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Hormuud Lecture

The Hormuud Lecture was established in 2013 with a generous grant from Hormuud Telecom Somalia Inc. The Hormuud Lecture will focus on the themes of leadership, development, and/or democracy in Africa, and will be delivered by an African scholar in even years at the ASA Annual Meeting.

Selection Process

In consultation with the Board and other constituencies and with the support of the Executive Director, the Annual Meeting Committee makes recommendations for the Hormuud Lecture. The Association will attempt to alternate African Scholars based in Africa with those in the diaspora.

The Award

The Hormuud Lecturer will receive an honorarium of $1,000 for the lecture and possible paper. The African Studies Association will cover the economy airfare, accommodation for up to 4 nights at the conference hotel, and registration for the Annual Meeting up to a total of $2,500 per lecturer.

Past Hormuud Lecturers:

  • 2022

    Dr. Obiageli “Oby” Ezekwesili (Former Minister of Solid Minerals of Nigeria)

  • 2020

    Ambassador Arikana Chihombori Quao

  • 2019

    Dr. Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni (University of South Africa)

  • 2018

    Dr. Mahmood Mamdani (Columbia University)

  • 2017

    Rafael Marques de Morais, A Journey for Rights and Dignity: A Participant’s Observation

  • 2016

    Dr. Takyiwaa Manuh, ‘Apres moi le deluge’-Planning for leadership succession in Africa

  • 2015

    Ahmed I. Samatar, Development and Culture: Reflections on the Somali Experience

  • 2014

    Dr. Maxi Schoeman, A Crisis of Leadership? Reflections on 20 Years of Democracy in South Africa