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Kenneth Harrow

They’re Shocking! They’re New! Bekolo’s Pomo Saignantes

Kenneth Harrow is a professor of English at Michigan State University. He was a Fulbright Professor at the University of Yaounde, from 1977-79, and a Fulbright Research Scholar in Dakar from 1982-3,and a Senior Fulbright Professor there from 2005-6. He has published Thresholds of Change in African Literature, Less Than One and Double: A Feminist Reading of African Women’s Writing,  and he has edited numerous collections on such topics as Islam and African literature, African cinema, and Women in African cinema. His latest book, Postcolonial African Cinema, will be published in 2007 by Indiana University Press.

Gerise Herndon

. “The Antenna and the Mosque: Liberatory Mass Media in Moolaade”

Nebraska Wesleyan University
Contacts:  Women’s Studies
Nebraska Wesleyan University
5000 Saint Paul Avenue
Lincoln, NE 68504

Gerise Herndon is Professor of English, Director of Women’s Studies and Fulbright Program Advisor at Nebraska Wesleyan University. She earned her PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of Texas in 1993 with a dissertation on Caribbean women writers. She recently published the co-edited essay collection Emerging Perspectives on Maryse Condé, A Writer of Her Own, with Dr. Sarah Barbour of Wake Forest University. She has also published articles on Euzhan Palcy, Jamaica Kincaid, Edwidge Danticat, Simone Schwarz-Bart in addition to essays on whiteness as a racial category, feminist pedagogy and the Islamic dimension of the gulf war. She is a longtime member of the African Literature Association and has participated in intensive studies and faculty development seminars in Martinique, Cuba and Sénégal. After teaching at Nebraska Wesleyan University for thirteen years, chairing Women’s Studies for seven years, and having been awarded NWU’s highest teaching honor and internationalization award in 2005, Herndon was promoted to full professor in 2006. She teaches International Cinema, Postcolonial and Global Literatures, Women Writing Across Cultures, Encountering the Other and Francophone Literature.


Justin Marcus Johnston

Pan-Africanism as EthnoCultural Heritage Transfer:
The African Adventures of Henry Sylvester Williams  (1869-1911)

Graduate student
St Joseph's College of Maine

JUSTIN MARCUS JOHNSTON is a Black Nova Scotian author and historian. He is also a graduate student at St Joseph’s College in Maine currently pursing his Masters degree in Education with the intention of pursuing a Doctorate forthcoming in the same field. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University Ottawa in Ottawa, Canada. He has written one book on legal history in Canada entitled “James Robinson Johnston: The Life Death and Legacy of Nova Scotia’s first Black lawyer,Nimbus, 2005. He has a number of others publications that include scholarly papers, journal articles and letters to the editor. His research interests are broad, but mainly have to do with the African Diaspora, especially the migration of African people throughout the world, especially in North America, Europe and increasingly in Asia, especially as it relates to their legal, cultural, social and educational history. Moreover, Justin has a research passion for late 19th and early 20th century African Diaspora community leaders, especially clergy and lawyers. He is well traveled having visited over 8 countries, including the People’s Republic of China and is conversant in a variety of languages, including French and Mandarin Chinese.


Chantal Kalisa

Stolen/Stealing Identity in Mwenze Ngagura’s "Les pièces d’identités”

Chair (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
Department of Modern Languages
1111 Oldfather Hall University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588-0333

Chantal Kalisa, Assistant Professor of Francophone Studies (Ph.D. University of Iowa). She teaches courses on Francophone African and Caribbean literatures and cultures with particular emphasis on postcolonial and gender studies. Her research focuses on representation of violence in those literatures. She has published articles on Gisèle Pineau, Ken Bugul, Michèle Lacrosil, Sembène Ousmane, Aminata Sow Fall and Frantz Fanon. She has also published essays and articles on the Rwandan Genocide. Kalisa co-edited Dix ans après: Réflexions sur le génocide rwandais (L’Harmattan, 2005), a volume of essays on the 1994 genocide, with Prof. Rangira Béatrice Gallimore (U. of Missouri-Columbia).

Kasala Kamara

Africa, Land of Investment Opportunities and Challenges for the African Diaspora:
Focus on the Energy and Cultural Industries

BSc. Government (Hons)
MSc International Relations (Distinction)
Sando Educational Workshop
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

Kasala Kamara is a political scientist, lecturer, educator, author, journalist and consultant. He is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. He has written the books: The IMF threat to Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean, published in two editions, 1986 and 1988; A Tribute to African Civilization, published in two editions 1995 and 2005; Foreign Direct Investment in Trinidad and Tobago published in 1998.


Gretchen Kellough

Narrative Weave of Community in the ‘Tiseroman’

Doctoral Candidate
Department of Comparative Literature
Northwestern University
2018 Sherman Ave. #1W
Evanston , IL 60201

Gretchen Kellough is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at Northwestern University, where she also completed her Master’s in French Literary Studies (2003).  She is Assistant Master of Northwestern’s largest Residential College. She is also a visiting professor in the French department at Lake Forest College.  Her dissertation looks at feminine community as it is portrayed in novels by Buchi Emecheta, Maryse Condé, Myriam Warner-Vieyra, Calixthe Beyala, and Edwidge Danticat. Her research interests include postcolonial studies, gender studies, and studies of the novel. Her conference paper explores the narrative strategy of the “tisseroman” and discusses the possibilities derived when women tell each other’s stories.

Lena Khor

Whose Image of Whose Africa? Problems of Representation
in Ryszard Kapuscinski’s "The Shadow of the Sun"

English Department
University of Texas at Austin

Lena Khor is a PhD candidate in English Literature (Ethnic and Third World Literature concentration) at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include discourse analysis, human rights and Anglophone World Literature.

Debra L. Klein, Ph.D

Transgressing Reality: Yorùbá Artists Challenge the Momentum of Progress

Gavilan College
5055 Santa Teresa Blvd.
Gilroy, CA 95020

DEBBIE KLEIN is an Anthropology Professor at Gavilan College in Gilroy,California.  Her ethnography, Yorůbá Bŕtá Goes Global: Artists, Culture Brokers, and Fans, is due out in the Fall of 2007 with University of Chicago Press.  This work is based on two years of field research in Erin-Osun, Nigeria from 1996 to 1998 as well as her ongoing collaborations with the artists.  Debbie lived and performed with drumming and dancing families for the duration of her research and also taught courses in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Ibadan.  She has taught Anthropology and Global Studies courses at Vassar College, UC Santa Cruz,
and Cabrillo College.  In addition to her ongoing research with Erin-Osun artists, Debbie's latest project focuses on human rights debates and performances of democracy in Nigeria.

O.D. Kolawole (PhD), V.O. Okorie and A.F. Agboola (PhD)

Traditional yam festival amongst the Igbo people of South-eastern Nigeria
as a strategy for agricultural extension communication and identity preservation

Mr. Victor Ogbonnaya Okorie, is a lecturer in the Department Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, and currently a Ph.D student in the same Department. His areas of research interest are Child and youth development, rural community empowerment and development. He is a member of professional Associations such as Agricultural Extension Society of Nigeria (AESON), Nigerian Rural Sociological Association (NRSA) National Research and Development Network of Children and Youth in Agriculture Programme (CYAP).


Brigitte Kowalski, Ph.D

French image of Africa (or the shaping of the image of Africa in France)

 Ecole de Louvre, Paris

Brigitte Kowalski Oshineye is teaching African arts and civilizations in Ecole du Louvre, Paris, France. She gives lectures and elaborates exhibitions on Africa and the Slave Trade in French museums. Her research focuses on the effects of the Trans-Saharan and Atlantic trade
on the kingdoms of the Guinea Gulf in Africa, specially Yoruba kingdoms and Hausa city-states, and on connections between Americas and Africa through the African Diaspora in the Atlantic World. She has published in Belgium and France, papers on the Slave Trade, West African kingdoms and Afro-Brazilian architecture in Africa.


Dina Ligaga

A Historical Uunderstanding of Radio Drama in Kenya: The Case of Radio Theatre

African Literature
University of the Witwatersrand
South Africa

Dina Ligaga is a PhD candidate in the Department of African Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Her Master’s research was based on Nigerian literature, and the research report titled ‘“A story never forgives silence”, Voicing the silences in Okey Ndibe’s Arrows of Rain’ dealt with the perils of silence in a repressive government. She is currently working on radio drama in Kenya, where she is investigating the thematic relevance of a long-term radio programme Radio Theatre, a series of one-act plays.


Xavier Livermon

History, Memory, and Diaspora in contemporary South African popular music

Carolina Postdoctoral Fellow for Faculty Diversity
Department of Communication Studies
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3285


Isidore Lobnibe

Conviviality in Sorghum Beer (pito) Bars:
popular culture at the rural-urban interface in contemporary Ghana

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Department of Anthropology
Urbana, IL 61801 USA

Isidore Lobnibe is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with research interests on labor   migration, social organization, the environment, historiography and the history of Anthropology.  He is currently writing his doctoral dissertation based on field work he conducted in southern Ghana among migrant farm workers of Northern Ghana.  He has published book chapters and has articles in the American Anthropologist, and AFRICA.


Francis F. Lukhele

Currently Untitled Paper

Graduate Student
African Languages and Literature Department
University of Wisconsin- Madison
Madison, WI 53706


Angeline M. Madongonda

From the Mouths of Babes: Communicating a Cultural Renaissance
Through Music-The Rise of Urban Groves in Zimbabwe

Department of English and Communication
Midlands State University


Daniel R. Magaziner

Currently Untitled

Saadia Malik, PhD

Women’s Songs in Sudan:
Negotiating Identity, Sexuality, Gender and Power Relations

Adjunct Professor
The University of Kansas 
Communication Studies, Bailey Hall

Abigail Markoe

Advertising Healthy Babies and Marketing ‘Modernity’:
Baby Competitions and Public Health Weeks in Colonial Africa

PhD Student
Institute of the History of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University

Abigail Markoe is a PhD student at the Institute of the History of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. She studies the history of public health and medicine in southern Africa, specifically the history maternal and child health in Zambia. Her dissertation will analyze changes in African and European ideas of healthy childhood throughout the 20th century, focusing especially on perceptions of infant health, nutrition and breastfeeding. Her conference paper deals with the history of baby competitions and representations of healthy children in South Africa and Nigeria. Markoe is also working on a Masters of Health Sciences in International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, combining her historical and contemporary interests in African child health.

Guy Massart

The revealing dialogue between the transformations of the
Funaná musical genre and society in Cape Verde

Research and Evaluation Specialist
Plan International – West African Regional Office
Dakar Ponty

Emmanuel Mbah, PhD

Popular Culture and the Resolution of Boundary Disputes
in the Grasslands of Bamenda in Cameroon

 Assistant Professor of History
College of Staten Island
City University of New York
2800 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10314

Emmanuel M. Mbah was born on January 4, 1970, in Mamfe-Manyu Division of the South-West Province of the Republic of Cameroon. He attended primary, secondary, and high school at Government Primary School Mbengwi and Government High School Mbengwi, respectively. After succeeding in the General Certificate of Education Examinations (G.C.E) O’ and A’ Levels, he enrolled as a freshman at the University of Yaounde in September 1988. He obtained the B.A and M.A in History in 1992 and 1994 respectively, and was admitted to the History Doctorate Program of the University of Yaounde 1 in 1995. In February 1998, he passed his comprehensive exams and proceeded to the United States of America for research. In 2003, he applied and was admitted to the Transatlantic History Doctorate Program of the University of Texas at Arlington, from where he obtained his Ph.D in May of 2006. He taught at the University of Texas at Arlington in 2005 and 2006, and currently teaches at the College of Staten Island/City University of New York. Dr. Mbah is currently undergoing research in other areas of interest.



Carmen McCain

Reimagining Gender Spaces in Abbas Sadiq and Zainab Idris's video-film Albashi

Graduate Student
Department of African Languages and Literature
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Carmen McCain is a graduate student in the Department of African Languages and Literature at the University of Wisconsin , Madison. Her MA thesis is a literary analysis of metaphor and form in Helon Habila's Waiting for an Angel, while her PhD dissertation will focus on Hausa popular literature and film. Having lived for seven years in Nigeria during her adolescence, she has since been able to return under the support of the Fulbright fellowship, the FLAS fellowship, the Harvey fellowship, and most recently the West Africa Research Association pre-doctoral summer fellowship. Last summer, she spent three months in Kano living with Hausa writers and filmmakers, as she began pre-dissertation research on representations of HIV in Hausa popular literature and film. The paper she will present at this conference records her preliminary observations on current debates within the Hausa film industry. She looks forward to returning to Kano for further dissertation research in 2008.



Mrs. Bosede S. Mimiko, B.Sc. (Hons); LLB; BL

Popular Culture in Transition: Law, Women and Social Cohesion
among the Yoruba of Southwest Nigeria

Ministry of Justice
Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria


N.Oluwafemi Mimiko, Ph.D.

Between Symbolism and Substance in Africa:
The Culture-Poverty Nexus in a Changing Political Economy

Professor of International Relations & Comparative Political Economy
Adekunle Ajasin University
Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria

Femi Mimiko, Ph.D., is a Professor of International Relations and Comparative Political Economy at Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria. He taught for the Spring Semester of 2004, at the Department of Social Sciences, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, USA, as a Fulbright Scholar. He was at different times SSRC-MacArthur Visiting Scholar to the Thomas Watson Jr., Institute for International Studies, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA, and Korean Foundation Visiting Fellow to The Academy of Korean Studies, Seoul, South Korea. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the Department of International Relations, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Dr. Mimiko is the author of The Global Village, The Korean Economic Phenomenon, Crises and Contradictions in Nigeria’s Democratization Program, 1986- 1993 and numerous journal and book articles; Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Policy Initiatives; and Convener, African Research Initiative. A recipient of the United States Army Commander’s Public Service Award, 2004, Professor Mimiko is currently coordinating a research project on Democratization in Nigeria.

Fehintola Mosadomi

Prospects, Challenges, and the Pedagogy of Yoruba Language in a Global World

The Department of Middle Eastern Studies
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas

Fehintola Mosadomi holds a Ph.D from Tulane University with a specialization in Yoruba phonology.  She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a poet and linguist. Her interests include studies in Yoruba language and linguistics, French language and literature (including Francophone), Creole studies, language pedagogy, language and power, and language and gender.


Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah

Popular Culture in Africa: The Global century definition

Western Illinois University

Shadrack Nasong’o and Amy Risley

From Aesthetic Creativity to Political Profundity:
Popular Music and Politics in Kenya and Argentina

Rhodes College
Memphis Tennessee

Shadrack Wanjala Nasong'o, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of International Studies at Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee where he teaches African Politics and Government; Comparative Politics; International Relations; and Revolution in World Politics. He has previously
taught at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Northeastern University, Boston; and University of Nairobi, Kenya. He is author of Contending Political Paradigms in Africa: Rationality and the Politics of Democratization in Kenya and Zambia (New York: Routledge, 2005); and co-editor of Kenya: The Struggle for Democracy (London: Zed Books, 2007).  Dr. Nasong'o has published numerous peer reviewed book chapters and refereed articles on democratization, socio-political conflict, nationalism, and political economy in Journals
such as Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Journal of Third World Studies, Canadian Review of Studies in Nationalism, African and Asian Studies, Nigerian Journal of International Affairs, and International Review of Politics and Development among others. One of his
articles on civil society and democratization in Africa has been translated into Spanish and published in a journal in Mexico under the
title: "La Sociedad Civil y la Democratización Africanas: La Dinámica de las Fuerzas Externas."

Amy Risley is currently Assistant Professor of International Studies at Rhodes College.  She received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2005 with a specialization in comparative and Latin American politics.  Her thematic interests include democratization, civil society, social movements, and gender.  An article she wrote on freedom of information advocacy in Argentina was published in The Latin Americanist, and her research on gender violence recently appeared in the International Feminist Journal of Politics.  She is currently researching human trafficking for labor and sexual exploitation.

Sasha Newell

The Modernity Bluff: Mimesis and Metonymy in Ivoirian Street Style 

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Anthropology
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
109 Davenport Hall, MC-148
607 S. Mathews Ave
Urbana, IL  61801

SASHA NEWELL is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He attained his doctorate in Anthropology from Cornell University in 2003. He has done research on Congolese immigrants and la Sape in Paris, and wrote his dissertation on Ivoirian youth, consumption, and migration in Abidjan. He is currently turning this into a monograph tentatively titled “The Modernity Bluff: Urban Youth, Popular Culture, and the Crisis of Citizenship in Côte d’Ivoire.” He has written several articles, including “Estranged Belongings: A Moral Economy of Theft in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire” (2005) in Anthropological Theory and “Migratory Modernity and the Cosmology of Consumption in Côte d’Ivoire” in Migration and Economy: Global and Local Perspectives (2005) edited by Lillian Trager. He is especially interested in current writings on integrating his understanding of transformations in Ivoirian popular culture in the 1990s with an interpretation of the contemporary crisis in Côte d’Ivoire. He is also beginning a new research project on storage spaces and hidden processes of consumption and memory production in U.S. households.


Fallou Ngom

Popular Culture in Senegal: Blending the Secular and the Religious

Western Washington University
Bellingham WA, 98225
Telephone: 360-671-6956

Fallou Ngom is Associate Professor of French and Linguistics in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at Western Washington University. His research focuses primarily on the interaction between African languages and non-African languages in Senegambia. His scholarly works have appeared in the International Journal of the Sociology of Language, the Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, the Encyclopedia of the World’s Major Languages, Studies in the Linguistic Sciences, the French Review, the SAFARA: Revue Internationale de Langues, Littératures et Cultures and Language Variation and Change, among others. He is the author of three books: Phonetic and Phonological Description of Mandinkakaŋ as Spoken in Senegal and Guinea Bissau (2000), Wolof (A Linguistic Description) (2003), and Lexical Borrowings as Sociolinguistic Variables in Saint-Louis, Senegal (2006). He serves as an independent expert consultant for Senegambian languages.



Raphael Chijioke Njoku, PhD

Storytellers of Morocco and the Mass Media, 1912-2006

Departments of History and Pan African Studies
University of Louisville, KY 40292


Mwenda Ntarangwi, PhD

Our Time is Now: Hip-hop, Globalization, and Identity in East Africa

Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Welfare
Augustana College
Rock Island, IL 61201-2296
Tel 309 794 7676

Dr. Mwenda Ntarangwi, teaches anthropology courses at Augustana College, Rock Island, Il. His research and writing hinges on the intersection between stated cultural norms and everyday practices and the subsequent meanings that accrue from such an encounter. He has published in the areas of identity, performance, the practice of anthropology, and cross-cultural experiences including: Gender Performance and Identity: Understanding Swahili Cultural Realities Through Songs (Africa World Press, 2003), a commissioned book on Ten Years of Street Children Programmes (1987-1997) in Embu-Meru (Media Document Supplies, 2003), a co-edited volume entitled African Anthropologies: History, Practice and Critique (Zed Books and CODESRIA, 2006), and numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles. Dr. Ntarangwi has just recently been appointed to chair the department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Welfare at Augustana College.


George Nyabuga

Things fall apart: Is the popularisation and growing consumption
of hip hop causing moral panic in Kenya?

University of Worcester

George Nyabuga is currently a Media and Cultural Studies, and Journalism lecturer at the University of Worcester in United Kingdom. He has previously worked as a journalist for newspapers in Kenya, South Africa, and the United States where he was a Freedom Forum fellow at Howard University, Washington, DC, from January to April, 1997. He is currently awaiting the outcome of his PhD study, partly funded by Coventry University, focusing on the impact of the Internet on Kenyan politics. Some of his recent articles include: ‘Knowledge is power: The Internet and the Kenyan Public Sphere’, Worcester Papers, 4, 2006, pp. 53-72; ‘What is the Role of the Internet in the Development Democracy in Africa?’, Communicare, 23(1), 2004, pp. 120 – 136; and ‘Mugabe’s Victory Spells Doom for the Media in Zimbabwe’, Communicare, 21(1), 2002, pp. 82 – 89.

Cecilia Sem Obeng

Are immunization Advert campaigns an effective intervention
in increasing compliance with childhood immunizations in Ghana?

Cecilia Obeng is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Health Science at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her teaching is in the areas of human development, health education, and children with disabilities. Dr Obeng's research interests lie in: (a) The role of the family in the development of the child; (b) culture, care, and child health; and (c) preschool health. She has published books and journal articles in refereed journals and in book chapters.


Samuel Gyasi Obeng

Speaking the Unspeakable Through Hip-Life Music:
A Discursive Construction of Ghanaian Political Discourse


Raphael Obotama

The Cinematic Images of Africa in Western Films continue: An Analysis of Three Contemporary Movies,
Hotel Rwanda (2005), Sahara(2005) and Tears of the Sun(2003)

Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan  


Hannington Ochwada

Popular Culture and Political Discourse in Independent Kenya:
ĩĩrĩthũ and Redykyulass

Department of History
Marquette University
Milwaukee, WI 53201



Philip Adedotun Ogundeji

Lessons From Conflict and Conflict Resolution in Yoruba Popular Drama
for a Post-colonial Audience

Dept. of Linguistics and African
Langs. University of Idadan
Ibadan, Nigeria

Philip Adedotun Ogundeji is a professor in the Department of Linguistics and African Languages, University of Ibadan, Ibadan Nigeria. He teaches Yoruba Literature (oral and written) and culture. His special areas of interest include dramatic criticism and semiotics. He is the current Head of his Department (December 2006), a co-coordinator of the Ibadan Cultural Studies Group Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan, the current president of the Yoruba Association of Nigeria (re appointed for another two year term 2006), chairman of the Odunjo Memorial Lectures Committee (2005 to date), and the Chairman Sir Olaniwun Ajayi Foundation for the Promotion of Yoruba Language and Culture. He was a visiting lecturer at the Ondo State University, Ado Ekiti (now University of Ado Ekiti, Ado Ekiti), (1990-1991), an Associate Lecturer in the Department of Linguistics and Nigerian Languges, University of Ilorin between 1996 and 1997, and visiting Professor at the Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, (2006-2007). 

He had researched into the dramaturgy of modern Yoruba popular travelling theatre practitioners, such as Oyin Adejobi, Kola Ogunmola and especially Duro Ladipo, which he reclassified as belonging to the Ogunde dramatic tradition. Among his numerous articles in this area is “The Image of Sango in duro Ladipo’s Plays”, Research in African Literatures Vol. 29:2, 57-75 (1998). His study of the sacred ritual, festival ritual and deritualizing traditional dramas that form the background of the modern theatre has lead to a monograph, Ritual as Theatre, Theatre as Ritual: The Nigerian Example, Isese Monograph Series (2000) and an article, “Functions and Forms of traditional Practice in Nigeria” in Ajayi S. A. African Culture and Civilization, Ibadan: Atlantis Books and Ibadan Cultural Studies Group (20005). Among literate Yoruba Dramatists that he had studied include J. F. Odunjo, Oladejo Okediji, T. A. A. Ladele, Babatunde Olatunji, Lawuyi Ogunniran, Wale Ogunyemi, Afolabi Olabimtan, Adebayo Faleti, Akinwumi Isola etc. His study of the dramaturgy of Isola was published as “Trends in the Drama of Akinwumi Isola”, Research in Yoruba Language, No. 6, 7-23, (1996). An example of his study in cultural semiotics is the “Communicative and Semiotic Contexts of Aroko Among the Yoruba Symbol communication Systems”, African Languages and Cultures 10:2 145-156 (1997). Ogundeji is also a poet whose collections of poems, Orin Ewuro (Songs of the Bitter Leaf) written under the pseudonym, Atari Ajanaku (1998), is the joint winner of the Association of Nigerian Authors, Oyo State chapter, 1998 Yoruba Poetry Prize.


Akinloyè Òjó, Ph.D

Assistant Professor
University of Georgia
Comparative Lit. Dept.
African Studies

Akinloyè Òjó is an assistant professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and the African Studies Institute at the University of Georgia, Athens Georgia. He teaches Yorùbá and African Studies courses and conducts his academic research on African language pedagogy, language teaching materials development, and language and linguistic research in Yorùbá. His published works include: In Flight: A Collection of Poems (Kraft Books, 2000); The Challenges and Methodologies of African Language Instruction in the West/United States (Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education Press, 2002); The Active Yorùbá Classroom: In-Class Situations for Yorùbá Language Instruction and Practice (Harade Press, 2003). In 2005, his co-edited book, “Ìlò-Èdè àti Èdá Ède Yorùbá” (Yoruba Linguistics and Language Use) was published by Africa World Press. He has also worked to create online materials for the teaching and learning of the Yoruba language at


Abiodun Akeem Oladiti

A Historical Analysis of Ojude-Oba Festival in Ijebu-Ode in the Twentieth Century

Department of General Studies
Ladoke Akintola University of Technology


Florence O. Olamijulo

How did the writer’s choice of language vividly portray the linguistics
features of English language variety, loan words, and pidgin?

Department of African Languages and Literature
University of Wisconsin



Debbie Olson

Lu jot bot bi? (Wolof: What's wrong with the eye (I)?) Ousmane Sembène and Djibril Diop Mambèty:
African Cinema Rhetoric and the Search for Authenticity

Oklahoma State University 

Debbie Olson is a PhD student in the English department’s Screen Studies Program at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences- Criminal Justice, from Washington State University and a Master’s degree in English- literature and film, from Central Washington University. Her research interests include West African film-- particularly images of children and childhood, children’s culture, postcolonial theory, cultural studies, African American film and literature, and coming of age themes. She has published numerous book reviews and has contributed entries to a variety of collections including the African American Biography Project, Writing African American Women, The Encyclopedia of Prostitution and Sex Work, and many others. She is also an associate editor for the Film and History CD-ROM Annual.  For more information please email Debbie at

Akinola Olusola

Contemporary Home Preferences of Nigerian Elites

  Akin Olusola & Associates
keja– Lagos


Akinpelu Olanrewaju Olutayo

Conceptualizing Poverty among the Yoruba of Southwestern Nigeria

Department of Sociology,
Faculty of the Social Sciences
University of Ibadan, Nigeria.



Anthony Olusegun Omoyajowo

Popular Culture: A comparative study of selected
Rural and Urban communities in Oyo State, Nigeria

B.Sc (Sociology)
M.Sc (Indusatrial Relations and Personnel Management)
M.Sc (Sociology) Member, Nigerian Institute of Management (MNIM), Ph.D. (in view)
Federal college of Agriculture, Institute of Agricultural Research and Training, Moor Plantation
Dugbe, Ibadan, Nigeria



Bukola Adeyemi Oyeniyi

"Radios Don't Kill, People Do":
The Paradox of Media Reports and the Emerging Culture of Violence in Africa

Head, Dept of History and International Relations
College of Humanities
Redeemer's University
Ibadan, Nigeria.

Oyeniyi, Bukola Adeyemi obtained his postgraduate degrees from the University of Ibadan, his interests intersperse Conflict Resolution,
African History and Strategic Studies. He has published extensively on African History, Conflict resolution, especially in plural societies in
scholarly journals, encyclopedias, text-books, etc. His current works featured in Toyin Falola and Amanda Warnock, The Encyclopaedia of Middle Passage, Greenwood Publishing Group, NJ, USA, 2006; Toyin Falola and Niyi Afolabi, Human Cost of African Displacement and Migration, Africa World Press USA, 2007. He is currently involved with the Nordic African Institute, Sweden ina project on Informalising Economies and Organising Strategies in Africa. He is the pioneer Chair, Department of History and Strategic Studies at the Redeemer's University, Nigeria.


Juluette Bartlett-Pack

From America to Africa: Hip Hop's Influence in
Tess Onwueme's Shakara: Dance-Hall Queen

Juluette Bartlett-Pack, Ph.D is an Assistant Professor of English at DeVry University in Houston, Texas and the University of Phoenix in Houston, Texas. Her reseach interest include literature of diverse cultures and Post Colonial literatures. As a result her articles have appeared in several publications such as Nigeria in the Twientieth Century (2002), Urbanization and African Cultures (2005), Yoruba Creativity: Fiction, Language, Life, and Culture (2005), Traditional and Modern Health Systems in Nigeria (2006), Writing African American Women (2006), Middle Passages and the Healing Place of History (2006). Forthcoming articles will appear in African American National Biography. She is also working on a book-length manuscript on the works of Nigerian playwright and novelist, Tess Onwueme. Dr. Bartlett presents papers at several conferences including the Modern Language Association (MLA), South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA), College Language Association (CLA) and the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD).


Laverne Page

Collections and Collectors of African Popular Culture: Case Study of the Library of Congress

African Section, African & Middle Eastern Division,  Library of Congress

Laverne Page, Africana Area Specialist, has served in the African & Middle Eastern Division, Library of Congress for more than thirty years. In addition to recommending material from and about 26 countries in Africa for the Library's collections in all subjects and formats, she is responsible for providing access to this treasure trove through briefings, publications, and electronic resources for the general public as well as for government and academic researchers. She holds master's degrees in African Studies from Howard University, and in Library Science from Columbia University. As a keen and enthusiastic observer of popular culture, by boat, truck and airplane, Mrs. Page has traveled to 25 countries in Africa, from Morocco to South Africa.
















Africa Conference 2007: Popular Cultures in Africa

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