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2016 University of Texas Africa Conference Featured Speakers



Keynote Speaker

Oluyemisi Oluremi Obilade

Professor of Adult Education and Women Studies, Obafemi Awolowo University

Vice-Chancellor, Tai Solarin University of Education


Dr. Oluyemisi Oluremi Obilade is a Professor of Adult Education and Women Studies at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. She has also been appointed as Vice-Chancellor of Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Ijebu-Ode. Professor Obilade has over 33 years of experience as a university lecturer. Her research interest is in the tripartite area of adult education, gender, and development. Professor Obilade’s research has contributed immensely to the area of sociology of adult education, especially with regard to gender mainstreaming, gender empowerment, gender justice, and gender equity. Her research findings are designed to be of strategic importance to policy makers, to educational planners and administrators, to academic researchers, and to other strategic stakeholders. She has over 35 core publications in reputable academic books and journals; and she has been an external examiner to the University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, the University of Ibadan, the University of Lagos, and the University of Benin. Professor Oluyemisi Oluremi Obilade is a firm believer in the application of knowledge to address individual, national, and global development needs.



Banquet Speaker

A.B. Assensoh

Professor Emeritus

Indiana University

A.B. Assensoh is an African journalist and historian. He is a Professor Emeritus at Indiana University and Courtesy Professor Emeritus at University of Oregon, as well as a former Fulbright-Hays scholar. He has studied law and specialized in environmental and natural resource law. He earned his bachelor’s degree (with a double major in history and political science, and a minor in English language) from Dillard University, a liberal arts institution in New Orleans, Louisiana. His master’s and Ph.D. degrees in history are from New York University, while his master’s degree in law (LL.M.) is from the School of Law of the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, where he specialized in environmental and natural resource law. He conducted his postgraduate studies and research at the Department of Peace Studies of the University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, U.K., and he held postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard, Oxford, Emory, and other institutions. Apart from being the author or co-author of several books and scholarly and popular articles, his most recently-published works include, Malcolm: A Biography (co-authored with Dr. Yvette M. Alex-Assensoh); Malcolm X & Africa (co-authored with Dr. Alex-Assensoh); African Political Leadership: Jomo Kenyatta, Kwame Nkrumah, and Julius K. Nyerere; African Military History & Politics, 1900-Present (co-authored with Dr. Alex-Assensoh). He and Dr. Yvette M. Alex-Assensoh (professor of political science and vice president at the University of Oregon, as well as a licensed attorney) are proud parents of Kwadwo and Livingston Alex-Assensoh.

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