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Maryam Abdu is a lecturer at Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Social and Management Sciences, Kaduna State University. She previously worked with Kaduna Industrial and Finance Company Limited (KIFC). Maryam completed her Advanced level education in the United Kingdom and thereafter proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University Zaria where she bagged an Honours degree in Business Administration in 1991. She acquired a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) in 2003 and Master of Science MSc degree in Business Administration in 2011, and is currently undergoing a Ph.D Business Administration degree at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. Her research interests lies in Management and Finance, and she has presented papers at the 2010 Conference on leadership and Management for Sustainable Development, organized by University of South Africa (UNISA) and the 2012 European Conference International Journal of Arts and Science, (IJAS), Gottenheim, Germany. Maryam Abdu is also a professional member of Nigerian Institute of Management and is currently, the Chairman of Kaduna Chapter, Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered).

Abdulmalik Inusa Abdulrasheed completed a Grade II Teacher’s Certificate (1990), a BA in Sociology (1998) and a MA in International Affairs & Diplomacy in 2002 in Nigeria. He is currently registered for his second Masters degree at the University of South Africa (UNISA), where his is also a facilitator, research assistant and a presenter at the College of Human Sciences at UNISA, at its first Bi-annual Conference focusing on social behaviour change towards the sustainable prevention of HIV, STIs and TB in Africa. He has presented papers at Institute for Security Studies (South Africa), fifth International Conference focusing on National and International perspectives on crime reduction and criminal justice and at the eighth annual Michigan State University Africanist Graduate Student Research Conference (United States). He worked as a trainer, facilitator, researcher and external marker for Tirisano Centre (a collaborative centre of the Departments of Health Studies, Social Work and Sociology UNISA), and the Department of Communication Science UNISA as well as been a teacher and protocol officer in the Presidency of the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Nigeria. He is currently working as a research manager for Khulisa Social Solutions, an NGO.

Christopher Olumuyiwa Aboluwoye was born on Aug. 18,1961. He obtained his B.Sc (upper division), M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan between 1981 and 1990. He is a Fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences, Trieste, Italy. He has published 40 articles in international journals and local journals. He is a Professor of Physical Chemistry since October 1, 2003. He is currently a Director, Centre of Research and Development, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Nigeria.

Emmanuel (Kofi) Adanu is a Ph.D. student in Civil Engineering at the University of Alabama. He holds a M.S degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Alabama and a BSc. in Civil Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana. His research interests include transportation planning, policy, and sustainability in developing countries. He is also interested in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and econometric modeling. His current research focuses on mobility and accessibility constraints as barrier to socioeconomic development in developing countries.

Atilade Moses Adedotun is a social entrepreneur with diverse interest in community development, corporate social responsibility, peace building and conflict management with over 20years experience in civil society work and mass organisation activities with opportunities interactions with various governments, nongovernmental and international donor agencies. An academic and social researcher with published works in local and international publications. He has postgraduate degrees in Economics, Peace and Conflict Studies. Dotun is currently Executive Director at the Fountain of life Foundation a Charitable Trust Established by the Fountain of Life Church, Lagos.

Arinpe Gbekelou Adejumo is a professor of Yoruba Literature and head department of Linguistics and African Languages, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She is a poet, playwright, and literary critic. Many of her publications articulate the interface between literature and other cognate disciplines, gender discourse and the functionality of literature in society, growth and development.

‘Niran Adetoro is Associate Professor and pioneer Head, Department of Library and Information Science, Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun-State, Nigeria. He  is currently deputy director, Academic Planning and Quality assurance at Tai Solarin University of Education, Nigeria. Niran Adetoro holds Dip.Lib, B.Ed (Hons),MLS and Ph.D Library and Information Science from the University of Ibadan,Nigeria. He also holds a Post-graduate Diploma in Computer and Information Science. Dr Adetoro has taught in three different Universities in Nigeria at the undegraduate and post graduate levels. He is a Chattered librarian and an Associate Member of Chattered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).  Dr Adetoro has published extensively in local and international research outlets. He is a member of editorial board and reviewer to journals locally and abroad. His research interest includes Information Technology and Use, Psychology of Information and Information Services to the Visually Impaired.

Bosede F. Afolayan is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English, University of Lagos, Nigeria where she teaches course in drama. Her areas of interest include Comparative drama, African Literature, Nollywood studies and women studies. She has published in all these areas in both local and international journals. She also has two plays to her credit- Look Back in Gratitude and Once Upon an Elephant.

Babatunde Agara has two Master degrees from Universities of Ife and Benin and a doctorate in Comparative Politics and Development Studies from Benin. He was the former Director of the Center for strategic and Development Studies of Ambrose Alli University, Edo State where he is currently teaching. He has many research papers published and is the current editor of Journal of Strategic Studies.

Adeoye O. Akinola obtained his Doctoral Degree in International Relations from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), South Africa. He is presently a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the School of Management, IT & Governance, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg. He obtained BSc and MSc (Political Science) from the Department of Political Science, Obafemi Awolowo University), Nigeria where he taught between 2007 and 2012. He also became a lecturer in International & Public Affairs cluster of UKZN between 2012 and 2015. He has widely published and presented papers in many international conferences in Africa. His research interests are in International Relations, Political Economy, Democratic Studies, Conflict and Peace Studies, and Research Methodology. He is a 2012 UPEACE/IDRC Doctoral Research Awardee.

Jimoh Olufunbi Akorede hails from Ogun State in Nigeria and is currently a Lecturer at Tai Solarin University of Education in Ijagun, Ogun State. He has more than two decades of experience in teaching. He holds Ph.D and Master’s degrees in Educational Technology from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. He also holds B.Sc.(Ed) and Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) in Technical Education from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and Lagos State College of Education, Oto-Ijanikin,Lagos,Nigeria now Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education respectively. Additionally, he holds a Diploma Certificate in Computer. He is currently the Departmental Co-coordinator for part-time programme of his University. He is a registered teacher with the Teachers Registration Council (TRCN) in Nigeria and a member of National Association of Educational and Media Technology (NAEMT). His research interest is on Technical Education, Information and Communication Technology, and Instructional Strategie. He is well-travelled conference speaker in the areas of Educational Technology and Teacher Training. He is published in reputable journals and has written books in his area of specialization. Dr. Akorede is happily married with children. Tel: +2348056117431., akoredeoj@tasued,

Bamidélé Aly holds a Master degree in Franco-German in Marketing and Management from La Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris 3) in Paris and a Master’s in European Business from ESCP Europe which was completed in Oxford and Berlin. She completed a BA in African studies with a focus on Yoruba/Hausa in June 2014 at INALCO (Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales) in Paris. She is currently pursuing an MA programme in History at Panthéon-Sorbonne University (Paris 1) working on a dissertation topic on the introduction of the Sterling in Southern Nigeria 1880-1919. She is a member of the African Economic History Network, CAIA (Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association) and GARP (Global Association of Risk Professionals). She has an extensive work experience in the financial industry in Germany and in the UK. She is a Credit Manager for banking and non-banking financial institutions, supranationals, financial market infrastructures, country and sovereign risks in developed, emerging and frontier markets, and financial market infrastructures at a financial institution in London.

Chidi Amaechi is a Lecturer in the Department of History and International Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in History and International Studies from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, M.Sc in Political Science from the University of Ibadan, and Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE). He is currently a Doctoral Student and a Fellow of the SSRC Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa (Dissertation Research) Fellowship. His areas of interests include International Relations, Ethnic, Peace, Conflict and Gender studies. Amaechi has publications in learned journals and books and has attended many academic conferences and workshops.

Cinderella Temitope Amos received her B.A in International Studies and Diplomacy, at the University of Benin, Nigeria. She then went on to complete her M.A. in History at the University of Benin. Her masters dissertation was titled ‘Milestones in Gender and Feminism in Nigeria: A Study Of Women Socio-Political Participation in Post-Independence Nigeria, 1960-2010.’ Before receiving her masters she was a journalist with Newswatch Communications Ltd, a Media Outfit, and worked as a Secretary with Programs Foundation. Over the years, Miss Amos has also acquired professional certificates in diverse fields.

Andrea Andzenge-Agogo is a doctoral student at the global studies program at University of Massachusetts Lowell. She recently graduated from the Peace and Conflict Studies master’s program at UMass Lowell, where she focused on policy analysis in the areas of education, health, welfare and economic development. She has conducted research in the area of positive peace and gender justice. Her current research interests include understanding the interaction between conflicting political and religious identities on policy activism, and the role of psychological entitlement in women’s economic outcomes such as their disposition towards entrepreneurship.

Dickson Obeng Asiamah holds a masters degree in business administration. He attended Nanchang University in Nanchang, jiangxi province china. He is also currently the Operations manager of Green pacific company limited in China.

Oluwatosin Oyinkansola Awosika is a Graduate of Crop and Soil Management, the Federal University of Technology, Akure Nigeria. She has participated in a 6 months SIWES that gave her a memorable opportunity of interaction in real the situation of agriculture in Nigeria during her undergraduate days. She was twice on the Dean’s List for outstanding academic performance as an undergraduate. She is making her maiden appearance at the Africa Conference this year and her areas of interests are Horticulture, Crop Management and Gender.

Tokunbo Aderemi Ayoola, (Ph.D.), teaches African History, African Diaspora History, and International Studies at Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin, Ondo State, Nigeria. He previously taught at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA, Tulane University, New Orleans, USA, Bexley College, Kent, England, and the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON). His areas of specialization include African History, African Diaspora History, Transport, Political Economy, Railway Studies, Development Studies, and International Business History. His scholarly writings have appeared in international journals and edited volumes.

Wahab Ademola Azeez, a Nigerian, is an artist, art teacher, art educator, art historian, art critic, culture activist and administrator. He has a B.A. Ed Fine Art, M.Ed, M.A. and Ph.D in Visual Art. He has been teaching art, design, art education, art history, textile design and research methodology in Federal College of Education (Technical) Akoka, Lagos, Nigeria for the past eighteen (18) years. He has participated in many national and international conferences and workshops. He was a participant at the Second World Conference on Arts Education hosted by South Korean Government in May 25-27, 2010 in Seoul. He presented a paper titled: Politics without Art Education: The Nigerian Situation at the conference.He has been an active member of International Society of Education through Art (INSEA) and was its World Councillor representing Africa/Middle East Region from 2011-2014. He participated at the InSEA European Regional Congress: Tales of Art and Curiosity that held in Canterbury, UK from 24-26 June, 2013 and presented two papers.  “Visual Art Education as a means of Cultural Orientation among Basic School Pupils”  and  “Challenges of Art, Design and Aesthetic Tastes in the Academic Environment: a case study of Three Higher Institutions in Lagos, Nigeria”. He presented a paper titled “ Radicalising Teacher Education for Social Development in Nigeria” at the Colloquium on Contemporary Issues in Education, Arts, the Social Sciences and Sciences in Honour of Prof. Toyin Falola at Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, Nigeria on Thursday, November 27, 2014.  He has other published papers to his credit.

Anna L. Ballard is a student at the University of Texas at Tyler majoring in History and Anthropology.  She is currently a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society for academic excellence, Sigma Kappa Delta an English honor society, and Phi Alpha Theta history honor society based on her outstanding merit and contributions.  Her graduate research plans include the comparative study of the history of Africa and the African Diaspora focusing on African American experience as well as researching African human rights violations. Ballard is especially interested in the historical treatment of minority ethnic groups of Cameroon, Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Temitope Abiodun Balogun received her PhD from the University of Ibadan. She is a Senior Lecturer at Osun State University where she specialises in Gender Studies, Functional Grammar, Syntax, Pragmatics and Discourse Studies. Also, she is currently the Acting Head of department, Languages and Linguistics of the same school. She has attended conferences in many parts of the world like Leicester, United Kingdom, Minneapolis, USA and others. She has to her credit at the same time, academic papers in both national and international outlets.

Fodei Batty is an assistant professor of Political Science at Quinnipiac University in Hamden Connecticut. He previously taught at Colgate University in Hamilton New York as a visiting assistant professor. He is the recipient of several awards including the Jennings Randolph Peace Fellowship from the United States Institute of Peace and the Gretchen Walsh Book Donation award from the African Studies Association, for book donations to Sierra Leone. He also previously served as policy analyst in the office of the president of Sierra Leone in the administrations of Presidents Ahmad Tejan Kabbah and Ernest Koroma. His primary research interests are in sub-Sahara Africa and the developing world and he studies ethnic political behavior, natural resource management, political violence, democratization and development, among other research and teaching interests. His work has been published in the African Studies Review, African Studies and the Journal of Third World Studies and he is currently completing a book manuscript on ethnic politics.

Komi Begedou (Ph.D. 2012, American Literature, Université de Lomé, Togo) is a faculty member at the Université de Lomé, Togo, an assistant professor of American Literature and Culture in the Department of English. He is hosted by Texas State University since August 2014 as a Fulbright Research Scholar. He is currently researching on “Intra-racial Discrimination in African American Fiction.” In 2010, Dr. Komi Begedou took part in the Study of the United States Institute funded by the U.S Department of States hosted by New York University and visited MA, NH, AZ and DC to experience the diverse culture of the United State. He has recently presented at the African Diaspora Symposium held in South Carolina on the topic: “Decolonizing the Mind and Fostering Self-esteem: Fanon and Morrison on Skin Lightening Practices in the African Diaspora.” He presented also at the NAAAS 23rd annual conference held in Louisiana on “Confronting the Sins of the Fathers: An Analysis of Incest in Selected Novels by Morrison, Walker and Sapphire.” His research interests are African American literature, Child protection, comparative studies (African literature and African American literature), and women studies. His published works include: “Decolonizing the Mind and Fostering Self-esteem: Fanon and Morrison on Skin Lightening Practices in the African Diaspora” (2014), Censuring Racial Self-Loathing in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye (2015), “I don’t know nobody name Jesus”: Jim Casy’s Journey from Christianity to Transcendentalism in The Grapes of Wrath (forthcoming 2015) and “Confronting the Sins of the Fathers: An Analysis of Incest in Selected Novels by Morrison, Walker and Sapphire” (forthcoming 2015). Dr. Begedou has given many talks on various topics both in his country Togo and here in the U.S.

Abikal Borah completed an MA in English Literature (2008) and MPhil in Comparative Literature (2011) from University of Delhi. He is currently a graduate student in the Department of History at University of Texas at Austin.  His present research focuses on the triangular trade between India, China and Britain through a commodity chain analysis of tea and opium. The larger objective of his research is to understand the connected histories of South and Southeast Asia through an exploration of British imperial trade relations.

Kristen Carey is a second-year history PhD student at Boston University's African Studies Department.  She studies under the mentorship of James McCann, Diana Wylie, and John Thornton.  She received BAs in philosophy and political science from the University of Montana. She focuses her research on childhood and youth in East Africa.  She is interested in tracing the historical trajectories of contemporary youth policies, with particular emphasis on how people reconcile competing conceptions of childhood.

Christiana Ogeri Chukwu is a Senior Lecturer with the Department of Mass Communication in Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki - Nigeria. She obtained her doctorate degree in Broadcasting Media. She has an in-depth research interest in broadcasting media- traditional and modern media, information technology and mass communication graphics/ visual graphic. She has published extensively in both local and international journals.

Sean Curtis is a M.S in Intelligence and National Security Studies student at the University of Texas at El Paso. His research interests are in African security and conflict, dynamics of rebel groups, and U.S. foreign relations with African states. He is currently writing a master’s thesis on the Tuaregs in Mali, writing separate pieces on Eritrea and Horn of Africa security, as well as finishing his coursework.

Lanre Davies was born and bred in Lagos, Nigeria. He had his primary education in Lagos, Nigeria. He started his secondary education in Lagos, but later completed it in Ibadan, south west Nigeria. He then attended the Ogun State University between 1982 and 1986 where he bagged a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, then the University of Lagos in 1991, where he graduated with a Master of Arts degree in History in 1992. Much later, in 2004, he registered for a PhD programme in History and Strategic Studies, at the University of Lagos, Nigeria, and graduated in 2009. Dr Davies has, since 1995, been a university teacher at the Department of History and Diplomatic studies, Ogun state University, Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria, now Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria, where he is presently a Senior Lecturer. His interest is in land and urban history especially on Lagos and Abeokuta. Dr Davies is married with children and speaks both Yoruba and English languages fairly well.

Okaka Opio Dokotum is Associate Professor of Literature and Film and head of the Literature Department at Kyambogo University in Uganda. His research fields are: literature—film adaptation theory, trauma aesthetics, performative poetics and Ugandan literature. Dokotum is currently a Fulbright African Scholar based in Northern Illinois University where he is also teaching Aspects of African Film. His current research project is “Re-imagining African Literary Scholarship through Film Adaptation Studies.” Dokotum has published articles in Lagos Historical Review, African Conflict and Peace Building Review, East African Literary and Cultural Studies, and Journal of Africa Cinemas. His postdoctoral book manuscript Hollywood and Africa: Recycling the “Dark Continent” Myth from Thor, Lord of the Jungles (1913) to Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) funded by the Africa Humanities Program is being considered for publishing by University of South Africa (UNISA) Press.

Maduabuchi Dukor, Department of Philosophy, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, is the author of Magnu Opus, (four great works) on African Philosophy, namely: African Freedom; Theistic Humanism of African Philosophy; African Philosophy in the Global Village and , Scientific Paradigm in African Philosophy. He is also the author of Philosophical and Symbolic Logic and Justice, Law and Corporate Ethics  as well as the Editor of Philosophy and Politics; Discourse on Values, Politics and Power in Africa. He is the founding Editor of Nnamdi Azikiwe Journal of Philosophy and Essence ; International-Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy. Professor Dukor is the President / Editor - in - Chief of ESSENCE LIBRARY (Cultural and Scientific Development Center),, Email; He has to his credit over one hundred and thirty (130) scientific publications in renowned Journals . Professor Dukor is the founding Head, Department of Philosophy, Lagos State University,  Ojo,  Lagos , former Director,  Pre -Science Programm, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria, and  Visiting  Scholar, Department of Philosophy, University of Ghana, Legon Accra, Ghana (1999-2002) . OJPP(Open Journal of Philosophy) celebrated Maduabuchi Dukor's Magnum Opus (the four great works) on African Philosophy in Vol.1No. 1A, 2013,272  pages titled: Special issue on African  contribution to Philosophy in the Globalized World  in the light of Professor Maduabuchi Dukor's four great works  on African Philosophy  He is Adjunct  Professor of Philosophy in Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Osun State and  Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Anambra State, Nigeria.

Peter A. Dumbuya is professor of history at Fort Valley State University in Georgia and attorney at law in Phenix City, Alabama. He is the author of Tanganyika under International Mandate, 1919-1945 (Lanham: University Press of America, 1995) and Reinventing the Colonial State: Constitutionalism, One-Party Rule, and Civil War in Sierra Leone (Lincoln: iUniverse, 2008). He has published many book chapters, scholarly articles, and book reviews, and has presented numerous papers on modern African and U.S. history, politics, and diplomacy at professional conferences, including the Africa Conference. Dr. Dumbuya teaches African history, U. S. constitutional history, and world civilizations at Fort Valley State University. His current research focuses on elections and party politics, postwar reconstruction in Sierra Leone, gender mainstreaming, and U. S. relations with Africa. During the 2013/14 academic year, Dr. Dumbuya was a Fulbright Scholar to Fourah Bay College, the University of Sierra Leone. His Fulbright research program focused on gender mainstreaming in post-war Sierra Leone. He is the Africa editor of the Journal of Third World Studies, the peer-reviewed journal of the Association of Third World Studies (ATWS).

Temisanren Ebijuwa is a Professor of Philosophy from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Nigeria. He received his B. A (Hons) and M. A Philosophy Degrees from the Department of Philosophy, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria ( formerly University of Ife) and PhD from the Department of Philosophy, University of Ibadan, Nigeria . Professor Ebijuwa  has published several articles in the area of Ethics, Moral Philosophy , Social and Political Philosophy, and African Philosophy . He is the author of  Postmodernism and the Conflict of Values (2004) and the Editor of Philosophy and Social Change: Discourse of Values in Africa( 2007). He has attended several local and International conferences. He is the Dean of The Postgraduate School, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology , Ogbomoso , Nigeria ( 2011-  till date).

Yonlonfoun Veronica Ebun is the Sub-Dean of the College of Applied Education and Vocational Technology. She teaches in the Department of Educational Management, Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, Nigeria. She majors in Institutional Administration, Personnel Management and Culture History. She is researching into Higher Education in Nigeria. She has many publications in learned journals.

Paul A. Ebhomien received his masters degree in Mathematics Education from Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma, Nigeria. He is currently a lecturer in mathematics at College of Education, Igueben Nigeria. Mr Ebhomien is also a PhD student studying mathematics education from Ebonyi State University Abakaliki.

Nkereuwem David Edemekong holds a PhD in History and International Studies from the University of Uyo, Nigeria (2011). He is a lecturer in the Department of History and International Studies, University of Uyo, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State in South-South Nigeria where he has been teaching African/European History and Historiography since January 2006. Dr Edemekong’s interests include International Diplomacy, Peace Studies and Public Affairs. He is the Academic Adviser/Examination Officer in the Department. He was an Akwa Ibom State Government and Nigeria’s Federal Government Scholar for his M.A. (2002/2003) and PhD (2009/2010) respectively.

Harriet Omokiniovo Efanodor is a Ph.D candidate in the Department of Political Science, Delta State University, Akraka, Delta State, Nigeria. She holds a Master of Science (Msc) Degree in Political Science with specialization in International Relations, a Bachelor of Art (B.A) Degree in History and International Studies from the Delta State University, Abraka and A Postgraduate Dipolma in Education (PGDE) from the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers state, Nigeria. She is currently a fellow of the Next Generation Social Science in Africa Programme of the Social Science Research Council, Brooklyn New York United States of America. She is an associate member of the Society for Peace Studies and Practice (SPSP). She is currently working on her Ph.D thesis titles “Impact of Contemporary Globalization Policies on Women in Rural Communities in Delta, Kano and Kwara ststes, Nigeria.” She is a junior research member of International Development Research Centre (IDRC) funded research team for Amnesties for Peace in the Niger Delta led by Professor Augustine Ikelegbe (University of Benin and Centre for Population and Development CEPAD). Her research interest focus on Gender studies, politics, International Relations, Development and Empowerment Studies.

Juliet Adaku Egesi (Nee Nwokenkwo) is a sociologist currently working with Owerri Archdiocesan Education Commission, Imo State Polytechnic Nigeria, where she serves as the registrar, Owerri Girls Secondary School and a lecturer in the above school mentioned. She holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc., Hons.). Degree in sociology and Anthropology, P.GD/MSC in Industrial Sociology personnel management and National Teacher Institute (NTI) received from the prestigious Imo State University, Owerri 2008 & 2013 respectively she is intending degree programme in mainstream sociology. A graduate member of Nigeria Institute of management as well as basic Computer Operations Certificate from Swintec Computer Institute, Owerri, Nigeria since 2004. She worked as a graduate Assistant in the Department of General Studies, Federal Polytechnic, Idah, Kogi State Nigeria during her National Youth Service Corps (NSC) scheme year (March 2010 – February 2011). A member of various social organizations, Egesi Adaku Juliet (Nee Nwokenkwo) was once the vice President, National Association of catholic Corps (NACC) Kogi state chapter, vice president, NYSC leisure and tourism community development group, and secretary, catholic youth organization of Nigeria (CYON), Immaculate Conception Station, Owerri Nigeria. Her singular career objective is to pursue a challenging, enduring and rewarding career in an organization that offers a broad scope of opportunities and potentials for self development. She currently lives in Owerri, Nigeria with her darling husband Rev. Canon Egesi Jonathan and family.

Jonathan Chidomedre Egesi, is a priest of the church of Nigeria (Anglican communion) are equally a senior lecturer in the department of general studies (GNS) Imo state Polytechnic Umuagwo -  Ohaji, Owerri, Nigeria. a sociologist of profound intellect and consummate skills in research and teaching, Rev’d (Canon) Egesi, holds  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 2007 and 2001 respectively in addition to national certificate in education (NCE) in political science/religious studies (2009) Diploma in theology (2009) Ph.D in sociology (in view). With an outstanding proficiency in computer literacy, Rev’d (Canon) Egesi, has garnered long years of teaching experience, many of which he has spent at Imo state Polytechnic Umuagwo - Ohaji, Owerri, Nigeria (2007 to date) and at the national, open university  (NOUN) Owerri study centre where he serves as a co-facilitator. Rev’d (Canon) Egesi, has several books in his credit and has contributed to countless articles in both local and international journals and magazines. A widely travelled academic, he has participated in innumerable national and international conferences in Nigeria and overseas, UK, U.S.A, Malaysia and Ghana, etc. some of his conference topics include: Changing Norms and Values in Igbo Nations: Shaping the future of the Igbo Nation. Howard University, Washington DC, USA, “The role of ICT in achieving political sustainable democracy (Ghana), “Problems and prospects of Developing countries  (A case study of Nigeria). University of Lome, Togo, “Shaping society with thoughts and action: The Igbo example, university of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), and more. As a happily married Man, Rev’d (Canon) Egesi, hobbies include reading, travelling, Evangelism, charity works and football, and is very passionate with the work of helping the needy in the society.

P. Okechukwu Eke took his Bachelor's in Sociology/Anthropology and postgraduate studies in Criminology both at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Since 2009, he has been teaching at the Department of Sociology, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria.

Adefunke Olufunmilayo Ekine is currently a Lecturer at Tai Solarin University of Education in Ijagun, Ogun State where she is the Deputy Director (Research and Innovation) at the Directorate of Academic Planning, Quality Assurance and Research. She has more than two decades of experience in school administration and teaching at various levels in the education sector. She holds a Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. Additionally, she has a Masters in Early Childhood Education and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education from the same University of Ibadan with a first degree in Food Science and Technology from University of Ife, Ile- ife. Dr. Ekine was a 2013 Echidna Global Scholar at The Brookings Institution, Washington DC from August 2013 to December 2013 where she examined gender-sensitive methods of teaching to promote the interest and boost the performance of primary school girls in science through stories and games. She is a registered teacher with the Teachers Registration Council (TRCN) in Nigeria and serves as the Country Liaison for the Association of Childhood Education International (ACEI) based in Washington, DC. Also, she is presently the Oyo state president of Organisation Mondiale Pour L’Education Prescolaire (OMEP), an international organization that caters for the well-being of children 0-8. Her current research interests are girl’s participation in science, gender issues, leadership and teacher training.

Baloyi Magezi Elijah was a Primary and a High School Teacher before he studied theology and became ordained as minister for the Reformed Churches in South African in May 1999. Thereafter serving the church for approximately twelve years on fulltime ministry, he started his academic career firstly as a lecturer of Harvest Theological College at Malamulele, Limpopo in 2007.  Two years later, he became a contract lecturer pastoral counselling at the University of South Africa (2009). This was just after he obtained his PhD in pastoral counselling with University of Pretoria in 2008. After his contract at the end of 2010, he became a senior lecturer. The beginning of 2012, he was promoted to an Associate Professor.  In 2014 January, Prof. Elijah became a discipline leader of Practical Theology. In January 2015, he was promoted to Full Professor in the Department of Philosophy, Practical and Systematic Theology, in the University of South Africa. He has published several articles and two books. Prof. Elijah’s research focus area is pastoral counselling, marriage, premarital and gender imbalances in an African context. He has delivered papers both nationally and internationally, and this is his third paper presentation at the Africa conference in Texas.

Ngozi Ugo Emeka-Nwobia earned a PhD in Sociolinguistics from Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki - Nigeria, where she currently serves as a senior lecturer at the Department of Languages and Linguistics. She has received many international academic awards and fellowships, among them are; IAHR African Research Trust Fund and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) - Next Generation Social Science Research in Africa (Dissertation Research and Completion fellowship grant). Dr. Emeka-Nwobia has participated in local and international conferences.  Her research interest is primarily on field linguistics focusing on discourse of conflict/violence, religious, politics and popular cultures in Africa.

Bojor Enamhe PhD is a senior lecturer of Visual Arts at the Cross River University Of Technology Calabar, Cross River State. She holds a PhD in Arts Administration with specialization in Visual Arts. Her research interest is, developing, promoting, and marketing art. Bojor is currently a PhD student in Art History at the University of Port Harcourt. Her publications have appeared in many journals, books, and conference proceedings. Se is serving as Director of Quality Assurance and sub Dean of Environmental Sciences, Crutech. Calabar.

Olusanya Faboyede is senior lecturer in the Department of History and International Studies, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko. Ondo State, Nigeria. His research is based on Africa studies and Akoko socio-cultural history and politics. To his credit, he has published a book and articles in reputable, scholarly local and foreign journals.

Delphine Fanfon is pursuing two degrees – Doctor of Strategic Leadership [DSL] (Concentration: Global consultancy) and a second Masters in School Counseling at Regent University. She holds an MA in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA and a B.Sc. in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Buea, Cameroon. Originally from Cameroon, she currently lives in Virginia Beach, VA and is the Founder and Coordinator of Me4real International, a ministry to youths through which she mentors, coaches and counsels and builds the capacities of teenagers and young adults. She undertakes frequent trips to Cameroon and other parts of Africa in line with her passion for leader development and youth empowerment.

Adejoke 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 senior arts fellow.

Victor Olusegun Fakoya, a PhD Student in Political Science at University of Nevada Las Vegas, USA. Prior to his enrolment into the doctoral program, Victor taught Political Science at Olabisi Onabanjo University (formerly Ogun State University), Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria. Victor received his Bachelor degree (BSc) Ogun State University, Ago-Iwoye Nigeria, and Masters Degree (MSc) Political Science from University of Ibadan, Nigeria, Masters Degree (MSW) in Social Work from University of Nevada Las Vegas. Victor has published some articles in academic journals.

Taiwo Fawehinmi, is a chief lecturer in the department of French, Adeyemi college of education, Ondo, Ondo-State, Nigeria. Her field of specialisation is language and linguistics.

Bamidele Olusegun Fawenu is a PhD candidate at the Department of Religious Studies, University of Ibadan, Ibadan Nigeria. He holds a Master Degree in Old Testament from the same University. He was a member of the faculty of UMCA Theological College, Ilorin from 2002 to 2006 as well as Grace Springs Bible College, Ilupeju, Lagos, Nigeria from 2006 to 2011. Presently, he teaches Christian Studies subjects at the Kwara State University, Malete, Kwara State, Nigeria. He has interest in Old Testament Interpretation and Theological Anthropology.

Heidi G. Frontani is a Professor of Geography and Interim Coordinator of the African & African-American Studies Program at Elon University in North Carolina. She holds a Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.S. from Cornell University. She was a WorldTeach volunteer and a Fulbright Scholar in Kenya. She has been teaching for nearly twenty years, including co-leading study travel courses to Ghana since 2007. She serves as faculty mentor to the Periclean Scholars, an academic service learning group that supports health sector development and educational partnerships in Ghana’s Volta Region. She has numerous peer-reviewed articles on development and the social aspects of natural resource management near parks and other protected areas. Her most recent research interests include sustainable health sector aid to Africa, aid assessment, and Africans’ effective development initiatives in Africa. She blogs at:  

Carmela Garritano is an associate professor of Africana Studies and Film Studies at Texas A&M University, and her work has been supported by grants from Fulbright and the West African Research Association. She is author of African Video Movies and Global Desires: A Ghanaian History (Ohio University Press, 2013), a 2013 Choice Outstanding Academic Title, and editor of Nollywood: A Worldly Creative Practice (2014), a special issue of Black Camera. Her writing has appeared in African Studies Review, Critical Interventions, Many Cinemas and Research in African Literatures. Her research interests include African cultural and literary production, with a focus on Ghana. Currently, she is investigating changing representations of the telephone in African literature and film.

Gareth Griffiths has held teaching positions at University of East Anglia, Macquarie University, Sydney, University at Albany (SUNY) and has just retired as Winthrop Professor of English and Cultural Studies at the University of Western Australia. He is now an Emeritus Professor of the University of Western Australia, a Professorial fellow at the University of Wollongong and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He has written extensively in the area of post-colonial studies. His books include the co-authored The Empire Writes Back [1989] 2002;The Post-Colonial Studies Reader, [1995] 2006 and Key Concepts in Post-Colonial Studies [1998] 2007. His many other books include A Double Exile: African and Caribbean Writing Between Two Cultures, 1978, African Literatures in English (East and West) 2000, Disputed Territories, Land, Culture and Identity in Settler Societies (edited with David  Trigger) 2003 and Mixed Messages: Materiality, Textuality, Missions, (edited with Jamie S. Scott), 2005. His current research interests and publications focus on secular and sacral institutions and practices in colonized spaces and issues concerning human rights and  literature. These include chapters in Literatures and Fundamentalism, ed. Klaus Stierstorfer, Cambridge Scholars Press, Cambridge, UK, 2009. and  in  Experiences of Freedom in Postcolonial Literatures and Cultures (edited by A. Oboe & S. Bassi, Routledge 2011). Articles on the role of religion in the intellectual exchanges across the 19th century Black Atlantic have also appeared recently in the journals JALA, African Identities and The Liberian Studies Journal. In 2015 he will be a visiting Fellow at the Harry Ransom Centre, University of Texas at Austin.

Dinah Hannaford is an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Studies at Texas A&M University. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. from the Department of Anthropology at Emory University and her B.A. from Duke University. Hannaford’s research areas of expertise include transnational migration, kinship and social change, gender and globalization, and the ethnographic study of international development. Her ethnographic research is based primarily in Europe and West Africa, and her work has been supported by the Social Science Research Council, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Mellon Foundation and the Fulbright Association. 

MaryEllen (Ellie) Higgins is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the Pennsylvania State University, Greater Allegheny. Her books include The Western in the Global South (coedited with Rita Kerestezi and Dayna Oscherwitz, May 2015, Routledge), Hollywood’s Africa After 1994 (2012, Ohio University Press) and the Historical Dictionary of French Cinema (coauthored with Dayna Oscherwitz, 2007, Scarecrow Press). She has published articles on African cinema and literature in Research in African Literatures, African Literature Today, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, Perspectives on African Literatures at the Millennium, and Broadening Our Horizons: Critical Introductions to Amma Darko, among other scholarly venues. She currently serves on the Executive Council of the African Literature Association and on the Editorial Board of Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature.

Typhanie Hill is a senior at the University of Texas at Tyler, majoring in History and Literature. She has also been on the Dean’s list and President’s Honor Roll at the University of Texas at Tyler for her exemplary work. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society. Her graduate research plans include a comparative study of gender, human trafficking, and sexual exploitation in South Africa.

Cacee Hoyer is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on cross cultural opposition to apartheid in post World War II South Africa. Her work highlights the role of identity, class and gender in order to understand the implications of the growing infringement on non-white rights during the foundational years of the apartheid. By examining class politics during particular episodes of conflict and cooperation within this period, her research questions the disconnect between different classes and ethnicities based on complicated, and often divergent, notions of identity, and which challenged a united non-white movement against apartheid. Her research interests are human rights and social justice, Africa and the Indian Ocean world, race relations in southern Africa, ethnicity and identity formation, apartheid politics, and oral histories. Cacee graduated with a Masters in Social Studies Education from the University of Iowa, and a Bachelor of Science in History Education from the University of Northern Iowa.

Grace Iyi Ibe-Enwo is a lecturer in Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana, Afikpo and a doctoral candidate in Entrepreneurship development in UK. She has an MSC degree in Public Administration from Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki. She has participated in local and international conferences and her research interest is gender studies and social entrepreneurship.

Gbade Ikuejube obtained a PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. 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 also a recipient of several academic scholarships.

Céline A. Jacquemin received a PH. D. from the University of California, Irvine in 2003. She is an Associate Professor in Political Science and International Relations at St Mary’s University where she has been serving as the Associate Dean for Curricular & Student Affairs in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences since 2009. Her early research examined how international actors understand and frame cases of massive human rights violations and how this impacts the possibilities for intervention. Her expertise covers parts of Europe and the Great Lakes of Africa where she more closely studies Rwanda. She served as a pro-bono expert witness for political asylum cases often linked to female genital mutilation for St Mary’s University Center for Legal and Social Justice. She is also a Board Member of INFRAGARD, the organization that coordinates security information and community outreach with the FBI. Her current research assesses institutional organization and outcomes in Rwanda. She has a forthcoming chapter "The Politics of Evangelization through Education and Development: Marianist Projects in Kenya," is set to be published in a volume entitled Contentious Politics in Africa: Identity, Conflict, and Social Change, edited by Toyin Falola and Wanjala Nasong'o, Durham: Carolina Academic Press.

Yakubu Haruna Jae is a lecturer at Department of Political Science, Kaduana State University, Nigeria. He obtained his Bsc in International Studies and MSc in Politcal Science from Ahmadu Bello University. He is currently a PhD Student at Department of Political Science, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. His areas of interest are Strategic Studies and International Relations.

Steven Jones is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of the Global Impact Lab at the University of Alabama.  He earned a B.S. degree in civil engineering from Auburn University in 1992.  In 1994, he earned an M.S. degree in civil engineering with concentrations in transportation engineering and economics.  He holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Virginia where he concentrated his education and research on the interaction of transportation and air pollution.  Steven has nearly 20 years experience in urban transportation engineering and planning.  His experience spans both academic and private sector consulting appointments working with government agencies and private land developers to promote balanced transportation/land use connections.  He has participated in transportation projects throughout the U.S. as well as in Africa and Eastern Europe.  Steven is an active member of the Transportation Research Board where he serves on its standing committee on Technology Transfer and has participated in numerous other technical activities.  He is a charter member of the Transportation and Development Institute (T&DI) within the American Society of Civil Engineers and Chair of its Public Transportation Committee.  He has authored or co-authored more than 100 technical articles, conferences papers and project reports on transportation planning, operations and design. Dr. Jones is currently focusing his professional efforts on transportation operational and planning analyses as applied to developing countries (with particular emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa) and cultivating international relationships to facilitate collaborative research, education and technology transfer.

Jacquelin Kataneksza is pursuing a PhD in Public Policy at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy at The New School in New York. As a doctoral student she is interested in exploring a radical re-framing of the foundations upon which policy design and implementation have been carried out within the African context. Jacquelin's research concerns a deconstruction of the African development narrative through the lens of coloniality/decoloniality in order to explore an “other thinking” on African policies, as a means of envisioning complementary or contradictory alternatives to Western-derived imaginaries of progress and development.

Kenneth E. Kalu, PhD, currently serves as Deputy Director of Finance at the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA). Prior to joining NACA, Dr. Kalu worked at various times as the Group Head of Economic and Business Intelligence; and as a Relationship Director at the United Bank for Africa Plc. He also worked as a Senior Policy Analyst for the Government of Saskatchewan in Canada, where he played critical roles in developing the Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit. A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Dr. Kalu obtained a B.Sc. degree in Accountancy from the University of Nigeria in 1995; M.Sc. (Finance) from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada in 2002; MA (Economics) from the University of Ottawa, Canada in 2004; and a PhD (Public Policy) from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada in 2007. His principal research interest is on state-society relations in Africa, institutions and economic growth; and the structure and efficacy of foreign aid and other development assistance. He has presented his papers at several international conferences, and has published his works on subjects as diverse as the asymmetry between interest rates and stock returns; migration and Africa’s development; banking sector liberalization; and the nature and evolution of sub-Saharan Africa’s institutions.

Rosalie Black Kiah is a Professor of English at Norfolk State University. She teaches courses in African American Literature, World 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,  the Reading Teacher, a chapter in Tenderheaded (2001)  and the African American Encyclopedia (2000 edition).  Professor Kiah  presents papers at national and international conferences. She reviews children and young adult books for the Journal of Children’s Literature.

Mickie Mwanzia Koster is an Assistant Professor of History in Africa and the African Diaspora at the University of Texas located in Tyler, Texas in the United States.  She has a B.A. in Mathematics and Information Science from Chatham College, MBA from Case Western Reserve University, M.A. in History from Cleveland State University, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Rice University.  She teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses specializing in African histories and historiography. She is the faculty advisor for the Phi Alpha Theta Historical Honor Society and the faculty advisor for the University of Texas Graduate History Student Association. She was a recipient of the Wagoner Fellowship from Rice University in the United States. She regularly conducts field research in Africa and presents her research at conferences nationally and internationally. She creatively shares the past in varied forms; she has choreographed dance works at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio and Sam Houston State University, in Huntsville, Texas. Additionally, she has published in peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters, dictionaries, encyclopedias, proceedings, and reviews on Kenya, Africa and the African Diaspora.  Her manuscript, The Power of the Oath: The Making of Mau Mau in Kenya, 1952-1960 examines nationalism, ethnicity, and gender by exploring radicalized ritual ceremonies used during the Mau Mau war.  She is also the co-editor of the recent 2014 book Hip Hop and Social Change in Africa: Ni Wakati. She is currently working on two new book projects, Kenya at Fifty: Challenges and Prospects since Independence and Gender and Knowledge in Africa and the African Diaspora.

Zuzanna Kucharski has recently completed her Master’s degree in Anthropology, specialized in International Development from the University of Ottawa. As part of her thesis she traveled to Tanzania and was the Principal Investigator of a women’s empowerment project.  In her spare time she is a Managing Director of Breaking the Silence in Mugeza, an organization focused on advocacy and services for deaf or hard of hearing children in Tanzania. She is also an UN Women Canada Committee member where she works towards supporting the programs of UN Women International, the United Nations entity for gender equality and empowerment of women and girls. Through her work and training in Canada and internationally in Tanzania, Turkey, Spain, France and Poland, Zuzanna has developed a strong cultural awareness and sensitivity that drives her to work towards the promotion of sustainable and inclusive community development.

Prudence Layne is associate professor of English at Elon University in North Carolina. She has served as Coordinator of African & African-American Studies and leads and directs an annual study abroad program to South Africa, now entering its tenth year. Her current book projects, engendered from her work in that program, include Protest Art & Political Struggle: Profiles in Anti-Apartheid Courage and Entrepreneurship and Travel Short, Learn Long: Maximizing the Impact of the Short-Term Study Abroad Experience.  She is also co-editor and contributor of Global Innovation of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Transgressing Boundaries (Springer 2015).

Henry B. Lovejoy was awarded his PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2012 and completed a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Post-Doctorate Fellow and Post-Doctorate Teaching Fellow at the University of British Columbia (2012-2014). He is currently Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin.

Katherine Maddox is currently pursuing her Master’s of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in history and Arabic at the University of Texas at Austin in 2012. Following graduation, she lived in Beirut, Lebanon from 2012 to 2014 where she spent time studying Arabic and working as an editor and journalist. A year of this time was spent working at The Daily Star, the leading English-language newspaper in the country. Her research interests include modern Lebanon and the Middle East, urban studies, informal communities, and refugee issues.

Jack Mangala is Associate Professor of Political Science and African and African American Studies at Grand Valley State University, MI, where he served as Director of the African and African American Studies Program and Director of the Area Studies Center from 2005-2010. His scholarly interest centers on the nexus between international law and human security and on Africa’s international relations, with a particular emphasis on its EU and US dimensions. He is the editor of Africa and the European Union: A Strategic partnership (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013); Africa and the New World Era: From Humanitarianism to a Strategic View (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and New Security Threats and Crises in Africa (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). Dr. Mangala serves as President of the Pan African Institute for Leadership—

Gregory Marinic is Director of Interior Architecture and Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture of the University of Houston. He is principal of Arquipelago, a New York and Houston-based interdisciplinary practice that has been awarded by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, Socio-Design Foundation, ACSA, and various chapters of the American Institute of Architects.  Prior to independent practice, he worked in the New York and London offices of Rafael Viñoly Architects.  His publications include AD Journal (Wiley), International Journal of Architectural Research (MIT Press), Design Issues (MIT Press), IntAR (RISD), Horizonte (Bauhaus-Weimar), and various ACSA and DAMDI publications.  He is currently working on 'The Interior Architecture Theory Reader' which will be published by Routledge in 2016. Gregory holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Science in Geography-Urban Planning from Ohio University.  He is currently a PhD candidate in Architecture at Texas A&M University where his research focuses on infrastructural obsolescence and trans-national migration.

Emily Mediate has received over $20,000 in academic grants to go abroad, worked for three international non-profit organizations and pursued an extraordinary amount of scholarship in my field. She began her international work with The 31 Lengths Campaign, the non-profit she helped to found in 2012 that built a library and provides business education to a school in northern Uganda. Emily spent her first undergraduate summer in Uganda at this site and concurrently conducted independent research on the Ugandan perceptions of nongovernment organizations. Then, sher worked as a research assistant to analyze USAID’s HIV/AIDS campaigns and started volunteering at Imani Unidad, an HIV/AIDS ministry organization in South Bend, Indiana. After international internships with the Palliative Care Association of Uganda and Save the Children U.K., her desire to work internationally to improve the international aid system was confirmed. Through the coupling of charity work and scholarship, her undergraduate experiences has fueled a resilient desire to promote global collaboration with the goal of ensuring the wellbeing of HIV/AIDS patients and those who care for them. Emily will graduate with her B.A. in May 2015 from the University of Notre Dame with majors in Africana Studies and Pre-Medicine and a minor in International Development Studies.

Peter Morrison is the Global Health Task Team Leader at Innovations for Peace and Development, and a dual master’s degree candidate studying International Development and Public Health at The University of Texas at Austin. Previously, Peter was the Director of Health Literacy at the Literacy Coalition of Central Texas, where he developed a health communication training and consulting venture, created health empowerment curricula for adult literacy instructors, and guided policy and investment strategies at state and local health departments. Peter has interned for health and education non-profits in Ecuador and Guatemala, and most recently completed a monitoring and evaluation capacity building project at Peace Corps Senegal. In Austin, Peter mentors three high-risk youth through Explore Austin and serves on the planning committee for Hispanic Austin Leadership, a professional leadership program from which he graduated in 2013. He graduated from Lake Forest College, double majoring in International Relations and Spanish with a business minor.

Marianela Muñoz is a Fullbright-Laspau sponsored student from Costa Rica. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish Philology and a master’s in Literature from the University of Costa Rica. She also earned an MBA in Cultural Enterprises and Institutions from the University of Salamanca and Santillana Institute, Spain. She is a Joint Professor in the Literature Department of the School of Philology, Linguistics and Literature at the University of Costa Rica. As a cultural cooperation consultant, she has worked in cultural projects in Costa Rican public institutions (Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud, Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería); nongovernmental organizations (Fundación para la Paz y la Democracia), and international agencies operating within Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Spain (UNDP, UNESCO, AECID).

Doki Naomi is a lecturer with the Department of Economics, Benue State University, Makurdi, Nigeria.  She holds a PhD in Development Economics from the same university. She is a growing academic and is her research interests include gender and development, development on the African continent among others.

Hotensia Njambi Ng’ang’a is a lecturer in the Department of Computer Science in St. Paul’s University, Kenya. Her areas of research interest include Agricultural Sustainability and Development. She has attended workshops, seminars and conferences in Kenya. e.g. Enhancing Adoption of Harmonized Seed Standards, Regulations and Procedures in Eastern and Central Africa (HESSREP) Workshop, The African Potato Association (APA) Conference, Association for strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) workshop among others. She has been interacting with farmers in Kenya to establish how Information and communications technology (ICT) can be integrated in agriculture.

Ginigeme Nnochiri is an artist and lecturer at the department of creative and Visual Arts department of the Federal University, Lafia, Nasarawa State, Nigeria. He has articles published in reputable national and international journals, has attended many conferences,workshops and participated in several art exhibitions. His research interest includes studying cultural signs and symbols of the people of Cross River State, document and propagate them using fabric as the medium.

Umana Nnochiri is a lecturer in the department of Visual Arts and Technology of the Cross River University of Technology. She is currently a doctoral student of Textiles and Fashion Design in the university of Port Harcourt.She has attended many conferences and workshops nationally and internationally, published several articles in reputable national and international journals. She also has participated in many art exhibitions in Nigeria and abroad.

Ijeoma C. Nwajiaku (Ph.D) is a lecturer and current head of the Department of Languages, Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra State, Nigeria. Her research interest include African Literature, gender studies and contemporary female fiction. She has published in journals and edited volumes.

Christle Nwora is an undergraduate research affiliate at the Innovations for Peace and Development, and a third year Humanities and Urban Studies student at the University of Texas at Austin. Her interests lie in health disparities, community health, urban development, feminist and race theory. At the University of Texas, Christle is involved in Afrikan American Affairs, Texas Spirits, Texas Orange Jackets, and Kappa Rho.She volunteers at the People’s Community Clinic and plans to purse a dual degree in Medicine (MD) and a Master of Public Health (MPH).

Akua Anyei Obeng recently completed her MSc in International Management in Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore – Piacenza, Italy. Her dissertation was entitled “Multinational Corporations in Africa: Risks and Opportunities”, which explores why an economic integration between the African states and multinational corporations could not succeed. Her scholarly interests range from economics, law to information system programs. She is currently working with La Meccanica Padana Srl as a commercial assistant. She is part of a social media movement Africkbegins, and she is continuously participating in Panafrican projects, youth development and peace projects in Europe.
Chinwe E. Obianika currently holds a Ph. D in Linguistics from the University of Nigeria Nsukka and is a senior lecturer with Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Nigeria. Presently, she is the head of the Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies of the university. Her research pursuits span the areas of phonetics and phonology, sociolinguistics and Igbo language studies and has publications in both local and international journals and books. Chinwe is a member of many professional bodies including the International Phonetic Association, Igbo Studies Association (USA), Igbo Studies Association (Nigeria) Linguistics Association of Nigeria and West Africa Linguistic Society and has participated in many local and international conferences, workshops and seminars.

Folasade Oderinde is a lecturer in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria. She holds a in Geography and Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. She also holds an and PhD in Geography and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Ibadan. She is currently the Acting Head of her Department.  Her research interest includes land use change, biodiversity and   carbon sequestration. She has contributions in Journals and edited books and has attended several national and International conferences.

Jane Ofoma Odinaka holds a BA degree from Winconsin International University College Accra Ghana. She carried out her research on Compensation Management and Performance. Her research interest includes issues around Migration and Human rights in Africa.

Anuoluwapo E. Oduwole recently graduated from Carleton University, Ontario Canada with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology with a minor in Law (Hons). Her interests intersect race, ethnicity, class, conflicts and inequality faced by immigrants.

Ebunoluwa O. Oduwole is a Professor of African Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, Nigeria. She is currently the Director of General and Entrepreneurial Studies in the same University. She holds a PhD, M.A., B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria and an MSC. in Bioethics from Katholieke University, Leuven, Belgium, Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands and University of Padova, Padova, Italy a consortium of Universities. She has been teaching Philosophy for over twenty five years. Her research interest covers the area of African Philosophy and Studies, Ethics, Bioethics, and Women Studies. Her recent research interest focuses on Bioethics and Entrepreneurial Studies. She is the current Editor of BEonline Journal of the West African Bioethics Training Program. She has published both locally and internationally in reputable academic journals and books.

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 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 relation and customer service consultant, a political analyst and a communication strategist. 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. Contact info (School of Media and Communication, Pan Atlantic University, No 2 Ahmed Onibudo Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. Nigeria. Email: Tel: +2348032034205)

Segun Ogungbemi is a professor of philosophy and 2014 The University of Texas at Austin Distinguished Award winner for the Advancement of Pan-African Dialogue. He is also a recipient of 2014 Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria Distinguished Merit Award for Excellent Services. He got his Ph.D in Philosophy and Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson Texas in 1984. He has taught in several universities in Africa. He is currently at Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria.

Albert Oikelome is currently a Senior lecturer at the Department of Creative Arts (Music Unit), University of Lagos Nigeria. He bagged a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from the University of Nigeria Nsukka. He also obtained his Masters and PhD degrees in Musicology from the University of Ibadan. He has to his credit series of scholarly articles, books, lectures and talks, many of these published in both local and international journals. He has equally participated in several conferences and workshops within and outside the country. Dr Oikelome is an active member of numerous music associations at both National and International levels. His area of expertise is on the conceptualisation of emerging popular music gernes in Africa. This also involves the enthnographic and musicological inquisition into the functions of these genres and their unique position in the stream of world music. He is also the Director of the University Chorale and the founder of Africa Sings, a concept dedicated to the promotion of choral Music in African institutions of higher learning.

Nneka Okafor received her PhD in Ethics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal South Africa in 2014 where she is currently a lecturer. Her teaching and research interests are in the field of African Feminist Ethics, African Ethics, Professional Ethics and International Relation.

Karen Okhoya-Inyanji is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her areas of specialization are comparative public policy and government performance in public management. She has carried out field studies in Kenya and the United States, and has expanded her inquiry on citizen satisfaction with public services to include several African countries. By accounting for the political aspects of government performance evaluation, her work empirically explores citizens’ responses to public service policies both as individuals, and as individuals within collectives.

Antonia Taiye Okoosi-Simbine is a Research Professor at the Nigeria Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER), Ibadan. She is a graduate of Public Administration from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and attained her higher degrees, including her Ph D, in Political Science from the University of Ibadan in 1986 and 1997 respectively. A 1993 British Council Fellow to the University of Leeds, she is also a member of the International and Nigeria Political Science Associations as well as a Fellow of the Nigeria Institute of International Affairs. Prof. Okoosi-Simbine has varied research interests, including Government and Politics in Nigeria, Corruption and Development, International Peacekeeping and Gender Issues. Towards this end, she has published variously in both local and international outlets.

Sunday Layi Oladipupo is a Ph.D candidate in the Department of Philosophy at Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, Nigeria. His research focuses on African Philosophy, Moral and
Socio - Political Philosophy. His interest tends toward reinventing African traditional value system and heritage as a tool for cultural rebirth and solidifying African identity. Layi Oladipupo graduated with a Masters of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria. He lectures in the Department of Philosophy, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria.

Cecilia Abiodun Olanrewaju, B.Sc Health Sciences M .Sc Food Science and Technoolgy, awaiting oral examination/defence in Ph.D Nutrition and Dietetics at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abokuta.Senior Lecturer in the Department of Home Economics, Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, Ondo State, Nigeria. She has a passion for proper nutirion for all, especially the elderly.

Fatai Ayisa Olasupo is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Local Government Studies, Faculty of Administration, Obafemi Awolowo University. His research focus include Comparative Local Government, Traditional Rulers and Gender.

Victoria Kikelomo Olugbemi is a Governing Council Members, Ile-ife and a Lecturer at Adekunle Ajasin Akungba.

Adetola Omitola is a lecturer in 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 workshops, seminars and conferences in Nigeria and overseas. She has published articles in local, national and international reputable journals and peer-reviewed books.

Bolaji Olumuyiwa Omitola, an associate professor of political science is currently the Acting Dean, 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 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 December 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.   

Emekpe Omon is a Lecturer with Cross River University of Technology Calabar. She is teaching in the Department of visual Arts and Technology in the same University. Presently she is the Head of the Sculpture Unit of the Department. She studied in University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, where she obtained her Bachelor of Art Degree (B.A) in Sculpture in 1992. She also has a Masters of Fine Arts (M.F.A) in Sculpture, from the same University in 2006. Presently, she is undergoing an MA/PhD programme in Arts Education. Her Research area is “Waste for Sculpture”. She has attended several Research Conferences, in and outside Nigeria including African Conference 2014. As an Artist, she has also attended several Art Exhibitions in and outside Nigeria. She has been teaching for the past nineteen years.

Adeyemi Dorcas Omotola is a Graduate Teacher and employee of Ondo State Teaching Service Commission, (TESCOM) Akure, Ondo State Nigeria for close to three decades.  She is a professional teacher who has risen through the ranks to become a Principal since 2007. She is currently the Principal, Temidire Community Grammar School in Ondo State, Nigeria. She is the Chairman, All Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS) in Ondo East LG Zone. She belongs to many non-governmental organizations such as the National Council for Women Societies (NCWS), and she is the Ondo State’s Second Assistant Secretary, as a member of Lions International District 404A, Adeyemi Dorcas Omotola is the 1st Vice President of Ondo Queens Charter. She is also a member of the Catholic Women Organization (CWO) where she served as Secretary for many years.   She served as the Chairman, Education Committee of Ondo East Local Government Area in 2008 to 2011. She is the recipient of the Awards of meritorious service of Egbe Akomolede ati Asa Ile Yoruba,  Life Membership Award from National Council for Women Societies (NCWS) Ondo East LG Chapter, and the Ambassador of Mary Award by National Catholic Women Organisation. Her research interests are in Gender, Languages and Education.

Rotimi Williams Omotoye is a Professor of Church history and Inter-religious relations, Department of Religions, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria. He obtained   B.A. and M.A. degrees in Religious Studies at Obafemi Awolowo University,Ile-Ife and PhD at the University of Ibadan,Ibadan in 2000. He attended the 49th Graduate school at the Ecumenical Institute, Bossey, Geneva, Switzerland in 2000. Professor Omotoye has written many academic papers in local, national and international journals and books. He  has also attended many local,N ntional and international conferences.

Mercy Agha Onu is a native of Edda in Afikpo South Local Government in Ebonyi State, Nigeria. She attended University of Nigeria Nsukka (Alvan Ikoku Campus) for her B.Ed. in Igbo Linguistics, Abia State University for her Masters in Igbo Studies. She is presently a lecturer in the Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies, Ebonyi State University, Nigeria. She has published many articles in reputable local and international journals. She is currently undergoing her Ph.D. research in Abia State University, Nigeria. Her interest is on Igbo Literature, Igbo Grammar and Igbo Culture.  She is a member of Africa Studies Association.

Chinwe Oriji, a McNair Fellow, is currently a PhD Student in the African and African Diaspora Studies Department at the University of Texas at Austin. She recently completed her MPhil in Modern Societies and Global Transformations at Cambridge University and is focused on a doctoral dissertation examining the challenges and opportunities for US-Born Second-Generation Africans and the implications of multiple identities for African and American development. She is on the Board of Directors of Lifebridge, which provides technological skills to disadvantaged and under-served communities as well as the Founder of the “Unispora.Com” Diaspora Website created to share narratives of immigrants and children of immigrants globally.

Dayna Oscherwitz is Associate Professor and Chair of French and Francophone Studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.  She has published widely on French and African cinema, and her work foregrounds questions of genre, history, and agency, and the interrelationship of all of these.  Her most recent book, co-edited with MaryEllen Higgins and Rita Kerezstesi is The Western in the Global South (Routledge 2015).  She is also working on a monograph tentatively entitled Conflicting Frames: Africa, Violence, and the Silver Screen.

Chukwudi Solomon Osondu teaches Public Administration in the Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra State, Nigeria. He will be graduating of his doctoral studies in Conflict Transformation and Peace Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa in April 2015. He has a Masters in Political Science of the same university, a Post Graduate Diploma in International Relations and Bachelor of Arts in Religion of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Chukwudi also studied English Education at the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. A theologian, an Archdeacon in the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Venerable Chukwudi is the Chaplain of the Anglican Chapel of the Light, Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra State, Nigeria.  He is married with three children.

Iheanyi N. Osondu is a professor of geography/GIS in the Department of Social Sciences at Fort Valley State University and has previously taught in higher institutions in Africa and Europe. He earned a BA (honors) in Geography/Education (with a minor in history from the University of Lagos, Nigeria; an MSc in Urban Environmental Resources Planning and management from the University of Jos Nigeria and a PhD. in Geography and Planning from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom. He was a recipient of 2006 SPACE (Spatial Analysis for Curriculum Enhancement Instructional award and a recipient of U.S department of Education congressionally Directed Grant (2009). Dr. Osondu’s current research involves the use and application of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) in solving environmental problems in Africa. He has worked in the fields of economic and population geography in Africa and North America, as well in the areas of housing and housing finance, the informal sector, African migration, socio-economic consequences of wars and civil conflicts in Africa, African Diaspora and environmental issues.

Adaora Osondu-Oti obtained her Ph.D. in International Relations, from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Her area of specialization is International Relations and Diplomacy, and her research interests include Asia-Africa Relations, Security and Conflict Management, Human Rights, Gender Issues and Foreign Policy. At present, Dr. Osondu-Oti holds a Lecturer I position in the Department of International Relations and Diplomacy, Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria. Dr. Osondu-Oti has published in both international and national journals, and has contributed chapters in books. Some of her publications include: Off and On: China’s Principle of Non Interference in Africa; China’s Interest in Nigeria: Is Crude Oil the Driving Force?; Challenges to the Fundamental Rights of Women in Nigeria; Gendering Political Discourse in Niger Delta; Challenges of Symbiotic Relationship of Global Warming, National Interest Ideology of Nation States and the Project of a Low Carbon Society: An African Perspective, among others. She can be contacted through her e-mail: or Mobile Phone: +234 8034728540, 7080704800

Bright Owusu worked as professional Teacher at Mthodist J.H.S Wamfie from 2005 to 2013 and currently pursuing B.S in Economic and Business Administration at Catholic University Of Ghana. He is currently the C.E.O of Bright God Enterprise, a printing firm and supplier of stationery to Government and Private Institution.

Josh Platzky Miller is an MPhil student in the Centre for Development Studies at the University of Cambridge. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Cape Town in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, and an Honours degree in philosophy, specialising in political philosophy and the philosophy of language. His research interests centre on how power relations manifest in, and are shaped by, discourses and practices, particularly in the area known as ‘development’.

TK Pooe is currently is a lecturer for the Department of Public Administration and Governance at the North-West University Vaal campus. He has previous lecturing experience as a Public Policy lecturer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (Howard College), has worked as a Policy research consultant at the Gauteng Provincial Legislature and as a researcher for Integrated Development Planning Unit at the Sedibeng District Municipality. In addition to lecturing he works as a consultant analysing continental economic development policy with the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (University of South Africa) and focuses on economic development planning in South Africa through the Gordon Institute of Business Science (University of Pretoria). He is a qualified Public Policy analyst with a Master’s degree in Public Policy (Monitoring, Evaluation and Analysis/ Project Management and Implementation) and received distinctions for both subjects, Honour’s in Public Policy and Bachelors’ of Social Science (Management and Political Science) and has recently attained a certificate in Public Finance for Non-Financial Managers.

Mojisola Shodipe is a lecturer in the department of English, University of Lagos. Her areas of interest include Sociolinguistics, Bilingualism, Semiotics and Translation Studies. Her teaching experience spans almost two decades and she has published papers in recognized international journals in Africa, Europe and America. Shodipe is a member of Clarity International (a journal   which promotes clear legal language). She is married with four children.

Attahiru Ahmad Sifawa received his B.A. History and Ed in Education from Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto. He then went on to receive his M.A. in History, with a thesis on Colonial Infrastructure Development, and is pursuing his PhD in History from Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto. Mr Sifawa is currently a lecturer at the Department of History, Sokoto State University, Sokoto. His research interests include the history of moral education, education and development issues, the Sokoto Caliphate, and Ethno-Religious conflicts in Nigeria.

Christy Simmons is a senior at the University of Texas at Tyler, majoring in History and minoring in Social Studies. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society and Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society. Christy’s research interests include civil and human rights around the world with a focus on LGBT issues.

Farid Leonardo Suárez is a PhD student in African and African Diaspora Studies at UT Austin. He previously completed an M.A. in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies at Northwestern University. His work focuses on Black Atlantic Religions, with emphasis on the religions of the Yorùbá diaspora. Within this field, his particular interests include the relationship between Black Atlantic Religions and the Nation-State, gendered ritual histories, divination, sacred music, spirit possession, and Black Atlantic religious healing methods. His interdisciplinary methodological approach is most informed by transnational Black feminisms, and incorporates ethnography, historical methods, religious studies methods, and ethnomusicological methods. Other interests include World Systems Analysis and Decolonial Theory, as well as the history of slavery and the erasure of Blackness in his native Colombia.

Bridget A. Teboh is an Associate Professor of 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, African Diaspora and oral history. Her research interests are colonialism, post-coloniality, historical biography, African Diaspora, women’s ikah [power], 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 topics as diverse as African history and culture, historical methods, African feminism, gender and sexuality and economic development. She co-edited with Toyin Falola, Power of Gender: the Gender of Power: Women’s Labor, Rights and Responsibility in Africa (Africa World Press, 2013). Other latest titles include, “A Tiwara Tribute for Nelson Mandela,” in Toyin Falola (ed.) Iconic Tributes to Nelson Mandela. (Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2014); “Gender and Jobs in the Making of a Colonial Economy,” in Nana Amponsah (editor), Beyond the Boundaries: Toyin Falola and the Art of Genre-Bending (2013). Dr. Teboh’s book, Unruly Mothers, Combative Wives: Rituals, Women and Change in the Cameroon Grassfields c. 1889-1960, a study of British colonialism in West Cameroon in the late19th and early 20th Centuries is forthcoming. She is presently completing a historical biography, Herstory: The Life and Times of “Madame Maternity,” an extraordinary African woman, political/religious icon and health worker.

Consoler Teboh, Ph.D., 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. The latest of her refereed publications include, 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, 21:5, 490-501; Pillai, K. V, Teboh, C (2010). “A decade of contraceptive use in Cameroon: Influences of structural changes." Open Access Journal of Contraception, Volume 2011: 2 Pages 5 – 11; and The Effects of Family Size on Socioeconomic Status in Cameroon: A Critical Analysis: book chapter in Contemporary Africa (ed.), by Palgrave Macmillan. Hampshire, UK. Dr. Teboh is currently collaborating to establish a certificate program titled “Clinical Social Work with Refugees and Immigrants” at St. Cloud State University.

Gloria Mayen Umukoro is a Lecturer at the University of Calabar, Nigeria. She holds a Masters in African Literature and Ph.D in Francophone Culture and Civilization. She is a member of the Nigerian French Teacher's Association of Nigeria (UFTAN). Her current research interest is in the Language, Culture and Civilization of the Francophone African people.

Grace Umezurike is a senior lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Religion, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, Nigeria. She is a researcher in socio-political philosophy with 13 years experience in university teaching. She holds a Ph.D, M.A, and B.A (Second class upper division) all in philosophy.

Saumya Wali is an undergraduate Research Affiliate at Innovations for Peace and Development, and a senior Public Relations major at The University of Texas at Austin. She is a member of the TexasMedia Sequence and has a Business Foundations Certificate from McCombs School of Business. Saumya has experience doing event planning, public relations, digital marketing, most recently as an intern at NBC Universal. She was selected as one of 60 students nationwide to participate in Google's 2014 AdCamp. Saumya volunteers with Austin-based NGOs BeHive Austin and Any Baby Can, and is a member of the UNICEF student chapter, Texas Tower PR, Texas Lassos, First Year Interest Group and Texas Student Media on campus. After graduation, Saumya will be joining Accenture as a Management Consulting Analyst.

Amentahru Wahlrab (Ph.D. 2010, Joseph Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver) is Assistant Professor of Political Science in the Department of History and Political Science at the University of Texas at Tyler.  He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on the politics of Africa, theories of nonviolence, and international political economy.  He also teaches undergraduate courses in the politics of Latin America, global studies and globalization, and American politics.  His research interests lie at the intersections of globalization, political economy, political violence, and political social theory.  His published works include original chapters in The Political Economy of Modern Africa: Wealth, Exploitation and Development (forthcoming 2015), The Sage Handbook of Globalization (2014), and Hip Hop and Social Change in Africa: Ni Wakati (2014).

Ben Weiss is a PhD student in the African History program at the University of Texas at Austin, where he also completed his undergraduate degree in History, Government, and African Development Studies. His research interests include HIV/AIDS, economic development, foreign aid and investment, health monitoring systems, and pharmaceutical supply networks. His dissertation aims to understand the colonial history of STD surveillance and treatment in southern Africa in order to contextualize more contemporary responses to early HIV/AIDS histories in the same area through the work of a diverse range of postcolonial theorists.

Delia Wendel is a designer, researcher, and strategist who focuses on post-conflict and post-disaster rebuilding. Her scholarship is interdisciplinary, and guided by Architectural Theory, Urban Studies, Cultural Geography, and Anthropology.  Delia’s work is concerned with the intertwined nature of ethics, politics, and space; ameliorative strategies for marginalized groups; and the value of cultural, spatial, and historical perspectives in rebuilding processes. Current writing builds from ethnographic and historical research in Rwanda, and examines how State peacebuilding objectives are imagined, realized, and challenged in the reconstruction of settlements, housing, and civic spaces after the 1994 genocide.  Delia is a PhD candidate at Harvard and holds degrees in Architecture (BArch), Cultural Geography (MSc), and Architectural History (MDes). She has previously worked for architectural firms, run her own residential design practice, worked as a consultant for UN-Habitat/ Nairobi, and as a Lecturer at Harvard GSD and University of Edinburgh. Recent publications include essays on post-Katrina rebuilding in New Orleans (Journal of Urban Design, 2009; and Handbook of Architectural Theory, 2012), an avant-garde mass spectacle in 1920s Azerbaijan (Journal of Urban Design, 2012), and the imagined spaces of peace and conflict in a Rwandan radio drama (Spatializing Politics, forthcoming). Delia is also the co-editor of a Graham Foundation funded book, Spatializing Politics: Essays on Power and Place, in-progress.

Emily Williamson is a landscape and cultural heritage consultant, adjunct professor at Rhode Island School of Design and researcher at MIT. She graduated from MIT’s Masters of Science in Architectural Studies in 2014. Williamson’s current research focuses on the processes of spatial marginalization of the Zongo, a network of Islamic settlements in Ghana, West Africa. In her prize-winning thesis, she asked what historical factors have shaped these urban and architectural transformations in the urban context of Cape Coast. Emily holds a Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Virginia and an undergraduate degree in Education and Art from Colby College. Emily has previously worked as an architect in Washington, DC and has collaborated on community-based design and cultural heritage projects in Ghana, Peru, and Haiti.

Agyapong Wireko is currently a graduate student (environmental science) at the University of Ghana and a Port Officer (Armajaro Ghana Lt) at Tema Harbor in Ghana.  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 space (waste management and transportation).  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 changing land use in the lake Bosomtwi basin on the lake’s water quality and on local livelihoods.

Zavier Wingham is a Master's student in the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies program at New York University. An avid student of Turkish and Persian (Farsi), his research interests include modern Iran and Turkey, UNHCR refugee policy in Turkey, migration policy in the MENA region, gender politics in MENA region, and minority groups in the MENA region. As of recent, he has become more intrigued in the mobilization of Blackness and Black political thought in the Middle East. His undergraduate coursework at The University of Texas at Austin (Middle Eastern Studies/International Relations & Global Studies B.A.) culminated in a paper on feminism in Iran and Turkey during their respective modernization periods.

Professor Henry Wissink is the Dean and Head, School of Management, IT & Governance, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Jocelyn Wright is a Ph.D. student in French Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She holds a M.A. degree in French Studies from UT-Austin, and a B.A. degree in History and French Studies from Rice University. Her research interests include code-switching, the memory of French colonization in contemporary French and Francophone literature and music, the immigrant experience in France, and the literature and culture of the Maghreb. In addition to French, she speaks, reads, and writes Arabic.

Yaa Konadu Yiadom is currently a teacher with the Ghana Education Service (G.E.S).  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Educational Psychology (B.Ed.), Dip.  (Ed) and Teacher’s Certificate ‘A’ all from the University of Cape Coast (U.C.C).  Her areas of research and teaching interest are on human rights, gender and sexual harassment, girl/early child education, guidance and counseling.

Samuel Zalanga is Professor of Sociology at Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota.  He is currently the associate editor for Africa for the Journal of Third World Studies.  His broad area of scholarly interest and specialization is “Development Studies and Social Change.”  Among his recent publications are: “Religion, Economic Development, and Cultural Change: The Contradictory Role of Pentecostal Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa,” (Spring 2010, Journal of Third World Studies (JTWS); and “Reforming Higher Education in Africa: Access, Equity, and Equal Opportunity” in Transforming the Academia: Exploring African Universities in a Comparative Context” (Nova Publishers, 2009); “The Use of Empiricist and Narrative Methods in Comparative Social Science research: Lessons and Insights for Third World Studies and Research,” (Fall 2011, Journal of Third World Studies); “Transnational Identity Formation as a Kaleidoscopic Process: Social Location, Geography, and the Spirit of Critical Engagement,” in West African Migrations: Transnational and Global Pathways in a New Century, edited by Mojubaolu Okome and Olufemi Vaughan.  He currently teaches the following undergraduate courses: Religion in Society, Sociology of Third World Development, Social Responsibility in the Marketplace, Social Theory, Social Justice and Christian Responsibility, Social Change and Community Development, and Social Entrepreneurship.  He also teaches the following graduate level courses: Leadership in Diverse Cultures, and Introduction to Research. Furthermore, for the past ten years, Zalanga has taught a semester abroad course (“Sociology of Third World Development) in Antigua, Guatemala. His forthcoming book (Carolina Academic Press) is entitled: “Post-Colonial States and Economic Development: Ruling Coalitions and Economic Changes in Nigeria and Malaysia.”

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