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Rethinking Politics in Africa. The Conference relaunches the African Association of Political Science established in 1974, the age of political ferment and epistemic uprising.
A A P S I N T E R N AT I O N A L C O N F E R E N C E A N D A N N U A L G E N E R A L M E E T I N G 2 5 – 2 6 M a r c h 2 0 21 Introductory remarks by the Conference Programme Chair Prof Christopher Isike Christopher Isike, PhD, is a Professor of African Politics and International Relations in the Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa. He is an immediate past Vice President (2016 to 2018) of the South African Association of Political Studies (SAAPS), and currently one of four Vice Presidents (2018 to 2021) of the International Political Science Association (IPSA). He conducts research from an Africanist lens, African Association of and teaches international relations theory, strategic and security studies, and security theory at the University of Pretoria. His Political Science (AAPS) research interests include African soft power politics, peace and conflict studies, women and political representation in Africa, INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE rethinking state formation in Africa, and politics in a digital era. AND ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Prof Isike is currently Editor-in-Chief of Africa’s foremost political science journal, Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies Rethinking (2020 to 2024) and has been Editor of Ubuntu: Journal of Conflict and Social Transformation since 2017. He also serves on the Politics in Africa. editorial board of several reputable international journals, such as International Political Science Abstracts. Prof Isike was recently been appointed by the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa as a Social Cohesion Advocate of South Africa 25 – 26 March 2021 from 2020 – 2024. 11am (CAT) Opening Plenary https://zoom.us/j/97025963216 www.aapsrising.com 2
A A P S I N T E R N AT I O N A L C O N F E R E N C E A N D A N N U A L G E N E R A L M E E T I N G 2 5 – 2 6 M a r c h 2 0 21 AAPS Interim President’s Welcome Prof Siphamandla Zondi Siphamandla Zondi is currently professor in Department of Politics and International Relations at University of Johannesburg, having moved from the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria in September 2020. He previously headed the Institute for Global Dialogue having moved from a position of programme coordinator on Southern Africa and Liberation Movements at African Institute for South Africa. He is also the chairperson of the South African BRICS Think Tank representing South Africa in the BRICS Think Tank Council. He is the current president of the South African Association of Political Studies and the interim president/convenor of the African Association of Political Science. He serves on the South African National Planning Commission where he leads the task team on international partnerships. He is a member of the Africa Decolonial Research Network committed to rethinking knowledge in Africa. He studied at Universities of Durban-Westville and Cambridge. Welcome address: Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Johannesburg Prof Tshilidzi Marwala Tshilidzi Marwala is the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Johannesburg beginning on the 1st January 2018. From 2013 to 2017 he was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Internationalization and from 2009 to 2013 he was the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment both at the University of Johannesburg. From 2003 to 2008, he progressively held the positions of Associate Professor, Full Professor, the Carl and Emily Fuchs Chair of Systems and Control Engineering as well as the SARChI Chair of Systems Engineering at the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand. From 2001 to 2003, he was the Executive Assistant to the technical director at South African Breweries. From 2000 to 2001 he was a post-doctoral research associate at the Imperial College (then University of London). He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (magna cum laude) from Case Western Reserve University (USA) in 1995, a Master of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pretoria in 1997 and a PhD specializing in Artificial Intelligence and Engineering from the University of Cambridge in 2000. 3
A A P S I N T E R N AT I O N A L C O N F E R E N C E A N D A N N U A L G E N E R A L M E E T I N G 2 5 – 2 6 M a r c h 2 0 21 Message of Support from IPSA: President of IPSA Prof Marianne Kneuer Marianne Kneuer is the current President of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) since 2018. She is a Professor of Political Science and currently holds the position of Director of the Institute of Social Sciences at the University of Hildesheim, Germany. From 1993 until 1999 she was a member in the planning staff of the Federal President of Germany, Roman Herzog. Before that she worked as a political journalist (1989-1993). Since 2007 she has been a member of the Board of the German Society of Political Science; from 2011 until 2013 as president. She has edited several book series and is co-editor of the Journal of Comparative Politics (Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft). Prof Kneuer’s primary field is comparative politics, especially democratization and democracy and autocracy studies, and secondarily fields of international relations: promotion of democracy and European Politics. Her geographical focus is Central Eastern and Southern Europe with extending interests to Latin America and Eastern Europe. Message of Support from CODESRIA Dr Godwin Murunga Dr. Godwin R. Murunga is the 7th Executive Secretary of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA). He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi serving at CODESRIA on leave of absence. He is the immediate former Director of the African Leadership Centre (ALC) in Nairobi, a Centre launched in 2010 as a joint initiative of King’s College London and University of Nairobi. Dr. Murunga served at the ALC from 2010 to 2016 initially as Deputy Director and as a Trustee of the ALC Trust. He was a Visiting Professor, Global Institutes at King’s College London from 2013 to 2016. Previously, from 2006 to 2011, Dr. Murunga served as a member of the CODESRIA Executive Committee. He holds a BA and MA from Kenyatta University, Nairobi and a MA and Ph.D. in history from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, USA. 4
A A P S I N T E R N AT I O N A L C O N F E R E N C E A N D A N N U A L G E N E R A L M E E T I N G 2 5 – 2 6 M a r c h 2 0 21 Message of Support from APRM Prof Eddy Maloka Prof Eddy Maloka is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Witwatersrand, School of Governance, Public and Development Management and currently the Chief Executive Officer of the African Peer Review Mechanism. (APRM). He has an MA in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Geneva and a PhD in History from the University of Cape Town and then proceeded to have his Post-Doctoral Fellowship training in History at Princeton University in the United States. Prof Maloka has been a Special Advisor to the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Republic of South Africa), Special Advisor to the Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa and an Advisor on Governance, Public Administration and Post-Conflict Reconstruction to the NEPAD Secretariat. He has also served as South Africa’s Special Representative to the Great Lakes Region. Prof Maloka was President of the South African Association of Political Science (SAAPS) from 2002 – 2004 and thereafter served as President of the African Association of Political Science (AAPS) between 2005 and 2007. He has published journal articles, edited books and books on aspects relating to the politics, history and development challenges facing Africa. KEYNOTE ADDRESS (Day 1) Political Science and African Politics: The Dialectics of Experience. Prof Shadrack Wanjala Nasong’o Wanjala S. Nasong’o received his BA degree in Political Science and Linguistics and MA degree in International Relations from the University of Nairobi, Kenya; and earned his Ph.D. in Public and International Affairs from Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He is Professor of International Studies at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, where he has taught since 2005. Professor Nasong’o is a former Chair of the Department of International Studies at Rhodes College (2012—2017). He has previously taught at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; University of Nairobi, Kenya; and Kenyatta University, Kenya. A political comparativist, Prof. Nasong’o’s research interest lies in the areas of democratization, identity politics, social conflict, governance, and development. Author, editor, and co-editor of numerous peer reviewed books, dozens of book chapters, and articles in refereed journals, Prof. Nasong’o has been honored with the Rhodes College’s Clarence Day Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity; and the Ali Mazrui Award for Research and Scholarly Excellence from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2019 Professor Nasong’o served a two-month fellowship at Riara University as a CODESRIA Diaspora Fellow/Visiting Professor of International Relations and Diplomacy, and in 2020, he was named Carnegie African Diaspora Fellow, tenable at Egerton University, Njoro, Kenya. 5
A A P S I N T E R N AT I O N A L C O N F E R E N C E A N D A N N U A L G E N E R A L M E E T I N G 2 5 – 2 6 M a r c h 2 0 21 KEYNOTE ADDRESS (Day 2) Rethinking African politics for the future: a convergence of theory and praxis. HE (Prof) Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o, EGH Prof Peter Anyang Nyongo’o graduated from Makerere University, Kampala, in 1971 with a BA (First Class Honours) in Political Science and Philosophy before proceeding to the University of Chicago where he received his MA (1974) and PhD (1977) in Political Science. He taught at the University of Nairobi (1977-81), El Colegio de Mexico (1971-84) and Addis Ababa University (1984-86) then joined the African Academy of Sciences as Head of Programs from 1987 to 1992. Having been involved in the struggle against authoritarian rule in Kenya throughout his academic career, Prof Nyang/o was among the leaders who broke into multiple party politics in 1992. He was then elected to Parliament in that year and has served in various capacities since then. Prof Nyong’o was Kenya’s Minister for Planning and National Development (2003-05) and Minister for Medical Services (2008-2013), and currently Governor of Kisumu County. He has published several books and articles on democracy, democratization, the state and the political economy of development in Africa. Among these are “Popular Struggles for Democracy in Africa”, (London: Zed Books, 1987); “The Study of African Politics: A Critical Appreciation of A Heritage” (Nairobi: Ball Foundation, 2002); “A Leap Into the Future” (Nairobi: Word Alive Publishers, 2095). “Presidential or Parliamentary Democracy in Kenya?: Choices to be Made” (Nairobi: Book talk Africa: 2020). In 1995 Prof Nyong’o received the German-African Award for his contribution to democracy and democratization in Africa. He was Gro Harlem Brundland Senior Leadership Fellow in the Division of Policy Translation and Leadership Development, the Harvard School of Public Health, from December 2013 to March 2014. 6
A A P S I N T E R N AT I O N A L C O N F E R E N C E A N D A N N U A L G E N E R A L M E E T I N G 2 5 – 2 6 M a r c h 2 0 21 RESPONDENTS TO KEYNOTES Prof Nadine Machikou Nadine Machikou, PhD is a full professor of political science at the University of Yaoundé II in Cameroun. She is currently Co-Editor- in-Chief of the Review Politique Africaine and member of the editing committee of the Review Global Africa. Prof Machikou is also Director of seminars at the International War College of Cameroon and Director of the Center for Study and Research in International and Community Law (University of Yaoundé II). She is President of the 2019 agrégation jury of the “Political Section” at the African and Malagasy Council for Higher Education (CAMES). Her current research focuses on the practical and symbolic expressions of violence, the political and moral economy of emotions (compassion for Africa, anger in the context of the Anglophone crisis, the Islamist sect Boko Haram, etc.), public policy and community integration in Africa. Prof Machikou is a Visiting Professor at the University of Nanterre, the University of Dauphine, the International Institute of Francophonie of the University of Lyon and the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam as well as the University of Lomé, Abomey Calavi, Kara, Abidjan. Some of her international collaborations include Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies, Cluster Excellence Africa Multiple; “Contending Modernities Project” of the University of Notre Dame of Indiana in the United States. Dr Olivia Rutazibwa Dr. Olivia Umurerwa Rutazibwa is a Belgian/Rwandan IR scholar and Senior Lecturer in European and International (Development) Studies at the University of Portsmouth, UK and Senior Research Fellow of the Johannesburg Institute of Advanced Studies (JIAS). She holds a PhD in Political Science/International Relations from Ghent University (2013, Belgium), following the doctoral training programme at the European University Institute (2001-6, Italy) and internships at the European Commission in Brussels and the EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris (2003-4). Her research and teaching focuses on ways to decolonise (international) solidarity. Building on epistemic Blackness, in her research she turns to recovering and reconnecting philosophies and practices of dignity and repair and retreat in the post-colony (e.g. autonomous recovery in Somaliland, agaciro in Rwanda and Black Power in the US, Tricontinentalism) to theorise solidarity anticolonially. Dr Rutazibwa has published in various (academic) journals (Foreign Policy, Millennium Journal of International Studies, Journal of Humanitarian Affairs, Postcolonial Studies, Ethical Perspectives, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, and Journal of Contemporary European Studies), is the co-editor of The Routledge Handbook of Postcolonial Politics (with Robbie Shilliam, 2018) and Decolonization and Feminisms in Global Teaching and Learning (with Sara de Jong and Rosalba Icaza, Routledge, 2018). She is associate editor of International Feminist Journal of Politics and recently joined the editorial boards of International Politics Review and Review of International Studies. Dr Rutazibwa is a former Africa Desk Editor, journalist and columnist at the Brussels based quarterly MO* Magazine and the author of forthcoming non-academic monograph The End of the White World. A Decolonial Manifesto (in Dutch, EPO, 2021). In 2011 she delivered a TEDx talk titled: “Decolonizing Western Minds”. 7
A A P S I N T E R N AT I O N A L C O N F E R E N C E A N D A N N U A L G E N E R A L M E E T I N G 2 5 – 2 6 M a r c h 2 0 21 PROGRAMME DAY 1: THURSDAY 25 MARCH 2021 11H00 – 11H05 INTRODUCTORY REMARKS FROM PROGRAMME CHAIR – Prof Christopher Isike 11H05 – 11H10 WELCOME ADDRESS – Prof Siphamandla Zondi, On behalf of Convenors and Presidents of National Associations 11H10 – 11H20 CONFERENCE OPENING – Prof Tshilidzi Marwala, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Johannesburg 11H20 – 11H30 REMARKS FROM THE INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL SCIENCE ASSOCIATION (IPSA) – Prof Marianne Kneuer, IPSA President 11H30 – 11H35 REMARKS FROM THE AFRICAN PEER REVIEW MECHANISM (APRM) OF THE AU – Prof Eddy Maloka, CEO of the APRM 11H35 – 11H40 REMARKS FROM COUNCIL FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIAL SCIENCE RESERCH IN AFRICA (CODESRIA) – Dr Godwin Murunga, Executive Secretary of CODESRIA PLENARY 1: 11H40 – 12H10: PLENARY ADDRESS – Prof Shadrack Nasong’o, Rhodes College, Memphis, United States Political Science and African Politics: The Dialectics of Experience 12H10 – 12H20: RESPONSE OF DISCUSSANT – Dr Olivia Rutabizwa, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom 12H20 – 12H30: QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION 12H30 – 13H00 CONVENIENCE BREAK 13H00 – 14H30 1: 2: 3: 4: African Political Economy Migration and Development Women, Political Participation Teaching and Learning, Pedagogy and Methodology in Africa and Representation in Africa CHAIRS: Eduardo Sitoe Isaac Owusu-Mensah Itidel Fadhloun Vusi Gumede Rachel Strohm, Does Africa Stand Jacob, James & Izu, Iroro Tinuade A. Ojo, Rethinking Mesfin Wodajo Woldemariam, Feminist reading of East African Alone? Examining Cross-Regional Stephen, Xenophobic Attacks Gender and Financial Inclusion Novels (Ethiopia) Literature. Comparisons in The Study of African and their Challenges on Africa’s in Africa. Mireille Manga Edimo, Policy Studies and Knowledge production Politics. Development. Collin Olebogeng Mongale, in Africa. Levious Chiukira, Regional Samantha Balaton-Chrimes, The Dynamics of Human Security Madalitso Phiri, The Ideology of Epistemic Genocide and Its Demise. Integration Theory and Gender Boundaries and the Reproduction Impact of the Weaponisation of Ahmed Morsy, Teaching Political Science in/on Africa: Where do Equality. of Ethnicity in Postcolonial Kenya. Women in Terror Organisations. we Stand. Deelixirnirvan Mutemach, Africa’s Adetola Elizabeth Oyewo, The Khondlo Mtshali & Nomcebo Prof. W.S. Zondi, Africa as a Method. Economic Diplomacy: Balancing Refugee in Refuge, Policy Position Bridget Madlala, Nationalism, Economic Partnership. and Political Subjectivity. sexual contract and the Kamogelo Segone, Gender is not Western. Mzingaye Xaba, Ceasefire Felistas R. Zimano & Fayth emergence of a patriarchal state Arrangements in Southern Africa for Ruffin Juris, Re-envisaging in Fanon’s writing. Land Reform. Southern African Road Entry Osigwe Victory, Feminism and Keith Gottschalk, Successes and Point Management Systems African Politics. Failures of African Integration (epistemologies). Ilesanmi Oluwatoyin Olatundun, Gabila Nubong, The Elusive Quest Mpho Tladi, The Root Cause of Aina, Olabisi I. & Adeogun for Africa’s Integration and the Xenophobia in South Africa. Tolulope, Mainstreaming Gender Misaligned Incentives. into Conflict Management and Peace-building. 8
A A P S I N T E R N AT I O N A L C O N F E R E N C E A N D A N N U A L G E N E R A L M E E T I N G 2 5 – 2 6 M a r c h 2 0 21 PROGRAMME 14H30 – 15H00 CONVENIENCE BREAK 15H00 – 16H30 5: 6: 7: 8: Political Institutions, Democratic Pan-Africanism, Political Africa and the World, Diaspora The State, Politics and Development in Africa Structures and Governance thought/theory CHAIRS: Paulo Faria Gilbert Maoundonodji Ahmed Morsy Patrice Bigombe Logo Neo Simutanyi, The politics of illness Ogama Mtimka, Towards Aloysius Okolie, Reflections Mlungisi Phakathi, An Ubuntu critique of the decision of the and death in office of an African alternative political institution on the Implications of ‘China South African broadcasting corporations. head of state. building from isiXhosa Proverbs. Loan Epidemics’ on Africa’s Gerald Ezirim, Paradox of statism and democratic deficit Seshupo Mosala, The Role of the Ramy Magdy Abdelmonem Development. in Nigeria. Comprador Bourgeoisie in Post- Ahmed, African Ethno-Political Aloysius Okolie, Sino-Africa Matandara Darlington, When Machiavelli dominates Independent Africa: Kenya and Theory: Studying Justice before Trade/Financial Relations and African Politics. South Africa. Peace. Africa’s Development. Star Radebe, The necessity of revolution in South Africa Hangal Siachiwena, The Politics of Thabang Dladla, Contesting the Olusola Ogunnubi, Soft-Power: and the role of fees must fall. Death and Succession in Malawi. legacy of James Mpanza and the Nigeria’s Emerging Strategy in Njoloma, The effects of politicized ethnicity on national Clayton Vhumbunu, Media Freedom Sofasonke party: The Sofasonke Africa’s Geopolitics. cohesion in democratic. and Journalist Safety in Post- philosophy. Aswathi Nair, Delineating the Seife Kidani, The decline of ideological identity in African Apartheid South Africa. Maria Martin, Legbism: Non- Western Orders of Rights and politics and the rise of ethnic orientation. Kenneth Nweke, Nigerian Political Political Nationalism, Cosmology, Reason (case of Zimbabwe). Parties and Campaign Promises. and Inductive Theoretical Arinze Ngwube, Building an Development in Nigerian African Counter Terrorism Keaobaka Tsholo, The Transition of Intellectual History. Architecture. Liberation Movements into Political Parties. Olayide Isaac Oladeji Olasupo Reagalaletsa Matlhoahela, Olusola, Democratic Citizenship Examining Whether the and ‘Afrophobia’ in Africa: Whither International Criminal Court is Pan-Africanism? Partisan: Libya and Syria. 9
A A P S I N T E R N AT I O N A L C O N F E R E N C E A N D A N N U A L G E N E R A L M E E T I N G 2 5 – 2 6 M a r c h 2 0 21 PROGRAMME DAY 2: FRIDAY 26 MARCH 2021 09H00 – 11H00 REGISTRATION CONTINUES AND DRY RUN FOR DAY 2 PRESENTERS PLENARY 2: 11H00 – 11H30: PLENARY ADDRESS – HE (Prof) Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o, Governor, County Government of Kisumu, Kenya 11H00 – 12H00 Rethinking African politics for the future: a convergence of theory and praxis 11H30 – 11H40: RESPONSE BY DISCUSSANT – Prof Nadine Machikou, University of Yaounde II, Cameroun 11H40 – 12H00: QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION – Chair: Prof Christopher Isike 9: 10: 11: 12: 13: 12H00 – 13H30 Democracy, Democratization and Peace and Security Democracy, Leadership and Technology, 4IR and Teaching and Learning, Elections Development Development Pedagogy and Methodology CHAIRS: Joe Ndambwa Boniface Bulani Aloysius Okolie Julien Bokilo Nadine Machikou Thabang Motswaledi, Clientelism Andreas Velthuizen, African Nduduzo Langa, The Thabiso Muswede, Digital Grace Bingoto, Can the Dead and Patronage on South Africa’s Peace and Security Architecture Relationship between Leadership Revolution and Election Rhetoric. Write their Stories? A Literature “Free and Fair” Elections. grounded in Indigenous and Patriotism: The Case of Adeoye Akinola, Interrogating Review through Discourse Moses Durudji, Making Case for Knowledge Systems. South Africa. the Political Economy of Analysis. Depersonalised Electoral Process, in Godwin M Onu, Investigating the Anthony Egobueze and Kenneth Fourth Industrial Revolution Sehla Rengaka, Development Nigeria and the Future of Democracy. legacies of violence and conflict in Nweke, Democracy or Loathsome in South Africa. as an Intellectual Process. Michael Jana, Political transitional justice. Dictatorship in Post-Colonial Christopher Isike, Politics and Kitti H. Nathaniel, A quoi sert legitimacy configuration of local Dr. Asiimwe Solomon and M. Africa? the Internet in Africa: Teaching la science politique en Afrique. representatives in emerging Nkumba, Rethinking the role of Eze Chris Akani, Plato’s Allegory and Researching Politics in the Donald Chimanikire, The democracies – The Case of Malawi. the security sector in Ugunda. of the Cave and the Nigerian Digital Era. importance of the study of Bongani Nyoka, The CODESRIA Humphrey Agbo, Internal Leadership. Christopher Beilings, Political Science in Africa Debate on Democracy and Colonisation in Africa and the Mupa Seny, Politics of Promises Emergency Continued: The revisited. Development in Africa. Challenge of National Integration. and Reciprocation: Re-examining Problematic of a Liminal Nicasius Achu, Reimaging Khabele Matlosa, Democracy at Neo Simutanyi, Of Presidential the transformational impasse. Subjectivity. memory in post-colonial Africa. the Crossroads in Africa: What is to Mausoleums and Politics in Neo- Ebele Udeoji and Ugo Unumonu, Kayode Asaju, Optimising be Done? Liberal Zambia. Rethinking Political Leadership knowledge for national Patrick Dzimiri, Voters’ Perceptions Gerishon Nkuria, Election and Neo-colonialism in Africa. development in Nigeria. of the 2018 Harmonised Elections in Pattern and its Implications on Gilbert Maoundonodji, The Zimbabwe. the Political, Economic and Social State, the Non-state and Dimensions in Kenya. Governance, Political Institutions and Political Systems. 13H30 – 14H00 CONVENIENCE BREAK 14H00 – 16H00 AAPS General Meeting and Elections – Online CLOSING PLEASANTRIES 16H00 – 16H10 Conference wrap-up: Incoming AAPS President 10
A A P S I N T E R N AT I O N A L C O N F E R E N C E A N D A N N U A L G E N E R A L M E E T I N G 2 5 – 2 6 M a r c h 2 0 21 Appreciation on behalf of Conference conveners Prof Godwin Onu Godwin Onu is a Professor of Political Science and Governance in the Department of Political Science, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Akwa, Nigeria. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He is currently Research Director, Centre for Development and Human Empowerment (CDHE) and former Board Membership of Publish What You Pay Nigeria (PWYPN) and the West African Examination Council (WAEC). Prof Onu is also the immediate past Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Nigeria (2010 – 2018). His research interest include Public Policy, Ethnic Studies and Federalism; his geographic areas of interest include Africa and the Global South with special flair for South-South studies. Recent courses he has taught include International Economic Relations, Globalization and ICT, State and the Economy, Statistical Process for both undergraduate and graduate students. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Political Science, Sharda University, Greater Noida, India. Prof Onu has won several laurels both locally and internationally as well as grants and prizes including the Vice Chancellor’s Best Lecturer (2000), Best performing Dean of Faculty (2009), Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) Research Grant, the University of Alberta International Research Grant for Africa (2005) amongst others. An avid traveler, Prof Onu is a member of several national and international professional associations including IPSA where he is a permanent member. Design and layout: UJ Graphic Design Studio Rethinking Politics in Africa. The Conference relaunches the African Association of Political Science established in 1974, the age of political ferment and epistemic uprising. 11
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