamson and Neigbours Tendencies, Edge of Paradise among others. She is also a popular face in the Nollywood Yoruba. This theatre guru has attended many conferences with contributions in journal articles to her credit. She was a former Head of the Department of the Performing Arts; Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye where she is currently a lecturer

Morounkeji Folarinle Fasakin is affiliated with the Department of Home Economics, Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, Nigeria.

Yasmina Fawaz was born in Ivory Coast where she spent most of her childhood. She earned a BA in English Literature and in French from Andrews University in Michigan as well as a Master of Arts in French Literature from the University of Georgia. She is currently working on her PhD in French Studies at the University of Texas and has been awarded the Julia Emmerson Walther Fellowship this year. Her research interests are centered around the question of identity construction in West African Literature, Ecocriticism as well as Gender studies.

Abimbola Olugbenga Fayomi is a Chief Industrial Officer in the Centre for Industrial Research and Development, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. He has a M.Sc. in Public Administration and a Ph.D in Agricultural Extension and Rural Development. Fayomi Abimbola is a small business counsellor, promoter, researcher and instructor. His research interest is in the area of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development. He has attended and presented papers at many national and international academic conferences and also published in reputable international and national journals in his areas of interest. He is an International Labour Organization (ILO) Certified trainer in Start and Improve Your Business (S.I.Y.B) Training module. He is also a UNDP/ILO certified trainer of trainers of informal sector operators. He is a well-sought motivational speaker and the presenter of a Business counselling and Empowerment programme series on Nigerian Television Authority, Channel 39. He is a member of many professional and academic associations, including the International Sociological Association (ISA), Nigerian Association of Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology and a Fellow of Institute of Data Processing and Management of Nigeria.

Isabel P. B. Fêo Rodrigues received a Ph.D in Anthropology from Brown University and is currently an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Her research and publications primarily engage ethnohistorical processes of cultural and linguistic change, gendering and racialization, colonialism and creolization. Geographically her work engages the Lusophone Afro-Atlantic in a comparative perspective. She has conducted archival and ethnographic research in the United States, Cape Verde, Portugal, and Brazil. She is also engaged in applied research in the fields of sociolinguistics, medical anthropology, and migration for both non-profit and government organizations. Professor Rodrigues has designed several courses that cross-list with Women and Gender Studies and the Doctoral program in Luso-Afro-Brasilian Studies and Theory including: Women and Sexualities Across Cultures; Empire & Colonialism in the Portuguese Afro-Atlantic; The Ideal Society & the State.

Kristie Flannery is a graduate student in the History Department at the University of Texas at Austin. She completed her undergraduate degree at University of Sydney in 2007.  Her honours thesis was a social history of the great mutiny in the British Royal Navy in 1797.  After graduating she worked as policy officer in the Australian Government, and travelled extensively including in Central and South America. Her current research interests are broadly focused upon Latin America as part of the Atlantic World, particularly during the glorious age of revolution.

Tyler Fleming is an assistant professor of History and Pan-African Studies at the University of Louisville.  His research concerns black popular cultures in South Africa during the 20th century.

Tiffany Florvil is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of New Mexico, where she specializes in the histories of post-1945 Germany, the African diaspora, comparative women and gender, and emotions. She received her Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in Modern European History and her M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in European Women’s and Gender History. She has a chapter in the forthcoming edited collection Audre Lorde's International Legacy: Essays on Encounters, Creativity and Activism and has published reviews in Afro-Asia, the Journal of Social History, and Black Camera. She has presented at conferences in the United States, Great Britain, and Germany and has been the recipient of several awards and fellowships, including the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Ceny Walker Graduate Fellowship, and the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship. Currently, she is revising her manuscript tentatively entitled Making a Movement: A History of Afro-Germans, Emotions, and Belonging.

Amadou T. Fofana graduated from the Department of African Languages and Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received a Licence and a Maîtrise in English from Cheikh Anta Diop University, and an MA in French Literature and Civilization from Michigan State University. His research and teaching interests include French and Francophone literatures, African literature and films. Dr. Fofana is currently an Associate professor of French at Willamette University.

Bilola Nicoline Fomunyam is a lecturer and Doctoral candidate at the School of Social Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.  Her research interest includes issues of identity, diaspora development, gender, migration and transnationalism. As an emerging academic, she has published a number of articles on the aforementioned research areas.

Delphine Fongang is a lecturer in the Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Her teaching and research interests include Postcolonial literature/theory, Africana Studies, African Women’s Life Writing, Global African Diaspora Literatures, and Feminist theory/pedagogy. She has published articles on “Diasporan Subjectivity and the Dynamics of Empowerment in Buchi Emecheta’s Head Above Water with the African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal and “Motherhood and Empowerment in West Africa” with Black Motherhoods.

Achankeng Fonkem, a Hubert H. Humphrey International Fellow and conflict analysts, is Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Fonkem served as a senior official of the Foreign Ministry of Cameroon for over twelve years. He was also founder and executive director of the Association for Nonviolence, a private nonprofit in Cameroon engaged in peace-building and nonviolent conflict resolution. Following an interdisciplinary approach, he has published more than 18 titles and presented his research in various regional, national and international conferences. His research interests encompass peace and conflict studies; postcolonial nationalism and conflict; nonviolence; identity, culture & conflict; human & people's rights; conflict, refugees and migration; international mediation; and crisis intervention.

Ramon A Fonkoué is Assistant Professor of French and Culture Studies in the Department of Humanities at Michigan Technological University, where he teaches French, World Literature, African Film and Postcolonial Theory. His research examines literary texts as sources of knowledge, and explores the intersections between postcolonial texts and discourses on postmodernism and globalization. His current works focus on subjectivity, political agency and nation building in the French Caribbean and Africa.

Amugo Frank is affiliated with the Department of Arts,  Rivers State College of Arts and Science, Rumuola, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

S. U. Fwatshak teaches history at the University of Jos, Nigeria. He obtained his Ph.D. from the same institution in 2003. He specializes in African history on which he has published several papers and co-edited a couple of books. He is co-editor of two recent books, entitled The Challenge of Globalization, Environmental Degradation and Terrorism in Africa (Berlin, 2013), and Freedom, Self-Determination and Growth in Africa (Berlin, 2014). He is a fellow of the Historical Society of Nigeria and the 2013 winner of the University of Texas at Austin’s Annual Africa Conference Distinguished Africanist award for Research Excellence.

Michael Garrison holds the Cass Gilbert Teaching Fellowship in Architecture. He is an architect currently active in the design and construction of sustainable buildings. He has served as the faculty sponsor of the 2002, 2005, and 2007 Solar Decathlon competitions administered by the U.S. Department of Energy. Garrison's research has received numerous grants and awards from the U.S. Department of Energy in the area of sustainable Design Professor Garrison is the author of two books including Passive Solar Homes for Texas (1982) and Building Envelopes, with Randall Stout (NCARB 2004). He is past chair of the Resource Management Commission for the City of Austin, a founding member of the Texas Solar Energy Society, and research fellow of the UT Center for Sustainable Development. He is a Faculty Member of the University of Texas Energy Institute and the Faculty Advisor for Texas Impact Design.

Daouda Gary-Tounkara is a researcher at CNRS in the LAM team at Sciences Po Bordeaux (France).He is a historian specializing in internal migration in West Africa. He examines the links between migrants and the state (Côte d'Ivoire, Mali, Nigeria) through identification, nationality, citizenship and ethnicity of the persons. He has published Migrations soudanais/maliens et conscience ivoirienne. Les étrangers en Côte d’Ivoire (1903-1980), Paris, L’Harmattan, 2008, co-edited  L’Afrique des savoirs au sud du Sahara (XVI-XXIe siècle) : acteurs, supports, pratiques, Paris, Karthala, 2012.

Iliya Ibrahim Gimba is a Graduate Assistant with the Department of History and Archaeology, Taraba State University Jalingo. Currently he is a Masters degree student in the prestigeous university of Calabar, he has one article in a journal and has sent another for assisment.He is presently waiting to defend his M A thesis titled Conflicts in the Benue Valley: A study of Chamba/ Jahun Conflict of 1885-1892.

Hewan Girma is a PhD student in Global Sociology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She holds a Masters degree from Fordham University’s IPED program, and a graduate certificate from SUNY-Stony Brook in Women’s and Gender studies. Her research interests include transnational migration, race and ethnicity, identity, and stratification, with a regional focus on Africa. As an immigrant woman from Ethiopia, her own experiences inform her areas of study examining the intersections of race, gender and migration. She is in the process of writing her dissertation proposal, investigating return migrants in the two nations of Ethiopia and Ghana. Her project takes on a comparative approach with a focus on migrants as agents of change. Hewan also teaches in the Geography and Global Studies department as an adjunct instructor at Hofstra University in New York.

Ihemeje Godswealth is motivational speaker, and researcher. He has presented keynote speeches, workshops, and seminars in few countries and international institution of learning. His high excellence, high dynamic programs are well researched and delivered in a down to earth flair that everybody will remember. Prior to becoming a full-time motivational speaker, Godswealth was a highly successful educator some few years back after his B.Sc. In 2005, his academic institution honored him with the best graduating student in his field of study. In 2011, Ihemeje Godswealth left teaching to pursue his postgraduate studies in research work and has presented papers in diaspora politics. Godswealth is currently a research postgraduate student with the University Putra Malaysia.

Rhonda M. Gonzales is an Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora History at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is the recipient of grants from the Andrew Mellon and Ford Foundations. In 2004, she received the American Historical Association’s Gutenberg-E Award, which included a book contract with Columbia University Press for her monograph, Societies, Religion, and History: Central East Tanzanians and the World They Created, c. 200 BCE to 1800 CE published in 2009. Gonzales has conducted extensive fieldwork in Tanzania, Spain and Mexico. Her research centers on the histories of women and the primacy of their roles in sustaining and transforming society through religion, medicine and economy in both precolonial Africa and in the African Diaspora in Mexico. In August 2013 she published “No Friends in the Holy Office: Black and Mulatta Women Healing Communities and Answering to the Inquisition in Seventeenth Century Mexico,” in The Journal of Pan African Studies. She is preparing a book length manuscript Healers and Dealers: African and Mulatta Women and the African Diaspora in Colonial Mexico, 1550-1700 and a co-authored manuscript for Oxford University Press entitled Bantu Africa.

Nicole Grégoire is an Anthropologist at the Laboratoire d’Anthropologie des Mondes Contemporains, Université Libre de Bruxelles (Free University of Brussels) in Belgium. Her research focuses on African diasporas’ associational life and forms of collective action in Belgium. The PhD dissertation she defended in February 2013 investigates the various attempts at “building an African community” through the logic of claims- making in the public sphere; on the identity practices and discourses that accompany these attempts; on the types of networks they are based upon; and on the influence of the political opportunities structure on them. She published several articles on these issues in peer-reviewed journals such as African Diaspora and Revue Européenne des Migrations Internationales. Alongside her research activities, she is also a Project Officer at CIRE (Coordination et Initiatives pour Réfugiés et Etrangers), a non-profit organization advocating for migrants’ rights. She coordinates a project which aims at fostering migrant’s political voice in Belgium.

Tamerra Griffin is a journalist and graduate student in a dual masters program for journalism and Africana studies at New York University. Her work has been published by, New York Amsterdam News, the United Nations, Africa is a Country, and others. Tamerra’s thesis investigates the ways in which Ghanaian musicians who identify as afropolitans incorporate cultural elements into their music that reflect their international backgrounds, making them accessible to more diverse audiences. In this way, they create a space to challenge conventional notions about Africa. Her other research interests include transnational feminism, media studies, and relationships between Africans and African Americans. The lattermost topic is what compelled her to launch, a website aimed at facilitating conversation among the African diaspora —those who identify as African, African American, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latina, Afro-Asian, etc.—through personal essays, photography, and news features. It is crucial to document these intercultural dialogues and tell stories that sail beneath the mainstream’s radar.

T.K. Hannah is affiliated with the Department of Christian Religious Studies, Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Otto/Ijanikin, Nigeria.

Peter Harris is currently a Graduate Fellow of the University of Texas's Clements Center for History, Strategy, and Statecraft and a recipient of a World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship from the Smith Richardson Foundation. His dissertation examines Great Power politics in the context of shifting power.  When power shifts, why do states sometimes promote the ascent of potential challengers while at other times stymieing the rise of would-be rivals?  He answers this question with a deductive model of Great Power decision-making towards rising states, paying analytic attention to international structure, domestic politics and the agency of key groups and decision-makers.  He shows that established Great Powers are critical "gatekeepers" of world order - that is, how Great Powers respond to rising states shapes not only the trajectory of a specific state's rise but also the course of international political development more generally.  Evidence is drawn from a comparative historical analysis of British and US responses to rising states between 1890 and 1990.  The project contributes to International Relations literature on grand strategy, international order and international security and has contemporary relevance for understanding the US response to (re)emerging Great Powers like Brazil, Russia, India and China.

Maysan Haydar is a graduate of the University of Michigan and has been a writer and editor at several magazines, including In These Times, Martha Stewart Living, Spin, and The Nation. She has essays in the anthologies Body Outlaws (Seal Press) and Damage Control (HarperCollins). She studied Classical Arabic at Damascus University, and will begin a PhD program in History in the fall of 2014.

Letitia Hopkins is a second-year master’s student in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas, Austin. Hopkins earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Master of Arts degree in Museum Studies. Her current research focuses on African American art, and she is now completing her MA thesis on prints created by Elizabeth Catlett for the Limited Editions Club. Hopkins’ research interests include diversity in museums, 20th politics, religious influences in art, and art of the African diaspora. She currently is the Curatorial Assistant for the Warfield Center for African and African American Studies and has several exhibitions on display in the African and African Diaspora Department at the University of Texas at Austin.

David Hunter was born in London (England), received his bachelor’s degree from Aberystwyth University (Wales), and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He has been a music librarian at the University of Texas at Austin since 1988.  Over 30 articles of his have been published in scholarly journals, and he has written one book and edited another.  Currently he has another book, Handel among the Biographers, being considered for publication.

Alaine Hutson joined Huston-Tillotson University in fall of 2008 as an associate professor of History. Dr. Hutson has also taught at Missouri State University for nine years, Michigan State University, and Houston Community College. Dr. Hutson specializes in African and Middle East history with an emphasis on slavery and gender in Islamic societies. She also teaches environmental history. Dr. Hutson’s research is currently surrounding the question: Is there an African Diaspora in the Middle East? In pursuit of that research she has recently traveled to seminars and conferences in: Cape Town, South Africa; Amman, Jordan; and Salzburg, Austria. Dr. Hutson has been a Henry C. McBay Fellow and a UNCF/Mellon Faculty Fellow resident at the James Weldon Johnson Institute at Emory University. While resident at JWJI Dr. Hutson built and published the REMAP database website ( ) Dr. Hutson also received a grant from the Sam Taylor Fellowship from the United Methodist Church. Dr. Hutson’s academic publications include “Enslavement and Manumission of Africans and Yemenis in Saudi Arabia, 1926-1938.” Critique: Critical Middle Eastern Studies; “African Sufi Women and Ritual Change” in the Journal of Ritual Studies and “Gender, Mobility, and Sharia Law in Northern Nigeria.” International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM) Newsletter. She is working on an article entitled “‘Common Failings of Our Common Humanity’: A Preliminary Exploration of Issues Common to Slavery in the Middle East and the Atlantic World.” Dr. Hutson was educated at the University of Pennsylvania (BA) and the University of Ibadan, Nigeria as an undergraduate and attended Indiana University (MA, PhD), Oxford University and SOAS for graduate study.

Lateef Onireti Ibraheem graduated from the University of Ilorin with B.A. (Arabic), 1995, M.A. (Arabic) 2002, Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) 2003 and PhD in Arabic, 2011. He also obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching Arabic Language as a foreign Language (TAFL) from King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 2007. He worked as a Lecturer at Kwara State College of Arabic and Islamic Legal Studies, Ilorin, Nigeria, from 1998 to 2005. Presently he is a Lecturer at the Department of Arabic, Faculty of Arts, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria, Assistant Director, Advancement Office and Former Assistant Director, Centre for International Education of the University. He is a member of Local, National and International Learned and Professional Associations such as Nigeria Association of Teachers of Arabic and Islamic Studies (NATAIS), Nigeria Association of Teachers of Arabic Language and Literature (NATALL), International Council for Arabic Language, International League of Islamic Literature and others. He has more than 30 publications in Local, National and International Journals and Books.

Odoziobodo Severus Ifeanyi is a  Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu Nigeria.

B. Steiner lfekwe earned his Ph.D in History at the University of Calabar, Nigeria, specializing in Labour History. He has been published in various academic journals on Labour and Jamaican folk History such as Rastafarianism as well as the careers of Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. Presently, he is a Lecturer at the Department of History and lnternational Studies, University of Uyo, Nigeria.

Gbade Ikuejube earend a B. A. in History (Ado Ekiti); an M. A. in History, a PGD Education, M. A. Peace and Conflict Studies, and a PhD in Internal Conflict, (Ibadan). He is a Chief Lecturer in History at Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo Nigeria. He was formerly Head of the Department of History and currently Dean of the School of Arts and Social Sciences. Dr. Gbade Ikuejube specializes in African History and Peace Studies. He is the author of Issues in the Contemporary History of Ondo Kingdom, (2004); Ilaje: Yoruba Fishing People of Niger Delta (2005); The Ugbo People of Coastal Yorubaland, (2006); Europe: A Survey of Medieval Feudalism, International Alliances Wars and Peace Building (2008); ECOWAS: Reflections on Economic Integration and International Techniques of Conflict Resolution, (2009) and has contributed chapters to several books and many articles to scholarly journals. He is at present co-editing a collection of essays on 50 years existence of Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo Nigeria. Dr. ‘Gbade Ikuejube is a recipient of several academic scholarships including the prestigious Gulf Oil University Scholarship Award and Ondo State oil producing Areas Postgraduate Scholarship Award. He is a member of Historical Society of Nigeria, (HSN) History Teachers’ Association of Nigerian Colleges of Education HISTANCE. Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), Nigerian Cultural Studies Networks (NCSN) and the Society for Peace Studies and Practice (SPSP).

David Lishilinimle Imbua lectures at the Department of History and International Studies, University of Calabar.  He was the overall best student in the 2001/2002 graduating class of the University of Calabar, a feat which earned him an offer of automatic employment by the University as lecturer in the Department.  He was the winner of Nigerian Breweries Plc & NYSC prize for the best writer in 2003 when he did his National Youth Service in Maiduguri, Borno State.  He obtained the Ph.D in Atlantic History from the University of Calabar in 2009.  Dr. Imbua is the author of several books, which traverse history and historical fiction, book chapters and articles in learned national and international journals.  A widely travelled scholar, Dr. Imbua has permitted the translation of some of his works into French and German for the benefit of the speakers of these international languages.

Chloe Ireton has been completing a PhD in History at The University of Texas at Austin since 2011. Chloe joined UT Austin after graduating with a BA in History from Queen Mary, University of London. Chloe’s research interests lie in sixteenth to eighteenth century Atlantic History, intellectual history, and African Diaspora. In her PhD thesis, tentatively titled “Ethiopian Royal Vassals: free black itinerancy in the Iberian Atlantic (1500-1640),” Chloe explores the connections between free black communities in three key port cities in the Iberian Atlantic and interrogates the emergence of black Atlantic Catholic cultures. Chloe has received funding from the Renaissance Society of America, Conference on Latin American History, British Studies Program at UT Austin, and Department of History at UT Austin to complete early stages of this project and will embark on a year of research in 2014-15.

Victor Iyanya obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria in 1997, and a Masters Degree and a PhD in History from Benue State University (BSU) Makurdi in 2004 and 2011 respectively. He joined the History Department of Benue State University Makurdi as a Graduate Assistant in 2003, and has risen through the rank to the position of Senior Lecturer. He has so far taught a wide range of courses cutting across African, American, and Asian History. However, his main area of research interest at the moment is the cultural dimension of African history.

Aliyu Muhammad Jamiu attended Markaz at-Ta’limil Araby al Islamy, Agege Lagos. Then, he obtained his first degree in Arabic at al Azhary University in 1986, Cairo, Egypt. In 1986, he attended college for legal and Islamic studies, Misau, Bauchi State where he was appointed assistant lecturer in 1987. In 1987 and 2005, he earned a  master degree and Ph.D degree respectively in Arabic at the University of Ilorin. In 2007,he obtained P.G.D.E certificate of education, Azare, Bauchi State, an affiliation of University of Maiduguri. Between 1996 and 2006, he held the positions of the Head of Department of Arabic, coordinator of Arabic programme and the Dean School of languages from 2007 to 2010 at college for legal and Islamic studies Misau, bauchi State. From 2010 to 2011, he was on Sabbatical at Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, Niger State, as senior lecturer and  was given an appointment immediately after the completion of the leave. He is presently a senior lecturer at the Department of Arabic and Communication Studies and a visiting lecturer to Bauchi State University, Gadau

Sureshi Jayawardene is currently a PhD student in the Department of African American Studies and fellow of the Comparative Race and Diaspora Cluster at Northwestern University. She received her M.A. in Ethnic Studies with emphasis in Africana Studies from San Francisco State University and B.A. in Global Studies and Women's Studies from Concordia College. Jayawardene is also co-founder of Afrometrics, an organization committed to improving Africana communities through culturally grounded research. Her interest in studying the African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean region is driven by her own identification as a South Asian woman of African descent. Through her scholarship, Jayawardene emphasizes the importance of culturally grounded approaches in studying the African Diaspora so that the perspectives, experiences, and concerns of those communities are fully and accurately represented. Jayawardene's Master's thesis focused on analyzing the approaches being used by scholars studying the Siddis and Kaffirs - two Africana communities in India and Sri Lanka respectively. Employing a content analysis of select texts, Jayawardene has developed typologies of approaches that scholars are currently using in this research.

Terseer Jija  is affiliated with the Department of Languages and Linguistics, Benue State University, Nigeria.

Mandy Jolly is a Senior History Major and Africana Studies Minor at Lenoir-Rhyne University. As an undergraduate student, she has been a Peer-Tutor and Course Assistant in numerous classes at Lenoir-Rhyne and has also assisted in reactivating the university’s chapter of Rotaract. Mandy will graduate in the spring of 2014 with Honors.

Louis-Marie Kakdeu earned a PhD in discourse analysis (University of Yaoundé 1, Cameroon), a MPA with major in democracy (Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration, University of Lausanne, Switzerland), a postgraduate certificate in linguistic (University of Geneva, Switzerland), and a postgraduate certificate in Information Systems Management (Advanced School of Mass Communication Cameroon). He currently works both as a consultant, researcher and teacher in Cameroon, Guinea and Ivory Coast. His areas of interest are: cognitive pragmatics, political speech, social communication and social change, quality of democracy. He is the author of two books on social change in Cameroon and the quality of democracy in the Black Francophone Africa. As a writer, he is the author of two plays. As a researcher, he has published 11 scientific articles in international journals.

Miranda Kaufmann studied History at Christ Church, Oxford, where she completed her doctoral thesis on 'Africans in Britain, 1500-1640' in 2011. She has published articles in Notes and Queries, Historical Research, The Oxford Companion to Black British History and the Encyclopaedia of Blacks in European History and Culture.  She has also carried out research for English Heritage into connections between their properties and the history of Slavery and Abolition, and sourced quotations for Susan Doran’s The Tudor Chronicles (Quercus, 2008). She is fascinated by how history is communicated to the public. As a freelance historian and journalist, she has worked for The Sunday Times, the BBC, the National Trust, and the Rugby Football Foundation and been published in the Times Literary Supplement, The Times, The Guardian, and History Today. Recent projects include the Influential Black Londoners exhibition at the National Trust's Sutton House in Hackney, an entry for John Blanke (fl.1507-1512) for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, and an article for BBC History Magazine on Africans in Tudor and Stuart Britain. She is working on her first book.

Khatija Khader is affiliated with the Center for International Politics, Organisation and Disarmament, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Rosalie Black Kiah is a Professor of English at Norfolk State University. She teaches courses in African American Literature and Young Adult Literature. From 1996-1998, she served as a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the University of Botswana in Southern Africa teaching undergraduate courses in Literature of the African Diaspora. Professor Kiah is an active member of such professional organizations as: National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), International Reading Association (IRA), American Library Association (ALA), African Literature Association (ALA). Her publications have appeared in English Journal, Language Arts, Reading Teacher and the African American Encyclopedia (2000 edition) Professor Kiah speaks to groups , presents papers at conferences and reviews children and young adult books for the Journal of Children’s Literature.

Michael Mwenda Kithinji is an assistant professor of history and African and African-American Studies at the University of Central Arkansas. His main research interests are in African and African Diaspora history. He is widely published with some of his works appearing in the Canadian Journal of African Studies, OFO: Journal of Transatlantic studies and the Social Studies Research and Practice Journal.

Mickie Mwanzia Koster joined the History Department at the University of Texas at Tyler in 2011.  Her current manuscript is under review for publication, “The Power of the Oath: The Making of Mau Mau in Kenya, 1952-1960”. Her areas of specialization are World, Africa, African Diaspora, East Africa, Gender, Resistance and Rituals.

Rahel Kuflu is affiliated with Södertörn University, Sweden.

Chapurukha M. Kusimba is Professor of Anthropology and Department Chair at American University Washington, DC. Before joining American, he was Curator of African Anthropology and Professor of Anthropology at the Field Museum of Natural History-Chicago. He has published extensively on the archaeology and ethnology of East Africa. His books include, The Rise and Fall of Swahili States (1999), East African Archaeology: Foragers, Potters, Smiths, and Traders (co-edited with Sibel B. Kusimba (2003), and Unwrapping a Little Known Textile Tradition: The Field Museums Madagascar Textile Collection (2004). Chapurukha is conducting in-depth regional analysis of early East African interaction spheres, centered on the Swahili Coast, Tsavo, and Mount Elgon in Kenya. The National Science Foundation, Fulbright Fellowship, the National Geographic Society, and the National Endowment have supported his research for the Humanities.

Kirstie Kwarteng is the Executive Officer of the Diaspora African Women’s Network (DAWN). She holds a Master’s degree in Intercultural Service, Leadership and Management from SIT Graduate Institute. Her Master’s thesis is entitled “The Remittance Intentions of Second-Generation Ghanaian-Americans.” She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University in Human and Organizational Development, with a concentration in International Leadership and Development. Her interests include diaspora populations, migration and development, and second-

generation migrant identity and transnationalism. Her desire to improve the lives of vulnerable populations, combined with her interests, has taken her to Ghana, Switzerland, Bangladesh, and Canada. She has worked with international organizations, NGOs in developing countries, and non-profit organizations in the U.S.

Genet Lakew is a second year master’s student at New York University’s Africana Studies program. Her thesis focuses on immigrant and diaspora African communities in the United States, particularly in rich diasporic cities such as Washington, D.C. and New York City. Genet’s writing and research explores how younger members of such communities constantly create, shift, and express their unique social and cultural identities. The intersection of race, nationality, and ethnicity, among a variety of other factors, shape how young Africans identify themselves and how others identify them. Genet has an undergraduate degree in print journalism from Howard University and is a freelance writer, with article contributions to Africa is a Country, Warscapes magazine, and, as well as a chapter on media in Ethiopia for a book entitled Re-Imagining Development Communication in Africa. She plans to blend her journalistic expertise with her academic background of the diasporic world for the purpose of creating new avenues for diaspora Africans to tell their stories, shape their evolving identities, and exchange with one another in productive and meaningful ways.

Goke Lalude is an Associate Professor of Political Science in Fountain University, Osogbo, Nigeria. He obtained a First Degree in History at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) Ile-Ife, Nigeria.He had both his M.Sc and Ph.D at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. His area of specialisation is International Economic Relations with specific focus on International Oil Politics. He has been Head of Political Science Departments in Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria and Fountain University. He is currently Dean of the College of Management and Social Sciences, Fountain University.

Olanipekun Laosebikan is currently a lecturer in Graduate Programs in Education, a department within Chicago State University’s College of Education. He received his B.S. in Psychology, and both a M.A. and PhD in Educational Policy Studies, from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Completed in 2012, his dissertation titled, “From Student to Immigrant: African Students and Higher Education in the United States, 1962-1978,” provides a necessary historical analysis of African studentship in the United States. It highlights the historical role that African studentship has played as a primary driving force in the development of the modern African Diaspora. It also notably addresses the contributions of some few African students to higher education in the United States. Drawing from his dissertation findings he is at present working on a research grant project, “Explorations on the theme of Home” which is focused on using story-telling/narratives to engage higher education institutions in a process of introspection on their role as “home” for international students, but also domestic students, staff and administrators. His research interests include African studentship in the United States, the modern African Diaspora in the United States, and international student activism in higher education.

Bonnie A. Lucero is an Assistant Professor of history at the University of Texas-Pan American, where she teaches courses on Latin America, the Caribbean and the African Diaspora, with special emphasis on the intersections of race, gender and class. She earned her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013. Her dissertation, titled “Engendering Inequality: Masculinity and Racial Exclusion in Cuba, 1895-1902,” examined the expression of racial exclusion through gendered discourses in American-occupied Cuba. She obtained her Masters of Philosophy in Latin American Studies from the University of Cambridge (UK) in 2010, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations & Spanish Language & Literature from the University of the Pacific. Her current projects include a monograph on masculinity and racial exclusion in Cuba and a volume on the social history of crime in Latin America, for which she is co-editor.

Pedro Machado is an Assistant Professor of History at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on the Indian Ocean, comparative and connected slaveries, oceanic histories and the making of the postwar world. His research interests have centred on South Asian merchant networks and the circuits of exchange, production and consumption that they enabled in the Indian Ocean in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. His work has been published in journals such as Slavery & Abolition and recently has appeared also in Giorgio Riello and Prasannan Parthasarathi (eds.), The Spinning World: A Global History of Cotton Textiles, 1200-1850 (Oxford University Press, 2009) and Giorgio Riello and Tirthankar Roy (eds.), How India Clothed the World: The World of South Asian Textiles, 1500-1850 (Brill, 2009). His book, Ocean of Trade: South Asian Merchants, Africa and the Indian Ocean, c. 1750-1850, will be published later this year by Cambridge University Press.

Deborah L. Mack is the Associate Director for Community and Constituent Services at the National African American Museum of History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution. She serves as the principal executive responsible for overall planning, management and coordination of community service programs and international activities, with functions that include building relationships, training, and technical support for constituent groups; programs with international organizations; collaborative projects with other institutions, museums and agencies; support of alliances and collaborations with cultural service institutions. Mack served from 2005-2011 on the Scholarly Advisory Committee for the National African American Museum of History and Culture, as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in 2010, and on the advisory Smithsonian Council from 1999 - 2005.She was appointed to the OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program in 2013 Mack is an active service member of several professional organizations, among them the Association of American Museums, Association of African American Museums, International Council of African Museums, on the editorial board of the Journal of Public History, and is a peer and field reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Deborah L. Mack holds a Ph.D. and an M.A., both in anthropology from Northwestern University, and a B.A. in geography from the University of Chicago.

Fouad Mami  is affiliated with the University of Adrar, Algeria.

Irikidzayi Manase is a senior lecturer in the department of English at the University of Venda in South Africa. He teaches postcolonial studies and African literatures. Areas of research interest include Southern and African literatures, imaginaries of land and identities in southern Africa, southern African city life and cultures,  and postcolonial and speculative fiction. He has published a number of articles on literary Johannesburg, southern African popular culture and Zimbabwean migrant cultures and their imaginaries, and speculative fiction. He is completing a book on the white Zimbabwean presentations of the post 2000 land invasions.

Ian Marsh is a first year graduate student in the History masters program at the University of Central Florida. He finished his BA in the spring of 2013 at the University of Central Florida, which was when he met my current advisor Doctor Ezekiel Walker. Doctor Walker has been an influential figure in my university studies and has played a large part in my interests in African history. I am currently studying South African history with a particular interest in nineteenth century colonialism and early forms of resistance. I hope to continue to broaden my understanding of Africa’s rich history as I progress through my masters and hopefully into a PhD program. I have aspirations of becoming a professor so that I might inspire others to love Africa the way I have been inspired.

Lidia Marte is a critical ethnographer, Caribbeanist and a Dominican Studies scholar, with a commitment to critical and liberation pedagogies. Her projects and research pay attention to food justice, place-memory, gender/sexuality and migration, Afro-diasporas in Latin America, Black expressive culture, media representation and racial geographies. Marte earned a PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MFA in studio arts from the same institution. Her publications include, the book El reino de la imagen: Memoria, comida, y represetación (2008), journal articles in Food and Foodways, Food, Culture, and Society, and chapters in volumes such as Adventures in Eating,  (2010), Images in Time (2011),and Food and Identity in the Caribbean (2013).

Brittmy Martinez is a graduate student at the University of Baltimore where she is pursuing a degree in Legal and Ethical Studies. Her research interest includes Race and ethnicity in Latin America, racial classification, and critical race theory. Prior to studying at the University of Baltimore, she earned a B.S. in Economics and Political Science at the University of Houston.

Maha Marouan is an associate professor of African Diaspora Studies in the department of Gender and Race Studies at the University of Alabama. Her research focuses on the intersection of race, gender and religion in the construction of diaspora female subjectivities. She is the author of Witches, Goddesses, and Angry Spirits: The Politics of Spiritual Liberation in African Diaspora Women’s Fiction (Ohio State University Press, 2013), and the co-editor of Race and Displacement: Nation, Migration and Identity in the Twenty-First Century (University of Alabama Press, 2013). Dr. Marouan is also the founder and chair of the African Diaspora Religions Group at the American Academy of Religion.

Emmanuel M. Mbah is an Associate Professor of History and Director of African American Studies at the City University of New York College, of Staten Island. His research focuses on colonial and postcolonial African conflict, identity, ethnicity as well as the place of Africa in transatlantic and global interconnections. He is the author of Land/Boundary Conflict in Africa: The Case of Former British Colonial Bamenda, Present-Day North-West Province of the Republic of Cameroon, 1916-1996 (The Edwin Mellen Press, 2008); “Disruptive Colonial Boundaries and Attempts to Resolve Land/Boundary Disputes in the Grasslands of Bamenda, Cameroon,” (African Journal on Conflict Resolution, Vol. 9, # 3, November 2009); and editor (with Steven J. Salm) of Globalization and the African Experience (Carolina Academic Press, 2012). He has also published numerous chapters in anthologies and edited volumes.

Ernesto Mercado-Montero is affiliated with the University of Texas at Austin.

Jeremiah Methuselah works in the department of English and Drama at Kaduna State University, Nigeria. He teaches drama and cultural studies and his area of research is women studies. He has a PhD in Theatre Arts from University of Abuja, Nigeria. His PhD work foregrounds selected Nigerian women playwrights and how they signify women in their plays. He also teaches theatre history and African Drama.

Tshombe Miles is Assistant Professor of Black and Latino Studies. He is an expert in the history of race and ethnicity of Latin America as well as the African diaspora in the Atlantic World. He is currently reworking a manuscript that explores the fight against slavery and racism in Ceará, the first state to end slavery in Brazil; this project was published in Portuguese but is being reworked for an American academic audience. He is a member of The American Historical Association, The Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora, and Associação Nacional de História (The National Association of History (in Brazil), Professor Miles book entitled A Luta Contra Escravatura e Racismo no Ceará was published in Brazil by Democrito Rocha, one of his articles appears in African Diaspora in Brazil: History, Culture and Politics, edited by Fassil Demissie. He earned a BA from City College of New York and a PHD from Brown University.

Joyce V. Millen is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Willamette University where she teaches courses in Medical Anthropology, African Studies and Transnational Migration. In addition to a doctorate in anthropology, she holds degrees in international relations and public health. Prior to joining Willamette University in 2005 she directed the Institute for Health and Social Justice of Partners In Health and was a research associate and adjunct professor at Harvard Medical School from 1995-2004.  She was chief editor of Dying for Growth: Global Inequality and the Health of the Poor (2000) and co-author of Global AIDS: Myths and Facts (2003). She has worked extensively in West Africa since 1985, conducting ethnographic and ethno-epidemiological research mostly in the areas of infectious disease and food security. Since 2006 she has been devoted to the study of Africa’s crisis in human resources for health. In 2009 she was awarded a National Science Foundation grant to establish the Institute for the Social Analysis of Complex Global Challenges (ISA-CGC) and to conduct a multi-sited research study on “diasporas for health development.”

Tara Mock is affiliated with the Department of African American and African Studies, Michigan State University.

Courtney Desiree Morris completed her doctorate in the African Diaspora Graduate Program in Social Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin in May 2012. Morris also holds a certificate in gender studies and has an extensive background in community based research and activism. Her research has focused on Afro-Nicaraguan women's activism in post-Sandinista Nicaragua. Morris has done extensive ethnographic field research on both the Atlantic and Pacific regions of the country and her analysis will offer new insights into the racialized dynamics of feminist politics in contemporary Latin America. Morris' theoretical contribution, drawing from black feminist traditions and current debates in critical race theory, offers new insights to women's and gender studies, and places several of these conversations in transnational perspective. Morris' work in Latin America will be a welcome contribution to Rice's new Latin American Studies major and her engaged approach to research and teaching will create several synergies across campus and within the School of Humanities. During her time at Rice, Morris plans to develop a new research project focusing on the ways in which U.S. minority populations have come to figure prominently in the U.S. military, particularly in an era of neoliberal empire and post-911 militarizations around the world.

Ukertor Gabriel Moti is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Public Administration, University of Abuja, Nigeria. A former Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Management Sciences, he has held several administrative positions in the University and is currently a member of the University Senate. Dr. Moti is a Fellow of the Certified Public Administrators of England and Wales in addition to membership of other professional bodies. He has published several articles in academic journals. His research interests include Public Policy Analysis, Governance and Public Sector Management. He has attended several international conferences where he has presented papers.

Crystal Murphy is Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Chapman University. After working with NGOs inNorthern Uganda ten years ago, she returned to academia to research development programming.  Her areas of focus are political economy of development, post-conflict policy, and humanitarian media, with special interest in external assistance programs around East Africa. Her current book project, Walking then Crawling: Microfinance After War in South Sudan, explores lived realities of microfinance providers, beneficiaries, and the community in context of the challenges faced by the new country’s birth.

Collette Murray is the External Coordinator of the internationalization portfolio at the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies at York University.  She is a 15-year West African/Caribbean Folk dance performer with many Toronto-based artists and companies. She is the recipient of the  2013 Canadian Dance Assembly's I love dance Community Award as a 13-year Artist-Instructor teaching dance programs for community arts organizations.  She holds a Sociology BA from the University of Toronto.  Her Specialized Honours BA in Race, Ethnicity and Indigeneity with York University's Equity Studies department will be conferred this fall.  Collette combines her education, performing arts experience and community work to research topics that resonate with her and impacts her diasporic community. She presented segments of her research at the University of Liége (Belgium) and Brock University (Canada). She plans to begin graduate studies in a Masters of Education in September.

Terrence Musanga is a PhD student in the Department of English, University of Venda, South Africa and a lecturer in the Department of English and Communication, Midlands State University, Gweru, Zimbabwe. His PhD thesis is on the depiction of migration and identity in Zimbabwean literature from 1980 to 2010.


Wendi Muse is a first-year student and MacCracken Fellow in the doctoral program of History at New York University. She holds an MA (also from NYU) in Latin American Studies with a concentration on Brazil. Her research centers on twentieth and twenty-first century intellectual and cultural exchange between urban-based marginalized groups of Brazil, Portugal, and Angola. Prior to beginning graduate school, she lived and worked in several cities in Brazil and served for two years as the program assistant and Portuguese interpreter for the course Race and Higher Education in Brazil at NYU Steinhardt. She has written for several popular blogs and independent magazines, including Racialicious, a site about the intersection of race and pop culture, and The Coup Magazine, an online publication about black women's issues around the world. Her research interests include colonial and postcolonial Lusophone Africa, class, race, and gender in Brazilian popular culture, migrant communities in Portugal, and the articulation of national/extra-national identity through popular discourse.

Taofiq Olaide Nasir holds a Diploma in Theatre Arts from University of Ibadan, B.A Dramatic Arts from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife before returning to University of Ibadan for Postgraduate studies. Having trained under the tutelage of practitioners like Ola Rotimi, Bayo Oduneye, Femi Osofisan Sunbo Marinho among others, he strive to combine the theory and practice of the profession effectively. He specialised in Directing, Theatre Technology and applied drama. He has been practicing dramatherapy in prison, General hospitals and Neuropsychiatric hospital for over six years. He currently lectures in Department of English and Performing Arts, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye. Ogun State. Nigeria.

Wanjala Nasong'o is the Stanley J. Buckman Professor of International Studies and Chair of the Department of International Studies at Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee. He has previously taught at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Kenyatta University, Kenya; and the University of Nairobi, Kenya. In addition to numerous articles in esteemed journals, Dr. Nasong'o is author of Contending Political Paradigms in Africa: Rationality and the Politics of Democratization in Kenya and Zambia; The Human Rights Sector in Kenya: Key Issues and Challenges; editor of The African Search for Stable forms of Statehood; and co-editor of Kenya: The Struggle for Democracy; and Regime Change and Succession Politics in Africa.

Umana Ginigeme Nnochiri (nee  Ekpe) holds a B.A(Hons) in Fine and Industrial Arts (textiles) and a masters degree in Art Education (Textiles).  Umana is a lecturer in the department of Visual Arts and Technology of the Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH) calabar, and a member of the university endowment. She practices her textile Art, producing fabrics with indigenous designs, fashioning them into functional items which are handy souvenir items for tourists.She has trained many women and youths on the art of fabric production,decoration and fashion. She has been actively involved in the production of carnival costumes for the carnival in Calabar since 2005, Abuja Carnival and the Rivers state carnival CARNIRIV. She consults for the Cross River State Government on carnival issues, the Cross River State Carnival Commission and is the chief costumier for the six time champion of the carnival Calabar, the passion 4 band. Umana has been a carnival costume facilitator at  workshops and has trained many youths on the skills of carnival costumes and accessories production.She has been involved in community development/skill acquisition projects within Nigeria and outside. She has attended several workshops and conferences on Arts ,Education, Textiles and Environment, Costumes production, skills acquisition and Enterprise in Nigeria and abroad, and has held Exhibitions both within Nigeria and outside. She has also published in several scholarly journals nationally and internationally. She is currently a doctoral student in the University of Port Harcourt, and desires to see a  Nation whose youths are trained and empowered in various skills  to reduce restiveness,unemployment and crime rate; a nation of economic empowerment and stability.

Diana Baird N’Diaye is a senior curator and cultural heritage specialist at the Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and Principal Investigator of the Will to Adorn: African American Dress and the Aesthetic of Identity.  The project documents the stories of African American cultural diversity. Her interdisciplinary training and experience in anthropology, folklore and visual studies include over three decades of fieldwork, exhibitions, programs, and publications with a focus on Africa and its Diasporas in the United States and the Caribbean including Senegal, African immigrant communities, Haiti, Contemporary maroon societies, and African American diversity in the United States. She has taught on the faculty at Georgetown University and is a Research Associate at Michigan State University.  Dr. N'Diaye has  served on several national and international juries, advisory,  cultural policy and funding panels including UNESCO, NEA, the executive board of the American Folklore Society.  She is an alumnus of the Smithsonian Leadership Development Program and a co-investigator of the Smithsonian’s African Diaspora Consortium.  Most recently she was invited to give the prestigious Bodkin lecture at the Library of Congress, to present a workshops for ICOM on Community Engagement in Museums in Bamako Mali, and on curating intangible cultural heritage to management staff of the Ministry of Culture in Dakar, Senegal.

Olaocha Nwabara is a second year Ph.D. student in Michigan State University’s African American and African Studies program with a specialization in African Studies. Her general research interests include African Diaspora studies, Cultural studies, Nigerian migration, transnationalism, globalization, and post-colonialism. More specifically, her dissertation research engages identity formation among Nigerian descendent members of the New African Diaspora. She explores the ways in which identities are self represented in US American and South African film and literature.

Kenneth Nweke holds Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) degree in Political Science from the University of Ibadan, 1997. In addition, he holds Master of Science (M.Sc) in Political Science (Nigerian Government and Politics) from the University of Port Harcourt, 2004 and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Political Science (Government) from the Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu, 2011 (all in Nigeria). He has also attended a number of outstanding local and international workshops and conferences. A dynamic and courageous public speaker and public policy analyst, he has authored and co-authored many books and has also a number of published articles in both local and international journals of repute. He started his career as an educationalist in 1998 at the Nigerian Military School, Zaria, during his service to the nation under the mandatory National Youth Service Corps in Nigeria. In 2004, he gained employment with the Rivers State Post Primary Schools Board where he had a stint as a secondary school Government teacher. In 2005, he took up appointment with the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Rumuolumeni, Port Harcourt as an Assistant Lecturer from which position he rose to Lecturer 1 in 2011. Prior to the aforementioned, in 1999, he was General Manager of FBEE Nigeria Ltd, a private organisation based in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, in which capacity he served until 2004. In 2012, he was appointed Commissioner in the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission by His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Governor of Rivers State. At the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission, he is currently the Commissioner in charge of Stores, Research, Statistics and Publications. He is widely travelled and is a member and fellow of many professional bodies and organizations such as the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, Rivers State Chapter; Institute of Corporate Administration of Nigeria and Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities, Ignatius Ajuru University of Education Chapter.

Cecilia Ugochukwu Kechinyerem Nwogu is a graduate with a MBA degree from Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma, Edo State, Nigeria and a BSc in Marketing from University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. She is a fellow of the Association of Business Specialist and Entrepreneurship of Nigeria, Fellow of Super Leader International. She has contributed scholarly articles and book chapters on issues and challenges of Business Studies in Nigeria and has authored books.

Bitutu Nyambane is a student of Mt Kenya University, Nairobi Kenya. She lectures on Research Methods at the University of Mt Kenya and served on the Quality Assurance team in one of the leading insurance companies in East Africa. Prior to joining the teaching fraternity, Ms. Nyambane worked in the insurance business. Ms. Nyambane has hands on experience in farming, communication and marketing skills. She is currently a Masters of Business Administration (strategic Planning major) at Mt Kenya University. She volunteers quite often at Colleges to improve her communication skills.

Aori R. Nyambati is a graduate student at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London (UCL), specializing on applied/quantitative technique to abject poverty reduction in developing areas. Mr. Nyambati’s regional areas of expertise are sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Latin America. Mr. Nyambati is a member of the World Economic Association (WEA), Florida Political Science Association (FPSA), Climate Policy Group (CPG) and Working Group on Environment, Crisis and Development. Mr. Nyambati also holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy Analysis (MPP, 2011) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (USA).

Kanyinsola Obayan is undergraduate student, double majoring in African and African Diaspora Studies and International Relations and Global Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.  Her research primarily focuses on coloniality and violence; gender, feminism and sexuality; globalization, transnationalism and Diaspora. She is currently writing her senior honors thesis on State Violence, Radical Protest and the black/African Female body, which interrogates the radical potentiality of black women’s bodies through the indigenous practice of nude protest by Nigerian women.

Akua Anyei Obeng is affiliated with Texas A&M International University.

M.O.Odey is affiliated with Benue State University, Nigeria.

Otegwu Isaac Odu holds B. Sc. and M. Sc Degrees in Political Science and is currently a Doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science and International Studies, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. He has attended and presented papers at both local and international conferences.

Silk Ugwu Ogbu is a political and communication strategist. His early education was at the University of Calabar, where he received a in Political Science. He later proceeded to Enugu State University of Science and Technology from where he earned both and PhD in International Relations. He also holds an degree in Public Relations from the University of Nigeria and is awaiting the award of a PhD in Public Relations from the same University. His research interests include conflict resolution, electoral and institutional reforms and alternative community development strategies. He is a public relations consultant, a political analyst and a communication specialist. He has extensive experience from many years of private sector practice and has also contributed immensely through numerous conferences and publications to the pursuit of academic excellence. He teaches currently at the School of Media and Communication, Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos.

Onaiwu W. Ogbomo holds a B.A. (Hons.) in History, Maduguri, Nigeria, M.A. History, Ibadan, Nigeria; and a Ph.D. in History from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He is currently professor of History and Africana Studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He once served as Director of African American Studies, Eastern Illinois University, 2000-2006 and Director, Africana Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, 2006-2010. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African American Studies, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York. He previously served as a faculty member at Bendel State (now Ambrose Alli) University, Ekpoma, Nigeria; North Carolina Central University, Durham, N.C.; Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania; and Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois. He also taught briefly at College of Education, Igueben before securing appointment at Ekpoma in 1982. He has 32 years teaching experience at the university level. His expertise is in the area of African and African Diaspora history, Gender in Africa, Ethno-history. His current research interest is in social history of health and medicine with a focus on leprosy control in colonial Nigeria.

Queen Ogbomo is an Assistant Professor in the Curriculum and Instruction Department at Tennessee Technological University. Her ongoing research interests include increasing the number of African American Students in Teacher Education Programs.

Adeolu Olowofela Ogunsanya is a multi-instrumentalist of high repute who has performed with notable local and international highlife and jazz musicians. He earned his first degree from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and specializing in Performance with saxophone as his major instrument. He has also been a music teacher, orchestra director/conductor and instrument tutor having worked at different levels of music education in schools and colleges as the head of the Music Unit, music instrument tutor, Orchestra coordinator and music teacher. From 2003-2009, he was the woodwind instructor at the MUSON School of Music Lagos where he taught the art of playing flute, clarinet or saxophone to interested students. He obtained his Masters degree in African Music at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan between 2005 and 2007. He taught African music and Orchestration at the Osun State College of Education, Ilesha (2009-2011). He is currently an academic staff member of the Department of Music, University of Ibadan joined in. 'Deolu (as he is popularly called) specializes in practical instrumental tutorials, workshops, concerts and classes in both western and African music for schools and individuals.

Jonathan Ogwuche is associated with Benue State University, Makurdi, Nigeria.

Albert Oikelome is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Creative Arts (Music Unit), University of Lagos, Nigeria. He has a long-standing interest on the conceptualization of emerging popular music genre in Africa, having earned a PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of Ibadan. He has published extensively in major peer reviewed journals within and outside the country.

Nneka Okafor holds a B.Sc. (Hons) Degree in Politics from Enugu State University of Science and Technology Nigeria. She obtained her Master’s degree in Politics from University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. She currently awaits her PhD result in the School of Ethics from the same University. Her PhD dissertation focuses on the Ethical investigation into the politics of Gender. Currently, she lectures on Environmental Philosophy and Ethics, African Feminist Ethics and Applied Global Ethics. She is also a part-time lecturer at St Joseph Theological Institute Cedera, South Africa where she teaches Moral Philosophy. In 2013, in collaboration with Nneka Okafor Theologically, she investigated the politics of female body and beauty in the Book of Judith with special reference to Ahebi of Igbo land. She wrote an article on Law, Politics and Corruption in Nigeria: An applied Ethical Approach. Her teaching and research interests are in the field of Professional Ethics, African Ethics and Feminist Ethics.

Karen Okhoya is a doctoral candidate at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She studied Political Economy at the State University of New York at Old Westbury, and earned her Master of Public Administration degree at the University of Baltimore in Maryland. In recent work she has analysed the Kenya Constituency Development Fund Committees (CDFCs) and the roles of Members of Parliament and Councillors in the implementation of grassroots development projects. In addition to performance evaluation, Karen is also interested in African politics, citizen participation in policymaking, decentralization in Africa, and gender issues. Karen's current research is on voting behaviour among Kenyans in the diaspora. Meanwhile, the focus of her dissertation is public opinion on government performance in public service delivery in Kenya and other parts of Africa.

Okpeh Ochayi Okpeh, Jr. is Professor of African History at the Benue State University, Makurdi, Nigeria. He is also 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 the Journal of Globalization and International Studies; winner of the 2008 NUC Award for supervising the best Ph. D Thesis in Humanities in Nigeria; and recipient of the 2010 prestigious Distinguish Africanist Research Excellence Award, Department of History University of Texas at Austin, USA.

Abubakre Samiat Olubunmi B.A (Hons.) Linguistics from the University of Ibadan, M. A. Linguistics from University of Ilorin, and PhD in view from University of Ilorin. Currently Lecturer 1 with the Department of Linguistics and Nigerian Languages at University of Ilorin, Nigeria where she has taught and supervised research at undergraduate levels with special interest in General linguistics and Translation studies. She is a member of learned professional associations in Nigeria. She has also participated in number of conferences and seminars locally & internationally.

Olufunmilola Temitayo Oladipo is an accomplished musicologist. She began her music career at The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Nigeria and obtained the National Diploma (ND) in Music Technology. She then moved further to Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria, where she obtained the Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) in music and later went for the Post-Graduate 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 the Master Degree (M.A) in African Music. She is presently pursuing the Doctor of Philosophy Degree (PhD) in African Music in the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.  Olufunmilola Temitayo has several years of experience as a secondary school Music teacher and a lecturer of music with the Department of Music Technology, The Polytechnic Ibadan. Presently, she is a lecturer in the Department of Music, Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, Nigeria. She has published several articles in local and international journals, and attended local and international conferences.

Sunday Layi Oladipupo holds a B.A. (Honors) and M.A. in Philosophy and is currently working on his Ph.D Programme in Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, Nigeria. He lectures in the Department of Philosophy, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State. His areas of interest include African Philosophy, Moral and Socio-Political Philosophy.

Adeniyi Emmanuel Olufemi is a seasoned educator whose research  interest focus on institutional and personnel management, special needs education in general and education and rehabilitation of the hearing impaired in particular. He is a member of many professional bodies such as National Association of Special Teachers(NASET), National Council for Exceptional Children(NCEC) and so on. He has concern for promotion of effective teaching and learning, improving learning and teaching environment. He has served in various capacities as Head of Department, Dean,Deputy Provost at Federal College of Education, Abeokuta, Nigeria and at present the Provost, Federal College of Education (Special), Oyo, Nigeria.

Olubukola Olugasa is a lecturer and doctoral student in the Department of Private & Commercial Law, Babcock University, Iperu Campus, Ogun State, Nigeria. He teaches Equity & Trusts, Torts, Computer Applications to Legal Studies and Research, Criminal Law, Evidence and Law of Contract. His research interests are in application of equity and trust principles in combating corrupt practices in governance in Nigeria; application of ICT to justice system and streaming of African socio-cultural background into Nigerian legal system. He has published some books and articles and presented papers in conferences.

Stephen Olusoji holds B.A. Music (Nigeria), M.A. (Ibadan), M.Ed. (LASU) and Ph.D. in African Music (Ibadan). He is a senior lecturer in music at the Department of Creative Arts, University of Lagos, Nigeria. Stephen, a composer-musicologist, is a consultant to the MTN/Muson Diploma in music programme. He is well-published in local and international peer-reviewed journals. His compositions for various media have been performed in Nigeria and abroad. His book Nigerian Dances for Piano was given a rare review by two Nigerian newspapers. He contributed a chapter to the forth-coming Falola & Abidogun (ed.) Macmillan/Palgrave publication and in Ajote (African Journal of Teacher Education). Stephen directs the Foundation choir and orchestra in Lagos, Nigeria.

Donald O. Omagu  is affiliated with the Department of History, City University of New York/CUNY.

Adetola Omitola is with the Department of Transport and Tourism Studies, Redeemers University, Mowe, Ogun State, Nigeria. Her areas of research interest include tourism development, migration and security issues. She has attended seminars, workshops and conferences within and outside Nigeria. She has published papers in both local and international journals and peer review books.

Bolaji Olumuyiwa Omitola is currently the Acting Dean of Students’ Affairs, Osun State University, Nigeria. Prior to this appointment Dr. Omitola served as Head of Department of Political Sciences in the College of Management and Social Sciences of Osun State University, Okuku Campus between March 2010 and April 2013. Dr. Omitola’s areas of research interest include political institution, comparative politics and public administration. He has attended workshops, seminars and conferences in Nigeria and overseas. He has published over thirty articles in local, national and international reputable journals and peer reviewed books. He is currently the editor of Uniosun Journal of Politics and Society. His paper titled “Terrorism and Nigerian Federation: The Challenges of Disintegration in the Fourth Republic”, appeared in the African Security Review, Vol. 21.4 Dec 2012, pp. 4-16; while another paper titled “Boko Haram and the Challenges of Nigerian Security in the West African Sub- Region” has been accepted as part of conference proceedings for the 2013 Africa Conference held in University of Texas at Austin.

Ganiyu Rasaq Omokeji
is a lecturer and researcher at Fountain University Osogbo in Nigeria. As a sociologist he  started academic life with an interest in criminology and human development. He streamlined his research to focus on industrial crime and human sustainable development. His sojourn has taken him toward conducting research into Nigerian crime and finding solutions towards it. In addition, his basic interest is in industrial crime in Nigeria’s industrial system and on the peculiarity of industrial crimes, which differ from conventional crime and its coping mechanisms. As a Sociologists, however, he was enticed into conducting research into other social problems such as rural crime, community policing, corruption, human development, problems of security, poverty and gender inequality, economic reforms, and sustainable development. In essence, he has worked in the general area of sociology, social problems, criminology, deviance, corruption and educational development.

Emekpe Okokon-Ita Omon is a lecturer at Cross River University of Technology and a practicing artist in the city of Calabar. She teaches sculpture, (which is her area of specialization) in the department of Visual Art and Technology, in the same University. Emekpe is a graduate from the University of Uyo in Akwa Ibom State, with a Bachelor of Art degree in sculpture and a Masters degree also in sculpture. She is presently doing her PhD in Art Education in University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She has participated in many group Art Exhibitions inside and outside Nigeria, and also presented papers at many conferences inside and outside of Nigeria. She is presently the Head of Sculpture Unit in her department.  She has taught in the college of Education Cross River State, for a period of six years, and with the University (CRUTECH) for twelve years. She is presently researching into waste recycling, for the production of sculpture.

Rotimi Williams Omotoye  is affiliated with the Department of Religions, University of Ilorin, Nigeria.

Opeyemi Aisha Oni is a postgraduate student at the University of Wollongong, Dubai, UAE. She is the founder and CEO of Making-A-Difference Initiative, a Non-governmental Organization that serves to promote youth empowerment and entrepreneurship with a focus on South-western Nigeria. Her research interests are in African development and African Diaspora studies. She is also the CEO of Mickolly Konkrit Co. Ltd, a small-scale chalk manufacturing company that supplies chalk to primary and secondary schools in Nigeria’s South West.

Uchenna Onuzulike (Ph.D., Candidate, Howard University) is a Doctoral Fellow in the School of Arts and Media Design at James Madison University, where he teaches Mediated Communication: Issues and Skills. His research interests revolve around the construction and negotiation of ethnic, transnational and diasporic identities of second-generation (especially Igbo Americans) in the context of social media, language, and film; interrelationships of religion, culture, folk belief and identity as radiated and expressed in Nigerian (Nollywood) film; cultural studies; and African cinema. His dissertation is entitled, “Ethnic and Transnational Identities in the Diaspora: A Phenomenological Study of Second-Generation Igbo American Young Adults.”

Amugo Frank Onyema is a chief lecturer at the Rivers State College of Arts and Science, Rumuola, Port Harcourt, in the Department of Arts and Law. He teaches history in the General Studies unit of the college. He studied at the University of Port Harcourt Choba, where he obtained a bachelor and masters degree in General and Economic history; and Imo State University where he earned a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in History and International studies. He has conducted research and published articles on the Niger Delta; especially on the subjects of environmental pollution and restiveness abiding in the region where he hails. He is currently the ICT director of Rivers State College of Arts and Science, Rumuola, Port Harcourt.

Boniface Opara is affiliated with the Institute of Direct Marketing of Nigeria.

Gnimbin A. Ouattara is a Fulbright scholar from Ivory Coast. He received his PhD from Georgia State University. His work compares the Cherokee and West African civilizing processes within the context of Western civilizing missions in the 19th century. He is currently an Assistant Professor of History and International Studies at Brenau University.

Ehiyamen Mediayanose Osezua is a lecturer and researcher in the Department of Political Sciences, Osun State University, Nigeria. He got his Ph.D in Public Administration at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria in 2006. He began his teaching career in 2007 and has taught in several universities, such as University of Lagos and Ambrose Alli University, Nigeria. He is currently the youngest 2012 Fellow of the prestigious Institute of Public Administration of Nigeria (IPAN). Dr.Osezua is an Elected Member of the University Senate, and a one-time Academic Coordinator for the Centre for Pre Degree Studies, College of Management and Social Sciences and Member of the Management Committee for Centre for Distance Learning and lifelong Studies. A past recipient of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ph.D research grant (2004), a Federal Government Scholar for Postgraduate Education (2004) and a laureate of the highly competitive Ph.d Grant for Thesis Writing from Council For The Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), Senegal, (2004). He was also a former Nigerian Postgraduate Students Association National President in 2004. He has had to his credit several local and international publications in reputable journals, including Journal of Human Resource Management, Journal of Social Sciences, USA, Africa Leadership Review, UK, African Research Review, Journal of Gender and Behavior, and Journal of Governance and Development. He is a widely traveled scholar. His core research areas are Conflict Management, Higher Education, Gender Studies, Human Resource, Poverty and Governance issues.

Kunirum Osia teaches Multicultural Issues, Organization and Administration in the Department of Applied Psychology and Rehabilitation Counseling, Coppin State University, Baltimore. He has a MA in Social Anthropology from Howard University, M. Phil. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the George Washington University. He has also taught International Political Economy and Seminars in International Relations at Central Michigan University (College of Extended Learning), Camp Springs, Maryland. For a number of years 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 the Editor- in- Chief of International Journal of Nigerian Studies and Development formerly based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for sixteen years.

Olusegun Michael Osinibi is a Law lecturer in the Department of Private Law, Faculty of Law, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, Nigeria. His research interests include law reform and social engineering as well as criminal law. He is also interested in issues of environmental sustainability. He has attended several international conferences and workshops such as the professional development program in International and Comparative Environmental Law at the American University Washington College of Law from May to June, 2012. He presented papers at the International Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment in Portland, Oregon, USA (2013) as well as the International Journal of Clinical Legal Education Conference in Brisbane, Australia (2013). He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association and the International Development Ethics Association.

Iheanyichukwu N. Osondu earned a Bachelor of Arts (Honors.) degree in Geography/Education (with a minor in History) from the University of Lagos, Lagos Nigeria; a Master of Science degree in (Urban Geography) Urban Environmental Resources Management and Planning from the University of Jos, Jos, Nigeria and a Doctor of Philosophy in Geography/ Planning from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland . Dr Osondu had previously taught at institutions in Africa and Europe. He is a recipient of a 2006 SPACE (Spatial Analysis for Curriculum Enhancement) Instructional award and a 2009 US Department of Education Grant for the Acquisition of GIS Laboratory Equipments for Recruitment and Training projects.  He recently co-authored five books: (2009) Assessing George W. Bush African Policy and Suggestions for Barack Obama and African Leaders, ;(2009) Reframing Contemporary Africa: Politics, Culture and Society in the Global Era and (2011) An Interdisciplinary Primer in African Studies; Africa After Fifty Years: Retrospections and Reflections and Engaging the Diaspora: Migrations and African Families. He has worked in the fields of economic and population geography in North America and Africa and has published in the areas of housing finance and the informal sector, African migration and environmental issues. His research interests are in urban environmental Planning, Housing and the use and application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and African issues.

Wisdom Okwuoma Otaluka is affiliated with the  University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Assumpta Oturu hosts and produces Spotlight Africa a weekly program on KPFK 90.7 FM, Pacifica Radio for southern California. As an experienced freelance journalist Assumpta has reported on international and UN conferences and G-8 Summit. She served on the United Nations Development Fund for Women consultative panel for the 1996 UN Social Development Conference in Copenhagen. Her 23-year-radio coverage of Africa generates guest speaker invitations to community events, university campuses and at UCLA she has taught courses on African women.

Tolu Owoaje is a Lecturer in the Department of Music, University of Ibadan. In 2004, he was appointed as artiste-in-Residence prior to his appointment as Lecturer. He therefore, worked assiduously towards the establishment of the Department of Music in the University of Ibadan. As artiste in Residence and until now, he has trained and conducted the University of Ibadan Choir. Under his leadership, the choir has been able to organize eminent concerts; performing a wide range of repertory ranging from Western and African art music to negro spirituals and highlife music. Tolu Owoaje’s research centres on composition and performance of African art music especially, ensemble and solo works.

Adebayo Oyebade is Professor of History at Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee. He has written extensively on African history, and among his books are Culture and Customs of Angola (Greenwood, 2007); Hot Spot: Sub-Saharan Africa (co-authored with Toyin Falola, Greenwood, 2010). His most recent publication is The United States’ Foreign Policy in Africa in the 21st Century: Issues and Perspectives (edited, Carolina Academic Press, 2014).

R. Joseph Parrott is Smith Richardson Pre-Doctoral Fellow with Yale’s International Security Studies Program and a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin. He studies the intersections of decolonization and the Cold War, twentieth century African history, and transnational activism. His current work examines the global politics of Portuguese African decolonization with a special emphasis on the development of Western solidarity with the liberation movements. Joe has earned grants and fellowships from three presidential libraries, the Council for European Studies, the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, and the New York Public Library among others. He holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Virginia.

Golaleh P. is currently pursuing her M.A. in history at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. She completed her undergraduate degrees in History and in Anthropology at Simon Fraser University in 2012. Her upcoming thesis examines the factors that led to the failure of the post-colonial socialist project in Mozambique from 1975 onward. Her interests include colonial and post-colonial social histories in the global South, especially sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and the role that alternative conceptions of modernity have played in the construction of post-independence societies. She is also interested in how colonialism has shaped immigration to the West, particularly to Canada as well as the role of multiculturalism as policy and as ideology.

Keisha-Khan Y. Perry (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, Anthropology, 2005) is Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and specializes in the critical study of race, gender, and politics in the Americas with a particular focus on black women’s activism, urban geography and questions of citizenship, feminist theories, intellectual history and disciplinary formations, and the interrelationship between scholarship, pedagogy, and political engagement. She has conducted extensive research in Mexico, Jamaica, Belize, Brazil, Argentina, and the United States. Professor Perry recently completed an ethnographic study of black women’s activism in Brazilian cities by examining their participation and leadership in neighborhood associations and how and in what ways the interpretations of racial and gender identities intersect with urban spaces. She is currently working on two research projects. She is engaged in a study which documents and analyzes the historical paradox of citizenship and black land ownership and loss in Brazil, Jamaica, and the United States. She is also working on a multi-lingual and transnational exploration of black women's political work in Latin America by critically examining how black women mobilize political movements across borders and how they understand themselves as agents in creating a diasporic community.

Dahida Deewua Philip is currently a Lecturer and Head of the Department of Public Administration, Faculty of Management Science, University of Abuja-Nigeria.He has widely published in both national and international journals. His research interest include: Development Administration, Public Policy Analysis and Local Government and Rural Development. He has conducted both local and international research trips of various interest.

Paige Rawson is a third year doctoral candidate in Biblical Studies with a concentration in Women and Gender Studies at the Graduate Division of Religion at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. Paige holds a Master of Arts in Biblical Languages from the Graduate Theological Union as well as a Master of Divinity and a Certificate in Sexuality and Religion from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA. Paige’s research interests lie primarily in the Wisdom Literature of the Hebrew Bible, New Testament, and Apocryphal texts, but also extend beyond Judeo-Christian traditions--most recently in her current project with Rastafari hermeneutics and in other projects wherein she engages Plato's Timaeus and contemporary NGO's as Wisdom’s intertexts. Her biblical hermeneutics are invigorated practically and politically by the lived experience of sacred texts and theoretically by postructuralism (particularly queer, affect and postcolonial studies) and orality. Paige engages these two often bifurcated discourses for the fecund potential of their unlikely but integral intersections. When not writing, teaching or studying for comprehensive exams, Paige enjoys traveling and had the opportunity to assist her Dean in teaching a cross-cultural course in Malaysia last year. This coming summer she will be assisting Dr. Althea Spencer-Miller in Jamaica, teaching a course on biblical hermeneutics.

Michele Reid-Vazquez is a faculty member in the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research and teaching focus on the history of the African Diaspora in the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Atlantic World, with an emphasis on the late eighteenth to early twentieth-century, particularly the comparative Caribbean (Cuba, Puerto Rico, Haiti, and Trinidad), race and gender relations, and immigration and identity. She recently published her first book, The Year of the Lash: Free People of Color in Cuba and the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World (University of Georgia Press, 2011). Her current book-in-progress, Caribbean Crossings: Comparative Black Emigration and Freedom in the Age of Revolution, explores the nuanced and complex ways in which individuals of African descent linked emigration, resistance, and equality as they traversed the Caribbean during the revolutionary era.

Agyei Richard is a student at the University of Education Winneba,  in the College of Technology Education–Kumasi Campus. He received his BSc in Construction Technology Education and was a student of the Sunyani Polytechnic between 2001 and 2006. He undertook two industrial attachments within this period and holds a Construction Technician III Certificate. He has taught in a basic school during his national service and volunteered to teach after this. The Ghana Education Service employed him as a classroom teacher for the basic level in 2008, where he served as an excursion committee member. Recently, Richard undertook an internship program organised by the University to equip student teachers with the knowledge and experience required upon completion of their University Education and then receiving teaching positions in second cycle schools. Currently, he is to begin his research work.

Andrea Roberts is a Sustainable Cities Doctoral Initiative Fellow in the Community & Regional Planning and Historic Preservative Programs at the University of Texas-Austin. Her research is concerned with rural African American land ownership and preservation, heritage, memory, governance, and planning historiography. Andrea holds a MA in Governmental Administration and Public Finance from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Political Science and Women’s Studies from Vassar College. She brings to her doctoral research more than 14 years’ experience in public finance, economic development, and nonprofit management. Currently, she is the Project Manager for The Fifth Street Project, a community-based planning and market study initiative in a low-income community on Houston’s suburban fringe. She has served on the Preservation Committee of the Heritage Society of Austin and is presently a City of Austin Historic Landmark Commissioner.

Melana Roberts is an MA candidate in the department of Development Studies at York University, in Toronto, Canada. Her research focuses on the intersections of sustainable development, land rights, and rural livelihoods in minority communities. Her current project examines the organizational processes and limitations of Afro-descendent collective land rights in Ecuador, which have recently experienced significant legislative gains. Ms. Roberts is also a Graduate fellow with the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean and Editor of the forthcoming Graduate Journal Voices: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Latin America and the Caribbean. Before joining York University Ms. Roberts received her undergraduate degree from Queen’s University of Kingston, Ontario, while working on several research and community-based development projects throughout Central and South America.

Fernando Rocha received a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, specializing in Brazilian and Spanish-American literary and cultural studies. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Portuguese at Middlebury College. His current research project centers on neo-slavery, understood as the existential costs of slavery for Brazilian Afro-descendants, particularly in relation to experiences such as the subjection of the body, trauma, and madness. His most recent publication is Subaltern Writings: Readings on Graciliano Ramos’s Novels (Peter Lang, 2013), and his articles appeared in journals such as Luso-Brazilian Review, Itinerários and ArtCultura.

Fath Davis Ruffins is the Curator of African American History and Culture in the Division of Home and Community Life in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History (hereafter NMAH). She has been a historian and curator at the Smithsonian Institution since 1981, working in several different divisions over that time. Between 1988 and 2005, she was the head of the Collection of Advertising History at the NMAH Archives Center. She is a specialist in ethnic imagery in popular culture, the history of advertising, on the history of African American preservation efforts, and on the origins of ethnic museums on the National Mall. Ruffins has curated or consulted on several major exhibitions dealing with the African-American experience, and served as guest curator for an opening exhibition on the Abolition movement at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati (2004). She is currently on the executive committee for a major project: Our American Journey: The Smithsonian Immigration/Migration Initiative. As part of this pan-Smithsonian effort, Ruffins is also serving as chief curator and project director for a related exhibition at the NMAH whose working title is: Our American Journey: Many Voices, One Nation opening in 2016.

Mustapha Sadiq graduated from the Sunyani Polytechnic, Ghana where he earned a Highest National Diploma in the field of Accountancy. Sadiq has worked in several capacities as a researcher in many research institutions in Ghana. These include Research and Marketing Service International with its headquarters in London, United Kingdom, AC NELSON, PANAFIELDS, and Random House International. Sadiq is currently pursuing a course at Garden City University, Kumasi-Ghana specializing in Administration-Theory and Practice. His research interests focus on non-governmental organizations, geo-politics, public administration, and poverty and empowerment inter-alia. To expand his repertoire of knowledge, Sadiq loves to digest most scholarly literature not necessarily in his area of interest. He loves to write articles and these mostly feature in local magazines and newspapers.

Ethan R. Sanders received his PhD in African history at the University of Cambridge in 2012. He is currently Assistant Professor of History at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts where he teaches courses on Africa as well as the Indian Ocean World. His research interests are in the political and religious history of East Africa during the mid-twentieth century and especially on African political thought and the movement of ideas. He has published work on Pan-African intellectuals, Christianity and Islam in East Africa, the role of gender and ethnicity in local politics, as well as on the role of international conflicts in Africa during the Cold War era.

Afsat Sanni-Suleiman holds a PhD in French Language. Her areas of specialization are sociolinguistics and didactic. She is the acting head, Department of French, Faculty of Arts, University of Ilorin. Nigeria.

Kim Sasser completed her Ph.D. in English at the University of Edinburgh in 2011. She is now an Assistant Professor of English at Wheaton College where she has taught numerous courses including Modern Global Literature, Magical Realism, and West African Literature. Currently, Kim is completing her first monograph on magical realism wherein she is engages Nigerian diasporic authors Ben Okri and Helen Oyeyemi, among others. Her areas of interest include twentieth and twenty-first century Anglophone fiction, magical realism, cosmopolitanism, and postcolonial literature and theory.

Melissa E. Schindler is a PhD candidate at University at Buffalo (SUNY Buffalo). Her dissertation compares literature by women of African descent in southern Africa, Brazil and the U.S. Her work is forthcoming in Research in African Literatures, Obsidian and Libre Acceso: Critical Disability Studies of Latin American Literature and Film (eds. Susan Antebi and Beth Jorgenson).

Nsaka Septuf Ntepua Sesepkekiu is a national of Antigua and Barbuda (West Indies) and a graduate of the University of the West Indies at St.Augustine with a B.A. in History and African and Asian Studies (2002 -

2005). He won a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholarship to Cambridge University in 2006 to pursue an M.Phil, after which Continued on to D.Phil at the same institution. He served as a Polytechnic Level teacher for two years

before teaching history courses in the History of the Atlantic World, World History and Caribbean Studies at the Open Campus of the University of the West Indies. His main areas of research include the legal history

and historical jurisprudence of the Leeward Islands (1660s - 1960s), Historical jurisprudence and Caribbean Reparations Claims and the post-emancipation developmental history of the Leeward Islands. He presently

serves as a Special Adviser (Legal and Administrative) at the Temple Academy in St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda West Indies.

Martin Shanguhyia is an Assistant Professor of African History at Syracuse University, NY. He is currently heading a research project funded by the International Development and Research Center (IDRC) focusing on the environmental, economic, social, and international dynamics of human insecurity in Kenya’s northeastern international borders.He has recently focused his research on population, rural agricultural development, and environmental conservation in colonial Western Kenya. His research interests intersect between demography, rural development, and environmental change.

Michael Sharp is Professor of English & Caribbean Studies at the University of Puerto Rico. He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has taught in Scotland, Greece, Portugal, Nigeria and the universities of Binghamton, Harvard, and Wisconsin. Professor Sharp specializes in the literature of the Caribbean and the poetry in English of West Africa and South Africa.

Bolanle Clara Simeon- Fayomi  is a lecturer in the Department of Continuing Education, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. She is a scholar of the First Data Western Union of AAU/IAA. Her PhD was on Entrepreneurial Studies in Higher Education in Adult Education. Her research focus is on Entrepreneurial Education in Higher Education, Young Women Entrepreneurship Development and Rural Entrepreneurship. She has published her works both nationally and internationally. She has attended many international conferences presenting papers on her research area. She is a member of Nigerian National Council for Adult Education (NNCAE) British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (BASPCAN) and of International Sociological Association (ISA). She works among the youth as a counselor and serves as a motivational speaker in the area of Youth Entrepreneurship and Empowerment. She is also an accomplished event designer and artist.

Adam Adebayo Sirajudeen  is currently working on a post-doc in Arabic and Islamic Studies at Kogi State University, Anyigba, Nigeria.   His research interests are Political Science, International Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, International Security, Security Studies, and Afro-arabic Historiography

Chantell Smith is a 3rd year PhD student at the University of Georgia in the Department of Romance Languages, specializing in Hispanic Studies.  Her research interests include Contemporary Latin American Narrative, Afro-Hispanic Studies, and African Diaspora Studies.  Her dissertation project examines three neoslave narratives/historical fiction novels from across the Americas and the relation of race, gender and national identity.

Usen Sunday Smith graduated BA (Hons.) in English and Literary Studies in 1989 from the defunct University of Cross River State (Unicross). He served the nation as a Youth Corps member in Kaduna State. Immediately after his service in 1990, he made a 179 degree turn from the art and “retreated” into the social science where he completed a master’s and Ph.D. in Political Science in 1993 and 2005 respectively from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. He then studied law, earning  an LLB (Hons) degree in civil law in 2006, also from ABU. He was appointed to the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, Niger State, Nigeria in 2007. There, as one of the pioneer staff, he coordinated the Department of Political Science, served in several committees within the school, and taught part-time in the School of General and Remedial Studies. He left IBB University in 2009 as an Acting Head of Department. He moved on to be the head of the Department of Political Science at the Taraba State University, Jalingo, Nigeria. He now works as a senior lecturer at the Federal University, Wukari, Taraba State, Nigeria. He has published four books to his credit. He has attended and presented papers in many international and national conferences, and is a member of the Research and Development Network, (MRDN). He is also a fellow of the Strategic Institute for Natural Resources and Human Development, (FRHD), Wuse, Abuja. He is an Editorial Board Member on the Journal of Social and Policy Issues. His area of interest is on development issues in Nigeria, particularly at the Niger Delta region. In addition, he writes on issues bordering on the international economic relations.

O.O. Shada is a Chief Lecturer of Yoruba studies at the Federal College of Education (Special), Oyo, Nigeria as well as a PhD student of Linguistics, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She develops and validates test items for the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB). She is on the accreditation team of NCCE to many Colleges of Education in Nigeria. She is a member of the Linguistics Association of Nigeria.

Peyi Soyinka-Airewele is Professor of politics at Ithaca College, New York. Her research on democratic development and the politics of memory has been published in several journals including the Journal of Asian and African Studies, Journal of Third World Studies, and West Africa Review. Her edited and authored works include, Reframing Contemporary Africa (CQ Press, 2009, with Kiki Edozie); Invoking the Past, Conjuring the Nation; and Socio-Political Scaffolding and the Construction of Change (Africa World Press, 2008, with Kelechi Kalu). Her current research engages the socio-political discourses of popular African cinema and their fluid interpretations of transforming identities and issues. Peyi received her PhD from the University of Birmingham, U.K and has served as Vice-President and President of the Association of Third World Studies, Inc., as co-Vice-president of the Ithaca City of Asylum, and currently, as the President of the African Studies and Research Forum Inc.

Jessica Stephenson received a masters and doctorate in African art history from Emory University in 2006, with a minor in ancient Egyptian art and ancient American art. She received BA and BA Honors degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa in 1992 and 1993 with a dual major in art history and anthropology. Dr. Stephenson has pursued a two-pronged career as curator and academic. She worked in a number of museums including the Windhoek State Museum, Namibia and the Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa. In 2003 she was appointed as Associate Curator of African and Ancient American Art at the Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University, and in 2009 was promoted to Curator of African Art. She has taught a wide range of non-western art history courses at the University of the Witwatersrand, Atlanta College of Art and Design, Bauder College, Emory University and at Kennesaw State University. She joins the School of Art and Design at Kennesaw State University as full-time faculty in 2013. Her research specialty is the emergence of novel art forms in contexts of rupture and change; transtextuality and intercultural arts; art, heritage and tourism; art and agency; and histories of museum collecting and display. These issues inform her research with rural art collectives in Botswana, South Africa, and Namibia and in archives and museum collections within the United States. She has curated many exhibitions including Spirited Vessels: the Ritual and Practice of African Ceramics (2004) and Divine Intervention: African Art and Religion (2011). Her current curatorial project in collaboration with the Smithsonian Museum for African Art is African Cosmos: Stellar Arts which is a component of the 2014 city-wide Atlanta-Africa program. She has presented papers at numerous venues including the College Art Association, and has published in several venues including most recently “Mirror Dance: Tourists, Artists, and First People Heritage in Botswana” which appears in the edited volume The Anthropology of Art/The Art of Anthropology, Newfound Press, 2013.

Farid Leonardo Suárez is an M.A. student in Latin American and Caribbean studies at New York University. He is an Ifá priest of the Cuban Lukumí lineage, and a researcher of Afro Atlantic religions.  His primary work concentrates on the political implications of Afro Atlantic religious healing practices.  As a ritual drummer of Lukumí, he also conducts ethnographic research on the role of music and spirit possession in religions of the West and Central African diaspora.  Other research interests include creolization theory and the historical interactions between Orisha worshipers around the world.

Juan Carlos Suarez is an undergraduate at The University of Texas at Austin where he is majoring in history and philosophy. His interests lie in German idealism, existentialism, Marxist theory, political philosophy, psychoanalysis, and critical theory. Juan Carlos has presented at the 2010 Africa Conference on the history of the Kongo Kingdom. He has also participated in dialogues at The University of Texas to create awareness and solutions for LGBT oppression. He has worked for two years at the Texas House of Representatives where he realized the importance of theory, academia and philosophical thought. He hopes to continue his studies in philosophy at the graduate level.

Oyebode Tunde Samson is a Grade A Senior Coach at the Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji, Nigeria. Oyebode trained at the University of Ibadan, University of Lagos and National Institute for Sports in Nigeria as well as the University of Leipzig, Germany. His most recent research focused on sports as second competence.

Quito Swan is an Associate Professor of African Diaspora History at Howard University in Washington DC. His research interests include Black internationalism, environmental justice and the global dynamics of Black Power. Dr. Swan is the author of Black Power and the Struggle for Decolonization in Bermuda (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). His current manuscript is focused on Pauulu Kamarakafego, an ecological engineer and Pan-Africanist organizer from Bermuda whose activities for environmental and political justice spanned Black communities across the Atlantic, Indian and Southern Pacific Oceans. Dr. Swan has received a number of awards for his work, and is a 2014-2015 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow.

Tabiri Sylvester gained an admission to Dormaa Senior High School (Dormass) and offered General Arts from the year 2004-2007. Currently, Sylvester am in my final year pursuing BA Integrated Community Development at the University for Development Studies in the Upper West Region of Ghana.

Agbor Tabot teaches English Lanugage and Literature at Government Technical High School Molyko-Buea. She specializes in Commonwealth Studies.

Hervé Tchumkam holds degrees from the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3 and the University of Pennsylvania. Trained as a comparatist, his fields of interest range from Postcolonial Studies and Literary Theory to Political Philosophy. His publications include numerous essays and book chapters on contemporary fiction and politics with a connection to the (former) French colonies including hexagonal France, the Caribbean and North Africa.  As editor, he is the author of an essay on postcolonial migrations in Africa and its Diaspora entitled Exils et migrations postcoloniales (2011), and La France face à ses banlieues (2013), a collection of essays on the relation between State power, politics and citizenship in contemporary France. He currently teaches at Southern Methodist University where he holds a joint appointment in World Literatures and Political Studies.

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 and grassroots democratic activism.  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, PostAmble Journal and in The International Encyclopedia of Communication. Most recent publications include: Colonial Visual Archives and the Anti-Documentary perspective in Journal of Information Ethics, Political Imagination and the Battles of Discourses in Africa: Notes on Africa, I Will Fleece You (1992) in Maurice Amutabi and Shadrack Nasongo edition; District 9 and Mobility Rights in Africa in Toyin Falola and Bridget Teboh’s edition.

Bridget A. Teboh is an Associate Professor of African History at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. She holds an M.A. in African Area Studies and a Ph.D. in African History from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). She received a B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Cameroon, Yaounde, a DUEF (Diplome d’Université d’Etudes Francais) from Université Jean-Moulin, Lyon III, France. She specializes in African History, African-American Women’s History, Women’s and Gender studies, and Oral History. Her research interests are colonialism, post-coloniality, historical biography, women’s ikah [power], African Diaspora and historical ethnography. In 1996 and 1998, Dr. Teboh served as a Ford Foundation and ISOP (International Studies and Overseas Program) Scholar-in-Residence and Research Affiliate of the University of Cameroon, Yaounde. She has contributed scholarly works and book chapters on African history and culture, historical methods, African feminism, gender and sexuality, globalization, and economic development, the latest titled, Power of Gender: the Gender of Power: Women’s Labor, Rights and Responsibility in Africa (Africa World Press, 2013) co-edited with Toyin Falola; also, “Gender and Jobs in the Making of a Colonial Economy,” in Nana Amponsah (ed.), Beyond the Boundaries: Toyin Falola and the Art of Genre-Bending (2013), “Gender and Globalization in Africa,” in Mbah, Emmanuel and Salm, Steven J. (editors), Globalization and Changing Trends in Modern African History (Carolina Academic Press, 2012); and “Motherhood, Women’s Body and ‘Eating Well’: Pregnancy, A Metaphor of Life in the Cameroon Grassfields,” in Toyin Falola and Nana Akua Amponsah (editors), Women, Gender and Sexualities in Africa, (2012). Dr. Teboh presently is working on two book projects, “Unruly Mothers, Combative Wives: Rituals, Women and Change in the Cameroon Grassfields,” a study of British colonialism in Cameroon; and Herstory: The Life and Times of “Madame Maternity,” an extraordinary African woman, political figure, religious icon and health worker.

Consoler Teboh is a tenure track Assistant Professor of Social Work at Saint Cloud State University, Minnesota Both his master’s and the doctoral studies were pursued at the University of Texas at Arlington in the field of Social Work earning him an 2008 and a Ph.D. in 2011 respectively. He holds a B.Sc. in Political Science (1997) with a minor in Sociology from Bayero University Kano, Nigeria.).His professional background includes hospital social work, aging and community outreach. He is also a Cultural and Diversity Consultant. Prior to Saint Cloud State University he was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington for two years, while also working as a social work outreach practitioner with a long-term healthcare facility in Arlington Texas. His research interests are women’s reproductive health, community development, immigration issues, and marginalized and disadvantaged persons. Dr. Teboh has published scholarly articles in peer-refereed Journals on women’s reproductive health issues, and mental health crisis, the latest being, Diane B. Mitschke, Aaron E. Mitschke, Holli M. Slater & Consoler Teboh (2011). “Uncovering Health and Wellness Needs of Recently Resettled Karen Refugees from Burma,” Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment. “A decade of contraceptive use in Cameroon: Influences of structural changes." Open Access Journal of Contraception. Dr. Teboh continues to present papers at national as well as international conferences. Among his teaching load are two very interesting courses: Mental Health in Social Work Practice, and Advanced Generalist Social Work Practice with Marginalized Populations.

Sam C. Tenorio is a Ph.D. candidate in African American Studies at Northwestern University. She received her B.A. in History and Women’s Studies from the University of California, Irvine. Her current research is concerned with narrative foreclosures of black politics committed by the Western political paradigm. Her dissertation project addresses the rhetoric of insanity used to police acts and methods of black protest as apolitical, looking specifically at moments of escape and abandonment from the period of transatlantic slavery to the present. Tenorio maintains broad scholarly interest in critical theory, black feminism, anarchism, theories of race, and the histories of madness and slavery.

Charles Thomas is an Assistant Professor and Stem Director in the International Division of the Department of History at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is also a Research Associate of the Network Science Center at West Point. He received his doctorate from the University of Texas under Dr. Toyin Falola, which whom he has co-authored the upcoming volume Wars Across Africa: Secessionist Conflicts since 1960.

Tashima Thomas is a Ph.D. candidate in the Art History department at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She specializes in the art of the African Diaspora in the Americas and is focusing her dissertation on food pathways, commodity fetishism, and the consumption of culture. She holds a B.A. in Art History from the University of Houston and an M.A. in Art History from San Diego State University. She is a Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellow and the recipient of the Goldman Sachs Multicultural Afrolatino Junior Fellowship at the Smithsonian. Her interests include: visual culture, fashion, film, music, popular culture, remix theory, and critical race theory.

Ernest Muchu Toh is a graduate researcher with focus on contemporary socio-political and legal issues. He enjoys writing and debating about Africa, with keen interest in the continent’s right standing in the world. He participated in the “Big Debate” program on eTV South Africa. Based in Cape Town, South Africa, Toh holds a Bachelor’s degree in law (Licence en Droit) and a Post Graduate Diploma in law (Maitrise en Droit), University of Dschang-Cameroon (2005 and 2007) respectively, a Master’s degree in Law, Stellenbosch University (2010) and an Honours degree in Political Studies (International Relations) from the University of the Western Cape, South Africa (2013). During the same year, he was appointed research assistant in a project on ‘The role of international law and the African Court on Human and People’s Rights.’ Toh is a potential PhD student. He has been assistant at Muam Chambers and a legal resource person to Foundation Radio Bamenda-Cameroon in a program titled “Legal Corner”. He is presently a Sworn Translator in French-English in the High Court of South Africa, a motivational speaker and a Founder of the newly registered Non-Profitable Organization (NPO) known as ‘Foundation for International Youth Ethics Charity and Development’ (FIYECAD) in Cape Town.

Eric Tuffour just graduated from the university of Cape-Coast,Ghana and is currently working with the Ghana Education Service

Julia Udofia is a Lawyer and Senior Lecturer in the Department of English, University of Uyo. She attended the University of Calabar where she obtained both her B.A (Second-Class) (Upper Division) and M.A degrees in English and Literary Studies. Thereafter, she went to the University of Lagos where she got her Ph.D (English) and L.L.B (Second-Class) (Upper Division). Currently, Dr. Udofia teaches English at the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. Her major areas of interest and specialization are Postcolonial Literature and Gender Studies.

Gloria Mayen Umukoro is a Lecturer 2 in the University of Calabar Nigeria. She is a budding researcher with a Masters in African Literature. She also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Administration and a 5 years experience in University teaching. She is a Tourism Consultant, a Carnival Consultant and holds a Ph.D in Culture and Civilisation. She speaks English, French and Efik. She is currently working on the relationship between Language and Culture

Udida A.Undiyaundeye obtained his bachelor, masters and doctorate degrees from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and Universities of Ibadan and Calabar respectively. He is an expert in African (and Nigerian) history. Currently he is a senior lecturer in the Department of History and International Studies, University of Uyo, Uyo, Nigeria.

Amentahru Wahlrab is Senior Lecturer of Political Science in the Department of History and Political Science at the University of Texas at Tyler.  His PhD dissertation (2010, University of Denver) examined the role nonviolence plays both as a tool of and as a form of resistance to US Foreign policy.  He teaches classes on international political economy, globalization, nonviolence, Africa, and Latin America.  His research and publishing focus on the theory and practices of violence and nonviolence in international relations, including book chapters in: Ni Wakati: Hip Hop and Social Change in Africa (forthcoming Lexington Press); The Political Economy of Modern Africa: Wealth, Exploitation and Development: (forthcoming I.B. Touris);  and The SAGE Handbook of Globalization (in press).  

Olatunji Wale is a chief Lecturer in Education at Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Nigeria. Olatunji Wale was the former Commissioner for Commerce and Industries, Ogun State, as well as the former Dean, School of Education, Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Otto/Ijanikin Lagos State, Nigeria and Head of Department of General Studies Education in the same college. Olatunji’s publications include: Social Studies: Basis for National Reconstruction (1998);  Planning the Location of Schools: Issues in School Mapping and Records (2013), Towards an Effective School Management: Issues in School Administration and Supervision (2013) as well as edited works on Citizenship Education and Educational Planning.

Iain Walker is Senior Research Officer in COMPAS, in the School of Anthropology at the University of Oxford. His project, 'Converging cultures: the Hadrami diaspora in the Indian Ocean', part of the Leverhulme-funded Oxford Diasporas Programme, is concerned with social networks among Hadramis in Eastern Africa and the Arabian peninsula. The focus of his research is mobilities and identities between the Comoros, Zanzibar and Hadramawt and amongst Hadramis in the Arabian peninsula as well as more spatially grounded analyses of ritual, age systems and social change in the Comoro Islands.

Olivier J. Walther is an Associate Professor at the Department of Border Region Studies at the University of Southern Denmark and a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Division of Global Affairs at Rutgers University, USA. He has received a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Lausanne and a Master in Development Studies from the University of Geneva in Switzerland. As an economic geographer, Dr. Walther engages with the study of social actors whose main resource comes from the crossing of a national border, such as cross-border policy-makers, traders, and

terrorists, in both West Africa and Western Europe.

Hapsatou Wane is a PhD candidate in the Comparative World Literature program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her research centers on Francophone and Anglophone African and Afro-Brazilian literature, gender and women studies, postcolonialism, autobiographies and memory studies. Hapsatou is working on her dissertation titled "Decolonizing Autobiography: Life -Writings by Women Writers of African Diaspora." Her dissertation shows how Black women’s rethinking of autobiography transforms the genre into transgressive practices of life-writing by blurring its limits and subverting its laws and into sites of decolonization by de-rooting/routing and diverting black female subjectivities from traditional diasporic discourse. Hapsatou graduated with an MA in English Studies/African Civilization and Literature at the University Gaston Berger in Senegal. She also holds an MA in African Studies and an MA in Comparative World Literature from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Ben Weiss is a first year graduate student in the PhD. program in African History at the University of Texas at Austin, where he also completed his undergraduate degree. Over the past few years, he has published and presented research on HIV/AIDS, African anti-colonial movements, economic development, foreign aid and investment, and pharmaceutical supply chains. His current graduate work aims to understand the recent political and economic history of HIV/AIDS in southern Africa through interpreting older histories of sexuality transmitted diseases on the continent.

Olaosebikan T.O. Wende is affiliated with the Department of Languages and Linguistics,  Osun State University, Nigeria.

Elizabeth J. West is an associate professor of English at Georgia State University.  She publishes and teaches in African American and African diasporic literatures. In addition to essays published in anthologies, she has published articles in journals such as PALARA, American Studies Journal (Halle-Wittenberg, Germany), CLAJ, MELUS, JCCH, Womanist, Black Magnolias, SLI, and SCR. Her research focuses on gender, race and class, with particular interest in their intersections with the spiritual in early African American literary works. Her monograph, African  Spirituality in Black Women's Fiction (Lexington Books, 2011) traces specific African spiritual sensibilities from early to modern black women’s writings. She co-edited Literary Expressions of African Spirituality (Lexington Books, 2013) a collection of critical essays on African spirituality in the black Atlantic. Her article, “From David Walker to President Obama: Tropes of the Founding Fathers in African American Discourses of Democracy, or the Legacy of Ishmael,” has been recognized among “Featured Articles in American Studies” (American Studies Journals: A Directory of Worldwide Resources). She was awarded a 2013-2014 DAAD Fellowship with Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. She is a member of and current Assistant Treasurer for the College Language Association.

Christopher A. Williams is an Assistant Professor of sociology, philosophy, and history at the University College of the Cayman Islands. He received his PhD in 2011 from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom. He has published articles and poems in The Journal of Caribbean History, The Journal of Memory Studies, and The African-American Quarterly; additionally, his book From Then to Now: Situating Caymanians in Their Historical and Modern Contexts is in the revision process for publication in 2014. Dr. Williams’ research interests include tracing the intellectual, social, and cultural development of various New World identities, analyzing the importance of race and xenophobia in transnational Caribbean circuits, uncovering the effects of globalization on various Caribbean identities and personalities, and connecting regional New World histories toward a holistic historical account of the

New World.

Eric Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Sociology from the University of Illinois at Chicago; a Master of Arts degree from McCormick Theological Seminary; the Master of Divinity degree from Duke University; and is currently an advanced doctoral candidate in Religious Studies at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.  At Edinburgh, Williams' work focuses on belief structures of neglected traditions of African American religious thought, as well as family resemblances between New World African and New African diasporan religious traditions. Williams has taught on the theological faculties of Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan; Ashland Theological Seminary–Detroit; Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa; and is currently a Lecturer of History and African/African American Studies at Iowa State University.  His other research and teaching interests include Religion in the New African Diaspora, Non-Western Christianities, Religion and Cultural Criticism, and Black Religious Phenomenologies. Williams’ research and studies have taken him to the continents of Africa, South America, Europe, extensively throughout the continental United States, Mexico and to several islands of the Caribbean.

Veeda V. Williams received her B.A. in Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin, her M.A. in Sociology from Prairie View A&M University, and Ph.D. in Sociology from Texas A&M University. She began teaching at Prairie View A&M University in 2005 and teaches undergraduate and graduate-level coursework. Her research explores the relationship between native-born African-Americans and African immigrants within the racialized structures of American society. More importantly, she is concerned with deconstructing misconceptions between these groups. Her interests in Sociology and Social Psychology, relative to race and ethnic relations, focus on examination of the unique impact of American racial structures upon people of color with special emphasis on the development of more effective assessment methods which address the unique features of black culture.

Wayem William is now pursuing a post graduate master's degree in Migration at the Center for Migration Studies at the University of Ghana, Legon. His undergraduate education was at the same institution where he did a combined major in Geography and Economics. Mr. Wayem has an interest in research fields of migration, geopolitics and  political economy. He has worked with several institutions in Ghana including Ghana Ports and Harbors authority where he sought to put into practice his theoretical knowledge.

Agyapong Wireko is currently a graduate student (environmental science) at the University of Ghana, Legon. He obtained B.A in Geography and Resources Development with Political Science in 2010 from University of Ghana. His research interest includes indigenous languages in Ghana, the environment, natural resources development and urban waste management. He has also worked with the Ghana Education Service as a teacher (in 2006 and 2010-2011). Currently he is researching on the impacts of land use change on water quality and how it affects the livelihood of people around Lake Bosomtwe.

Dosumu Lawal Yeside is a prolific dancer, choreographer, and consultant on dance training to many dance

troupes. She has a certificate in drama and music (OAU) B.A ( Hons) in dramatic art (O.A.U) Ife, and an M.A in theatre Arts (unibadan). She was formerly a member of the Awo varsity theatre company  (O.A.U) and Africa Cradle Theatre, under the great scholar, late Ola  Rotimi. She has represented Nigeria within and outside the country, with many librettos to her credit. She is currently a dance lecturer in the department of theatre arts and music, Lagos state university.

Yaa Konadu Yiadom is a final year student at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) where she is pursuing Psychology of Education. She was awarded Dip.(Ed) in 2009 from the same university. She has worked with the Ghana Education Service as a teacher (from 2005-2010) where she taught many subjects. Her areas of research and teaching interest are on gender and sexual harassment, girl/early child education, guidance and counselling.

Hauwau Evelyn Yusuf is a lecturer at the Kaduna State University Nigeria. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology with specialty in Criminology. Her areas of interest are: Gender studies, development and domestic violence. Hauwau is currently the director of KASUCONSULT the consultancy services unit of the Kaduna State University. She has a handful of local and international publications to her credit.

Noah Yusuf  is affiliated with the Department of Sociology at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria.

Adefarakan Adedayo Yusufu is a 1979 graduate of history at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and has had over three decades of teaching experience. He was a lecturer in the defunct College of Advance Studies, Zaria, Hassan Usman Katsina Polytechnic Katsina and a facilitator with the Kaduna Business School, Kaduna where he was director of program. He is currently a lecturer with the Department of General Studies and is pre-occupied with research in conflict resolution and management. He has a handful of both local and international papers and books to his credit.

Blair R. Zaid is a dual degree doctoral student in the African American and African Studies Program and the Department of Anthropology at Michigan State University. Her dissertation research uses an archaeological perspective to investigate the emergence of the Old Kongo Kingdom of west central Africa.

Shanti Zaid is a graduate student at Michigan State University pursuing dual PhD degrees in both African American and African Studies, and in Socio-Cultural Anthropology. His research interests broadly include historical and contemporary cultural traditions in the African Atlantic Diaspora with emphasis on religious orientations. Currently, he studies Africa-inspired religious traditions in eastern Cuba, with attention to the bodily practices and social networks of communities who practice within more than one religious tradition.

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