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Abiola Lecture

The Bashorun MKO Abiola Lecture was established in 1992 with a generous grant from the late Bashorun M K O Abiola. This award is given to a senior African scholar, to present a lecture at the ASA Annual Meeting. Selections are made by the ASA Board of Directors.

If you wish to support the Abiola Lecture with a donation, you can do so here by selecting the lecture fund.

Abiola Lecture award recipients:

  • 2016

    Achille Mbembe, Knowledge Futures and the State of the Humanities

  • 2015

    Salikoko S. Mufwene, Africa and Globalization from a Linguistic Perspective

  • 2014

    Francis Abiola Irele, African Studies as Discipline and Vocation

  • 2013

    Salah Hassan, Rethinking Cosmopolitanism: Is ‘Afropolitan’ the Answer?

  • 2012

    Ama Ata Aidoo, Clapping with one Hand, or a Fundamentally Flawed Management of Post-Colonial African Public Spaces

  • 2011

    Sylvia Tamale, Whose Democracy are we Talking About? Non-Conforming Sexualities as a Metaphor for African Dictatorships

  • 2010

    Bereket Habte Selassie, Democracy and Peace in the Age of Globalization: Old Problems, New Challenges for Africa

  • 2009

    Tade Akin Aina, Beyond Reforms: The Politics of Higher Education Transformation in Africa

  • 2008

    Bethwell Ogot, Re-reading the History and Historiography of Epistimic Domination and Resistance in Africa

  • 2007

    Makau W. Mutua, Human Rights in Africa: The Limited Promise of Liberalism

  • 2006

    Amina Mama, Is it Ethical to Study Africa? Preliminary Thoughts on Scholarship and Freedom

  • 2005

    Abena Busia, What Is Africa To Me? Knowledge Possession, Knowledge Production, and the Health of our Bodies Politic in Africa and the African Diaspora

  • 2004

    Kofi Anyidoho, Playing GOD with WORD: LANGUAGE and POWER of SELF-NAMING

  • 2003

    Wande Abimbola, Youth and Generational Change in the Ifa Oral Tradition

  • 2002

    Jacob F Ade Ajayi, Title Not Available

  • 2001

    Atieno Odhiambo, The Cultural Dimensions of Development in Africa

  • 2000

    Mamphela Ramphele, Harnessing Africa’s Intellectual Capital for Sustainable Development: The Challenge of the 21st Century

  • 1999

    Boubacar Barry, Africans and the New Millennium

  • 1998

    Bolanle Awe,Title Not Available

  • 1997

    James David Rubadiri, Title Not Available

  • 1996

    Thandika Mkandawire, The Social Sciences in Africa: Breaking Local Barriers and Negotiating International Presence

  • 1995

    Gertrude Mongella, Title Not Available

  • 1994

    Paulin J. Hountondji, Title Not Available

  • 1993

    Ali A Mazrui, Global Africa: From Abolitionists to Reparationists