Documenting Freedom in Africa
Meet the board of content curators for this interactive archive documenting freedom in African contexts across the continent and diaspora.
Francis Abugbilla currently manages the Community Leadership Institute at Puget Sound Sage in Seattle and lectures International Studies at the University of Washington where he received his Ph.D. in International Studies (Peace, Violence, and Security) with a minor concentration in Law, Rights, and Governance. His research interests include conflicts and peacebuilding, conflict management, reconciliation, transitional justice, and human rights. Languages: English, Frafra, French, Kusaa, Twi.
Giramata (Amata) (she/they) is a community organizer, artist and PhD. Candidate in Gender and Women Studies and minor in African and African Diaspora Studies. They hold a BA in Development Economics and Policy and BA in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Their work sits in the fields of Black feminist Studies, Black visual Arts & culture and Critical Trauma Studies. Their dissertation research is in developing Black Feminist visual reading practices beyond legacies of coloniality and interrogating the relationship between practices of memory and photography. As part of the principle and belief in free political education, Giramata started and continues to run the first and only free Black feminist community library in Kigali, Kamaliza Reads and is the convener of the Black feminist collective, Sistah Circle Collective. Languages: English, Kinyarwanda, French.
Esther Nekoye Masibili holds a masters of transcultural German studies from the University of Arizona. Her fields of interests cut across Second Language Acquisition, multilingualism, intercultural learning, learner, and teacher identity. In the field of pedagogy, she identifies as a social justice educator, who advocates for instructional material that promotes equity, diversity, and inclusivity in classrooms. Languages: English, Kiswahili, German.
Ibitowa Owakorede Muideen is a Nigerian-born educator and language enthusiast. Having grown up in Ivory Coast, Ibitowa developed an early interest in cultural diversity and environmental justice. He pursued his passion through studying French education at Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria, and later earned a master's degree in French and Francophone studies from the University of Arizona in the USA. Today, Ibitowa teaches French at Alliance Française Atlanta and remains deeply committed to promoting peace and activism across the globe. Languages: French, Yoruba, Dioula (Bambara), English.
Michael Oshindoro is a doctoral student of African Cultural Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is interested in representations of identity and subjectivity in visual art forms. Michael studies the development of the art and industry of animation in Nigeria. Languages: Yoruba, English.
Clara Randimbiarimana is a sociocultural Ph.D. student at the University of Arizona, originating from Antananarivo. Her interests revolve around participatory development, education, and environmental justice in Africa. Clara's master's research investigated the importance of local dialects for decolonial and learner-centered public education in Madagascar. Currently, her work explores how community-based ecological knowledge shapes environmental discourses and coping strategies in fishing communities in Madagascar and Senegal, which is funded by the University of Arizona - CNRS collaborative doctoral fellowship. Languages: Malagasy, French, English.
Ewurama Okine is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Global Languages & Cultures at Texas A&M University. Her interests lie in Afro-Hispanic sociolinguistics, pedagogy, and translation. She is passionate about the intersection of these interests in the Spanish classroom, particularly in the context of diversity and representation in instructional materials. Languages: English, Fante (and Twi), Ga, Spanish, and French.