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Centre of African Studies Annual Review Issue 8, 2016-2017

Contents Welcome


Current Projects & Research


CAS Events 2016 - 2017




Members’ Activities


Research Students


African Studies Resources


Welcome Welcome to the Centre of African Studies, University of London’s Annual Review for the academic year 2016-2017. In this issue you will find information and articles about our activities, events, collaborations, awards and the research of the Centre members who are drawn from across the University of London and beyond.

About the Centre of African Studies The SOAS University of London’s Centre of African Studies is the largest centre of expertise on Africa outside Africa. Founded in 1965 at SOAS University where its administration is still based, the Centre has since 1991 assumed formal responsibility for co-ordinating, stimulating and promoting interdisciplinary study, research and discussion on Africa within the University; and promoting a wider awareness of African issues. The Centre’s present membership comprises over 100 Members from the lecturing staff of the University of London, as well as Professorial Research Associates and Research Associates, drawn from academia, business, private and public sector.

Letter from the Chairman

Mashood Baderin CAS Chairman

Editorial Team

Angelica Baschiera CAS Manager

Anna De Mutiis CAS Executive Officer


I am very pleased to welcome our readers and friends to this edition of our Centre’s Annual Review for the 2016-2017 academic year. Like the last academic year, the 2016-2017 academic year was very busy and exciting for the Centre of Africa Studies, as is evidenced by the contents of this Annual Review, in its variety of activities aimed at contributing to a better understanding of Africa. Starting from October 2016 to September 2017 the Centre showcased numerable events, including seminars, lectures, conferences and film shows on Africa both at SOAS and in a few African countries. Some of the events hosted at SOAS included the

annual Baraza Swahili Conference in October 2016, which was in collaboration with the Department of the Languages and Cultures of Africa, to discuss language, literature, translation, culture and philosophy of the Swahili speaking peoples of East Africa. As part of the SOAS Centenary events, we hosted the African Playwright Professor Wole Soyinka in October 2016 and hosted the 2017 Caine Prize for Africa Writing in June 2017, celebrating six shortlisted new African writers. Some of the events we held in Africa included a SOAS Centenary Lecture on “The Place of Heritage Renewal in Forging Confident Futures: Go Back for That which you Have Forgotten” by Dr Gus Caseley-Hayford at the African Studies Institute, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra in November 2016. Also as part of the centenary events, the Centre, in collaboration with the Development, Alumni and External Engagement (DAEE) Directorate, organised a very successful alumni event in Lagos, Nigeria to showcase and bolster our engagement and alumni relations in Nigeria and Africa.

We are currently working on escalating the Centre’s work to enable us to engage in more ground-breaking work on Africa and to provide enhanced academic opportunities for African students, scholars and researchers through scholarships and fellowships at SOAS University of London. We will therefore welcome funding and sponsorships from personalities and institutions interested in partnering with us to take our engagement with Africa to the next cutting-edge level. As I step into my third year as the Chair of the Centre, I must acknowledge and thank my administrative colleagues, Angelica Baschiera, the longstanding CAS Manager, and Anna De Mutiis, the Executive officer, for their commendable support in the past year. I look forward to their continued support as I commit to build upon our successes this year by continuing with the great work of the Centre with the hope of achieving higher goals in the 2017-2018 academic year.


We rounded up the SOAS centenary events in July 2017 by organising the first SOAS Africa Conference with the theme “Imagining Africa’s Future: Language, Culture, Governance, Development”. This was a truly successful interdisciplinary conference that examined future key trends, changes and debates that are likely to shape the African continent over the coming century, drawing from a broad range of disciplines and perspectives. The two-day conference attracted over 300 participants and we had the honour of hosting His Highness, Muhammad Sanusi II, the Emir of Kano, as the Keynote Speaker at the conference. His Keynote speech on “Nigeria between the Past and the Future: Culture, Governance and Development” was fascinating and very well received.

the different contemporary challenges facing African countries. The Centre’s research engagement with Africa will continue robustly in the 2017-2018 academic year.

Mashood Baderin Professor of Laws.

The tenth edition of the annual Governance for Development in Africa Residential School funded by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation was held in Cape Town South Africa, with participants selected from different African countries. The programme was organised in association with the South African Department of Trade and Industry. We also hosted 2 Fellows at the Centre under the Leventis Research Cooperation Programme for Nigerian scholars funded by the Leventis Foundation. Through the many events held in 2016-2017, the Centre continues to make important contributions to new knowledge and understanding for addressing


Current Projects and Research Schemes Governance for Development in Africa Initiative

Current Projects & Research Schemes

The Centre of African Studies at SOAS, University of London, is continuing to work on the Governance for Development in Africa Initiative, funded by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. The focus of the project remains the same in terms of creating a dedicated environment to support African citizens to study the socio-economic, political, and legal links between governance and development. The continuing support of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation aims to enable African citizens to improve the quality of governance in their countries by building their skills within an expert academic environment. The Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s £1.5 million gift funds four dedicated programmes at SOAS that run on an annual basis: 3 MSc scholarships; 1 PhD scholarship; 1 Residential School in Africa; and the Governance Conversations media and dissemination programme. The programme is currently under review.

Thankfully through CAS, I was facilitated into a smooth settling in London process. Angelica provided a lot of support to help me stabilise. She was an easy reference point for all my uncertainties. I feel very lucky because as an MIF scholar, I was guided through all my administrative burdens which allowed me to concentrate on my studies. The core course has been extremely academically enlightening whilst at the same time being applicable and practical. My classroom experience was amazing. Every lecture was thrilling and so engaging – I couldn’t dare miss any. SOAS is also such a great institution and arguably one of the most diverse places in the world. This has given me the opportunity to relate with cultures and people from all over the world. I am determined to share my experience and knowledge with others when I get to start work, and am confident that I will make a positive contribution to the governance and development of my region in Africa. I am forever grateful to the MIF and CAS for their support. Jimmy Awany (Uganda) MSc Development Studies

The MIF scholarship offered me the opportunity to pursue a Master of Science in Development Studies, allowing me to hone my analytical, critical thinking and research skills, as well as gain more theoretical knowledge in the field of international development. The individuals at the Centre of African Studies provided me with tremendous support during my studies. Ms. Angelica Baschiera and Ms. Anna De Mutiis were especially effective in making my experience at SOAS and in London highly rewarding, in and outside of the classroom. The resources offered by the university, as well as the knowledge and availability of professors were extremely beneficial in my learning process, and in strengthening and broadening my understanding of development issues and development practice, especially related to my research interests: the nexus between gender, labor, and education in Africa. My experience as a MIF scholar has ultimately led to life-long friendships and important professional and academic connections. I am confident that the experiences and learning opportunities I had at SOAS will undoubtedly make me a more knowledgeable and efficient individual as I continue my journey as a development practitioner. Sandra Zerbo (Burkina Faso) - MSc Development Studies The provision of a full scholarship (covering tuition, flights, accommodation, feeding and visa costs) by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, through the Centre of African Studies at SOAS, University of London, proved the beginning of an adventure for me to explore the core of development issues, related, not just to Africa, but to Asia, the Middle East, and, in fact, the rest of the world. It was an experience that provided me with the opportunity to study a MSc Globalisation and Development at SOAS, University of London. The global prowess of SOAS, University of London, in issues of development, for example, is unquestionable. It was, therefore, my interest to understand the dimensions


of development, stemming from globalisation. The interplay between global players (from developing to developed), in terms of the economy, politics, migration, and so on, has driven the need for more sustainable wave of interaction, along these mutually-exclusive lines, on the global scene. Therefore, I have been able to understand the distinctness of these countries, and the forces that penetrate such distinctness, towards making it possible for each of them to work at engaging with themselves, and with others in similar quest for interrelated development. The platform provided by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, the Centre of African Studies and SOAS, University of London, through this scholarship, has created the opportunity for the acquisition of this knowledge, and will subsequently translate to its application for global development. Horace Nwabunwene (Nigeria) - MSc Globalisation and Development at SOAS

Fernandes Wanda (Angola) - PhD Candidate in the Development Studies Department

Current Projects & Research Schemes

My decision to apply for a research programme at SOAS has been an interesting test of resolve and resilience. In my first attempt for the Mo Ibrahim Foundation (MIF) Governance for Development in Africa Initiative (GDAI) PhD scholarship in 2014 I was not successful but, two years later I had the pleasure to read the award letter. However, I soon realized that securing the scholarship was just the first hurdle I had overcome. The UK visa application procedure for Angolans changed (from 2012) and now applicants had to pay online, at the time Angolan banks stopped issuing international payment cards. To that, I was glad to count on the assistance of Angelica, CAS Manager, who despite being on vacation still managed to reply to my emails and timely assisted whenever I called upon her. This support made my transition, once at SOAS, much smoother than I had anticipated. A highlight of my year was the 2017 Ibrahim Forum in Marrakesh, Morocco. It was good to return to a city and country I visited almost ten years ago and first-hand experience how much can be achieved provided vision, leadership and targeted state interventions are there. The forum allowed me to extend my network within and outside the MIF as I have met past and present scholars and fellows as well as interacted with people from different organizations. The forum discussion around the report ‘Africa at a Tipping Point’ generated interesting conversations to the point that I felt compelled to write and successfully published, in Angola, a text about the challenges that jobless growth pose to countries in Africa and particularly to Angola. This was motivated by the fact that election was called, opening an opportunity to challenge candidates to present better proposals to address the problems of the youth. As I wrap-up my year for fieldwork in Angola, I cannot express how grateful I am for the chance I was given, through the MIF GDAI PhD scholarship at SOAS, to research a topic, ‘Capitalist Transformation in Transition’, that may shade light on the process of formation of ruling coalition in low income countries and their developmental implications with a focus on possible contradictions that may defy simplistic narratives.

Our incoming Master scholars in 2017-2018 are: • Mandipa Ndlovu (Zimbabwe) MSc Violence Conflict And Development • Modibbo A. Aboubakary (Cameroon) MSc Public Policy and Management And our PhD award has been awarded to: Nigisty Gebrechristos (Ethiopia) THE ETHIOPIAN MANUFACTURING SECTOR:Growth Patterns and Catching up Challenges of the food Processing Industry, 2000-2015. Supervisor: Dr Laura Hammond, Development Studies Department For information about how to apply for the programmes contact: Angelica Baschiera, CAS Manager Email: or visit:


The conference room with participants during the welcoming speech delivered by Michael Jennings and Mashood Baderin

GDAI 2017 Residential School in Cape Town, South Africa 27th - 31st March 2017, Townhouse Hotel, Cape Town Organised by the Centre of African Studies at SOAS University of London, the 2017 Residential School was held in Cape Town, in collaboration with the Department of Trade and Industry and was supported by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. Between the 27th and the 31st of March 2017 the participants and speakers met to discuss and debate the latest challenges regarding good governance in Africa. Now in its ninth year, the residential school initiative continues to explore issues of governance and development in Africa through an intensive programme of lectures, seminars and workshops. More than twenty participants from different African countries were in attendance – including policy makers, academics, government officials and civil society representatives. The programme was devised and delivered by the SOAS academic committee that oversees the programme, along with other invited speakers from South Africa and the UK.

‘The variety of presentations helped me broaden my understand of governance. I especially enjoyed the fact that it wasn’t only about theories, and the fact that we had practitioners and practical research outputs was wonderful’.

Adhering to the original aims of the initiative, the residential school programme continues to build skills, develop talent and enable citizens to improve the quality of governance in their countries. The selected participants benefitted from the knowledge and research presented by the speakers, and brought their own diverse experiences of development, civil service and academic study to contribute to the lively atmosphere of debate that characterised the five day event.

The Governance in Africa initiative aims to reach a wide range of people in Africa and Worldwide to raise awareness and debate on Governance issues, and therefore all our resources are free and accessible online from the dedicated website:


Speakers Mushtaq Khan - Department of Economics, SOAS

Funmi Olonisakin, King’s College London

Christopher Cramer - Department of Development Studies, SOAS

Fiona Tregenna, University of Johannesburg

Judith Fessehaie, CCRED; University of Johannesburg

Faizel Ismail, UCT/DTI

Fareda Banda, School of Law, SOAS

Jonathan Di John, SOAS - Department of Development Studies, SOAS

Mashood Baderin - CAS, SOAS

Carlos Oya - Department of Development Studies, SOAS

Michael Jennings - Department of Development Studies, SOAS

IIAG Research Team, Mo Ibrahim foundation

Current Projects & Research Schemes

Participants and staff of the Residential School


Cape Town Residential School 2017 - videos and resources available on Security in Africa Prof Funmi Olonisakin 70 mins

Gender Equality and Participation Prof. Fareda Banda 100 mins

Doing Anti-Corruption in Adverse Contexts: A Strategic Approach Prof Mustaq Khan 85 mins

The SA-USA AGOA Negotiations: A Game of Chicken Dr Faizel Ismail 80 mins

Industrialisation, Deindustrialisation and Industrial Policy Prof Fiona Tregenna 70 mins

Governance and taxation Dr Jonathan Di John 85 mins

You can download all the speakers’ Powerpoint Presentations here:

‘Corruption and Growth in African economies: Is weak industrialisation a consequence of bad governance? Or the other way around?’ Panel Discussion 27 April 2017 Professor Ben Turok, anti-apartheid activist and director of the Institute for African Alternatives, chaired this interesting panel discussion with estimated scholars such as Dr Nimrod Zalk (DTI, SA), Dr Jonathan Di John (SOAS), and Prof Mushtaq Khan (SOAS). You can watch the full length video here:

The panellists (from left): Nimrod Zalk (DTI, SA), Mushtaq Khan (SOAS), Ben Turok [Chair] (Institute for African Alternatives), Jonathan Di John (SOAS)


Residential School participant’s perspective on Governance in Africa This GDAI initiative aims to contribute to and stimulate debate on governance, development, and the relationship between them. About 20 participants from a range of African countries, and representative of the academic, civil society and government sectors, are selected each year to take part in the residential school. We have collected 19 video feedback from this year’s residential school: Edem Doreen Asimadu Centre for Parliamentary Research and Information Ghana

Pomi Ayalew Setaweet Ethiopia

Temitope Bello University of Ibadan Nigeria

Lindiwe Dhlamini UNDP South Africa

Moono Herryman Economics Association of Zambia Zambia

Buhle Hlatshwayo Centre for Development and Enterprise South Africa

Emmanuel Igbinoba Stellenbosch University South Africa

Abdullah Ismail Maaruf Office of the Ombudsman Government of Kenya Kenya

Robert Maina National Police Service Commission Kenya

Godfrey Maringira University of the Western Cape South Africa

Sithole Mbanga South African Cities Network South Africa

Alice Ndlovu Muonde Trust Zimbabwe

Timbo Osman National Commission for Privatisation, Office of the President, Sierra Leone

Birhan Teka Energo Transformer & switchgear Plc Ethiopia

Masiya Tiyanai Human Science Research Council - South Africa Zimbabwe

Sarah Wahby University of Cairo Egypt

Kamau Wairuri Strathmore Institute of Public Policy and Governance Kenya

Carolynne Wambui Trocaire Kenya

Current Projects & Research Schemes

Adeniyi Adefolake Graduate School of International Development Nagoya University, Japan

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Leventis Fellowship

The Centre of African Studies of the University of London invites applications from Nigerian academics to take part in a scheme of collaborative research funded by the Leventis Foundation. The Leventis Research Co-operation Programme is devised to assist younger scholars develop their research interests in collaboration with their counterparts in London. Applicants are invited to apply to spend three months as visitors of the Centre of African Studies in order to pursue their research in libraries and archives and to participate in the intellectual life of the Centre. The scheme might be particularly appropriate for scholars working up a PhD thesis into publishable form. For information about how to apply for the Leventis Fellowship contact Angelica Baschiera or visit Deadline for applications: 31st March 2018

2016-2017 Fellows Dr Tunde Decker Osun State University, Osogbo

Topic: Integration, social mobilit and status - Defining Poverty in Lagos: 1851 - 1960 The Leventis Fellowship, by my experience, is designed to fortify the awardee’s research capacity in a comfortable and inspiring academic


environment. Firstly, the professionalism with which the Centre of African Studies at SOAS University of London handled my research itinerary was remarkable. Throughout the period of my stay, the Centre Manager Angelica Baschiera as well as the staff Ponsiano Bimeny and Anna De Mutiis highlighted the importance of professional organization of academic research. Their effective coordination of logistics, protocols and registrations, seminars and conferences, as well as visits and the much needed social networking made my research sojourn truly memorable. In the same way, the staff of the International African Institute -Stephanie Kitchen and William Burgess- made it a matter of duty to ensure I integrate into the social and academic community in London. Although the substance of the study I intended to undertake had been prepared, the fellowship afforded me an opportunity to interact with wide ranging archival and secondary sources from the library at SOAS University of London, the London School of Economics, the British Library, the National Archives at the Kew Gardens, and the Goodenough College Library. The resources in these libraries have remained invaluable and have significantly enriched the substance of my research. Additionally, I was inspired and challenged by the interactions I had with scholars at the various faculties of the University of London.My interactions with Professor Murray Last, Professor Richard Fardon, Professor Jane Guyer, Professor Mashood Baderin, Dr. Marloes Janson, Dr. Akin Oyetade, Dr. Emilia Onyema; and Professor Karin Barber, Professor Insa Nolte and Dr. Rebecca Jones of the University of Birmingham were very helpful in the construction and reconfiguration of my research design as well as additional multidisciplinary insights that I was able to access through information from them. The intellectual community in London is rich and lively. The combination of rigourous exchange of ideas and pleasant social networking was inspirational in many ways. Given the opportunities available, I attended almost a score of academic workshops and seminars that exposed the thought processes of many academics as well as the latest trends in monitoring and evaluation techniques in the academic enterprise.

In my assessment, London is a city of dreams - inspiring and instructive for the creative and enterprising intellectual who wants to balance his trade with the experience of a social reality that enriches. Altogether, the Leventis Fellowship is a useful experience that has enhanced my academic status.

Dr Ibrahim Kankara Umaru Musa Yar’adua University, Katsina

As a young scholar from the first day of my arrival in London I understood how really prepared the Leventis Post-Doctoral program was, as all things went as scheduled. My first day at the College was what amazed me most, particularly the warm orientation lecture by the administrative manager Angelica and the senior fellow Mr Barry Burgess (Mai gida Barau). With the support of CAS staff the registration process went smoothly without any difficulty. The meeting at the welcome lunch was a great opportunity to meet the CAS family. The appointment Professor Murray Last as My academic host and mentor greatly stimulate my stay in London, his guide towards identifying the relevant literatures to my research. His scholarly inputs help in changing My perspectives on different parameters of my research (Allah ja zamanin Tsoho). The Library at SOAS is of great value to my research. With help of the library staffs I was exposed to different sections of the library and other facilities around the library. During my short stay in London I was also able to visit different research repositories at the UCL, LSE, Goodenough College and the British Library. The series of seminars attended at the college organised by CAS and other departments in the college greatly offers opportunity to meet distinguished scholars and fellow Africanist

I joinined the reading group organised by Carli Coetzee, which offered me a great opportunity to share my research with Postgraduate students in the college. Their interesting comments offered by the reading group greatly proved SOAS as an intellectual home. Carli did very well in guiding me on how come up with good journal articles and book publication. Similarly, extensive discussions with other postgraduate students in the college equally widen my horizon on different aspects of Nigerian and African History and Anthropology. My accommodation at Goodenough also offers a wonderful opportunity to meet students from different parts of the world. Lastly I remain grateful for the opportunity offered to underwent the program in SOAS, My appreciations goes to the Administrative Manager of CAS and her team for making all things possible. Long live the Leventis foundation, CAS and SOAS.

2017 -2018 Fellows Dr. Abiodun Ajayi Adeyemi University of Education, Ondo

Current Projects & Research Schemes

Topic: Activities of youth group, the Kauraye, in post independent Katsina state Nigeria

scholars. I most appreciate the opportunity offered to me to present in one of such platforms. The series of comments and questions raised during my seminar greatly stimulate my research.

Topic: The Develompent of Wheeled Transportation in Osun Division of Southwestern Nigeria, 1900-1960 Seminar: 13th November 2017, Room 4429 Dr IChukwuezugo Krydz Ikwuemesi University of Nigeria, Nsukka

Topic: Problems and Prospects of the Igbo Uli Art Idiom in the Igbo Heritage Crisis Seminar: 27th November 2017, Room 4429


Africa of the past, Africa of the future: The dynamics of time in Africanist scholarship and art

Asixoxe – Let’s Talk!

SOAS Conference on African Philosophy

5th-6th May 2017, Russell Square Campus, SOAS, University of London

Keynote Speakers: Mark Bould: Staying with Wahala: Making Time in the Anthropocene Tade Thompson: Science Fictional antidotes to the Created, Observed and Experienced African Self Conveners:

Alena Rettová ( Michelle Clarke ( Department of the Languages and Cultures of Africa SOAS, University of London

rift valley institute | Contested Borderlands

Dividing Communities in South Sudan and Northern Uganda Boundary disputes and land governance

30 November 2016 | 7 - 9pm | Room SWLT

Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) SOAS, University of London The Centre of African Studies at SOAS, University of London in collaboration with the Rift Valley Institute (RVI), will launch an interesting book published by RVI on border disputes in South Sudan and Northern Uganda authored by Cherry Leonardi and Martina Santschi. The book examines issues of international border demarcation, changing land values and local hybrid systems of land governance.

Panellists: Cherry Leonardi - Martina Santschi - Douglas H. Johnson - Peter Hakim Justin Moderator: Mawam Muortat (SSSUK) Reserve your seat on eventbrite here:

CHERRY LEONARDI AND MARTINA SANTSCHI The Wye Valley Society and the Nubian Languages and Culture Project present the following exhibition

A Tale of Two Rivers:

The Lower Wye and the Nubian Nile The exhibition reflects on how the people of each river valley are dealing with threats to their environment and how they are protecting these outstanding sites of natural beauty and cultural importance. The focus of the exhibition is the importance of the environment of both the river Wye and the Nubian Nile for personal inspiration and the flourishing of intangible culture. Opening address to launch the exhibition: Mr Osama Daoud Abdellatif Chairman of DAL Group, Sudan

Professor Herman Bell, IAIS, University of Exeter, Nubian Languages and Culture Project. Mr Robert Golder, MA, Wye Valley Society. Dr Kirsty Rowan, SOAS, Nubian Languages and Culture Project. Ms Jane Clark, IAIS, University of Exeter.

Thursday 23 February - Friday 19 May, 2017 Launch ceremony: Thursday 23 February, 4-7pm Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies ‘The Street’, University of Exeter, EX4 4ND

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Photographic Dialogues of the African Diaspora Seminar Series Monday 6th February 2017 | Room 4429 College Building | SOAS, University of London

Photographic Dialogues of the African Diaspora Seminar Series will aim at discussing the different paths and visions the African Diaspora encounters in their works across the globe in the field of photography. Even though focusing on the global term of “African Photography” this seminar series will also highlight the plurality of individual stories of photographers from the African Diaspora. It is about narrating the experiences and understanding the uniqueness of each perspective in order to discuss the idea of “African Photography”. Photography as a visual weapon is subjective in its objectivity and thus presents a huge variety of positions. For the first encounter of this seminar series, AfroShoot has the pleasure to introduce Alun Be, Senegalese photographer who was part of the exhibition “Bridged Narratives” curated by AfroShoot at 50 Golborne Gallery, London.

Speaker: Alun Be (Artist) Chair: Alinta Sara (Art Educator) All welcome, free attendance.

The seminar will be presented by AfroShoot in partnership with Centre for African Studies, sponsored by LeNoir Foundation.

Saturday 21 January 2017 | SOAS, University of London A day celebrating the rhythms of African literature & culture Doors open: 12pm Admission: FREE Publishers Market | African Food Court | Performances | Open Lit Space LIVE CONCERT at 8pm (£7 on the door) Reserve tickets & Programme on Eventbrite

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CAS Events 2016-2017: Highlights The Centre’s activities are diverse and many. The majority of its members are lecturers of the University of London, contributing to the teaching of undergraduate and Masters degrees and the supervision of Doctoral research within the humanities, social sciences and sciences. One of the most important functions of the Centre is to act as a forum for regional and interdisciplinary co-operation within the University of London, which is predominantly organised through membership of disciplinary departments. As a closure to the centenary celebrations this year we hosted the first SOAS Africa Conference.

SOAS AFRICA CONFERENCE Imagining Africa’s Future: Language, Culture, Governance, Development Words: Extracts from‘s event review

CAS Events HRH Muhammad Sanusi II, CON, The Emir of Kano

The first SOAS Africa Conference (Imagining Africa’s Future: Language, Culture, Governance Development) took place on the 20th and 21st of July 2017 at the Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre of SOAS University of London. The convenors managed to put together a very interdisciplinary conference, where various subject areas surrounding the continent were covered – from literature, to film, to music, to international development, to politics, economics, and more. Well-established and respected scholars, were joined by independent researchers, early career researchers, filmmakers, activists and writers, to form incredibly diverse panels, and to generate an extremely varied and informative body of knowledge for the audience to consume. Alongside the more formal talks and panels, the audience and panelists alike, were able to indulge in some book shopping and informal chats outside of the lecture theatre, where the organisers had create a marketplace for publishers and independent business owners to display their latest publications and merchandise. In between panels and discussions, attendees were able to informally discuss the topics of the panels with the panelists themselves, and the breaks also offered great networking opportunities. The conference was organised and convened by Friederike Luepke, Mashood Baderin, Paul Asquith and Angelica Baschiera, in collaboration with the Centre of African Studies (University of London), the Royal African Society, Hunton & Williams, AFFORD, Tyburn Gallery, and the Society for the Study of the Sudans UK.


Africa Conference panels and discussions’ videos Keynoyte lecture - Nigeria between the Past and the Future: Culture, Governance and Development Speaker: HRH Muhammad Sanusi II, CON, The Emir of Kano, Former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria Discussant: Prof Stephen Chan Panel 1 - ‘Creating and Claiming Identities’ PANELLISTS: Rama Salla Dieng (SOAS University of London) , Rebecca Rwakabukoza (Independent Researcher) – Camille Jacob (Portsmouth University)– Lutz Marten (SOAS) Robtel Neajai Pailey (University of Oxford) – Amidu Sanni (Lagos State University) – CHAIR: Friederike Luepke (SOAS) Panel 2 - ‘Actors and Perspectives in the future of African development’ PANELLISTS: Kenneth Kapalu Muzata (University of Zambia)– Salvatore Mancuso (University of Cape Town) – Mari Dumbaugh (University of Basel) – Detlef Muller-Mahn (University of Bonn) – Onyekachi Wambu (AFFORD) – Christopher Cramer (SOAS) CHAIR: Paul Asquith (AFFORD

Panel 4 - ‘How Can Africa Claim the 21st Century?’ PANELLISTS: Alice Nicole Sindzingre (CNRS Paris; SOAS)– Alessio Iocchi (L’Orientale, University of Naples) – Jane Bryce (University of the West Indies) – Chege Githiora (SOAS) – Andrew Thomas (Hunton & Williams) CHAIR: Mashood Baderin (SOAS)

CAS Events

Panel 3 - ‘New visions, new images, new stories’ PANELLISTS: Miriam Pahl (SOAS) –John Simpson (British Council) – Judy Kibinge (Film director) -Louisa Egbunike (Manchester University/SOAS) -Kadija George (SABLE LitMag/University of Brighton) CHAIR: Nanjala Nyabola (Independent Researcher)

Group Discussion 1 - Knowledge production, media and access in African studies SPEAKERS: Janet Remmington (Routledge, Taylor&Francis Group), Helen Porter (SOAS), Nanjala Nyabola (Independent Researcher), Kadija George (SABLE LitMag) CHAIR: Stephanie Kitchen (International African Institute) Group Discussion 2 - Alternative forms of Protest in Africa organised in partnership with The Royal African Society SPEAKERS: with James Wan (African Arguments), Jenny Mbaye (City University of London), Nanjala Nyabola (Independent Researcher), Stephen Chan (SOAS) CO-CHAIRS: Caitlin Pearson (Royal African Society); Anna De Mutiis (Centre of African Studies SOAS) Judy Kibinge(Director of ‘Something Necessary’) in Conversation with Lindiwe Dovey (SOAS) and Q&A Session

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African Seminar Series

Photo: ‘Students at Luthuli House’ by Safodien

‘The Making of Contemporary Africa: The Development of African Society Since 1800’ 3rd October 2016 Bill Freund (University of KwaZulu-Natal) Bill Freund presented the 3rd edition of his book ‘The Making of Contemporary Africa: The Development of African Society Since 1800’.

Integration, Social Mobility and Status – Defining Poverty in Lagos: 1851 – 1960 31st October 2016 Dr Tunde Decker (Osun State University, Osogbo) Dr Tunde Decker (Leventis Fellow) presented his on-going research on Integration, social mobility and status in Lagos between 1851 and 1960.

BlackPoppyRose - We WILL Remember... 14th November 2016 Selena Carty (BlackPoppyRose) African Influence in Reinassance Theatre and Literature:

“Is Black so base a hue?”

Selena Carty presented the African/Black/ Caribbean/Pacific Islands contributions to the various War Efforts that have paved the way for the ‘cultures’ we know and understand today.

7th November 2016 Onyeka (Narrative Eye) The idea of ‘Race’ is a socially constructed phenomenon. In Shakespeare’s works there are ideas of difference, some of these are negative, others are positive. Attitudes towards African people in Tudor England were not habitually negative and our desire to see it as such is more to do with now and Victorian revisionism - than then.


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Afterlives: writing World War Two in contemporary Nigerian fiction 30th January 2017 Dr Oliver Coates (University of Cambridge) Exploring the recent surge of interest in World War Two both inside Nigeria and in the diaspora, this paper focussed on the way in which fiction has become a vehicle for communicating the conflict to a readership remote in time and experience from the events.

The Unravelling of the ANC

Municipal Election Results, Cronyism, ‘Service Delivery’ Protests, the Marikana/ Lonmin Miners Massacre, FeesMustFall Students’ Movement and the formation of a New Trade Union Federation

21st November 2016 Salim Vally (Centre for Education Rights and Transformation)

From blogging to entrepreneurship: to Nooru Box 18 April 2016 Virginie Ehonian (Nooru Box) Virginie Ehonian discussed her latest project, the Nooru Box, the first giftbox dedicated to Black Cultures.

CAS Events

Salim Vally argued that understanding the political economy of racial capitalism in South Africa requires an analysis beyond the scandals centred on the President. Rather, it should involve the structural features of capital accumulation and its effects including an increase in inequality, unemployment and poverty while profit levels rises.

The Dynamics of Kauraye Activities in Katsina, Northern Nigeria 28th November 2016 Dr Ibrahim Kankara (Umaru Mussa Yar’adua University, Katsina) Dr Ibrahim Kankara presented his research which explores the origin and nature of Kauraye activities since pre-colonial Katsina up to the present time.

Going on Tahriib: The causes and consequences of Somali youth migration to Europe 9 January 2017 Nimo-ilhan Ali (SOAS) This seminar hosted the launch of the Rift Valley Institute Report: Going on Tahriib: The causes and consequences of Somali youth migration to Europe by Nimo-ilhan Ali, based on interviews with households in Somaliland and Puntland as well as young people and government officials.

African Students and Lectors in Germany in Historical Perspective 22 May 2016 Sara Pugach (California State University) Africans have taught and studied in Germany from at least the mid-nineteenth century, and likely earlier. This seminar gave an overview of the history of these students and lectors from the nineteenth century through German reunification in 1990.


Baraza: Swahili Conference at SOAS

and why Native Life came into being at a critical historical juncture, and to reflect on how it can be read in relation to South Africa’s heightened challenges today.

Southern Africa: History, Culture and Society Seminar Series! 29 Oct 2016, SOAS Speakers: Sabata-mpho University of London! Mokae (Sol Plaatje Organisers: Chege Githiora and Ida University), Janet Remmington (York University), Hadjivayanis (SOAS) Brian Willan (Rhodes University), Sol Plaatje’s Native Life A Hundred Years On! Elizabeth Williams ! The second annual ‘Baraza’ Conference explored (Goldsmiths), Book Launch and Roundtable! 4 panels on language, literature, translation, ! Heather Hughes culture, philosophy or diaspora of 25 theNovember Swahili 2016! Friday (Lincoln University), 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.! speaking peoples of the world. The aim of the William Beinart Courtroom, First Floor! annual meeting is to foster academic interaction (Oxford University) Senate House! and exchange about new or emerging research, London WC1E 7HU! developing ideas and interests for mutual ! Discussant: Andrew benefit among Swahili scholars! and students. van der Vlies With: Sabata-mpho Mokae (novelist and (Queen poet / Sol Plaatje University), Janet Remmington (York Mary) University), Brian Willan (Rhodes University), Elizabeth Williams (Goldsmiths), Heather Hughes This event(Oxford was part of (Lincoln University), William Beinart the Southern Africa University)! ! Seminar Series. Discussant: Andrew van der Vlies (Queen Mary)!


Sol Plaatje in London, 1916

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An event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the publication of Sol Plaatje's Native Life in South Africa and to celebrate the publication of Sol Plaatje’s Native Life in South Africa. Past and Present (Wits University Press), edited by Bhekizizwe Peterson, Brian Willan, and10th JanetFebruary Remmington2017, ! SOAS ! Organised by SOAS Radio in association Originally published in war-time London in 1916, Sol Plaatje’s Native Life in South with CAS and the Communication for Africa was written by one of South Africa’s most talented early 20th century  black Development Network leaders and journalists. Native Life vividly narrates Plaatje’s investigative journeying into South Africa’s rural heartlands to report on the effects of the discriminatory 1913 Oninvolvement Friday the 10th of February academics, Natives Land Act and his in the deputation  to the British imperial government. At the same development time it tells the bigger  story of theand assault on black rights organisations, local stations and opportunities in the newly consolidated Union of Southpremier Africa, and about South came together for London’s celebration Africa’s place in the wider world. The aim of the new, multi-authored volume is to World Day hosted by SOAS Radio in shed light on how and whyof Native Life Radio came into being at a critical historical juncture, C4D and the Centre African and to reflect on how itconjunction can be readwith in relation to South Africa’sofheightened challenges today.! Studies. This was the sixth World Radio Day

hosted by SOAS Radio with both new and familiar faces joining us in the Brunei Gallery. The Radio Fair was buzzing with excitement and the Radio Garden added an interactivity to the fair that allowed people to tune into live broadcasts from radio stations across the globe, inviting friends or strangers on a sonic trip whilst in the centre of London.

Questions? Contact Rebekah Lee ( or Hilary Sapire ( For more information on the Southern Africa Seminar Series and a list of convenors and participating institutions, visit:

Book Launch and Roundtable: Sol Plaatje’s Native Life A Hundred Years On 25th November 2016, SOAS

An event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the publication of Sol Plaatje’s Native Life in South Africa and to celebrate the publication of Sol Plaatje’s Native Life in South Africa. Past and Present (Wits University Press), edited by Bhekizizwe Peterson, Brian Willan, and Janet Remmington. Originally published in war-time London in 1916, Sol Plaatje’s Native Life in South Africa was written by one of South Africa’s most talented early 20th century black leaders and journalists. The aim of the new, multi-authored volume is to shed light on how


As every year, SOAS Radio was present broadcasting live from its mobile studio, interviewing the organisations who were exhibiting their work, such as Gharghasht from Afghan Voice Radio with interviewer Fredrik Molin (see photo). For the first time we offered workshops on radio documentary – given by David Prest from Whistledown Productions – and talk show radio – given by Max Graef working with Roundhouse Radio, that gave the public access to industry professionals who work in London and internationally.As evening arrived the event moved into the Brunei Lecture Theatre for a panel discussion with Carlos Chirinos (NYU, Africa Stop Ebola), Caroline Mitchell (University of Sunderland, Transnational Radio Encounters), Stephen Silverwood (Refugee Radio Brighton) and James Deane (Director of Policy and Learning at BBC Media Action). Topics addressed during the panel discussion ranged from the the state of community radio in developing areas and areas plagued by conflict or authoritarian regimes to various forms of radio such as podcasts and speech radio, to funding for media. As well as all of this we were delighted by the sounds of the Silk and Bamboo Ensemble, who concluded the Radio Fair with a traditional Chinese music performance.

‘Triumphs and Laments’ - William Kentridge 14 October 2016, SOAS With artist William Kentridge

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Triumphs & Laments is an ephemeral project by leading South African artist William Kentridge. Pollution and biological growth, which darken the marble stones of the walls containing the Tiber River are washed away to reveal a series of images: Marcus Aurelius from the Campidoglio, Rome as a widow from a 14th century illuminated manuscript, a newspaper photograph of the dead Pasolini. The drawing on the wall gather moments and characters from the present day back to Rome’s founding myth, to participate in a slow motion performance along the 500 m stretch of the river wall that they traverse. In his talk, Kentridge outlined this gargantuan site-specific engagement, touching on the challenges he faced and on the formal and narrative devices he used in his reflection on the successes (Triumphs) and tragedies (Laments) that have marked the history of Rome. This event was organised in collaboration with Sotheby’s Institute of Art Listen to the audio recording of the panel discussion on our media gallery page!


Forced to Flee-With millions on the move, the world must do better. But how? 7th - 8th November 2016, Senate House

Artwork: ‘Deluge’ by Imranovi, courtesy of Art Represent

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), SOAS, University of London (SOAS), Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), British Red Cross and the University of Exeter joined forces to organise this public event on forced displacement. An unprecedented 65.3 million people are forcibly displaced in the world today, including 21.3 million refugees. These people have been driven from their homes by hunger, persecution, war and economic instability and can find themselves in squalid, unsafe conditions, abused by those who should be looking out for them, and bereft of the protection they are entitled to under international law. On 19th and 20th September 2016 States came together in New York to pledge to make life better for these people. They committed to taking in refugees and asylum seekers and giving money to countries struggling with the pressure additional people place on their infrastructure and resources.

Is it enough? What more needs to be done? Are States providing adequate protection and assistance to those in need? What is life like for an internally displaced person, a migrant or refugee today? Can aid agencies respond effectively to these ever more complex and protracted displacement crises? How do we prevent people being forced to leave their homes and livelihoods? These are just some of the questions that inspired this stimulating panel discussion. Speakers: Valerie Amos, Director, SOAS , University of London; Kelly Clements, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees; Dominik Stillhart, Director of Operations, ICRC ; Samina Ahmed, ICG South Asia Director Moderator: Lauren Taylor, Al Jazeera English

Forced to Flee Video Recording The whole conference was video recorded and it is now available on our media gallery page: or on the SOAS channel Playlist: watch?v=CF1xxRHf7Kw


History on Film: Slavery & the African Diaspora from a Global Perspective - 3rd Edition 27th-31st October 2016, SOAS This annual film series and panel discussions with the filmmakers proposes to make visible people of African descent in the world. By including films from Asia and the Atlantic World, the aim is to throw light

on the experience of slavery from a global perspective. Slavery has all too often been studied in isolation from Africa. Indeed, the cultural dimension of Diasporas has long been observed in the North Atlantic World, but it has received only scant attention within the context of emancipated slave communities elsewhere. The films and the discussion panels aim to question the biases in studying slavery. They examine the processes of integration and assimilation in the different African Diasporas, and how these communities produce diasporic cultural spheres which today constitute memoryscapes of the history of slavery.

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The 2017 edition included film and discussions on topics such as ‘Past and Present Atlantic Links’, ‘Filming Memories of Slavery (Brazil, India and Pakistan)’ and ‘African Resistance and Rebellion against Enslavement’. This event was organised by the Faculty of Arts & Humanities at SOAS, the Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies at SOAS and the Institute of Commonwealth Studies.

‘My Granddad’s Car’ in conversation with Karl Ohiri and Sayed Sattar Hasan 15th May 2017, SOAS Artists: Sayed Hasan and Karl Ohiri Chair: Raquel Villar-Perez (CAS/SOAS) Sayed Sattar Hasan and Karl Ohiri presented and discussed ‘My Granddad’s Car’, a project in two phases that explores notions of migration, heritage and cultural intersections, as seen through Sayed and Karl’s relationships with two cars inherited from their respective late grandfathers in Pakistan and Nigeria. Having previously failed to separately transport the vehicles home to the UK, due to endless bureaucracy and corruption, a shift in circumstances inspired the artists to once again attempt to unite their Granddad’s cars. The challenges they faced on their journeys have

become a snapshot of those undertaken by their families and more universal migrant experiences across the globe.


The 7th Annual Igbo Conference ‘Legacies of Biafra Reflections on the Nigeria-Biafra war 50 years on’ 21-22 April 2017, SOAS Organised by The Igbo Conference. Words: Louisa Uchum Egbunike, SOAS

The conference sought to explore the on-going impact of the Nigeria-Biafra war locally and globally, considering how the first civil war in independent Africa has influenced the perception of the continent internationally in addition to its impact on the political and social structures within Nigeria. As 2017 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the outbreak of the war, this conference provided a timely reflection on the war as a watershed moment in contemporary African history. The Nigeria-Biafra war sparked strong reactions from around the world. British participation in the war was informed by the desire to maintain the colonial entity it had created, as Biafra’s declaration of independence presented a challenge to the legitimacy of African nations created during the colonial era. Global media coverage presented the first images of children starving in Africa, which became the dominant visual representation of the continent in the international press. The ‘Legacies of Biafra’ conference featured a series of documentary screenings, including the world premiere of ‘Afia Attack: The Untold Survival Stories of Women in the Nigeria-Biafra War’ by Ujuaku Akukwe, which provided first hand testimony from women who were trading across enemy lines. There were dramatised performances of Afam Akeh’s poetry ‘Biafran Nights’ and Inua Ellams’s adaptation of ‘Three Sisters’ by Anton Chekhov, now set in Biafra. Guest speakers included Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (via Skype), Pat Utomi, Oby Ezekwesili, Charles ‘Charleyboy’ Oputa and Ernest Emenyonu. Selected talks are available to view on the Igbo Conference’s YouTube channel The conference was attended by over 300 people over three days, with participants flying in from countries all over the world including Nigeria, America, Pakistan, Germany, Belgium, Sweden and Switzerland. The conference also provided a platform for contributions from survivors of the war, people in the community, filmmakers, playwrights and musicians in addition to the academic contributions. We received media coverage from BBC World Service, BBC Radio 3, Vanguard News and Equal Times. The conversation on the legacies of the Nigeria-Biafra war will continue as The Igbo Studies Initiative/Igbo Conference is partnering with the Nigeria Art Society UK (NASUK) to stage an exhibition in the Brunei Gallery at SOAS from January - March 2018. For more information visit


of theon past, Asixoxe – Let’sAfrica Talk! Conferences African Philosophy

“Africa of the Africa past, Africa of thethe future: The dynamics of time in : of future Africanist scholarship and art”.

The dynamics of time in Africanist 2nd-3rd May 2017, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague | 5th-6th scholarship and art May 2017, SOAS

The fourth edition of the annual SOAS African speakers included Mozambican philosopher Asixoxe – Let’s Talk! Philosophy conference, Asixoxe - Let’s Talk, Severino Ngoenha, researchers Mark Bould on African tookSOAS place in Conference May in London (5-6 May), and Geoff Ryman, Philosophy and writer Tade Thompson. organized by Alena Rettová and Michelle The conference was connected to the SOAS Clarke from the Department of the Languages lecture series on African speculative fiction, 5th-6th May 2017, Russell Square Campus, SOAS, University of London and Cultures of Africa (SOAS), and in Prague which had been organized by Michelle Clarke (2-3 May), where it was organized byKeynote Speakers: Albert over term 2 of the academic session 2016Kasanda from the Centre of Global Studies 17, and a narrower team of researchers also Mark Bould: Staying with Wahala: Making Time in the Anthropocene (Philosophy Institute of the Czech Academy met during a follow-up workshop on 19 July Tade Thompson: Science Fictional antidotes to the Created, Observed and of Sciences, Prague). As in the previous to plan a collaborative research project on Experienced African Self years, the conference brought together a African fiction and philosophy. The events broad spectrum of scholars and artists, from were hosted and supported by the Faculty of Conveners: established professors to students. This year’s Languages and Cultures (SOAS), CAS (SOAS), Alena Rettová ( thematic focus was time and the future in and the Centre of Global Studies (Czech Michelle Clarke ( African philosophy and literature. Keynote Academy of Sciences). Department of the Languages and Cultures of Africa SOAS, University of London

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Marek Hrubec and Severino Ngoenha


SOAS Centenary Events SOAS, University of London is celebrating its centenary in 2016/17 and at CAS we have organised three centenary lectures in Africa, as well as two events on campus. In July 2016 The centre organised the lecture ‘How big is Africa’ delivered by Dr Carlos Lopes in conversation with Prof Christopher Cramer at the Africa Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. See below summary of our centenary events that took place in the academiuc year 2016-2017.

The Place of Heritage Renewal in Forging Confident Futures ‘Go back for that which you have forgotten’ Delivered by Dr Gus Casely-Hayford

10th November 2016 J.H.K. Nketia Conference Room | Institute of African Studies | University of Legon, Ghana

From left to right: Prof Dzodzi A. Tsikata , Dr Gus Casely-Hayford , Prof Mashood Baderin (SOAS)

The title of the talk is based on an old Akan proverb - Do not be afraid to go back for that which you have forgotten - and it encapsulate the focus of the lecture on issues around heritage, history and identity. It was delivered by our Honorary Research fellow Dr Gus Casely-Hayford. Watch the video recording here:


Attentive audience during Dr Casely-Hayford’s lecture

The Jabavu Lecture: Constituting the Nation, Beyond the Constitution: A South African Future? Delivered by Professor Njabulo Ndebele

29th March 2017 | Sport Complex, University of Fort Hare, Alice Campus Alice, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa

Professor Njabulo Ndebele

Speaker: Professor Njabulo Ndebele (The Mandela Rhodes Foundation) Welcome remarks: Professor Sakhela Buhlungu (University of Fort Hare) Chair: Professor Mashood Baderin (SOAS/CAS)

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The South African Constitution has been hailed as a model document in state formation and consolidation. Yet, if its rational stature seems solid, the diverse human experience across the land that has to respond to it with a collective sense of social coherence and legitimacy may be imagined but seems critically unformed. What would it take to create such experiential coherence and legitimacy?

O.R. Tambo Centenary Public Lecture and Panel Discussion 26th April 2017 SOAS In 2017 South Africa celebrates the centenary of the birth of O.R. Tambo, an anti-apartheid politician and revolutionary who served as President of the African National Congress from 1967 to 1991. The South African High Commission and its partner, the Oliver & Adelaide Tambo Foundation, celebrated the life of O.R. Tambo in a series of events taking place in 8 countries around the world. The events explored In His Footsteps: Passion, Patriotism, Integrity, Humility. SOAS University of London hosted the first event in the series, where speakers remembered O.R. Tambo following the theme of panel discussion: ‘Retracing O.R. Tambo’s path towards liberation and the dawn of democracy in South Africa’. You can watch the video recording here: continue=2609&v=ahzcVU3btmY


Caine Prize for African Writing Award Dinner hosted at SOAS University of London 3rd July 2017, SOAS Senate House

The Caine Prize for African Writing is a literature prize awarded to an African writer of a short story published in English. The winner of the £10,000 prize was announced at an award ceremony and dinner at Senate House Library in partnership with SOAS on Monday 3rd July. The Prize was launched in 2000 to encourage and highlight the richness and diversity of African writing by bringing it to a wider audience internationally. The focus on the short story reflects the contemporary development of the African story-telling tradition. This year’s winner was Bushra al-Fadil (Sudan) for ‘The Story of the Girl whose Birds Flew Away’ (translated by Max Shmookler with support from Najlaa Osman Eltom) The Chair of Judges, Nii Ayikwei Parkes, announced Bushra al-Fadil as the winner of the £10,000 prize at the award dinner hosted for the first time in Senate House, London, in partnership with SOAS Centre of African studies and as part of SOAS University of London’s centenary event series.

Wole Soyinka, playwriter and poet 19th October 2016

SOAS Director Baroness Valerie Amos led a conversation with Professor Wole Soyinka discussing themes such as the impact and legacy of winning the 1986 Nobel Prize for Literature; Nigerian politics, art and political change; racism and the significance of recent movements such as Rhodes Must Fall and Black Lives Matter, and his return to Britain and the nation today.


Watch the full video recording ot the event here:

An evening in conversation with the 2017 Caine Prize shortlisted authors 28th June 2017, SOAS SALT (SOAS Alumni Lecture Theatre), Paul Webley Wing (Senate House)

As part of SOAS University of London’s centenary event series in Africa, the Centre for African Studies hosted an evening in conversation with the 2017 Caine Prize for African Writing shortlisted authors. The writers were in conversation with Lizzy Attree (Director Caine Prize) and Carli Coetzee (SOAS). The Caine Prize for African Writing is a literature prize awarded to an African writer of a short story published in English. The shortlisted authors included: Lesley Nneka Arimah (Nigeria) for ‘Who Will Greet You At Home’ published in The New Yorker (USA. 2015). Lesley Nneka Arimah is the author of What It Means When A Man Falls from the Sky, a collection of stories published by Riverhead Books (US) and Tinder Press (UK), 2017. Chikodili Emelumadu (Nigeria) for ‘Bush Baby’ published inAfrican Monsters, edited by Margaret Helgadottir and Jo Thomas (Fox Spirit Books, USA. 2015). Chikodili’s work has appeared in One Throne, Omenana, Apex, Eclectica, Luna Station Quarterly and the interactive fiction magazine, Sub-Q. I

Bushra al-Fadil (Sudan) for ‘The Story of the Girl whose Birds Flew Away’ translated by Max Shmookler with support from Najlaa Osman Eltom, published in The Book of Khartoum - A City in Short Fiction edited by Raph Cormack & Max Shmookler (Comma Press, UK. 2016). Bushra has published four collections of short stories in Arabic. Bushra holds a PhD in Russian language and literature.

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The shortlisted authors: (L-R) Magogodi oaMphela Makhene, Chikodili Emelumadu, Bushra al-Fadil, Lesley Nneka Arimah and Arinze Ifeakandu (Courtesy of Caine Prize)

Arinze Ifeakandu (Nigeria) for ‘God’s Children Are Little Broken Things’ published in A Public Space 24 (A Public Space Literary Projects, Inc., USA. 2016). Arinze was the editor of The Muse (No. 24) at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where he studied English and literature, graduating in 2016. In 2013, Arinze attended the Farafina Trust Creative Writing workshop and was shortlisted for the BN Poetry Prize in 2015. Magogodi oaMphela Makhene (South Africa) for ‘The Virus’ published in The Harvard Review 49 (Houghton Library Harvard University, USA. 2016). Magogodi is a recipient of the David Relin Prize for Fiction and is currently working on a collection of interwoven stories exploring the inner lives and loves of ordinary South Africans. For more info visit:


Dividing Communities in South Sudan and Northern Uganda: Boundary Disputes and Land Governance 9th May 2016, SOAS In Collaboration with the Rift Valley Institute The Centre of African Studies at SOAS, University of London in collaboration with the Rift Valley Institute (RVI), hosted the launch of an interesting book published by RVI on border disputes in South Sudan and Northern Uganda, authored by Cherry Leonardi and Martina Santschi. The book examines issues of international border demarcation, changing land values and local hybrid systems of land governance. Panellists: Cherry Leonardi Martina Santschi Douglas H. Johnson Peter Hakim Justin Moderator: Mawan Muortat (SSSUK)

South Sudan: An Unreported Refugee Crisis 11th January 2017, SOAS Alex and Lois Fergusson (Medair) South Sudan is rarely in the Western headlines but an ongoing conflict has created a humanitarian crisis in a country where many were already displaced following secession from Sudan in 2011. Alex and Lois Fergusson worked with relief charity Medair in South Sudan for three years up to November 2016, Alex as an administrator and Lois as doctor. Originally working in a refugee camp in Maban in (then) Upper Nile State; subsequently, they were based in Juba, although they continued to have short-term assignments elsewhere in the country. They spoke on the current situation, as well as the work of Medair and their own experiences in what happened to be a highly-informed and current seminar. Speakers: Alex and Lois Fergusson (Medair) Chair: Richard Alexander (SOAS)


Peacebuilding in Guinea-Bissau: Cultural Dialogues and Breaking the Impasse 28th April 2017 , Great Hall, King’s College London

With the on-going political crisis in Guinea-Bissau showing no sign of resolution, and no effective government for much of 2016, this one-day workshop funded by the British Academy BARSEA scheme brought together leading historians and musicians from the country to explore alternative dialogues towards peace through culture.

Sovereign Immunity, Rule of law and its Impact on infrastructure Development in Africa

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The day was closed by a wonderful concert featuring three acclaimed musicians from Guinea Bissau: Manecas Costa, Ibrahima Galissa and Tony Dudu. The video of the concert will be available on our media gallery page.

24 February 2017 Organised in collaboration with The Society for the Study of the Sudans and the Centre for Human Rights Law at SOAS This seminar examined the impact of claims to sovereign immunity and (lack of) adherence to the rule of law on the infrastructural development of African countries. Dr Onyema examined the origins of the doctrine of sovereign immunity and how it strives to balance the (public) interests of the state and legitimate expectations of (foreign) investors. She examined the recent decision of the English Courts in Avionics v Nigeria (2016). Mr Thomas analysed the commercial steps that can be taken by a private investor to minimise those risks and consider illustrative case studies to assess the effectiveness of such risk mitigation regimes. Speakers: Dr Emilia Onyema (SOAS School of Law) and Mr Andrew Thomas (Hunton & Williams LLP) Chair: Mashood Baderin (SOAS) This lecture was organised in collaboration with Hunton and Williams LLP This event was part of the School of Law/Centre of African Studies Law and Development in Africa Network Lecture Series


-African Development Forum 2017Energy and Agency: Fuelling Africa’s Development 18 March 2017, SOAS University of London

Words: Barbara Ugochi Eze, SOAS The 6th SOAS African Development Forum took place on 18 May 2017. ‘Energy and Agency: Fuelling Africa’s Development’, the uniting theme of the annual postgraduate conference, included a series of panel discussions and speakers such as Tomi Oladipo, BBC Africa’s Security Correspondent, Rainatou Sow, founder of ‘Make Every Woman Count’ and Chukwumerije Okeke, Associate Professor in Environment & Development at the University of Reading. Alongside the conference, an African market was hosted featuring flavours and craft from the continent. The first panel on Women’s Agency featured interesting discussions which included how can African women’s movements move beyond the Westernised notion of gender in order to act as catalysts for truly African-based development. The panel on Resource Conflicts engaged the audience and discussions on China’s diverse role in Africa sparked insightful conversation. The final panel focussed on environmental sustainability and the impact of climate change across Africa. Muzvare Betty Makoni, the keynote speaker, ended the day on a reflective and inspirational note, giving an insight into her experiences and how it has shaped her work and her organisation the Girl Child Network, an NGO which champions the rights of the girl child.

Some of the ADF 2017 committee members


AFNET - Transcending Borders and Re-Inventing Identities: Technology in Africa 8th May 2017, SOAS University of London

Words Ella Jeffreys, SOAS University of London

CAS Events On the 8th May 2017 graduate students from across the University of London gathered together to share their research and experiences from myriad contexts across the African continent and diaspora. With twelve papers from representatives of five different institutions, the quality and variety of work presented was incredible. Panels were chaired by both prestigious academics such as Dr Colin Marx and Professor Murray Last, and professionals with keen insight on topics such as gender and generation. The conference audience was also drawn from a range of institutions, and this was reflected in the insightful comments and questions shared throughout the day. The AfNet Conference 2017 was split into four panels. The opening session centred on the theme of ‘Technology in Africa,’ asking how technologies both old and new have shaped the identities and experiences of various African communities. Presentations spanned from the development of Kenya’s Konzo 2020 to the production of Africa’s first web series, ‘An African City.’ Our second panel explored personal fieldwork experiences, interrogating the positionalities that shape the research produced while undertaking the PhD. Of the afternoon sessions, the first considered the question of gender, with two papers on the critical arenas of health and education. The conference was concluded with a miscellaneous panel, which showcased some of the exciting and dynamic up and coming research currently being conducted at the University of London. The AfNet organisers, Kuziwa, Mpigi, Kingsley and Ella, would like to offer their warmest thanks and gratitude to all who helped make the conference a success. The support from CAS at SOAS, particularly Angelica and Anna, was outstanding and invaluable.



Speaker: David Deng, South Sudanese human rights lawyer, Research director, South Sudan Law Society, 2010-16 Discussant: Dr. Rachel Ibreck, Goldsmiths, University of London Moderator: Dr. Lutz Oette, Centre for Human Rights Law, School of Law, SOAS

Society for the Study of the Sudans UK SSSUK promotes learning and provides resources for anyone with an interest in South Sudan and/ or Sudan.


SSSUK Annual Symposium and Annual General Meeting 16th November 2015, SOAS Words: Gill Lusk (SSSUK) This year annual symposium explored different aspects of the complex situation in South Sudan, the contribution of women to building peace, from displacement and the Khartoum Process to a journey into in the world of Sudanese contemporary fiction.

Conflict, transition and the elusive search for justice in South Sudan 24th February 2017, SOAS David Deng, former Research director of the South Sudan Law Society, discussed with Dr. Rachel Ibreck, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Goldsmith, issues of conflict and transitional justice in South Sudan.

Britain Tanzania Society The Britain-Tanzania Society aims to increase mutual knowledge, understanding and respect between the peoples of Britain and Tanzania through seminars, events and publications, and through the development of education, health, water and sanitation and other self-help community development activities as well as the promotion of gender equality.

Are the rivers in Tanzania at risk of drying up? The contested causes of environmental change. 10th October 2016 The Great Ruaha is not the only Tanzanian river facing competing demands for its water, so what we learn from these and other studies has implications for large scale irrigation possibilities, and hydro-electricity, in several parts of the country. Speaker: Bruce Lankford (UEA)


Promoting the social inclusion of people with albinism in Tanzania

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24th October 2016 Albinism—a genetic condition reducing or eliminating melanin pigment in the skin, eyes and hair—is poorly understood across much of Tanzanian society. Jamie Walling of the Standing Voice Project delivered this engaging and interactive seminar on the topic. Speaker: Jamie Walling (Standing Voice Project)

Mapping Tanzania 16th January 2017 Various BTS mapping projects currently in progress in Tanzania were presented. These included those to assist with rebuilding after the Bukoba earthquake, to protect girls from Female Genital Mutilation, and to protect the population of Dar es Salaam from flooding.

6th March 2017 The Rufiji Leprosy Trust was set up thirty years ago to support the village of Kindwitwi, in Rufiji District, about 80 miles South of Dar es Salaam, which was once a leprosy camp for people affected by leprosy but is now a thriving village concerned to promote the self-sufficiency of people living with leprosy and their families. Dr Sarah Feather, as Co-Chair of the Trust and a GP in the UK, discussed these issues. She visited Kindwitwi in 1983 and has been returning on and off ever since.

Small Business Investments in Africa: Support from the Diaspora

19th June 2017

Speakers Perez Ochieng and Petronilla Mwakatuma explored how to identify and support small business opportunities. Perez specialises in innovative agricultural products, Petronilla in how to get the right permits and licenses to import products to Europe and the UK. The event was also livestreamed.


Book Launch: Ian Campbell The Addis Ababa Massacre 11th July 2017 In February 1937, Italy’s occupying forces murdered 19,000 Ethiopians. In a brilliant piece of forensic historical reconstruction, Ian Campbell rescues from obscurity this episode of Fascist mass extermination.



Leprosy in Rural Tanzania: Detection, Treatment and Overcoming the Stigma

The Anglo-Ethiopian Society was formed in 1948. The object of the Society is to foster knowledge of Ethiopian culture, history and way of life and to encourage friendship between the British and Ethiopian peoples. The Society is a non political organisation.

African Foundation for Development (AFFORDUK), an African diaspora NGO based in the UK which conducts lobbying and advocacy on the role of the African Diaspora in Africa’s development, and also runs social enterprise and business support programmes in West Africa through its sister organisation in Sierra Leone (AFFORD-SL).

Is a Vision Enough? What can we expect over the next 20 years from the African Diaspora? 5th May 2017 An engaging conversation on diaspora and development between Chukwu-Emeka Chikezie MBE co-founder of AFFORD and Gibril Faal OBE former Chairman of AFFORD, followed by a Q&A session.


Royal African Society CAS continues its longstanding partnership with the Royal African Society (RAS), collaborating on events and festivals throughout the year. This page gives an overview of the two biggest annual events organised by RAS and supported by CAS – Film Africa and Africa Writes.

Film Africa 2016

Film Africa 2016 took place over 10 days (28 October - 6 November) at 11 London venues. For the sixth edition, the festival hosted 43 screenings and events, including appearances from leading African filmmakers and industry experts who took part in Q&As, panel discussions, talks and masterclasses. The festival once again presented a wide-ranging and diverse film programme that catered to audiences of all cinematic tastes. Our series of events featured professional workshops for young filmmakers led by industry experts, school screenings and family activities, Film Africa LIVE! music nights and the fourth Industry Forum at BFI Southbank. The annual Baobab Award for Best Short Film returned for its sixth year and for the second year, the public selected their favourite film from the programme with the Film Africa Audience Award for Best Feature. The festival films were selected both through curation by the programming team, and from those submitted to the festival (this year we received over 600 eligible entries). Themes of the festival included the following: Why I’m Here: Stories of Migration Amid the ongoing negative discourse on migration today, Film Africa presented a collection of personal stories that reflected on the complexities of modern migration and the relationship between self and place. Soweto: 40 Years On 2016 marks 40 years since the infamous Soweto student uprisings in South Africa, when 20,000 students took to the streets in protest to the introduction of Afrikaans, famously labelled the “language of the oppressor” by Desmond Tutu, as the teaching medium. With a new wave of student protests currently sweeping the country, Film Africa presented a double bill screening remembering the sacrifices and successes of the youth movement, while also highlighting the deep racial and class inequalities still being felt across South Africa today. Nollywood Nights Presented in association with the BFI Black Star Season, the five African film festivals across the UK – Film Africa, Africa in Motion in Glasgow and Edinburgh, Afrika Eye in Bristol, Watch Africa in Wales and the Cambridge African Film Festival - presented a programme of films, including two European premieres, from one of the world’s most prolific film industries. Music on Film: Sounds of the Continent with Film Africa LIVE! A showcase celebrating Africa’s diverse musical traditions, as well as the wealth of emerging talent. Three documentaries presented music from Mali, Senegal and Ethiopia and the strand featured two sold-out live music events at Upstairs at the Ritzy, with music and dance from Ethiopia and Senegal.


Africa Writes 2016

Africa Writes, the UK’s biggest annual African literature and book festival brought to you by the Royal African Society, returned to The British Library from Friday 30th June to Sunday 2nd July 2017. Bringing together over 60 of the most influential voices in contemporary writing from Africa and its diaspora, this exciting literary weekend highlighted language, archives, and ownership.

The Jalada Africa collective, publishers of the most translated short story in the history of African writing, joined us to discuss literary connections across different African languages following their tour of 12 East African cities. The conversation was hosted by SOAS PhD candidate Zaahida Nabagereka. Other SOAS academics contributed their research expertise and interests to the festival, including Carli Coetzee, Editor of the Journal of African Cultural Studies, who hosted a session on literary and cultural activism, and Martin Orwin, who hosted a conversation on translation. One of the participants in this event was Abdulai Silá, who spoke about the challenges of writing and publishing the first novel to be translated into English from Guinea-Bissau, a country marked by continued civil unrest.


The festival opened with a major event - a R.A.P. (Rhythm And Poetry) party which welcomed 700 people to the main space of the British Library. This evening of hip-hop inspired poems and songs hosted by Inua Ellams and Theresa Lola featured some remarkable poetic talents, including Malika Booker, Kei Miller, Amaal Said, Yomi Sode and more.

On Sunday we delved into the archives of the renowned Nigerian writer Buchi Emecheta, discovering photographs, manuscripts and a remarkable personal history of a beloved literary icon, as well as an edition of African Books to Inspire: The Buchi Emecheta Book club. These events were a precursor to a major celebration of Buchi Emecheta’s life and work, to take place at SOAS on 3rd February 2018. Our headline writer was prolific Congolese writer and academic Alain Mabanckou. The literary ambassador of Congolese sapologie, Alain Mabanckou captivates readers and critics with his rhythmic prose exploring the streets of Congo-Brazaville and the boulevards of Paris. He charmed the audience in conversation with Dr Madhu Krishnan, academic of the University of Bristol. Book and poetry collection launches include The Chibok Girls by Helon Habila; When We Speak of Nothing by Olumide Popoola; No Place to Call Home by JJ Bola; Kumukunda by Kayo Chingonyi; and Kingdom of Gravity by Nick Makoha.


AFRIKULT. Afrikult. is an online forum for people to connect, explore and expand knowledge on African literature and culture combined. Afrikult. aims to make African literature less exotic, less highbrow and more accessible. You can follow Afrikult. on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@afrikult) or check them out on

Afrikult. Words that travel: Rhythms of Literature 21st January 2017

In January 2016, Afrikult. partnered with the Centre of African Studies (CAS) at SOAS, University of London to launch their three-part event series titled Words that Travel.


Words that Travel promotes the knowledge of African literature and culture combined. Each event focuses on a particular medium of African literature; Poetry, Storytelling and Music. As indicated in the event title, Words that Travel celebrates communal participation in literary production within African traditions. It illustrates and shares with the public ongoing developments within African literature through time and space (from Africa to Diasporas). Creating an inclusive, entertaining and educational environment where people from different backgrounds can experience the vibrancy of African culture by featuring an African Food Court, Publishers’ Market, Open Lit Space, Performances from writers, poets, and contemporary African cinema and theatre. Afrikult. presented the final of the three-part series Words that Travel. Running throughout 2016 and 2017, each event focused on particular mediums and traditions of African literature with the third featuring music, hence the title ‘Rhythms of Literature’. Partnerships Institutions that CAS collaborates with: • Aegis (Africa-Europe Group of Interdisciplinary Studies) • African Foundation for Development (AFFORD) • Anglo-Ethiopian Society • Britain-Tanzania Society • Igbo Conference

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International African Institute Leventis Foundation Mo Ibrahim Foundation October Gallery Royal African Society Society for the Study of the Sudans UK Afrikult.

The Centre welcomes proposals for collaboration as well as donations from people and organisations wishing to support its activities. If you are interested, you may wish to consider funding MA or PhD studentships, or events hosted by the Centre such as workshops, lectures or conferences. Please contact the Centre manager to discuss any possibilities further. For more information on CAS’ partnerships, please visit


Members’ Activities Highlights Professor Gilbert Achcar, SOAS Publications - ‘Morbid Symptoms: Relapse in the Arab Uprising’. Stanford; Stanford Univeristy Press: London; Saqi. 2016 Dr Paul Basu, SOAS Publications - Basu, Paul and De Jong, Ferdinand, eds. (2016) Utopian Archives, Decolonial Affordances, special issue of Social Anthropology 24(1). Wiley. - Basu, Paul (2016) ‹N. W. Thomas and Colonial Anthropology in British West Africa: Reappraising a Cautionary Tale.› Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 22 (1). pp. 84-107.

- Stephen Chan and Julia Gallagher, Why Mugabe Won: the 2013 Elections in Zimbabwe and Their Aftermath, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. Professor William G. Clarence-Smith, SOAS Papers presented relating to Africa ‘The breeding of mules in Islamic law,’ Workshop ‘Sharia in motion, II’ Pembroke College and CRASSH, Cambridge, 14-16 July 2017. ‘Moralising commerce in the long nineteenthcentury: the example of pearling,’ Conference ‘Moralising commerce in a globalising world: multidisciplinary approaches to a history of economic conscience, 1600-1900,’ German Historical Institute in London, 22-24 June 2017. ‘Equids in Mozambican history,’ International Conference, ‘José Capela e a história de Moçambique: 45 anos depois O vinho para o preto,’ Faculdade de Letras, Universidade do Porto, Oporto, 29-30 May 2017. ‘Pearling: global marketing, processing and consumption, 1815 to 1945,’ Global History Seminar, Magdalene College Cambridge, 25 May 2017. ‘Ottoman military camels, 1516-1918,’ SOAS

‘Elephants in Islamic history,’ SOAS Elephant Mini-Conference, SOAS University of London, 20 November 2016. (revised version of Bangalore paper) ‘Eating the flesh of wild, domestic, and hybrid equids: a historical survey,’ Fifth SOAS Mule and Donkey Conference, SOAS University of London, 8-9 October 2016. ‘Final links in the global pearling commodity chain, 1815 to 1945,’ Panel on Pearling in the Indian Ocean World, Seventh International Congress of Maritime History, Murdoch University, Perth, West Australia, 27 June-1 July 2016. Dr Lindiwe Dovey, SOAS Publications - Dovey, Lindiwe (2016) ‹On the Matter of Fiction: An Approach to the Marginalization of African Film Studies in the Global Academy›. Black Camera, (7) 2, pp 159-173. - Dovey, Lindiwe (2018) ‹Towards Alternative Histories and Herstories of African Filmmaking: From Bricolage to the ‘Curatorial Turn’ in African Film Scholarship›. In: Harrow, Kenneth and Garritano, Carmela, (eds.), Companion to African Cinema. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. [Forthcoming]

Members’ Activities

Professor Stephen Chan, SOAS

Camel Conference, SOAS University of London, 29 April 2017.

Professor Richard Fardon, 2017 - Fardon, Richard and la Rouge, Sènga (2017) Learning from the Curse: Sembene›s Xala. London: C. Hurst and Co. - Fardon, Richard (2017) ‹Peel, John David Yeadon, 1941-2015.› Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the British Academy, XVI . London: British Academy. pp. 191-216. - Fardon, Richard and Onyejiako, Joy (2017) ‹From an African Score: artists, events and exhibitions in the Brunei Gallery, SOAS 1995-2015.› London: SOAS. Professor Ben Fine, SOAS Publications


- Nudging or Fudging: The World Development Report 2015”, with D. Johnson, A. Santos and E. Van Waeyenberge, Development and Change, vol 47, no 4, 2016, pp. 640-663. - “The Continuing Enigmas of Social Policy”, in I. Ye, (ed) (2017) Towards Universal Health Care in Emerging Economies: Opportunities and Challenges, London: Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 2960, ISBN 978-1-137-53376-0. Dr Elizabeth Hull, SOAS Publications - Hull, Elizabeth (2017) Contingent Citizens: Professional Aspiration in a South African Hospital. London: Bloomsbury. [Forthcoming] Articles - Pritchard, Bill and Dixon, Jane and Hull, Elizabeth and Choithani, Chetan (2016) ‹‘Stepping back and moving in’: The Role of the State in the Contemporary Food Regime›. Journal of Peasant Studies, (43) 3, pp 693-710. Professor Friederike Lüpke, SOAS Publications - Lüpke, Friederike (2017) ‹African(ist) perspectives on vitality: fluidity, small speaker numbers and adaptive multilingualism make vibrant ecologies›. Language. [Forthcoming] - Montero-Melis, Guillermo and Eisenbeiss, Sonja and Narasimhan, Bhuvana and IbarretxeAntuñano, Iraide and Kita, Sotaro and Kopecka, Anetta and Lüpke, Friederike and Nikitina, Tatiana and Tragel, Ilona and Jaeger, T. Florian and Bohnemeyer, Juergen (2017) ‹Satellite- vs. verb-framing underpredicts nonverbal motion categorization: Insights from a large language sample and simulations›. Cognitive Semantics, (3) 1, pp 36-61. [Forthcoming] - Lüpke, Friederike (2016) ‹Pure fiction – the interplay of indexical and essentialist language ideologies and heterogeneous practices: A view from Agnack›. Language Documentation and Conservation Special Publication 10, pp 8-39. - Lüpke, Friederike (2016) ‹Uncovering Small-Scale Multilingualism›. Critical Multilingualism Studies, (4) 2, pp 35-74.


Professor Lutz Marten, SOAS Publications - Gibson, Hannah and Lutz Marten. 2016. Variation and grammaticalisation in Bantu complex verbal constructions: The dynamics of information growth in Swahili, Rangi and siSwati. In Léa Nash and Pollet Samvelian (eds.) Approaches to Complex Predicates. Leiden: Brill, 70-109. - Marten, Lutz and Malin Petzell. 2016. Linguistic variation and the dynamics of language documentation: Editing in ‘pure’ Kagulu. Language Documentation and Conservation Special Publication 10: 105-129. - Gibson, Hannah, Andriana Koumbarou, Lutz Marten and Jenneke van der Wal. 2017. Locating the Bantu conjoint/disjoint alternation in a typology of focus marking. In Jenneke van der Wal and Larry M. Hyman (eds.), The Bantu Conjoint/ Disjoint Distinction. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton, 61-99. Projects - The Leverhulme-funded research project ‘Morphosyntactic variation in Bantu: Typology, contact and change’ is housed in the Linguistics Department at SOAS under the direction of Professor Lutz Marten as Principal Investigator Dr Emilia Onyema Edited Publications - ‹The Transformation of Arbitration in Africa: The Role of Arbitral Institutions›, Wolters Kluwer, November 2016 Professor Richard J. Reid, SOAS Publications - ‹A History of Modern Uganda›, Cambridge University Press, March 2017 Dr Meera Sabaratnam, SOAS Publications - Sabaratnam, Meera (2017) Decolonising Intervention: International Statebuilding in Mozambique. London: Rowman & Littlefield International.

Research Associates Research Associates of CAS are longterm collaborators in the Centre activities, pursuing common programmes of research or other activities with Centre Members. They are granted certain staff privileges at SOAS which are recognised at other London universities. Research associateship is granted for two years in the first instance. Dr Michael Amoah

Paul Asquith Paul is Engagement & Policy Manager at the African Foundation for Development (AFFORD), a leading diaspora development organisation, where he leads on diaspora policy and engagement in the EU and Africa, and advises policy-makers on migration and development issues. His background is in research and international development in North Africa and Ethiopia, as well as managing public health services in the UK for vulnerable groups such as street sex-workers and drug addicts. His research interests include diasporas, migration, and development; Islamic models of development; Islamic education and development in North Africa and the Horn; and culture and health. Dr Augustus Casely-Hayford Gus Casely-Hayford is a curator and art historian. He is the former Executive Director of Arts Strategy for Arts Council England. He was previously director of INIVA (Institute of International Visual Art), a Londonbased arts organization with a particular emphasis on international practice, which collaborates with partner venues throughout the UK and worldwide. Prior to this he was

Elsbeth Joyce Court, Subject Lecturer, SOAS IFCELS Elsbeth Court is a specialist in African art and art education, whose research focuses on eastern Africa, particularly Kenya, and more widely on the growth of modern and contemporary practices of art. Her ongoing projects involve the Akamba carving movement and editing (and up-dating) the volume ‘Artists and Art Education in Africa’ in which African artists address the conditions and complexities of becoming an artist in and out of Africa; her most recent publications are catalogue essays for Peterson Kamwathi (2011, Ed Cross Fine Art) and Edward Njenga (2013, Nairobi National Museum). She drafted and maintains ‘’Art and Art Education in East Africa_ A Working Bibliography” (available from the CAS website) Professor Murray Last, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, UCL Professor Murray Last (Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, UCL). Professor Last’s current research programme largely centres around publishing the various materials he and his various Nigerian colleagues have collected on health and social issues in contemporary Kano over the last decade. But the major task is to write up the ethnographic data he has collected over the last thirty years on one large compound of Maguzawa (non-Muslim Hausa) (they have subsequently converted to Islam) in southern Katsina. Meanwhile there is also a work of filial piety to do - putting M G Smith’s 1000-page typescripts of Sokoto history onto disk and then into print (funding has been promised). But there are several other projects in mind, such as publishing obscure, short but key documents written in arabic in the 19th century jihadi history and contemporary northern Nigerian society. Professor Last expects to continue visiting northern Nigeria at least once a year.

Members’ Activities

Dr Michael Amoah specialises in the International Politics of Africa, and has expertise in Foreign Policy Analysis, International Political Economy, African Politics, and Ghana. His publications include ‘Nationalism, Globalization, and Africa’ and ‘Reconstructing the Nation in Africa’. He is also a political analyst on current and international affairs with mainstream international television.

director of Africa 05, the largest African arts season ever hosted in Britain. He has worked for television and radio and was the presenter of the BBC ‘Lost Kingdoms of Africa’ series.


Ivor Agyeman-Duah Director of the Centre for Intellectual Renewal in Ghana, he was special advisor from 2009 to 2014 to the Ghanaian President, John Agyekum Kufuor, on international development cooperation. He currently serves as a consulting fellow of the African Center for Economic Transformation. He had previously worked in the diplomatic service as Head of Public Affairs at Ghana’s Embassy in Washington, DC and later as Culture and Communication Advisor at the Ghana High Commission in London. He has held fellowships at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University and a Hilary and Trinity resident scholar at Exeter College, Oxford. He serves as Development Policy Advisor to The Lumina Foundation in Lagos, which awards The Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa and was the 2014-15 Chair of the Literature Jury of the Millennium Excellence Foundation. Two of his major literary works- All the Good Things Around Us- An Anthology of African Short Stories and May Their Shadows Never Shrink- Wole Soyinka and the Oxford Professorship of Poetry (with Prof. Lucy Newlyn) were launched in 2016 at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster. Agyeman-Duah’s time as a Centenary Research Associate at SOAS would be devoted to his editorship of: An Anthology of Modern African Stories to be published in Europe/US as, I Was Hungry and You Fed Me: An Anthology of African Short Stories to commemorate the 55th Memorial of the Makerere Conference to be held in Rwanda and with SOAS in London in 2017. Dr Arkebe Oqubay Metiku Minister and Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia conducting research projects on industrialisation, political economy of infrastructure and development of technological capabilities and economic leadership. Publication: ‘Made in Africa. Industrial Policy in Ethiopia.’ 2015, Oxford University Press Steve Itugbu Steve Itugbu holds a PhD in Politics and International Studies from SOAS, the University of London in 2012. He is a well-travelled journalist, academic and was a presidential aide to Nigeria’s


former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. Itugbu is the author of America’s War on Terror and until the end of 2014 a Teaching Fellow with the Politics Department and also at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS, the University of London. Steve Itugbu is presently involved in international consultancies through the World Service Briefings, London while at the same time working at publishing additional books. His research interest focuses on a myriad of contentious issues affecting Africa such as governance and leadership, foreign policy relations and analysis, civil wars and conflicts, peace processes and post-conflict integration, political violence, terrorism and counterinsurgencies. It is this multiplicity of issues that has consistently driven his commitment to a constant academic enquiry and debate. He recently published the book ‘Foreign Policy and Leadership in Nigeria: Obasanjo and the Challenge of African Diplomacy’(2017, I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd.). Chedza Mogae Chedza Mogae’s particular area of scholarship rests within the domain of political science and international relations, in the developmental context. A graduate of the University of Botswana and Fudan University in the People’s Republic of China; she is best known for her political analysis and op-eds in Botswana’s Sunday Standard broadsheet, her work in the area of Sino-African relations, with a particular focus on technology transfer as a component of Chinese aid and infrastructure building in Africa and the complexities of sustainable development with an emphasis on the intricacies of trade and investment promotion, attraction and policy. She has produced a substantial volume of work and her most recent project was as a consultant researcher for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s Least Developed Country Report 2016.

International African Institute publications African Arguments series publications

Published for the IAI by Zed Books. ISBN: 9781783602438 May 2016

Ebola: how a people’s science helped end an African epidemic
 Paul Richards Published for the IAI by Zed Books. ISBN: 9781783602438 May 2016

State of Rebellion: violence and intervention in the Central African Republic
 Louisa Lombard

Congo’s Violent Peace: Conflict and Struggle Since the Great African War Kris Berwouts

Published for the IAI by Zed Books ISBN: 9781783608843

Published for the IAI by Zed Books ISBN: 9781783603695, 256pp,

November 2016

July 2017

Members’ Activities

Congo’s Environmental Paradox: potential and predation in a land of plenty Theodore Trefon


Books International African Library Series (IAI/Cambridge University Press)

Members’ Activities

After Rape: Violence, Justice and Social Harmony in Uganda
 Holly Porter

Salafism in Nigeria: Islam, Preaching and Politics Alexander Thurston

Pioneers of the Field: South Africa’s Women Anthropologists
 Andrew Bank

Published for the IAI by Cambridge University Press ISBN: 9781107180048

Published for the IAI by Cambridge University Press ISBN 9781107157439

Published for the IAI by Cambridge University Press ISBN 9781107150492

November 2016

September 2016

July 2016

Journals/serial products Africa Bibliography 2015 Works on Africa Published During 2015 Published annually print and online (January 2017) Africa Journal of the International African Institute Published quarterly print and online: Volume 87 - Issue 3 - August 2017 Volume 87 - Issue 2 - May 2017 Volume 87 - Issue 1 - February 2017 Volume 86 - Issue 4 - November 2016 Other: Letters from Liberia


Research Students List of PhD students SOAS

Miriam Pahl

Africa department

Precarious Lives in the Postcolony: The Human Being in Emergent Genres in Contemporary African Literature

Christine Singer “Born Free”? Youth and Screen Media in PostApartheid South Africa (1994-2012) Email: Robin Steedman Gendering Production/Producing Gender: An Analysis of Contemporary Kenyan Female Filmmakers Email: Jade Lee

Anne Schumann Danse philosophique! The Social and Political Dynamics of Zouglou Music in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 1990-2008 Email: Estrella Sendra Fernandez Two-tier festivals in Senegal between the local and the international: A case study of the Festival of Folklore and Percussion (FESFOP) in Louga, Senegal Email:


Ying Cheng

Yoseph Mengistu

Is Theatre Dying in Nigeria? Recycling Popular Theatre in Metropolitan Lagos

The Christological Implications of the Pneumatology of Cyril of Alexandria in Orthodox Ethiopia (1607-1878) Email:

Email: David Dobrovoda

Darryl Nel

Czechoslovak-African Political Relations in the 20th Century

The ‘Tokoloshe’ and cultural identity in postApartheid South Africa


Email: Peter Nichols

Research Students

Women of the British Colonial Service: Contested Identities and Liminal Lives, 1936 – 1961


Anthropology and Sociology Marta Agosti Pinilla

A Morpho-semantic Analysis of the Persistive, Alterative and Inceptive Aspects in siSwati

Human Rights and Feminism: young activists in the battlefield of post-revolutionary Egypt (provisional title)



Portia Owusu

Karin Ahlberg

Spectres from the Past: The Politics of ‘History’, Memory and Slavery in West African and AfricanAmerican Literature.

“They are destroying the image of Egypt”: Tourism, Egyptian nationhood and infrastructures of image making.




Jessica M Chu

Cristiana Strava

The cultural economy of ‘land grabs’ in Zambia (working title).

At Home with Modernity: Exploring Placemaking on the Margins of Casablanca.



Niamh Jane Clifford Collard

Mikal Woldu

Crafting Knowledge Through Textiles in Ewespeaking Ghana

A Cross-national and inter-generational investigation of Eritrean migrants in London and Milan (Working title) Mary-Anne Decatur Medicalization and Meaning: Male Circumcision, Female Genital Cutting and HIV in Northern Tanzania (working title) Email: Franziska Fay Contesting the Ordinary: Children’s Perspectives on ‘Child Protection’ in Educational Settings in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Email: Zoë Goodman ‘Asian’ spaces in an ‘African’ city: an ethnography of postcolonial Mombasa Email: Katharina Graf Domestic Cooking in Morocco: Skill, Knowledge Transmission and Social Change (working title)

Email: School of Arts Ignacio Agrimbau Discourse about performance practice among Iranian santur players and Ghanaian gjyil players. Email: Crispin Robinson Technicians of the Sacred: Generating transcendence in Afro-Cuban orisha worship. An ethnography of praxis in bata drumming. Email: Gavin Walker Music, meaning and persuasion in South African public health compaigns. Email: Paula Callus


Documenting Sub-Saharan African Animation

Lennon Chido Mhishi


Songs of Migration: Experiences of Music, Place Making and Identity Negotiation amongst Zimbabwean Migrants in London

Helena Cantone

Email: Anne-Line Rodriguez The closure of European borders and mobility in Senegal Email:

White Skin, Black Masks: The African art projects of Salvatore Fiume (1915-1997). David Malik Urban Art Forms in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, and their Roles in the Making of Diasporic Identities in Communities in London, United Kingdom Email:


Maurizia Onori

Ini Dele-Adedeji

Neo-Mamluk and neo-Sicilian/Norman funerary monuments, nineteenth - twentieth century in Sicily

The re-construction of Islamic identities within the mobilisation of the Boko Haram sect in Kano & Borno



Maria Sardi

Dariusz Dziewanski

Mamluk textiles Email:

Institutionalized violence? Examining the role of informal institutions in armed violence in South Africa

Rounwah Adly Riyadh Bseiso


From the State to the Streets of Cairo: Understandings of Art in the Aftermath of the Egyptian Uprising

Diana Felix Da Costa

Mohamed Taha


Political Communication of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt: Analysis of practices before and during Morsi’s presidency (2012 2013)

Sibylle Herzig van Wees

Email: Weidi Zheng Projecting favorable images of China: hegemony and anti-hegemony in African private media room

The Role of Faith Based Health Providers in context of Health Reforms in post-1990 Cameroon Amrita Lamba Interrogating Inclusive Natural Resources Governance: Comparing Brazil and South Africa Email:


Musa Mckee

Development Studies

‘Just Add Water’ - The Alchemy of Authoritarian Rule in Large-Scale Agricultural and Residential Developments in Egyptian Deserts during the Mubarak Era. (working title)

Chris Büscher Water and development in a variegated capitalism. Dutch water aid & trade development reproducing and transforming water access in Mozambique Email: Jean-Baptiste Damestoy Governance capabilities, industrialisation and the state: the case of the cotton and textile sectors in Ethiopia

Research Students


Working title: The politics of Murle identity, experiences of violence and of the State in Boma, South Sudan.

Email: Thomas Muddimer Working for Smallholders: Agricultural Workers, Labour Markets and Poverty in Southern Ghana. Email:



Nayanka Paquete Perdigao


(Working title) Perspectives on the failed State paradigm, Guinea-Bissau: A failed state or a state in the making?

Nana Amma Asante-Poku

Email: Bilge Sahin Bringing Justice to the People: Developing Access to Justice to Fight Conflict-related Sexual Violence Crimes and Challenging Gender Performance in North-Kivu, the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Email: Olayinka Babalola Structural Transformation in the Technology Service Sector in Nigeria



Florian Schaefer

Basani Baloyi

Agrarian change and agricultural commercialization in the Ethiopian coffee and floricultural sectors

The Financialisation of Mozambique’s Road Transport Sector

Email: Farwa Sial The internationalization of ‘The Developmental State’: The role of Development Aid and Capital Flows. Email: Magdalena Suerbaum Mosaics of masculinity - Gendering the experience of male Syrian refugees in Egypt Email: Jo Tomkinson National policymaking and the problem of policy space: A review of economic development strategies in Ethiopia and Vietnam (working title) Email: Bereket Tsegay Green Economy for Climate Mitigation and Poverty Reduction in Sub-Saharan Africa: Exploring the Role of Carbon Finance in Ethiopia Email:


Emerging Governance and Institutional Arrangements under Globalisation: A Case Study of Ghana’s Pineapple Export Sector (Working Title)

Email: Rami Galal Inequality of Opportunity in Select Arab-Spring Countries: Measurement and Attribution Email: Gilad Isaacs The Internationalisation and Financialisation of Non-Financial Corporations in Democratic South Africa (working title) Email: Richard Itaman Financialisation in Sub-Sahara Africa: The Nigerian Experience (Working Title) Email: Kyungha Kim Effects of Mobile Money on Financial Inclusion of Vulnerable Groups, Urban Poor and Women, in Nairobi Email: Gabriel Pollen Total Factor Productivity Growth Applications in a Developing Country: Does the case of Zambia validate or repudiate its realism?(Working Title)



Hassan Sherry

David Beamish

Industrialisation in the MENA Region: The Case of Egypt, Turkey and Iran (working title)

Ottoman and North African Émigré Intellectuals in Paris, 1890-1914



Christina Wolf

David Bannister

“China’s Impact on Latecomer Industrialisation in Sub-Saharan Africa: On the Interaction between Changing Patterns of Global Demand and Investment Flows and their Mediation through (Industrial) Policy” (working title)

Disease control and its changing contexts in northern Ghana, 1900-2000

Email: Finance and Management Catherine Doe Adodoadji Climate Change and Vulnerable Coastal Communities in Ghana (working title)

Camilla Audia Mechanisms of land tenure and gendered access to land within complex households in rural Burkina Faso. Email: Jody Harris SUN and RAIN: An assessment of intersectoral coordination for nutrition in Zambia

Etana Dinka Resistance and Integration in the Ethiopian Empire: the case of Macca Oromo of Qellem (1880s-1974) Email: Mohamad El Merheb Political Thought in the Late Ayyubid and Early Mamluk Period: The Road to Ibn Jamāʿa and Beyond Erin A. Freas-Smith Domestic Work in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, A Focus on Durban and Ixopo From 1920-1960 Email: Shantelle George


‘Religion, Identity Formation, and Memory among Liberated Africans and their Descendants in Grenada, 1836 – present’

Konstantin Makrelov


Financial and Real Economy Interactions in South Africa: A Stock and Flow Analysis

Philip Gooding

Email: Stella Wambugu Agriculture and Health in Low Income Countries - Investigating Farm Household and Wider Interactions in sub Saharan Africa (working title) Email:

Research Students



Lake Tanganyika: Commercial Frontier in the Era of Long-Distance Commerce, East and Central Africa, c.1830-1890 Email: Daisy Livingston Archival practices in the medieval Arabic lands. Documents and archives at the centre and periphery in Egypt and Syria: institutional, communal, and private practices in a diverse


literate society.

Miriam Weidl


“Loo wax!?” [What did you say!?] Multilingualism in Senegal - about the break(up) and the dynamicity of linguistic ‘systems’.

Shane Marotta Berbera, 1840--1920: The history of a Somali port in the Gulf of Aden Email: Brandi Simpson Miller

Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East Ayse Kara

A Social History of Food and Cooking in Ghana in the 19th Century

Istanbul through Moroccan Travellers’ Eyes from 16th to 18th Century: a Comparative Study of MoroccanOttoman Travel Writing




Amina Khatun

Khadija Chennoufi-Gilkes

Muslim women mystics: The faith stories of contemporary British Muslim women in the transnational Bani Alawiyya Tarīqa of Hadhramawt

Insiders and Insider-Outsiders: A comparative discourse-network study of the Algerian and Moroccan Amazigh cultural movements via social media Email: Francisca Everduim

Email: Religions and Philosophies Eleanor Tiplady Higgs

Morphosyntactic Variation in Bantu

Emphasising Christianity: The Young Women’s Christian Association in Kenya

Samantha Goodchild


The role of gender in the maintenance of multilingual repertoires at the ‘linguistic crossroads’ of Brin, Djibonker and Mov Avvi, Casamance, Senegal.

Kemi Ingram

Email: Chelsea Krajcik A window into the multilingual mind: exploring deictic gestures and spatial language in Casamance, Senegal Email: Heather Ayn Todd A cross-linguistic areal comparison of the semantics of ethnobotanical knowledge in Cameroon Email:



African American Orthodox Christians: Culture, Contextualization and the Making of an American Orthodox Church Email: Romina Istratii Approaching domestic violence in Tigray: Ethiopia through the lens of local religio-cultural knowledge systems Email: Dorothy Tembo Missions, Colonialism and Christian Identity in Malawi Email:

Law Laila Fathi

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Re-thinking transitional justice in a post-colonial context - analysis of the Franco-Algerian war and the reconciliation process (working title) Email: Kari Lipschutz Working title: “Rentier Law: Access to Environmental Justice in Nigeria” Email: Sidonia Lucia Kula Working Title: The Accountability of States for the Rape, Sexual Abuse and Violence Against Congolese Refugees in Angola Email:

The development of the Law of Wakf In Kenya Email: Prince Ndudi Councillor Olokotor Recognition and Enforcement of Transnational Commercial Arbitral Awards: An Appraisal of the Legal Regimes in England and Nigeria.

Research Students

Mwanakitina Mohamed Bakari

Email: Fatima Swehli The role of the property law in post-conflict Libya Email: Micha Wiebusch The Emerging Normative Framework of the African Union on Constitutionalism – The Legal Process and the Contribution to Peace, Security and Democratic State Building Email: Miyase Yavuz The Role of Ijtihād in Family Law Reforms of Modern Muslim-Majority States: A Case Study of Morocco. Email:


African Studies Resources at SOAS

SOAS Library is one of the world’s most important academic libraries for the study of Africa.

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Material on and from Africa has been collected since the foundation of the School (as the School of Oriental Studies) in 1916, although Africa was not included in the name until much later and there was no separate Africa Section in Library until the 1960s. The Africa collection includes publications on and from the whole continent of Africa, except for Egypt which is covered by the Middle East & Central Asia Section. The collection covers the fields of languages and cultures, arts and humanities, and law and social sciences. The Library holds an extensive African language collection covering hundreds of languages from the whole continent. It also has an extensive collection of journals for African research, both in print and electronic format.

Society for Libyan Studies Collection The Library of this archaeological society is held on permanent loan on Level F (mobile stack area). It covers mainly history and archaeology chiefly in Libya and North Africa and includes books, journals and pamphlets. African Languages Collection SOAS Library is unique and unparalleled in that all African languages are collected. The range extends from linguistic studies through creative literature to works of scholarship in African vernacular languages. Onitsha Market Literature Collection Collection of Nigerian popular pamphlets from the 1960s.    Hausa Popular Fiction: Furniss Collection Collection of popular Hausa language fiction donated by Prof. Graham Furniss.

The Library catalogue is available online at:

Gifford African Christianity Collection Chiefly English-language local publications on African (especially West African) Christian sects donated by Prof. Paul Gifford.

Special Collections Library & Archives


Swahili Manuscript Database The largest public collection of Swahili manuscripts in Britain

Hardyman Madagascar Collection A unique collection on Madagascar, donated in 1991 by Mr and Mrs J.T. Hardyman. While reflecting Mr Hardyman’s life and work as a missionary in Madagascar it covers a range of subjects and includes a large number of works in the Malagasy language.

The Special Collections Reading Room located on Level F holds important collections of archives, manuscripts and other primary source materials relating to Africa. Details can be found in the online catalogue: Archives and Special Collections: Africa



Africa News During term time, the Centre of African Studies sends out a fortnightly newsletter containing listings of Africarelated lectures and seminars held at SOAS and other colleges of the University of London. It also contains news and information on events around the world related to Africa, calls for papers, funding and job opportunities. To sign up, please email

Centre of African Studies, University of London SOAS Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square London WC1H 0XG Tel: (+44) (0)20 7898 4370 Fax: (+44) (0)20 7898 4369

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Centre of African Studies Annual Review, Issue 8, 2016-2017