IAS at Diaspora Festival Badagry 2017

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IAS-UI is a major partner in the annual Diaspora Festival Badagry, one of our principal responsibilities being to collaborate with other agencies and institutions in organizing the symposium and other scholarly aspects of the celebration. This year’s festival, one of whose highlights was the ceremony of the opening of the ‘Door of Return’, held between 23rd and 25th August, 2017.

The international colloquium was on the theme of the ‘African Diaspora Beyond the Black Atlantic: Dynamics and Significance in the Latin American World and Elsewhere’. The colloquium was held in honour of Afro-Brazilian artist, author, activist, and archpriest, Alapini Mestre Didi (aka Deoscóredes Maximiliano dos Santos, 1917-2013). Dr Senayon Olaoluwa and Dr Sola Olorunyomi of IAS-UI played key roles in the organization of the colloquium convened by Professor Emeritus Anthony Asiwaju of the University of Lagos. Keynote addresses were delivered by Prof Olabiyi Yai and Prof M.B.M. Avoseh. The first plenary session, chaired by Dr Felix Omidire, considered seven presentations around the subtheme of the ‘Latin American Diaspora: Between Dispersal and Return’, while the second plenary session, chaired by Dr Olorunyomi, considered seven papers on the subtheme of the ‘African Diaspora and Transnational Resonances beyond the Latin American World’.

The success of the Diaspora Festival Badagry 2017 was due to the smooth partnership between the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, the Lagos State Government, the African Renaissance Foundation, and IAS-UI. Staff and students of our Institute participated in the various events of the festival.

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Abike Dabiri-Erewa (centre), Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, with IAS students
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Dr Sola Olorunyomi speaking at the plenary session of the Diaspora Festival Badagry 2017
 
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