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African Studies Center

Asst. Director

Patience Ogbo

Institute of African Studies University of Ibadan


Agriculture / Arts/Art History / Development / Diaspora / Education / Environment/Land Use / Health and Disease / History–Precolonial / History–Colonial/Modern / Literature / Politics / Religion / Trade And Markets / War and Conflict / Women And Gender


In terms of organizational structure, the Center reports to the İKSAD Head office and is composed of center members and doctoral students in relevant area, support staff, and graduate assistants. The Center is led by the Executive Director, assisted by the Assistant Director, and significantly benefits from the leadership of the İKSAD Commission. The doctoral students and visiting scholars work with center members to drive the research output at the Center. The Center also enjoys the support of a distinguished set of members and practitioners who form the advisory board, as well as the President and Projects Department of İKSAD. All of the members of the advisory board are chaired professors in African Studies (regional studies) at various premier educational institutions around the world. 

The Center is funded under İKSAD Projects Fund to promote language and area studies in Africa. Through our funding, we are able to provide Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships to some graduate and undergraduate students studying African languages. Center has provided a strong foundation in African studies to university professors, economists, health workers, government officials, development personnel, diplomats, and numerous others. The African Studies Center offers a rich and diverse program outside the classroom Seminar Series, scientists and students engage with some of the top Africanist scholars. Regular programs such as the African Film Series, Lectures, Graduate Student Conference, and African Theater Night offer abundant additional opportunities for scholarly engagement on Africa. 

Conducted Projects
Swahili Language - no cost online and in class intensified language program
courses run year-​round

Swahili is spoken by over 100m people in Africa so it’s pretty hard to ignore a language that’s spoken by so many people. Its importance as a lingua franca is recognised by foreign media organisations such as the BBC, which broadcasts radio programmes in Swahili. Voice of America and Deutsche Welle have adopted similar tactics in their attempts to appeal to readers on the continent. Swahili is the national or official language of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as well as being one of the official languages of the East African Community and African Union. It is a language of influence politically, economically and socially, and a knowledge of it can deepen business relationships.

on current studies
of science, technology & social sciences


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