Ep45. A conversation with Abdulbasit Kassim on religion, Boko Haram, and more

In this week’s episode, we talk about conflict in Cameroon, work by the writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, land restitution in South Africa, and Nanjala Nyabola’s new book. This week’s featured conversation is with Abdulbasit Kassim, who visited Northwestern University’s Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought in Africa earlier this week. Kassim is a PhD student in the Department of Religion at Rice University, where his research focuses on the Intellectual History of Islam in Africa, Contemporary Islamic Movements in Africa, Postcolonial African States, African Religions, and the International Relations of Sub-Saharan Africa. He is the co-editor of The Boko Haram Reader: From Nigerian Preachers to the Islamic State. The Boko Haram Reader is an unprecedented collection of primary source texts, audio-visuals, and nashids translated into English from Hausa, Arabic, and Kanuri. It traces the history and evolution of the Boko Haram movement. Kassim’s segment begins at 5:53. … More Ep45. A conversation with Abdulbasit Kassim on religion, Boko Haram, and more

Ep39. A conversation with Lade Adunbi about oil wealth and cooperation in Nigeria

This week’s episode features a conversation with Omolade Adunbi (@LadeAdunbi), a political anthropologist and associate professor at the University of Michigan in the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies. We talk about his award-winning book, Oil Wealth and Insurgency in Nigeria, which was published by Indiana University Press in 2015. … More Ep39. A conversation with Lade Adunbi about oil wealth and cooperation in Nigeria

Links this week: Women wrestlers of Senegal, Rwandan toddler taken to/adopted in Italy, and more

In this week’s episode with Judd Devermont, we talked about his recent publication in African Affairs, “The US intelligence community’s biases during the Nigerian civil war.” He made two book recommendations: Milan Vaishnav’s When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics and Ricardo Soares de Oliveira’s Magnificent and Beggar Land: Angola Since the Civil War. Here are a … More Links this week: Women wrestlers of Senegal, Rwandan toddler taken to/adopted in Italy, and more

Ep34. A conversation with Judd Devermont on Nigeria’s civil war and how analysis can go wrong

In this week’s episode, I chat about the Nigerian Civil War with Judd Devermont, the National Intelligence Officer for Africa at the U.S. National Intelligence Council. He is also a lecturer at George Washington University’s Elliot School of International Affairs. Devermont has worked and lived in Nigeria, South Africa, and Côte d’Ivoire. He holds an MA in African Studies from Yale University and a BA in History from UCLA. He is a guest on Ufahamu Africa in a personal capacity – as a citizen, not as a representative of the U.S. government. We talk about Devermont’s recent publication in African Affairs, “The US intelligence community’s biases during the Nigerian civil war.” Our conversation begins at 2:33. … More Ep34. A conversation with Judd Devermont on Nigeria’s civil war and how analysis can go wrong

Links this week: Ethiopia protests, traveling to Nigeria, cancer drugs, and more

This week’s episode featured a long conversation with Dr. Rose Mutiso (@MutisoRose) and Rachel Strohm (@RachelStrohm), co-founders of The Mawazo Institute in Nairobi. Mawazo translates from Swahili to “ideas” and the institute’s broad goal is to support the next generation of African women leaders in knowledge production. Listen to Part 1 and Part 2 of Episode 31. … More Links this week: Ethiopia protests, traveling to Nigeria, cancer drugs, and more