Venue

The Anniversary Conference will be held in the Investcorp Auditorium, at St. Anthony's College. Entrance is on Woodstock road.

Theme

The theme for the anniversary conference will be 'Pan Africanism: Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future'.  This has always been a theme dear to the Africa Society and to one of its hero and former presidents, Tajudeen Abdul Raheem, who dedicated his life to the Pan-African vision and the peaceful unification of Africa. Our speakers will explore the literary, cultural, social and personal facets of Pan Africanism.

The 60th anniversary of the Africa Society will be a week after the 55th Africa Day, the annual commemoration of the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) (now African Union) on May 25, 1963. May 25 was also, incidentally, the day Tajudeen died in a car crash in Nairobi in 2009. During the anniversary conference, we will remember Tajudeen and many other champions of Africa and Pan-Africanism who are no longer with us.

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Schedule

14:00 Arrival and Poster Exhibition
14:20 African Gospel Choir

14:35 Temitope Ajileye: Welcome and Thanks

14:40 Ndjodi Ndeunyema: Opening Remarks
14:45 Dr. Tunde Oseni: Pan Africanism in the Age of Globalisation
15:10 Prof. Patricia Daley: Thoughts on African and African Diaspora relationships: Reflections of a diaspora scholar
15:40 Dr. Phyllis Ferguson: In memory of Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem

15:50 Tea Break
16:10 Ngoni Mugwisi, Mbira Instrumentalist

16:20 Prof. Abena Busia: Pan Africanism through the Lens of the Poetry of African Women
16:50 Prof. Wale Adebanwi
16:55 Prof. Kole Omotoṣo: The Decline and Rise of Pan Africanism in the 21st century
17:40 Dr. Simukai Chigudu: Being and Becoming African at Oxford: Reflections
18:00 Closing Remarks

18:30 Barbecue

Please direct all inquiries to Temitope Ajileye, +44 7598178129, secretary@oxforduniversityafricasociety.com.