In remembrance of Ghana’s 60th Independence Day Anniversary, the Center for African Studies Africa Office Executive Director Obenewa Amponsah was featured in an interview on KAYAFM 95.9 to discuss what it means to be a South African Ghanaian. Listen to the full interview covering pertinent topics related to development across the continent, the African diaspora, and Ghanaian heritage. Obenewa Amponsah is of Ghanaian descent, grew up in the Washington DC area and has lived in South Africa for over ten years. Her experience spans from community to governance development
Harvard Kennedy School Professor Calestous Juma, a Faculty Affiliate of the Center for African Studies, will co-chair the African Union Commission’s (AUC) new High Level African Panel on Emerging Technologies (APET). The panel, created by Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), His Excellency Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, will advise the African Union on existing and emerging technologies.
As co-chair, Professor Juma will lead ten experts from diverse professional backgrounds as they make policy recommendations concerning existing and emerging technologies. The panel will
Achille Mbembe, a Senior Research Fellow at the Center was recently featured on the front cover of the daily French newspaper, Libération. An interview with Achille Mbembe was also published in the "Ideas" section, highlighting Mbembe as a global thinker. View the original publication in French here.
The African Language Program was featured in the Harvard Gazette's May 16th edition. The article, From Swahili to Bemba, by Liz Mineo, highlights the breadth and depth of the African Language Program at Harvard and the strong leadership by Professor John Mugane, the Director of the African Language Program, who has overseen the program's development.
The apparent end to the commodity supercycle has sent shock waves across the global economy. It has sparked turbulence in stock markets, put pressure on currencies and fuelled concerns about prospects for growth and the stability of public finances.Africa has not escaped this pessimism. Questions have been asked about the continent’s economic future, with fears that the remarkable gains of the past two decades could be reversed. The mood reminds me of the International Monetary Fund-World Bank meetings I attended at the height of the Asian financial crisis nearly 20 years ago, when
Real Talk - Telling Nigerian Women’s Stories, by Patrick L. Kennedy featured in Harvard Gazette
Ifeoma Fafunwa knows there was a time in living memory when Germans gassed gay people along with Jews, Gypsies, and others they considered inferior. So it struck her as ironic when, a few years ago, she had to enter a German embassy in order to attend a screening of a pro-gay-rights film in Nigeria. In a discussion afterward, a German official — whom Fafunwa knows and likes — earnestly told the local audience, “You can talk freely here!” Read full article
Producer, director, performer, writer, architect. Over the past two decades, Ifeoma Fafunwa has worn many hats searching for the ideal vehicle with which to marry her art with her deep concerns for the world. Two years ago, she found it with the ambitious, critically acclaimed Nigerian production “Hear Word! Naija Woman Talk True,” which she and a cast of 10 women are bringing to the Harvard Dance Center April 15-17 for its US premiere.
The show, presented by several Harvard University institutions and the American Repertory Theater, combines music,
Recently Ihsaan Bassier, a graduate student in economics at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa, wrote a thought provoking essay for GroundUp, a local news website, on the need to “decolonize” the teaching of undergraduate economics at that university. Economics in South African universities is currently taught in the manner and methods of the
The Center for African Studies grantee, Hanna Amanuel ’16, was recently featured in the Harvard Gazette. Amanuel was awarded a CAS Summer Grant in 2015 to conduct ethnographic fieldwork on the history, politics, and meaning of female genital cutting (FGC) in Eritrea. The article, titled “Coming of Age, Setting a Goal,” was part of a series showcasing some of Harvard’s most promising graduates. After graduation, Amanuel will begin a Harvard-UK Fellowship at Oxford University. To learn more about Amanuel’s story and future aspirations, read the full article