African Studies

Wesleyan University’s African Studies Cluster is devoted to facilitating a deeper understanding and engagement with Africa for the Wesleyan Community and beyond. We bring together a diverse array of courses focusing on Africa, culling the interests of faculty specializing in Africa from a wide variety of disciplines. This broadly interdisciplinary cluster focuses on a large geographic region that is of great historical, cultural, political, and artistic importance and interest to American university students, not to mention American society in general. The cluster promotes interdisciplinary learning in the best of liberal arts traditions.

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African Studies Minor Info Session

African Studies Minor Info SessionPlease join faculty and students at noon at Ubuntu House (34 Lawn) for a discussion of the African Studies Minor at Wesleyan. Food will be served.

African Studies Senior Celebration

Friday May 11th Senior Presentations and Awards 10:30am in the RLL Lounge Allegra Ayida,  Kingdom in the Creeks: A History of the Warri Kingdom Lucia Proctor Bonbright,  Blood and Bones: A Memoir Claudia Kahindi,  Immanent Disaster: An Examination of Climate Change in Turkana Irvine Peck’s-Agaya,  Ibogaism: The Black Man Religion West African Drumming and Dance…

Congratulations to Artist-in-Residence Iddrisu “Iddi” Saaka!

Iddi is among this year’s recipients of the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching at Wesleyan. It is a well deserved award! Iddi has taught at Wesleyan since 2008. He earned a diploma in dance from the University of Ghana and an MFA in dance from UCLA. A dancer, dance teacher, and choreographer from Ghana,…

The 2017 Christopher Brodigan Award Winners

  This year we had an amazing set of applications from 10 students. We wished we could support all of their projects! This year’s winners are: Bridget Adarkwa (’17) and Nailah Hines (’17) Their project supports the Girl’s Education Initiative of Ghana, in Ghana’s Ashanti and Greater Accra regions. GEIG is dedicated to the professional…
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Student Profiles

Orelia Jonathan ’15

I am a senior from Williamstown, MA. I am double majoring in History and African American Studies with a Middle Eastern studies certificate. I am also writing a senior thesis on the history of war, education, and politics in South Sudan.

Student Profiles

Maxine Gibb '19
I am a senior ('19) from Cape Town, South Africa majoring in the College of Social Studies with an African Studies Minor. I am the current president of Wesleyan's African Students' Association and am writing my senior thesis on female youth activism in anti-Apartheid South Africa. 

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Kyllian Pather
I'm Kyllian Pather, proudly from South Africa. I’m a CSS major and African Studies Minor. I also designed a University Major in Race Studies in Africa and the Diaspora. I’ve been a member of the African Students’ Association from my first day and it is my home away from home. Our new Ubuntu House is a celebration of our African heritage and a space to share our culture with the university.

Student Profiles

Ibironke Otusile ’15

I am a graduating senior (’15) with a double major in Molecular Biochemistry, Biochemistry and Dance. I am originally from New York City and came to Wesleyan as a Quest Scholar.

Student Profiles

Olayinka M Lawal ’15

Olayinka M Lawal is currently a senior at Wesleyan University and co-founder of JóòMah, which is professional networking platform similar to LinkedIn, except it’s currently launched in Accra Ghana. She is also a senior interviewer and one of the senior class treasurers.