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Toyin Falola is the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair Professor in the Humanities and a Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a Fellow of the Historical Society of Nigeria and A Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters. He has received various awards and honors, including the Jean Holloway Award for Teaching Excellence, the Texas Exes Teaching Award, and the Ibn Khaldun Distinguished Award for Research Excellence, and the Distinguished Fellow, Ibadan Cultural Group.

Toyin Falola has published numerous books, including Key Events in African History: A Reference GuideNationalism and African Intellectuals, and many edited books including Tradition and Change in Africa and African Writers and Readers. He is the co-editor of the Journal of African Economic History, Series Editor of Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora, and the Series Editor of the Culture and Customs of Africa by Greenwood Press.

For his singular and distinguished contribution to the study of Africa, his students and colleagues have presented him with three Festschriften – two edited by Adebayo Oyebade, The Transformation of Nigeria: Essays in Honor of Toyin Falola, and The Foundations of Nigeria: Essays in Honor of Toyin Falola, and one edited by Akin Ogundiran, Pre-Colonial Nigeria: Essays in Honor of Toyin Falola. His award-winning memoir, A Mouth Sweeter than Salt: An African Memoir is published by the University of Michigan Press.


Hakim Adi was trained as a historian of Africa, but his research interests have broadened to include the history of African diaspora as well, particularly in the twentieth century. His earlier research and publications focused on the history of the African diaspora in Britain, a relatively new subject for academic study, and in particular on the political history of West Africans in Britain, and the influence of Communism and Pan–Africanism on anti-colonial activism. This work sought to demonstrate not only the important links that were established between those in the African continent and its diaspora but also that Africans and those of African descent have played a significant but often neglected role in the history of Britain.

Although focused on Britain, Professor Adi’s research on such organisations as the West African Students’ Union was necessarily also international in scope and led to further research and publications on the history of the Africans in Britain in previous centuries, as well as to research on various aspects of the Pan-African movement and the influence of Communism on Africa and the African diaspora in the first half of the twentieth century. That research led to his most recent project focusing on the Communist International and its activities in Africa and amongst the African diaspora (principally in the United States, the Caribbean, Britain and France) from 1919-1939.

As one of the few historians specialising in the history of the African diaspora in Britain, his work has led to many media appearances, work with museums and archives, and the publication of three history books for children.

A.B. Assensoh is Professor Emeritus of Indiana University and Courtesy Professor Emeritus of University of Oregon in Eugene, where he also serves officially as a Senior Advisor in the office of International Students. He earned his M.A. and Ph. D. degrees in History from New York University (NYU) and earned his postgraduate Law (LL.M.) degree in December of 2015 from the University of Oregon School of Law. In 2005-2006, he held the Bentley Endowed professorial Chair at University of Maryland, Eastern Shore (UMES). Trained initially as a professional Journalist, Dr. Assensoh is the author or co-author of several scholarly articles and not less than over two dozen books  in the areas of History, African Studies, civil rights and peace studies; he was the Book Review Editor Africa Today Journal (2008-2017), a 62-year old refereed Journal published by Indiana University Press and also the Co-Reviews Editor of Journal of African & Asian Studies, published by Brill Academic Press of Europe, which is headquartered in The Netherlands. Netherlands. A Fulbright-Hayes Scholar in Southeast Asia (1986), Professor Assensoh is married to Dr. Yvette Marie Alex-Assensoh, a political scientist and a licensed Attorney, who serves as Vice-President of Equity and Inclusion at University of Oregon, USA.

Mojúbàolú Olufúnké Okome, Carnegie Diaspora Fellow, was educated at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, Long Island University, New York, and Columbia University, New York, she’s a Leonard and Claire Tow Professor, 2015/2016, and Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College, CUNY; past Women’s Studies Program Director and past Deputy Chair for Graduate Studies in the Department of Political Science at Brooklyn College. She is an International Political Economist whose regional specialization is on the African continent. Nigeria is her country of focus

Born in Nigeria, Professor Okome has worked on international development issues as a consultant for clients including the United Nations and Commonwealth. Her teaching interests include a focus on the meanings of inclusive, equitable citizenship in the context of the interplay between globalization, democratization and economic development. Her research interests include: Effects of globalization, post-colonialism, and post-modernity on economic and political transformation; Gender, democracy and citizenship in Africa and African Diaspora Studies. She has published extensively on these issues.

Her most recent publications are: two edited books published in 2013 by Palgrave-Macmillan: State Fragility, State Formation, and Human Security in Nigeria; and Contesting the Nigerian State: Civil Society and the Contradictions of Self-Organization; and one book co-edited with Afia Serwaa Zakiya published by Bookbuilders, Ibadan, Nigeria: Women’s Political and Legislative Participation in Nigeria: Perspectives From the 2007 Elections. She founded and edits: Ìrìnkèrindò: a Journal of African Migration, and was co-founder and one of three co-editors from 2000 to Spring 2010 of Jenda: Journal of African Culture and Women Studies. She was driven by concern for the disjuncture between state aspiration and the existential reality of Nigerian peoples, particularly on issues of Human Security, to found #BringBackOurGirlsNYC after consulting with the founders of the movement in Nigeria

João José Reis holds a PhD from the University of Minnesota (1982). He is Professor Titular at the Federal University of Bahia in Salvador, Brazil, and has been a visiting professor at the universities of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Princeton, Brandeis, Texas (Austin), and Harvard. He is an Honorary Foreign Member of the American Historical Association, and has received other awards and honors, such as the Order of Scientific Merit from the Brazilian Ministry of Sciences, the National Book Award from the Brazilian publishers association, and the Casa de las America Latin American book award in Cuba. Three of his books have been published in the English: Slave Rebellion in Brazil (Johns Hopkins, 1993), Death is a Festival (North Carolina, 2003), and Divining Slavery and Freedom (Cambridge, 2015).

Alinah Kelo Segobye is former Deputy Executive Director at the Human Sciences Research Council in South Africa. She has served as Associate Professor of Archaeology and Acting Coordinator of the Master’s in Development Practice Program (School of Graduate Studies) at the University of Botswana. Segobye holds an honorary professorship at the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (TMALI), UNISA where she also contributes to the teaching in the Afrikan Feminism and Gender course. She has worked as a consultant for the African HIV/AIDS Comprehensive Partnerships (ACHAP) in Botswana and currently serves as a board member of the organization.

Segobye researches in the areas of the archaeology of southern Africa, indigenous knowledge systems, heritage studies, HIV/AIDS and development in Africa. Segobye has served as an advisor, facilitator and expert for a number of international organizations. She has authored and co-authored a number of essays and book chapters on a diverse range of themes including Africa’s development outlooks and the future of the past in Africa. Segobye is an editorial board member of a number of journals. She is an active member of the southern African academy participating regularly in conferences and seminars advancing African intellectual thought leadership