Cynthia Olufade Wins Leiden Thesis Award

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Cynthia Aghunotse Olufade of our programme in Diaspora and Transnational Studies (DTS) is the 2018 winner of the prestigious Africa Thesis Award of the African Studies Centre Leiden, the Netherlands, with her MA thesis titled ‘Oath Taking and the Transnationalism of Silence among Edo Female Sex Workers in Italy’.

The Africa Thesis Award aims to encourage student research and writing on Africa in order to promote innovative and critical study of African cultures and societies. It is presented annually to a student whose Master’s thesis has been completed on the basis of research conducted in Africa.

The award consists of a prize of €500 and publication of the winning thesis in the ASCL’s African Studies Collection.

Olufade, who was the only Africa-based finalist in the 2018 competition, received the award on 13 December, 2018 at the African Studies Centre Leiden. Her thesis investigated the processes by means of which local practices are deployed to bestride translocal spaces, her particular focus being on how oath taking is reproduced and perpetuated to compel compliance on women taken from Nigeria to do sex work in Italy.

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