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October 16 2015


African Studies Newsletter

Event @ Carleton: 2nd Annual Uganda NGO Forum

  • When: October 21, 2015
  • Time: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
  • Location: Dunton Tower
  • Room: 2017 (the Arts Lounge)
  • Cost: Free
  • Intended Audience: Anyone
  • Event contact: Navin Parekh
  • Email contact:
  • More information available here

Come to the second annual  Uganda NGO Forum on Wednesday, October 21st.

Eight Canadian NGOs working in Uganda will talk about their opportunities and challenges of working in Uganda and share insights, best practices, and ways for improvement.

It starts at 6:45 pm.


See you there!

The Africa Study Group Presents : “Up for Grabs: Land Rights vs. Market Forces in Africa”

DATE: Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

TIME: 17:30 pm – 19:30 pm

LOCATION: St. Paul’s university, Guigues Hall, 223 Main street, Room 103

 Land Grabbing
Guest speakers, Roy Culpeper and Samuel Bonti-Ankomah from CELADA will provide an overview of the organization (to be formalized), and land grabbing as it intersects with issues of equity and sustainability as Africa transitions from traditional and customary agriculture and rural development to industrial and commercial agriculture. Next, Sibiri Sawadogo will comment their presentations, and raise questions.

To prepare yourself for this very interesting and complex topic, you may want to consult CELADA’s article at :, its website : and ASG website, which offers several documents, including CELADA’s at :


Bios :

Roy Culpeper is a Senior Fellow at the University of Ottawa’s School of International Development and Global Studies, Adjunct Professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, and a Fellow of the Broadbent Institute. He is Chair of the Group of 78, and Chair of the Coalition for Equitable Land Acquisitions and Development in Africa. From January until May 2011 he was a Fulbright scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. From 1995 until 2010 he was President and Chief Executive Officer of The North-South Institute, Ottawa. Earlier in his career he was an official at the World Bank in Washington, the federal Departments of Finance and External Affairs in Ottawa, and the Planning Secretariat of the Government of Manitoba in Winnipeg. He has published widely on the issues of international development, finance and global governance. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Toronto.


Samuel Bonti-Ankomah completed his BSc. from University of Science and Technology in Ghana and obtained his MSc. and Ph.D from University of Guelph.  His Ph.D thesis was on Land Use Policies. After graduation, Dr. Bonti-Ankomah took an international assignment in South Africa with CUSO where he undertook several research projects on land redistribution programs, government policies on poverty and unemployment. He also collaborated with UNDP on food security and sustainable development analyses in South Africa. Dr. Bonti-Ankomah returned to Canada in 2002 and spent some time at McGill University as a faculty member teaching Resource and Environmental Economics and Food Policy. He also consulted for CUSO, by estimating cost of living indexes for 16 developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Dr. Bonti-Ankomah currently works for Agriculture and Agri-food Canada (AAFC) as a manager to a team of economic researchers on agricultural policies. Dr. Bonti-Ankomah has also worked at Industry Canada as a Senior Economist and at Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada as a Principal Advisor to government departments on regulatory impact analysis. He also teaches at Carleton University and at the Canadian School of Public Service.


Sibiri Sawadogo holds a Master in Rural Economy from Laval University (1979), Sawadogo has more than 35 years of experience in international development, particularly agriculture and rural development in Africa. Borned in Burkina Faso, he started his career in his country, as an agriculture researcher for his governement (1980-1986). He then worked mainly for CIDA in several African countries such as Rwanda, Mali and Burkina Faso. The last 15 years of his career (2000-2015), he served as Advisor to one of the Africa Administrator on the Board of the World Bank, representing 23 countries. During this period, he formulated and suggested positions on WB policies and strategies on poverty reduction, agriculture, rural development, environment, and business climate.

Le Groupe de Réflexion sur l’Afrique présente : Disponible pour être accaparée: Droit à la terre vs les forces du marché en Afrique


  Accaparement des terres


Deux conférenciers, Roy Culpeper et Samuel Bonti-Ankomah de CELADA donnerons un aperçu de l’organisation (qui doit être formalisée) et de l’accaparement des terres qui se recoupe avec les questions d’équité et de durabilité en Afrique, au moment où le continent est en transition d’une agriculture traditionnelle vers une agriculture plus industrielle et commerciale. Par la suite, Sibiri Sawadogo commentera les présentations et suggèrera quelques questions.

Afin de vous préparer pour ce sujet intéressant et complexe, vous pourriez consulter l’article suivant:, le site web de CELADA: et le site web du GRA qui offre plusieurs documents incluant ceux de CELADA :


Biographies :


Roy Culpeper bien connu lorsqu’il était Président et Chef exécutif de l’Institut Nord-Sud de 1995 à 2010, est présentement membre sénior de l’École de Développement International et des Études Mondiales de l’Université d’Ottawa, professeur auxiliaire au « Norman Paterson School of International Affairs » de l’Université Carleton, et membre de l’Institut Broadbent. De plus, il préside le Groupe des 78, et la Coalition pour l’Acquisition équitable des terres et le développement en Afrique. Il a de nombreuses publications à son actif sur les questions de développement international, la finance et la gouvernance globale. Il est détenteur d’un Ph.D. en Économie de l’Université de Toronto.


Samuel Bonti-Ankomah est originaire du Ghana et est détenteur d’un Ph.D de l’Université Guelph. Sa these portait sur les politique d’utilisation des terres. Dr. Bonti-Ankomah a eu une affectation avec CUSO en Afrique du Sud où il a entrepris plusieurs projets de recherche sur diverses politiques dont la redistribution des terres. De retour au Canada en 2002, il a enseigné à l’Université McGill en Économie des Ressources et environnementales, ainsi qu’en politiques alimentaires. De retour avec CUSO, il a entrepris plusieurs recherches en Afrique, Asie et Amérique Latine. Dr. Bonti-Ankomah travaille présentement pour Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada en tant que gestionnaire d’une équipe de chercheurs sur les politiques agricoles.


Sibiri Sawadogo est détenteur d’une maitrise en économie rurale  de l’Université Laval (1979), Sawadogo a cumulé plus de 35 ans d’expérience en développement international, particulièrement en agriculture et en développement rural en Afrique. Originaire du Burkina Faso où il a fait ses premières expériences au compte du Gouvernement burkinabé (Recherches agricoles 1980-1986), il a par la suite étendu ses prestations dans plusieurs autres pays africains et pour plusieurs organisations d’aide au développement international et effectué des missions de consultations. Ainsi, il a été en poste au Rwanda (88-90 Projet amélioration de la production agricole), au Mali (91-95 Projet Kaarta) et au Burkina (96-2000 Projet Karité et mise en œuvre de la Convention de lutte contre la désertification) au compte de l’ACDI. Au cours des 15 dernières années (2000-2015), il a été membre du Conseil d’administration de la Banque mondiale à Washington en tant que conseiller de l’administrateur représentant 23 pays africains à majorité francophone. Dans le cadre de ce travail, il a eu à formuler et à proposer les positions de ce groupe de pays sur les politiques et les stratégies de la Banque mondiale en matière de lutte contre la pauvreté, l’agriculture, le développement rural, l’environnement et le climat des affaires.

Ottawa African Festival: 2nd Annual Charity Fashion Show & Competition 2015

The 2nd Annual Charity Urban Fashion Show and runway model competition will be held on Saturday Oct. 17, 2015 at St. Anthony’s Banquet Hall, Ottawa; fulfilling two admirable purposes. The show will commence from 4pm10pm with an opening dance by the Indigenous dancers.
The event brings to Ottawa the work of its great fashion designers and providing experience to talented models. It is sponsored by the Ottawa African Festival. All proceeds go to Hope for the Living, a registered charity which provides support to orphanages and less fortunate children in Namibia, South West Africa.
Also participating in the show will be dancers and drummers from both Canadian and African indigenous peoples. They include Canadian solo artists Cobra du Mandigue, a percussion group composed of highly talented musicians and dancers from Africa and Canada. It was founded in 2006 by Mohamed Diarra, former djembe soloist and artist of the Ballet National Djoliba. A new version was co-founded in 2009 with Fode Mohamed Soumah (Akra) artist from Ballet Gbassikolo of Kaloum.
Also participating in the show will be Theland & Elaine Kicknosway and many more local solo artists etc;
Theland, Wolf Clan-a Potawatami/Cree Nation-a member of Walpole Island in Southern, Ontario. He is 12 yrs old, and in grade 7. He is a singer/grass & hoop dancer and helps in ceremonies in many places. Here is a link to one of his show:
Elaine Kicknosway: Swampy Cree Originally from Northern Saskatchewan, Wolf clan. She is a member of Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation. She is a singer/women’s traditional dancer/participant in ceremonies.
A bazaar of local products by community organizations and individuals will also take place.
Over 50 models volunteering their services will be showcased in the event, which also features the work of Ottawa fashion designers such as Laura Leonard and Charifa Labarang.
Designer Laura Leonard is best known for her incredible works of fashion art. She specializes in new fashionable apparel and accessories using traditional materials such as deerskin, abalone shell, antler, bone beads and even intricate beadwork. Her creations run the gamut between traditional and modern. A regular on the pow-wow scene, Laura can be seen selling her wares, dancing and singing traditional women’s hand drum songs.
Charifa Labarang is a second year student in International management at the University of Ottawa. Born in Cameroon and moving to Canada at the age of 10, she got started in fashion at the age of 15 when she made clothes for herself. Now 18, she has created her own clothing line called Tufafi Fashion, now an online enterprise in which she presents a fusion of African print fabric and modern designs. Culture is really important part of Charifa’s life, and she portrays it through the clothing she makes
Ottawa artist Gary Corcoran has donated several paintings to add to the proceeds of the event. They will be on display and available for silent-bid auction. For 25 years Mr. Corcoran’s traditional and digital visual art, design and photography has brought beauty to the National Capital, including a logo appearing at the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s national headquarters. Mr. Corcoran has also won three national wildlife art contests with Ducks Unlimited Canada’s National Art Print Portfolio contest.  He also designed two coins for the Royal Canadian Mint’s Canadian Natural Wonders series — the Niagara Falls and Aurora Borealis coins. “I am honored to be part of “Hope for the Living” event by donating a few of my prints to help raise money for this worthy cause.”
Ticket can be purchased online at:
 Advance ticket: $25.00 per person and $40.00 at door.
Information on the organizations and the event is at and  or by calling Daniel Eji at 613-791-4487.
Information about obtaining a table in the bazaar can also be obtained at a low cost.
Hope for the Living is an international charity listed by Canada Revenue Agency as
#801035205RR0001. As well, it is listed by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service under s. 501 (c).
The charity provides children of Namibia with drinking water, better toilets, solar energy lighting as well as primary school fees and basic maintenance expenses. Computer refurbishing laboratories are also being established to provide free apprenticeship opportunities to orphaned children.

Fundraising Dinner in support of Goats for Grannies

Saturday October 17, 2015
St. Martin’s Anglican church, 2120 Prince Charles Rd., Ottawa On K2A 3L3
FUNDRAISING DINNER in support of Goats for Grannies project in rural Tanzania. featuring Delicious African dinner, African dancers, children’s choir, African fashion showcase, live & silent auction. Tickets: $35/person. Tickets & info: Adeline (613-456-6037), Julie (613-851-4630) email

Alliance Française of Ottawa Film Screening-“TIMBUKTU”





Date: Friday, October 23, 2015 | 6pm
Drama by Abderrahmane Sissako
Run: 100min | English subtitles
Location: Alliance Française Gallery

A cattle herder and his family who reside in the dunes of Timbuktu find their quiet lives, which are typically free of the Jihadists determined to control their faith, abruptly disturbed.

Trailer: click here!

Members and students of the Alliance Française of Ottawa: FREE
Non-members: $2

See you there!


“Proud and Free…Jamaica 53”

Saturday, October 17, 2015
Meet and Greet (Seating): 6:00 pm; Dinner: 7:00 pm (sharp)
Centurion Conference and Event Center, 170 Colonnade Rd. South
National Heroes Gala and Awards 2015 Celebrating Jamaica: “Proud and Free…Jamaica 53.” Please come out and have the opportunity to hear from some of our young and upcoming entrepreneurs on how they started their businesses and persons that have been their mentors/heroes. MC: Samantha Smith. DJ’s:  David Super Sound & Wally B. Admission: Adults: $65.00 & Students: $45.00.For more info and/or tickets: (613) 523-9085, (613) 744-3359, (613) 292-3375,  you may also contact Joanne for tickets by email at

Child Soldier with Jessica Dee Humphreys and Michel Chikwanine

Where:Christ Church Cathedral414 Sparks St.
When: October 27 at 12:00pm

“If you ever think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a room with a mosquito…”

Michel Chikwanine was five years old when he was abducted from his schoolyard soccer game in the Democratic Republic of Congo and forced to become a soldier for a brutal rebel militia. Against the odds, he managed to escape and find his way back to his family, but he was never the same again.

After immigrating to Canada, Michel was encouraged by a teacher to share what happened to him in order to raise awareness about child soldiers around the world, and this book is part of that effort.

Told in the first person and presented in a graphic novel format, Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War presents the gripping story of Michel’s experience. A moving and unsettling account, as told by writers Jessica Dee Humphreys and Michel Chikawanine and artist Claudia Dávila.

Join us for a session on a topic sure to engage young and old on global social justice, conflict, children’s rights and even bullying.

For more information, please visit:

Ottawa African Festival’s Charity Urban Fashion Show

Saturday October 17, 2015
St. Anthony’s Banquet Hall, Ottawa
2nd Annual Charity Urban Fashion Show and runway model competition. The show will start with an opening dance by the Indigenous dancers. This event sponsored by the Ottawa African Festival brings to Ottawa the work of its great fashion designers and providing experience for talented models. Over 50 models volunteering their services will be showcased in the event, which also features the work of Ottawa fashion designers such as Laura Leonard and Charifa Labarang. Also participating in the show will be dancers and drummers from both Canadian and African indigenous peoples. There will also be a bazaar featuring local products by community organizations. Advance tickets: $25.00 per person, $40.00 at door. All proceeds go to Hope for the Living, a registered charity which provides support to orphanages and less fortunate children in Namibia, South West Africa.
Tickets can be purchased online at:

REMINDER-Event @ Carleton: First Carleton University Institute of African Studies Undergraduate Conference

The Institute of African Studies (IAS) at Carleton University is hosting its first Undergraduate research conference on 17th of October 2015. This event is organized by the Institute of African Studies Students Association (IASSA).

The goal of this one-day interdisciplinary conference is to provide a platform for future researchers in the field of African Studies. Topics that will be presented on that day will include:

  • Globalization, Popular and Youth Culture
  • Population, Displacement, Migration and Land
  • Gender, Sexuality and Intersectionality
  • Critiques of Imperialism, Colonialism and the Slave Trade
  • Natural Resources and International Development
  • Race, Identity, and Diaspora
  • Crime, Security, and Political Leadership
  • Environment and Conservation

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There will be guest-speakers, cultural components, and an environment that fosters the kind of support and encouragement that undergraduate students treasure. It will also include lunch and coffee breaks will be provided throughout the day.

The conference will take place in the Carleton University’s Discover Centre on the fourth floor of the MacOdrum Library.

For directions, here is a link to our campus map

For general information, please email the organizing committee at:

CANHAVE Children’s Centre 20th Anniversary Dinner

Friday, October 30, 2015
Drinks at 6:00pm with dinner to follow at 7:00pm
Centurion Conference Centre, 170 Colonnade Road South in Ottawa.
FUNDRAISING DINNER/AUCTION: CanHave Children’s Centre celebrating 20 years
of helping Uganda’s orphans. There will be a silent auction and Face of Canhave Presentation. Tickets are $70/person (Seniors are $60/person). For tickets, please visit For more information, please call 613-523-6113 or contact us through the website

REMINDER-Event @ Carleton: African Film Festival of Ottawa

  • When: October 16, 2015 – October 25, 2015
  • Time: Multi-day (see above)
  • Location: River Building
  • Room: 2200 (Theatre)
  • Cost: Check CFI website
  • Intended Audience: Anyone
  • More information available here

In partnership with Carleton University’s Film Studies program and Institute of African Studies and the Group of African Ambassadors and High Commissioners in Ottawa, the Canadian Film Institute is proud to present the inaugural edition of the African Film Festival of Ottawa.

The cinemas of Africa have consistently delivered some of most impressive, urgent, and engaged films in contemporary world cinema. This new annual festival will showcase the best of African cinema’s diverse and extraordinary films and filmmakers. The first African Film Festival of Ottawa will reveal the richness of the rarely seen cinemas of Africa.

The films selected primarily celebrate emerging voices from across the five regions of the African continent as well as its historical diaspora. They range across a number of genres from futurist to political thriller, melodrama to horror, social realist to fantasy. They are at once celebratory and critical, contemplative and reflexive, elegiac and prospective. The films have been screened, won awards, or entered for nomination at FESPACO (Pan African Film Festival of Ouagadougou), the Durban International Film Festival, the Cannes Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, the American Film Institute Film Festival and the Academy Awards (Oscars), among others.

The full schedule and prices can be found at the Canadian Film Institute (CFI) website.

Job Opportunity at the University of North Carolina- Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor of African Studies Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies, The University of North Carolina

The Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor to begin July 1, 2016. We are seeking an innovative, engaged social scientist whose research and teaching interests focus on the African diaspora in South America, Central America or the Caribbean, particularly the Hispanophone Caribbean. Specific area of research and teaching specialization is open, but should complement and expand current faculty strengths. We are especially interested in scholars whose work engages with one or more of the following areas: race, political economy, gender, sexuality, religion, social movements, and the environment.

Faculty members in the department teach four undergraduate courses per academic year (2-2): three in the faculty member’s area of expertise and one introductory course in African American and Diaspora Studies.

Review of applicants will begin on November 7th, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

More information –

Call for Papers-Africa Conference


Word, Image, and Power in Africa and the African Diaspora

Organized jointly by the College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY and Manhattanville

College, Purchase, NY

April 1 & 2, 2016

In his 2003 essay “How to Write about Africa,” Binyavanga Wainaina parodies the representation of Africa that has pervaded the literary and cinematic production of Westerners reacting to Africa. These words and images are holdovers from a colonial perspective that saw the continent and its people as the embodiment of the “heart of darkness” (Conrad). These views  posit the entire continent as forever lagging behind and, in the words of Wainaina, always seem to focus on the following figures: “the Starving African, who wanders the refugee camp nearly naked, and waits for the benevolence of the West. Her children have flies on their eyelids and pot bellies, and her breasts are flat and empty.” Increasingly, these imaginings veil and distort the realities of a continent that is constantly in flux and in the process of numerous changes.

African writers and artists, in their attempt to change this static vision, have set about re-writing Western views of Africa. They deal with issues like political oppression, the student protests in Senegal and Burkina Faso and the Arab spring, to name but a few of the upheavals that the continent has recently experienced. They also define Africa and Africans within the world in terms of Taiye Selasi’s coinage of the term “Afropolitan”, which aims at capturing the experiences of diasporic subjects. Africa, as a continent experiencing steady economic growth and the rise of a middle class, demands new perspectives.

This two-day conference will take place on Friday, April 1st at the College of New  Rochelle and Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Manhattanville College. We invite papers on this emerging vision of Africa and re-writing of Western views of Africa and the African diaspora.
Abstracts of 250 words should be sent to Professor Nahed Noureddine at

Languages of the Conference: English and French.
Possible Topics:

Images of diasporic subjects

Afropolitan vs Cosmopolitan

African art

African cinema

Graphic novels and bandes dessinées

Civil and religious unrest in Africa

Epidemics and their aftermath

The Arab/African Spring

African music

Student Protests

Pan Africanism

Gender and sexuality

The future of African Literature

Women writers in the development of African literature and society

Human Rights

African Francophone Literatures and Cultures

This conference is sponsored by the Departments of English, World Languages and Literatures, Art History, Political Science, and the African Studies and International Studies Programs at Manhattanville College, the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and the International Studies Program at the College of New Rochelle, and the Westchester Consortium for International Studies (WCIS).

Call for Applications- R2HC Consultant Opportunity: Ebola Review

To respond to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa a special funding window was launched through the R2HC programme. The aim was to fund research that would produce robust findings that could contribute to the effectiveness of the outbreak response and help to draw lessons for future outbreaks of Ebola and other communicable diseases. The Call for Proposals generated significant interest with numerous research projects receiving funding.

Now ELRHA is commissioning a review to demonstrate the value of conducting research during a serious epidemic outbreak by documenting the achievements of the R2HC-funded Ebola research projects.

If you’re interested in this opportunity please see the Terms of Reference here.

Deadline for applications is the 21st of October.

Call for Applications-Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program

Applications are now being accepted through
December 8, 2015
for the Fall 2015 competition of the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program.


  • Public and private higher education institutions in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa and Uganda, accredited by the national agency in their country, can submit a project request online to host a scholar.
  • Scholars born in Africa, who live in the United States or Canada and work in an accredited college or university in either of those two countries, can apply online to be placed on a roster of available candidates for a fellowship. Scholars must hold a terminal degree in their field and may hold any academic rank.

Links to the African host institution project request application, scholar roster application and guidelines are all posted on the program website,
Selection decisions for the first round will be in March 2016; project visit can begin as early as May 2016.

Activities: African host institutions can request that the scholar participate in mutually beneficial projects in curriculum co-development, research collaboration and/or graduate student mentoring and training. The CADFP Advisory Council seeks applications for innovative projects, and specifically encourages projects that involve collaboration among multiple institutions or from groups of faculty who are addressing related topics.  As a way of solidifying links that have already been developed between host institutions and visiting scholars, the council also plans to award some fellowships to faculty members who are alumni from the first two years of the program.

Process:  Prospective African host institutions and fellows (scholars) can cooperate in designing a project that the institution submits. An institution may, but is not required to, name a proposed scholar in a project request. Both the proposed scholar and the project request are subject to evaluation by a review committee and approval by the program Advisory Council.
Scholars submit their information online for the roster. The Institute of International Education (IIE) maintains and searches the roster for one or more possible matches, according to the discipline specializations, expertise, activities and objectives described in a project request.
Fellowship:  Projects can be conducted in the African host country for 14-90 days. For the fellowship, the African Diaspora Fellow will receive:

  • $200/day stipend
  • visa costs
  • limited health insurance coverage
  • round-trip international air travel and ground transportation costs to and from home and the U.S./Canadian airport.

IIE manages the fellowships and payments to fellows. Host institutions are encouraged to provide cost-share for the fellow’s meals, lodging and in-country transportation during the project

For more information, please contact::
Jeremy Coats
Program Officer
Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program
Scholar Exchanges Division
Institute of International Education (IIE)
1400 K Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005-2403 USA
Tel: 202.686.6231; Fax: 202.686.4029

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