‘Papers’ Archive

Is Decolonization More Than a Buzzword? August 14, 2022 No Comments

Through a “tour” of sessions of the April 2022 African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA) conference, Kathryn Toure tries to show that decolonization, more than jargon or a mere buzzword, is a process in progress.

Contextualising Ethics in a Dynamic World April 23, 2021 No Comments

On the one hand, research ethics are universal in that they have to do with respecting rights and dignity, not doing harm, and ensuring community participation in research and benefits to the communities where the research takes place. On the other, context is dynamic and plays a role in determining the ethical considerations in research processes. Tensions exist. How do [...]

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) in Africa: A Dialogue on Policy Perspectives and Investment Options April 18, 2021 No Comments

Africa was largely left out of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd industrial revolutions. In the 4th, technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship will be the norm in all sectors of society. This could greatly benefit the people of Africa, however, any deep societal inequalities will be reproduced. If, on the other hand, inequalities are consciously brought forward and addressed, I anticipate an inclusive 4th industrial revolution that contributes to the Africa We Want. That is why I argue for applying a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens to all policies and programs at national and regional levels.

Writing and sharing human experiences of COVID in East Africa: Call for potential book chapters April 5, 2020 No Comments

Are you experiencing COVID in East Africa and desiring to write and share your reflections? Langaa Research and Publishing Common Initiative Group is preparing a book for this year with about 20 chapters — at least 75% by women. Each chapter is expected to be 5 to 10 pages. Together they will represent diverse situations [...]

A Step toward Equality and Inclusion: Viewing Education through a Gender Lens, by Pai Obanya April 29, 2019 No Comments

This discussion begins with a clarification of the concepts in the title and goes on to look at the Gender Challenge in access to Education with specific reference to Nigeria and from the ‘meaningful access’ angle. Its main import is an attempt to analyse the Gender Challenge in a holistic sense, while its ultimate intention is to seek ways of reinforcing the role of Counselling in addressing the Gender Challenge as a step towards equality and inclusion in Education, and in society.

Desire for knowledge – Langaa and publishing in Africa September 24, 2017 No Comments

by Francis B Nyamnjoh and Kathryn Toure for University World News: Can enhanced circulation of African worldviews help shape the evolution of humanity? This is our vision at Langaa Research and Publishing Common Initiative Group which, along with other African publishers, stirs the imagination and contributes to cultural development and renaissance. Langaa books expose the conviviality, complexities, vitalities and [...]

Excellent paper, in open access journal, on development forces/directions in the Democratic Republic of Congo April 23, 2017 No Comments

This type of territorial structure significantly influences the way the country functions, on a domestic level and also in terms of international relations, both African and non-African.

Pourquoi les professeurs ouest-africains s’approprient-ils l’internet? / Why do West African professors appropriate internet for teaching? November 24, 2015 No Comments

Pourquoi des professeurs de l’enseignement supérieur en Afrique de l’Ouest s’approprient-ils les technologies de l’information et de la communication (TIC)? Cette question est abordée à travers une interprétation socioculturelle d’itinéraires de six professeurs. / Why do teachers of higher education in West Africa appropriate information and communications technology (ICT)? This question is addressed through a sociocultural interpretation of ICT itineraries of six professors.

AIMS: Unleashing Africa’s beautiful minds September 12, 2013 No Comments

Newton, Einstein, Hawking — they showed us the power of one beautiful mind to radically alter our understanding of the universe. Clarisse Uwizeye could be the next genius to turn science on its head, yet the world nearly lost her beautiful mind.
At age seven, Uwizeye barely escaped the genocide in her homeland of Rwanda, fleeing with her family to the Democratic Republic of Congo. Two years later, war came to Congo and the family had to run again, back to Rwanda. Her parents vanished, never to be seen again.

Blanchis et Noirs à la fois July 20, 2012 3 Comments


Il est ironique de constater à quel point les personnes à la peau claire désirent avoir une peau bronzée. Ceci est considéré comme un signe de bonne santé et de richesse. Être bronzé toute l’année montre que l’individu a les moyens de voyager – ou de fréquenter des salons de beauté – pour obtenir la couleur de peau souhaitée. Toutefois, la peau claire est également associée à la richesse et à la prospérité. Les personnes à la peau foncée désirent parfois avoir une peau plus claire, dans la mesure où cela leur offrirait de plus grandes chances de réussite dans la vie. Comme on le voit, « l’herbe semble toujours plus verte de l’autre côté de la barrière ».