Lagos African Cluster Centre – Africa multiple: reconfiguring african studies
University of Lagos African Cluster Centre
This is a centre within the Institute Of African and Diaspora Studies, University of Lagos. We are highly focused on supporting premium research and promoting solutions.
“Digitising Yoruba Folktale for Value Education” by Prof. Ayo Yusuff and Dr. Abisoye Eleshin. The Tortoise and the Herbalist is one of the selected Yoruba folktales that have been converted to animation for the consumption of modern children.
Dr. Paul Opondo was at the Institute of African and Diaspora Studies (IADS) as a Visiting Research Fellow between June 15 and September 14, 2023. Here is what he has to say:
MY REFLEXIVE REPORT ON FELLOWSHIP AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS.
I got the rare opportunity for my Senior Fellowship at the epic and highly esteemed IADS at the prestigious University of Lagos (UNILAG) with a lot of surprises and expectations. I have not in my mind conceptualized the idea of visiting the greatest Black Nation in the world, Nigeria. The Institute is well organized under the Director, Prof Muyiwa Falaiye, an indefatigable Professor of philosophy with vast experience. I was able to attend 2 weekly meetings at the Institute. Teaching was part of the work I did at the Institute. Every Thursday between 14.00 and 16.00 hours I co-taught the MA class a course known as AFS 821: Slavery and Reparations. I attended to Proposals Defense for both MA and PhD students. I also reviewed their MA and MPhil courses and gave recommendations.
The Fellowship included certain responsibilities such as teaching, doing research, writing a paper for Institute Journal, giving a public lecture at the end and attending all the Institute’s functions. All these were enriching experiences. I was able to do a lot of data mining on ECOWAS from the interviews with colleagues at the Institute, from the Institute’s reliable WIFI and through my host Dr. Peter Oni, I was able to interview 3 ECOWAS officials, Francis Chuks, Mr. Kafanga and Mr Kola Sofala, who is the Director of Trade at ECOWAS. The Institute is the fastest growing, and is managed in the most professional way with a team of dedicated staff that the Gender & Diversity Officer (GDO), Ndidi Zedomi rightly refers to as an “amazing team.”
Dr. Murey's Project Report during her six-month Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the UnilagACC
Dr. Elizabeth Murey delivering her public lecture at the Institute of African and Diaspora Studies, University of Lagos.
Dr. Elizabeth Murey is a lecturer at Moi University, School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Sociology, Psychology and Anthropology. She was a Post Doctoral Fellow at the African Cluster Center, Institute of African and Diaspora Studies, University of Lagos from 8th March– 6th September, 2023. During her stay, she was actively engaged in meetings, workshops, and teaching, while working on her research project entitled “Integration of Sustainable Waste Practices in Solid Waste Management Chain in Urban Communities in Lagos, Nigeria and Eldoret, Kenya”.
On August 9th, 2023, Dr. Murey delivered her exit lecture on the subject matter of her research project. She also completed an article titled “Adoption of Sustainable Solid Waste Collection and Disposal Practices in Urban Settlements in Lagos, Nigeria”, which she submitted for publication in the 2023 edition of A-DD Journal online system. This paper highlights the adoption of effective waste collection and disposal practices, and proposes a multidimensional approach to waste management, taking into consideration relevant policies on waste collection and infrastructural development.
Murey’s work is significant, as it focuses on the urgent need for sustainable waste management in urban settlements. The paper also recommends further study on the social, economic, and environmental contribution of informal waste practices towards sustainable development. Overall, Dr. Murey’s research project and article on sustainable waste management practices offer valuable insights into improving the quality of life in urban settlements in Africa, which is crucial for sustainable development.
Renewal of Project Agreement signed on August 23, 2022.
Project agreement between the University of Lagos and the University of Bayreuth Germany was signed on 24th October, 2019 for 2 years with a clause on possible renewal if certain benchmarks are met. The agreement empowers Unilag African Cluster Centre (Lagos ACC) partner with the University of Bayreuth in the project of Reconfiguring African Studies. The other three centres in Africa in the partnership are Rhodes University, South Africa, Moi University, Kenya and Joseph Ki-Zerbo University, Burkina Faso. Having met the benchmarks, the project renewal was signed at the Arthur Mbanefo Digital Centre, University of Lagos, Nigeria on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 for additional 5 years, this implies that the project will run for 7 years.