Statement from the Chair of the Organizing Committee, Dr. Douglas Mpondi, Associate Professor and Chair, Africana Studies Department – Metropolitan State University, Denver. 

Hello and welcome to the 36th Annual Black World Conference hosted by the Africana Studies department at Metropolitan State University of Denver! The Annual Black World Conference is our signature event every February in honor of the Black History Month. The theme of this year conference is “Elections and succession politics in Africa in the new millennium.  Read more…

For questions about this event, please contact Dr. Douglas Mpondi of the Africana Studies Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Email:


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

9:30am Welcome: Dr. Douglas Mpondi

Associate Professor and Chair, Africana Studies Department

Dr. Arlene Sgoutas

Interim Dean, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

9:40am Entertainment: Chihera Music

9:50am – 10:10am African Politics and the Western Media

Introduction of speaker: Charlene West, AFS Major

George Bamu (Cameroon) Executive Director and Founder, Africa Agenda

10:15am Student Panel on African Politics

Adetilewa Awosanya (Nigeria), MSU Denver Kathe Traore (Guinea), CU Denver Sitina Sado (Ethiopia/Kenya),  MSU Denver Jessi Kalambayi (Democratic Republic of the Congo/South Africa) MSU Denver Richard Agyei (Ghana) CU Denver

10:50am Entertainment: Chihera Music

11:00am Introduction of Keynote Speaker:

Sitina Sado, AFS Minor

Keynote Speech: Dr. Praise Zenenga, Associate Professor and Director of the Africana Studies Program, University of Arizona, Tucson

Performing Politics: Elections, Succession and Democratic Processes in Africa

11:40am Questions and Answer session

12:15pm – 12:30pm Entertainment: Chihera Music

12:30-1:145pm Lunch Presentation: Dr. Istvan Tarrosy, University of Pecs, Hungary (Hungary & Africa)

2pm-3:15pm Established and Emerging Democracies in Africa

Chair: Dr. Odon Musimbi (Democratic Republic of the Congo) MSU Denver, Kido Riggs (Botswana) Isaac Alawobu (Ghana), Bethlehem Gideon (Ethiopia), Andrew Katarikawe (Uganda)

Thursday, February 14, 2019

9:30am Welcome: Dr. Douglas Mpondi

Associate Professor and Chair, Africana Studies Department

9:35am Elections and Politics in Africa

Introduction of Chair: Kadhijatu Fofanah – AFS Work Study Student & Nutrition Major

Chair: Dr. Jude Fokwang (Cameroon) Regis University, Adeaze Ogbonnaya (Nigeria), Mpho Mapoulo-(South Africa)

10:25am Question and Answer session

10:45am Break

11:00am Voting and Politics in Africa

Introduction of Chair: Korpo Kendee, AFS Major

Dr. Mohamed Saffa Lamin (Chair): Retrospective voting and shifting political fortunes in Sierra Leone and Liberia, Maite Wantwadi (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Dr. Gellan Kebede (Ethiopia), Haruna Ceesay (Gambia)

11:50am Question and Answer session

12:15PM-1:30pm Urban League & Africana Studies Scholorships – Lunch

End of Conference


Africana Studies Department, MSU Denver Political Science Department, MSU Denver African Students Union-Auraria Campus Office of Diversity and Inclusion College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences Urban League Guild of Metro Denver