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Wale Adebanwi’s review of A History of the Yoruba People

Wale Adebanwi, assistant professor for the department of African-American and African studies at the University of California, provides us with a review of professor Adebanji Akintoye’s A History of the Yoruba People. The article was presented originally at a presentation of the book at the Premier Hotel in Ibadan, Nigeria on the 22nd April 2010 (the same year as the book’s release). Here is an excerpt:

Posted on 22 Apr 2010 around 12pm | Permalink

Marching on New Orleans

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Saints and scholars went marching in the African city of New Orleans, USA for the 52nd Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association from 18–22 November 2009 in support for a city rebuilding itself from the painful winds of Katrina.

Posted on 01 Jan 2010 around 3pm | Permalink

New Book Launched by Amalion

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Give Me Room to Move My Feet

An eclectic group gathered on a Friday evening at Kadjinol Station for the launch of Give Me Room to Move My Feet, in what turned out to be a delightful evening of words and motion. With Kora music by Diabate, the drums from the Goree group in the air and the taste of ablo, shrimps, and chicken wings on the palate, members of the community and the poet read from the new collection. Karima Grant captures the evening in words.

Posted on 10 Jul 2009 around 1pm | Permalink

World Social Science Forum, Bergen 09

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Nearly a thousand scholars, researchers and policy makers gathered at the historic city of Bergen, Norway from 10 to 12 May 2009 for the First World Social Science Forum. The event was convened by the International Social Science Council and co-organized by the University of Bergen and the Rokkan Centre, Norway to reflect on the challenges of social research production around the theme of “One Planet, Worlds Apart” and the role of the social sciences in the construction of a better modern world.

At the forum, we participated at various sessions including the “The Possibilities and Pitfalls of Publishing Social Science Research in the Age of the Internet” and “The Marketisation of Social Science” organized by the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, an apex pan-African research institution on the continent. Other significant forums covered debates on “Science Ethics” which looked at how best to have a common framework to ensure the integrity of research production and dissemination. The special warmth of the Hanseatic buildings and the people of Bergen complemented a truly memorable forum of reflection.

Posted on 18 May 2009 around 4pm | Permalink

WaPi: Words and Pictures à la sénégalaise

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Emotions and ingenuity were high at the grande finale of the Words and Pictures Programme held on April 11, 2009 in Dakar, Senegal. The event was a culmination of months of activities and competition as part of the WaPi project initiated by the British Council in collaboration with Fondation Sonatel to provide a platform of expression for new talents in Senegal.

Laureates from literature, visual art, music, fashion and dance, chosen from a widely publicised competition that drew hundreds of candidates from around the country, participated in the nationally televised event to kick-start the support to bringing them to the wider public. One of the long term objectives of the programme is to contribute to instilling a sense of professionalism in these artists, which could allow them to consider using their talent as a source of livelihood, hence the series of marketing and promotional plans for the winning artists.

Ndèye Maty Kane, a gifted 18-year-old short story writer, emerged winner of the literature section coordinated by Sulaiman Adebowale, a member of the WaPi Board that included the film-maker, Fatou Kandé Senghor; the choreographer, Gacirah Diagne; artist, PiNiang; the designer, Cheikha; and musicians Vieux Mac Faye and Fou Malade. 



Posted on 15 Apr 2009 around 6pm | Permalink

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