The African Studies Association offers a Distinguished Africanist Award in recognition of lifetime distinguished contributions to African studies. The Award is presented at the Annual Meeting Awards Ceremony, and consists of a plaque and a lifetime membership in the African Studies Association.


Any member of the Association is eligible to nominate a candidate. The nomination must include a vitae of the nominee, a detailed letter of nomination outlining how the nominee meets the criteria for the Award, and three similar letters from ASA members seconding the nomination. At least two of the latter must be affiliated with institutions other than that of the nominee. All nomination materials must be provided in English. The complete dossier of the candidate must be submitted on letterhead as a PDF emailed to [email protected]. Criteria for the Award are the distinction of contribution to Africanist scholarship, as measured by a lifetime of accomplishment and service in the field of African studies. Contributions to scholarship within and without the academic community are considered.

Sex Education in Arab Countries

In the Arab world, sex education is a major issue that is often buried within the culture. The lack of such education in Arab countries has led to a surge in teenage promiscuity and a rise in violence. Many students are intimidated by the topic of sex in schools. However, sex education in the Arab world can be a welcome step in promoting equality and tolerance. For more information, visit

Although sex education in the Arab world can be difficult, it is necessary. In some countries, sex is taboo, sex movies is prohibited and the majority of children are not taught about it. This leads to a huge spike in teen pregnancy. In some Arab countries, however, there are a number of ways to approach sex education. First of all, it is important to teach young people that sex is not a necessity, but a human right. Read more on our website

In a recent survey, a researcher from the Al-Azhar University in Egypt found that only 15 percent of males and five percent of females had access to sex education in school. In fact, 80 percent of those aged 13 to 15 never discussed puberty with their teachers. In Tunisia, Morocco, and Bahrain, the government is making strides in addressing this issue. The Arab world is a great place to start promoting sexual literacy and ensuring that children are able to make informed decisions.

While sex education in the Arab world is generally focused on abstinence from sex, there are still some ways to approach it. One of the best ways to prevent pregnancy is to be chaste and refrain from having sex until you’re ready. But if you’re a teenager, abstinence from sex is especially important until you’re ready to have children.

The Middle East has a long history of repressive laws that make sex education in Arab countries unacceptable. There are few rules to enforce regarding the subject. The only way to do so is to provide appropriate sexual education and encourage open and honest communication between young people. But despite the fact that Arab countries have a plethora of conservative laws, sexual education in the region is still considered a necessity in most of the country. To continue reading click here.

The Arab world has long been a conservative society. While there are some exceptions, the general approach to sex education is based on chastity and abstinence from sex. While this may sound like the most important way to prevent unwanted pregnancies and STDs, this approach can also be problematic in many other ways. For example, sex education in the Arab world can promote positive social changes.

While many Arab countries have adopted some progressive measures, others have not. While it is important to create a supportive environment for women, sex education is crucial for a healthy, stable society. Educating young people about the importance of sex is an important part of promoting equality and respect. Nour Emam’s efforts are not the only effort in the Arab world to promote sex education. In Egypt, the activist and researcher Fatma Ibrahim wanted to create a safe space for Arab women in the region. She set up a private Facebook group where other activists can ask questions.

In the Arab world, sex education is not universally accepted. Some of the most notable programs in the Arab world include the Y Peer program. This educational program is not only beneficial for the young people, but also for the community as a whole. It can be compatible with the conservative culture of the Arab region. Providing appropriate terminology and guidelines will not violate public decency. In addition, there is a strong need for sex education in the Arab world.

The Y Peer program in Morocco has been a significant development in sex education in the Arab region. As an example, Y Peer teaches adolescents to understand the meaning of sex. The Y Peer program is available in Arabic. This Y-Peer curriculum aims to promote awareness and understanding of the meaning of sex. Its aim is to empower young people to make their own decisions.

The Distinguished Africanist Award Committee is composed of the Past President, the President, the Vice President, and two ASA members designated by the Executive Committee of the ASA Board of Directors. The non-Board members of the committee serve three-year terms. The recommendation of the Committee is presented to the Board of Directors at its Spring Meeting, and the final choice is made by the Board.

Dossiers of candidates not selected for the award are kept by the ASA Secretariat and circulated for five consecutive years to the committee. The Distinguished Africanist Award Committee has the option of keeping candidate files open indefinitely.

The ASA Distinguished Africanist Award was established in the 1980’s to recognize and honor scholars who have contributed a lifetime record of outstanding scholarship in their respective field of African studies and service to the Africanist community.


Past President:
Professor Carolyn Brown (Rutgers University), Chair

Professor Ousseina Alidou (Rutgers University)

Vice President:
Professor Adérónké Adésolá Adésànyà (James Madison University)

Professor Michelle Moyd (Indiana University)

Distinguished Africanist Award Winners

2021: Oyeronkẹ́ Oyěwumi 

2020: Frederick Cooper

2019: Pearl T. Robinson

2018: E. Gyimah-Boadi

2017: Iris Berger

2016: Sara Berry

2015: Goran Hyden

2014: Boubakar Barry

2013: Allen Isaacman

2012: Jane Guyer

2011: Toyin Falola

2010: Terence Ranger

2009: David Robinson

2008: Edmond J. Keller

2007: John Middleton

2006: Bogumil Jewsiewicki

2005: John Hunwick

2004: Francis M. Deng

2003: Joseph E. Harris

2002: Peter Geschiere

2001: Bethwell Ogot

2001: Martin Klein

2000: J.H. Kwabena Nketia

2000: Bernth Lindfors

1999: Catherine Coquery-Vidrovitch

1998: Ivor G. Wilks

1997: Akin Mabogunje

1996: Thandika Mkandawire

1995: Ali A. Mazrui

1993: J. Ade Ajayi

1992: Philip D. Curtin

1991: Howard Wolpe

1990: Crawford Young

1989: Roland Oliver

1988: Elizabeth Colson

1987: Joseph Greenberg

1986: Jan Vansina

1985: Elliott Skinner

1984: Gwendolen M. Carter

Distinguished Africanist Award Winners