AFRICA: OUR UNTOLD STORIES
Date: 19th – 23rd September, 2017
Main Auditorium Archbishop Shanahan Conference Centre
Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity Onitsha,
For decades, development in Africa has been tailored along the line of western ideologies and concepts, which are largely imposed on Africa and the African people. Western marginalization of African cultures has resulted in the domination of power and value system which threatens the pluralism and freedom that is natural to humanity and is itself a condition for development. Today African Institutions and ideas are largely ignored in world’s debate no matter how decisive its consequences maybe for millions of Africans.
Today, African image remains a continent wracked with problems of war, hunger, underdevelopment, unemployment, political instability and corruption. This is a one-sided assessment of Africa with the intent of portraying Africa as a nobody. Though the incidences of war and hunger in Africa are true but to generalize them as common daily realities in Africa is not true of the continent of Africa; therefore, there is need of having a balanced account of the African reality. Africans must rise up and tell their own story. Africa needs spokespersons, both young and old especially in this contemporary world because African reality is not only the experience of wars, without the experience of peace too. It is not only the experience of poverty and underdevelopment, without the experience of wealth and development. African reality tells of a people with a down to earth rather than a merely poetic concept of peace imposed by force of arms or a peace that means one thing for the physically strong and another for the weak. But for long, Africans have allowed others to tell their stories, and they have told these stories in the most unfavourable ways to Africans. Africans therefore must awake and retell their own stories. African intellectuals must tell the African story from an African perspective.
The conference will provide opportunities for African scholars and thinkers from the humanities, social sciences, legal studies, management sciences, cultural and political studies to discuss on emerging issues relating to Africa in order to facilitate Africa’s development. The event will gather together both scholars and creative thinkers of Africa to share and debate their ideas on the key themes that are shaping Africa’s development through a number of cultural and social lenses, including literature, arts, and the traditional disciplines. The conference will be enriched by a group of diverse panelists and speakers across Africa and its Diaspora who will be engaged with a variety of topics including:
With focus on:
Review of the Onitsha Market Literature.
African Literature and the Legacy of the Forbears.
Contemporary African Creative Writing: Challenges and Prospects.
Literature as an Instrument of Social Change in Africa.
Arts, the New literacy for the African child
AFRICAN EDUCATION SYSTEM
With focus on:
African Intellectuals in the Deconstruction of Colonialists Pedagogy for Functional African Education
African Hospitality as an Identity
The girl-child Education in Africa: An Appraisal
Towards an African Philosophy of Education
Child Labour and Human Right in Africa
African and the Changing Face of Education: the Social Media impacts.
Lesbianism and Homosexuality: An African perspective.
Assessment of Policy Support for Education in Africa
AFRICAN ARTS AND ARCHIVES
With focus on:
The spiritual balance of African music
African music and the global audience
Colonialization and destruction of African arts
Arts and life in Modern Africa
The Egyptian Origin of Civilization
AFRICAN POLITICAL SYSTEM
With focus on:
Colonialism and the “Scramble for Africa: Has the scramble ended?
Globalization, Culture and African Development
Immigration crisis in Africa by Africans
African’s legal system and political structure
African Political crisis and International Military aid
African Diaspora’s Account of Social Dynamism, Acceptance Adaptation and Relevance.
Brain drain and the Crisis of Development
Rejuvenating African spirit of socialism
AU and the Question of United States of Africa: Conditions for its Possibility.
African’s Regional Integration as a Key to Political and Economic Independence.
African Development Bank, as Africa’s Premier development finance institution, How far so far?
Population, Pollution and Climate Change in African
African Leaders and (non) accountability mentality
African Political Structure and the Culture of Affection
AFRICAN RELIGION AND CULTURE
With focus on:
African music: a tune to nature
African mode of worship and God talk
African trado- medical care and global medical practices
Family life in Africa
God and divinity in African Religion
Foreign Religions in and for African Development
The Feminist Movement and Africa’s Response
AFRICAN ECONOMIC OUTLOOK
With focus on:
African Economic Crisis and the Effects of International Donor Agencies
Supporting African Micro Enterprise for African development
African Economy and Private Sector Initiatives
African Climatic condition and the Possibilities of Alternative energy production
China and Africa’s Bilateral relationship: Any Good News?
African debt burden
African Inter-Border Bilateral Relationship and the Effect of Smuggled Goods to African Economy
Political Aid in Africa
African and Sustainable Development Goals
African’s Economic Option for the Poorer Nations.
Building African Institutions for a Strong Economic Progress.
African Economic development in the global economy.
African Economy and the Growth Drivers’ Framework.
Creative-destruction: Entrepreneurship amidst policy instability: Challenges and Prospects.
From the Third to First World: Africa and Lessons from Singapore.
Mapping African Agricultural Sector for Internally Generated Revenue
Development as Freedom: A New Paradigm for Africa’s Development.
With Focus on:
African traditional communication system for sustainable development and the globalized media.
African Traditional and Modern Communication System
Mass communication and African communication system for sustainable development.
African films and theater studies in globalized culture
LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES
With Focus on:
Treaties and their binding nature in Africa as a continent
The effect of the unlawful acts of genocide in African countries
The inherent right of African child
Gender and girls child education in Africa
African polygamous life as the basis of African social integration
Gay marriage in African perspective
With Focus on:
African philosophy and Academic reception
African Philosophy as hermeneutic of Culture
The Self in African worldview
African traditional Medicine
We therefore invite scholars and students to contribute research papers in any or related above field of studies. Abstracts MUST discuss the scope of the paper, the research methodology, possible sources, and tentative thesis or hypothesis and how they related to Africa or help African development.
THE AIM AND OBJECTIVES OF THE CONFERENCE
The aim of the conference is to give other voices to the story of African people, culture and religion and examine the ontological basis of African Communalism, exposing to the world Africa’s contribution to global development and the relevance of African’s opinion to global issues.
The conference is to provide an opportunity for young African scholars from the humanities, social sciences, legal studies, business administration, physical and natural sciences, agriculture, political science, and cultural studies to tell the African story from an African perspective in order to facilitate the social, political and economic transformation in Africa.
To discover and encourage young African intellectuals both as university lecturers, post-graduates, undergraduates and students in Secondary and College of education, to give their voices to the current global debates especially as they concern Africans and from an African perspective.
To forge intellectual links among Young African intellectuals and policy makers, and activist within and outside Africa to meet up with the global demand and best practices as they match their area of specialization with regard to African development.
To provide avenue for discussion on emerging issues related to Africa especially as they concern younger generation of Africans. The event will gather together both scholars and creative people from Africa to share and debate their ideas on the key themes that are shaping Africa’s development through a number of cultural and social lenses, including literature, arts, and the traditional disciplines.
To discover young African intellectuals and empower them adequately and encourage them to confidently and gladly give their opinion to the global debate from their area of specialization in line with African Traditional thought.
To empower young African graduate lecturers at Universities and Colleges of education so that they can teach students with requisite historical knowledge, a highly developed sense of balance as well as considerable breadth and depth of knowledge of the local, national, African and international communities and environments.
By Holding the Conference at the Ancient Kingdom of Onitsha we hope to rejuvenate the academic glory of the City of Onitsha, the hometown of the Great Zik of Africa, Philip Emeagwali (first African computer wizard), Professor Chike Obi (the great Mathematician) and end the emerging stereotype that Onitsha has only become a commercial hub center and has no academic value to African development
Submit abstract (s) of a well researched field of studies of not more than 200 words with contacts information, title, name, current position and institutional affiliation, email, and phone number. Abstracts MUST discuss the scope of the paper, the research methodology, possible sources, and tentative thesis or hypothesis and how they related to Africa or help African development. Abbreviations may be used but they must be spelt out in full at the first mention, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Your paper must contain a title, written in title Cases and bold. You will be notified on the status of your submission; those whose abstracts are accepted will pay a $200 conference Registration fee. Selected abstracts will be published in pre-conference book of Abstract and papers will be published in the post conference peer review journal. Therefore, your papers should be original and reflect new areas of interest and MUST not have been published or considered by other journals at the moment. Participants are responsible for their travel and lodging costs but free ground transportations will be provided within Anambra State.
Note: papers that do not conform to this template may not be considered.
All proposals must be submitted online and the deadline for submission is April 30, 2017. Completed papers are due by July 30, 2017. Submit your proposal to:
Prof Okey Ndibe
Professor Okey Ndibe is an Author and Speaker;
A Miriam Shearing Fellow at Black Mountain
Institute at the University of Las Vegas, Navada, USA
Most Rev Dr. Mathew Hassan Kukah
Roman Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese
Expert on Religion and Society with Interest in Politics and Ethics
Topic: African Religion and Christ’s Mission: Any Interface?
Prof. Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba
Director, Kenya School of Laws, University of Nairobi
Former Director, Kenyan Anti Corruption Commission
Paper: Human Rights and humanitarian Laws in Africa
Prof. Pat Utomi
Director, Centre for values in Leadership, Nigeria
Professor of Political Economy and Management expert
Topic: The means and End of Economic Development: WHAT MUST AFRICA DO?
Dr. Mrs. Sarah Ssali
School of Women and Gender studies
Makerere University Uganda
Paper: The feminist movement and Africa’s response
Prof. Pius Adesanmi
Director, Institute of African Studies Carleton University, Ottawa Canada
Professor of English at Carleton University, Canada
Paper: The Relevance of African Arts and Archives in Global History
Dr. Pierre Odongi Atilo-Ekwa
Director General Education and Development
National Ministry of Defence, Republic of South Sudan
Paper: African Political Class and the Methodology of Accession to power
Onyeka is Research Fellow at Ohio University,
Visiting Assistant Professor at Manipur University
and Visiting Lecturer at University of Hong Kong
Topic: African Literature and global reception
Msgr. Prof. Theophilus Okere
Theophilus is a Catholic Priest of Owerri Archdiocese;
Emeritus Professor of African Philosophy,
President, Whelan Research Institute for Religion, Culture and Society, Owerri
Rev. Fr. Dr. Julius IJEKEYE, PhD.
Conference Chair, 2017
Doctor of Philosophy
Faculty of Arts, Department of Philosophy
Seminary of All Saints, Uhiele-Ekpoma,
Edo State Nigeria