Tag: African Academics in America

Kenyan professor to discuss tensions between Africans and African Americans in Nebraska

Mukoma Wa Ngugi is an associate professor of English at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He will also be leading a discussion titled “Blackness, Africans and African Americans: Complex Solidarities and Beauty” at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on Sept. 11, in the Nebraska Union Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. He will be discussing how the relationship between Africans and African Americans is not as simple or straightforward as it would seem. 

By Allyssa Gutierre

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Originally from Burundi, Léonce Ndikumana appointed Distinguished Professor at University of Massachusetts

By ADRIAN LAVISTA

Originally from Burundi, Léonce Ndikumana was appointed Distinguished Professors following approval by the Board of Trustees of the University of Massachusetts (Umass Amherst) on Friday, Aug. 2 meeting.

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Meet Ornella Sathoud, who holds a PhD in Analytical Chemistry and is representing Ghana in boxing at the All Africa Games

USA-based Ghanaian boxer Ornella (Nelly) Sathoud is looking forward to making a big splash in Rabat, Morocco as Ghana participates in female boxing for the first time at the African Games.

Among Ghana’s boxing team is female boxer Ornella, a previously unknown athlete until she was named in the Ghana’s boxing team, Black Bombers, for the continental competition.

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I’m ‘extremely proud’ of my early education in Nigeria – Chancellor of North Carolina Central University

By Bunmi Fatoye-Matory

Johnson Akinleye, Ph.D., became the 12th Chancellor of North Carolina Central University (NCCU) in 2017. NCCU is a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) based in Durham, North Carolina.

Prior to his appointment, Mr Akinleye served as the provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at NCCU among other administrative positions in the UNC system. Since assuming his position in 2017, Mr Akinleye has worked to expand the university’s academic partnerships, including new agreements with community colleges, as well as introduced NCCU Online, a robust online, distance-education program. He also created K-12 initiatives and implemented a security strategy to increase safety for campus constituents.

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Acclaimed Liberian Writer Makes “Full Professor” at Penn State University

By J. Lisa Lumeh

Dr. Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, a Liberian creative writer and professor of 32 years, who believes in molding young people for a prosperous society, was recently promoted as “full professor” at the Pennsylvania State (Penn State) University in the United States after a two-year scrutiny of her credentials and literary works.

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Zimbabwean-American academic, Tererai Trent, to be honoured with statue in New York City

Zimbabwean-American academic Dr Tererai Trent has been named as one of the World’s Top 10 Most Inspiring Women in the world as part of an initiative called “Sculpted for Equal Rights”.

A life-size bronze statue of the US-based academic will be unveiled alongside those of other honorees at Rockefeller Centre in New York City on August 26.

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Pennsylvania college inaugurates an African king as its president

It was a celebration fit for a king at one Pennsylvania college.

Not only is Dr. Daniel Wubah a king in Ghana, he has now been named the president of Millersville University, according to WPMT.

“It doesn’t happen very often,” said Marth Pobee, Ghana’s ambassador to the United Nations. “This is a very proud moment, very special we’re here from New York, and the government, people of ghana need to know.” Continue reading “Pennsylvania college inaugurates an African king as its president”

Kenyan wins $1 Million prize as best teacher in the world

Peter Tabichi who teaches at a school with just one computer and gives most of his money to the poor took home the Global Teacher Prize.

A Kenyan science teacher from a remote village who gave away most of his earnings to the poor and tutored students on the weekends won a $1 million prize that honors one exceptional educators from around the world.

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Ottawa professor who died in Ethiopia plane crash remembered for public outreach

Ottawa professor Pius Adesanmi, one of the 18 Canadians killed in Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines crash, is being remembered as a public intellectual whose outreach to Africans across the globe shaped the way Canada is seen abroad.

The Nigerian-born scholar was on his way to a meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, when the jet went down shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa airport, killing all 157 aboard.

The death of the director of Carleton University’s Institute of African Studies sent shockwaves through the academic community and on social media, where Adesanmi was mourned by a “cult following” of more than 40,000 Twitter users, said Nduka Otiono, a fellow Carleton professor and Adesanmi’s friend of 25 years.

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Ethiopian Airline Crash: Nigerian-Canadian Professor, Kenyan Georgetown University Student, among dead

Grief and sorrow know no borders, but Sunday’s Ethiopian Airline crash is truly an international tragedy.

The Nairobi, Kenya-bound plane went down within minutes of taking off from Addis Ababa.

The crash killed 157 people, seven of them crew members and one a security official, an airline spokeswoman said.

The passengers were from 35 nations, the airline said, with the greatest share from Kenya.

Among the victims was Cedric Asiavugwa, a third-year law student at Georgetown University and Nigerian-born Canadian, Professor Pius Adesanmi, the director of Carleton University’s Institute of African Studies.

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Bridging the gap: Africa’s science landscape and the African diaspora

As I headed home on the plane, my mind was abuzz. The engines steadily hummed in the background, dulled only by the even louder thoughts that raced through my mind. The plane lights were dim. Snores ebbed and flowed around me, my neighbors nothing but still heaps piled under blankets. Meanwhile, I sat wide awake, staring ahead into space, unable to settle down.

I was on my way back to the US after a 3-week span of conferences and research project work in East Africa. This exercise isn’t new to me, however. I am a penultimate example of the “reverse diaspora,” where a particular area of expertise (my academic research) which is focused in Kenya has landed me there for increasingly more frequent stints every year for the past several years. While I was born in America to Kenyan immigrant parents, I was raised in Kenya from a young age.

I went on to pursue secondary education in America, and now hold a faculty appointment at a US institution. In some shape or form, I knew that I’d return some day.

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Otrude Moyo, Zimbabwean academic at University of Michigan awarded Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship

By Ashley Schafer

Otrude Moyo, chair of the Department of Social Work at the University of Michigan-Flint has been named a Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship from the Institute of International Education.

She joins a prestigious group of 385 scholars who have been awarded African Diaspora Fellowships to travel to Africa since the program’s inception in 2013.

Moyo received the fellowship for her project, “Internationalizing the Social Work Curriculum: Breathing Life into New Possibilities, Integrating Local-Global Thinking about Social Problems to Rebuild Healthy and Vibrant Communities.” Moyo will collaborate with faculty at the University of Fort Hare in South Africa on the project.

Moyo, an assistant professor, specializes in social welfare, critical multiculturalism, diversity and social justice, understanding quality of life, and inequality issues. She currently teaches social policy, diversity and social justice courses at University of Michigan-Flint.

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Nigerian-born, Titilayo Ufomata Appointed Provost at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana

Titilayo Ufomata has been named provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. The school enrolls about 1,600 students. African Americans make up 2 percent of the undergraduate student body. Dr. Ufomata will begin her new role on June 1, 2019.

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Music Professor Receives Prestigious International Fellowship

Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship supports George Dor’s work with Nigerian university

George Worlasi Kwasi Dor, a music professor at the University of Mississippi, has been awarded a fellowship by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program to work with professors at the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria.

 

Dor, a native of Ghana who holds the McDonnell-Barksdale Chair of Ethnomusicology at UM, will travel to Nigeria in the summer of 2019 to collaborate with Adeoluwa Okunade and Marie Agatha Ozah on field research in ethnomusicology, curriculum development, and mentoring of graduate assistants and assistant lecturers.

 

“The research portion of the project will consider the ways indigenous knowledge in traditional ethnic music stays relevant to contemporary communities in Ghana and Nigeria,” Dor said. “This will build on research Dr. Ozah and I have collaborated on before, and we look forward to using the opportunity to train graduate students in ethnographic field research methods. Continue reading “Music Professor Receives Prestigious International Fellowship”

Gambian-born Howard University Professor Sulayman Sheih Nyang

By Dr. Tijan M. Sallah

The news of the passing away of Professor Sulayman Sheih Nyang at the United Medical Center in Washington, DC, on Monday, November 12, 2018 came to me as a stab in the back. It was sad, disconcerting and painfully unbearable.

Professor Nyang was more than a friend to me; he often told me he was the only child of his mother and therefore considered me his blood brother and I felt the same way towards him. Although he had other half-sisters and brothers (one of the closest to him being Baboucarr Nyang, better known by his nickname, Papa Litty), Dr. Nyang was a generous man who had a large circle of friends and admirers, who were his ‘honorary’ relatives. Continue reading “Gambian-born Howard University Professor Sulayman Sheih Nyang”