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The Institute of African Studies recently partnered with more than 50 institutions across Africa and its diaspora to share the story of Ousmane Sembène (Jan 1, 1923-Jun 9, 2007), the ‘father of African cinema’ who spent decades shaping a meaningful visionary cinema for a newly independent Africa.

International Women’s Day 2017

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Theme: Be Bold for Change

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 was devoted to celebrating International Women’s Day at IAS.

The Women’s Research and Documentation Centre (WORDOC), in collaboration with the Gender Studies Unit of IAS, put up a colloquium on the theme ‘Be Bold for Change’.

As usual, it was a gathering of town and gown at Lady Bank-Anthony Hall. Under the coordination of Dr Sharon Omotoso of our Gender Studies Unit, the lead discussants at the colloquium were Prof Janice Olawoye of the Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, University of Ibadan, Prof Kassey Garuba, Head of the Department of Economics, University of Ibadan, Mrs Rose Oyedele, Special Adviser on Due Process to the Governor of Oyo State, and Dr Hanna Schlingmann, of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), University of Ibadan.

Black History Month

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On Thursday, 23 February, Drapers Hall was the hub of exciting activities once again as we at IAS marked the 2017 Black History Month with our usual suite of events. The Director, Dr Pogoson, in his opening address, took the audience down memory lane recalling how the tradition of observing Black History Month had been well established at the time he was a student in the Institute. He delineated the integral connection of the experiences and condition of African-Americans with the rest of the Black world.

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