June 6, 2017


Pan African Conference on Interdisciplinary studies




Date: 19th-23rd September, 2017

Venue: Main Auditorium, Archbishop Shanahan Conference Centre,

Onitsha, Anambra State Nigeria



The 2017 Pan African Conference on Interdisciplinary Studies organized by Anchor Book Club Foundation is the first of its kind to be held in Nigeria. The model and inspiration for the conference is the first Pan-African Conference that took place in London in 1900, followed by subsequent meetings held in 1919 in Paris, 1921 in London, 1923 in London, 1927 in New York City, 1945 in Manchester, 1974 in Dar es Salaam (first to be held in Africa), 1994 in Kampala and 2014 in Accra. Beginning from its inaugural meeting in 1900, the Pan-African Conference has played a key role in examining critical political, economic and cultural challenges facing the African continent as well as the African Diaspora.

The first one advocated decolonization and an end to racial discrimination through peaceful means. The organizers also demanded human rights and equal access to economic opportunities for all peoples in the context of international cooperation. Even in recent years, this Pan-African conference remains one of the largest and most intellectually exciting academic events in Africa and the African world, attended by notable African scholars from around the world.

The 2017 conference will provide opportunities for African scholars and writers to tell the African story from an African perspective in order to facilitate the continent’s social, political and economic transformation. The event will bring together scholars and creative artistes from Africa, and serve as an avenue for discussions and debates on issues and ideas that are shaping Africa’s development. One of the goals of our conference is to inspire intellectual growth and entrepreneurial spirit in Africa’s younger generations. We are hopeful that the conference will forge intellectual links among young African intellectuals, policy makers and activists within and outside Africa to act as advocates of African rapid and organic development.

The presentations will explore Africa through a variety of lenses, including literature, art, law, economics, history and philosophy. Adiverse group of panelists and speakers from across Africa will enrich the 2017 conference by engaging with a variety of topics, including:

1.    African Literature

2.    African Traditional and Modern Communication Systems

3.    African films and theater studies

4.    African Philosophy and Global reception

5.    African Education Systems

6.    African Arts and Archives

7.    African Political Systems

8.    African Religions and Cultures

9.    Africa’s Economic Outlook

Confirmed speakers and participants at the 2017 conference include the Executive Governor of Anambra State, His Excellency, Chief Dr. Willie M. Obiano, FCA, (will declare the conference open), Obi of Onitsha Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe chancellor, Amadu Bello University, Zaria, (Royal Father of the day), His Royal Highness, Muhammad Abubakar Sa’ad, the Sultan of Sokoto, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (rtd), Former Nigerian head of State. Chief Alex Ekwueme, (former vice President Federal Republic of Nigeria),Okey Ndibe (a well known US-based Nigerian novelist, keynote Speaker), Most Rev. Dr. Matthew Hassan Kukah, Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Professors, Obi J. Oguejiofor, Dean, School of General Studies, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka,  Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba of the Kenya School of Law, University of Nairobi (a former Director of Kenya’s Anti-Corruption Commission), Dr. Pierre Odongi Atilo-Ekwa (Director Education and Development  National Ministry of Defence, Republic of South Sudan)Akachi Ezeigbo, Department of Languages, Linguistics, literary Studies and Theater Arts Federal University of Ndufu-Alike Ikwo, Ebonyi, Stella Okunna, First African female professor of Mass Communication, Head, Department of Social Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka,Sarah Ssali of Makerere University, Uganda, Prof. Mrs Akachi Ezeigbo, Professor of Languages, Linguistics, literary Studies and Theater Arts, Federal University of Ndufu-Alike Ikwo, Ebonyi State,Pat Utomi (Director of the Centre for Values in Leadership, Nigeria), Theophilus Okere, a Catholic priest and emeritus Professor of African Philosophy as well as  President of the Whelan Research Institute for Religion, Culture and Society in Owerri, Pius Adesanmi(Director, Institute of African Studies Carleton University, Ottawa Canada), Femi Adesina, Columnist and Special Adviser Media and Publicity to the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Onyeka Nwalue, (Assistant professor of Literary Studies, Manipur University India), other former Head of States, members of the Diplomatic communities and Captain of industries.  



The Organizing Committee  therefore  invites  scholars, professionals,  captains  of  industries,  organizations  and students  working on  all  aspects  of African studies  both  at home  and  its  Diaspora to  attend  and  contribute  researched papers  in  any  or  related  above  area  of  studies .


Your presence would also demonstrate your commitment to Africa’s development and desire to catalyze the revitalization of the academic and intellectual glory of the southeast, a zone that has produced some of Africa’s intellectual and artistic luminaries, including Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chinua Achebe, Philip Emeagwali, Alex Ekwueme, Chukwuemeka Ike, Cyprian Ekwensi, Emeka Anyaoku, Chike Obi, Dora Akunyili, Obey Ezekwesili, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Chimamanda Adichie, Flora Nwapa, Buchi Emecheta, and Ben Enwonwu.



Submit  abstract  of a well researched studies of not more than 200 wordswith contacts  information,  title,  name,  current position  and  institutional  affiliation,  email,  and  phone  number . Abstracts MUST  discuss  the  scope  of  the  paper,  the  research methodology,  possible  sources,  and  tentative  thesis  or hypothesis  and  how  they  related  to  Africa  or  help  African development.  Abbreviations may be used but they must be spelt out in full at the first mention, followed by the abbreviation  in parentheses.  Y our paper  must contain  a  title,  written  in  title Cases  and  bold.   You  will  be  notified  on  the  status  of  your submission;  those  whose abstracts  are  accepted  will pay  a conference  Registration fee.  Selected abstracts  will be published  in  pre-conference  book  of  Abstract and  papers  will be  published  in  the  post  conference  peer  review  journal. Therefore,  your  papers should  be  original  and  reflect  new areas  of  interest  and  MUST  not  have  been  published  or considered by  other  journals  at  the  moment.  Send your abstract to panafricanconference2017@ yahoo.com.

Note:  papers  that  do  not  conform  to  this  template  will  not be  considered


Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us via email or by phone at:panafricanconference2017@ yahoo.com Tel: 08032601105

For more info visit our website: www.anchorbookclubafrica.net

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