African Studies Workshop Featuring Wale Adebanwi


Monday, March 21, 2022, 6:00pm to 8:00pm


Virtual Event

Presenting: Becoming a Big Man in Africa: Subalternity, Elitism and Ethnic Politics in Nigeria

Wale Adebanwi Profile Photo

Wale Adebanwi is the Presidential Penn Compact Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He was until recently the Rhodes Professor of Race Relations at Oxford University, United Kingdom where he was also the Director of the African Studies Centre and a Fellow of St Antony’s College. Before then he was a Professor in the Department of African American and African Studies, University of California-Davis, and Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Ibadan. He was a Visiting Professor at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa, and currently an Honorary Research Associate at the African Studies Center, Oxford University.

Adebanwi has been the co-editor of Africa: Journal of the International African Institute and the Journal of Contemporary African Studies. He is the author, editor and co-editor of twelve books including the forthcoming edited volume, Everyday State and Democracy in Africa: Ethnographic Encounters which will be published in May 2022 in the Cambridge Center of African Studies Series by the Ohio University Press.

Discussant: Andrew Apter (UCLA)




A week in advance, the presenter’s paper will be circulated through the Harvard African Studies Workshop listserv. It is assumed that everyone has read the paper before the workshop.  After presentation and commentary, Workshop attendees are invited to engage in critique and discussion, under the moderation of the Workshop Chairs. 

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ORGANIZER(S):  Harvard University Center for African Studies