Friday, February 1, 2013
Who is doing what and why in Mali?
No doubt, there seems to be a divergence of sorts between NPR's latest news report and Bangura's take on the unfolding events in Mali. If Bangura's claim is true, one is reminded of an apropos moment in the history of colonialism in Africa which showed that while the colonizers fronted an altruistic motivation for invading Africa, namely that it was a civilizing mission, the recorded facts of that intervention in African civilization showed something else: the colonizers were there primarily for their self-serving objective of exploiting the economic resources of the continent for the benefit of the métropole. Well, the human experience is the ultimate arbiter of truth, and time will tell if Bangura's claim is real or imaginary!
Professor Victor Oguejiofor Okafor is Head of the Department of Africology and African American Studies at Eastern Michigan University. Author of five books, Dr. Okafor has also contributed chapters to several anthologies, and published a variety of scholarly articles in such refereed journals as the Western Journal of Black Studies, the Journal of Black Studies, Africa Update, and the Griot. Dr. Okafor's writings have appeared in national magazines and newspapers. He has presented papers at dozens of professional conferences, conventions, and meetings of student and other groups.
In Winter, 2014, Dr. Okafor was named and recognized as "a Most Valuable Professor" by Eastern Michigan University's Men's basketball team. In 2017, Dr. Okafor received THE DISTINGUISHED SCHOLAR AWARD For Outstanding Scholarship, Teaching and Service in Africana Studies from the 5th Annual Africa Conference sponsored and hosted by the Department of History, Geography, Political Science & Africana Studies of Tennessee State University. Also in 2017, Dr. Okafor was appointed as a 2017–18 Great Michigan Read Scholar by Michigan’s Humanities Council. In 2018, Dr. Okafor received a "Kujichagulia Award" from the National Council for Black Studies' (NCBS) Task Force for Measuring Impact in Africology. The award recognized Dr. Okafor's "Leadership in Advancing Equity & Independence in Research."
A certified online course designer and instructor, Dr. Okafor has been designing and teaching online courses since 1999. Teaching both offline and online, his overall teaching experience embraces courses on or related to:History of Black Studies, Theories, Methods and Methodologies in Black Studies, Black Politics & Public Policy, African Civilization, Multiculturalism, and Afrocentricity/Afrocentrism
As a consultant on multicultural/diversity issues, Dr. Okafor serves as an expert court witness on cases related to African cultural questions and issues. For more than two decades, he has also served as a language interpreter on legal, corporate, medical and other matters requiring communications in Igbo language and translations between Igbo and English.
Before joining Eastern Michigan University in 1995, Dr. Okafor previously served as Director of African American Studies and Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University.
Books & book chapters
- Okafor, Victor. (2017). Towards an Understanding of Africology. (5th ed.). Dubuque: Kendall/Hunt. (https://he.kendallhunt.com/product/towards-understanding-africology)
- Okafor, Victor. (2014). Development: Definitions, Trends and
Controversies -- An Interrogation of Key Issues Related to Modern
African Political Economy. In W. Idada & M.L. Rilwan (Eds.). Governance, Peace and Security in Africa (pp. 212-228). Benin City: AMBIK PRESS.
- Okafor, Victor. (Ed.). (2013). The State of Africana Studies Today: Essays on Scholarship and Pedagogy. New York: the Edwin Mellen Press.
- Okafor, Victor. (2010). Towards an Understanding of Africology. (3nd ed.). Dubuque: Kendall/Hunt.
- Okafor, Victor. (Ed.). (2008). Nigeria’s Stumbling Democracy and its Implications for the Democratic Movement in Africa. Westport: Praeger Security International.
- Okafor, Victor. (2008). Malcolm X: An Appostle of Violence or an Advocate for Black Human Rights? In James L. Conyers, Jr. & A.P. Smallwood (Eds.), Malcolm X: A Historical Reader (pp. 215-226). Durban: Carolina Academic Press.
- Okafor, Victor. (2007). Towards an Africological Pedagogical Approach to African Civilization. In D. P. Aldridge & E. L. James (Eds.), Africana Studies: Philosophical Perspectives and Theoretical Paradigms (pp. 266-280). Washington: Washington State University Press.
- Okafor, Victor. (2006). A Roadmap for Understanding African Politics: Leadership and Political Integration in Nigeria. New York: Rutledge.
- Okafor, Victor. (2006). Towards an Understanding of Africology. (2nd ed.). Dubuque: Kendall/Hunt.
- Okafor, V.O., & Adeleke, T. (Eds.). (2006). Studies in African American Leadership: Individuals, Movements, and Committees. New York: The Edwin Mellen Press.
- Okafor, Victor. (2004). Rebuilding Continental-Diaspora African Relations: An Examination of Path-Breaking Trends in Governmental, Pan-African and Educational Linkages. In T. Adeleke (Ed.), Critical Perspectives on Historical and Contemporary Issues About Africa and Black America (pp. 139-166).Lewiston: The Edwin Mellon Press.
- Okafor, Victor. (2002). Towards an Understanding of Africology. (1st ed.). Dubuque: Kendall/Hunt.
- Okafor, Victor. (1999). Africology and the Academy: Essential Texts, Concepts, Methods & New Controversies. In J. Conyers, Jr. & A. Barnett (Eds.), Africana History, Culture, and Social Policy (pp. 327-348). Lanham: International Scholars Publications.
- Okafor, Oguejiofor Victor. (1998). The Functional Implications of Afrocentrism. In J. Hamlet (Ed.), Afrocentric Visions: Studies in Culture and Communication. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.
- Okafor, Oguejiofor Victor., & Tella, A. Sheriffden. (1998). Economic Development & the Prospects for Economic Security in Africa. In A. Oyebade & A. Alao (Eds.), Africa after the Cold War: The Changing Perspectives on Security (pp. 17-42). Trenton: Africa World Press.
- Okafor, Victor. (1997). Afrocentrism and A New World Order. In N. BaNIkongo (Ed.), Leading Essays in Afro-American Studies (pp. 667-684). Durham: Carolina Academic Press.
A sample of Okafor’s Journal & other publications
- Okafor, Victor. (2015, June). Racism, White Supremacism & the Tragedy at Charleston, South Carolina: President Barack Obama Hit the Nail in the Head. Usaafricadialogue@googlegroups.com. (https://mail.emich.edu/zimbra/h/search?si=21&so=0&sc=52368&sfi=2&st=message&id=304659&action=view).
- Okafor, Victor. (2015, March). Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Et al.: A Survey of Emergent Grassroots Protests & Public Perceptions of Justice. The Journal of Pan African Studies. vol. 7 (8), 43-63. (http://www.jpanafrican.com/docs/vol7no8/7.10-8-4-Victor.pdf).
- Okafor, Victor. (2014, March). Africology, Black Studies, African American Studies, Africana Studies, or African World Studies? What's So Important about a Given Name? The Journal of Pan African Studies. vol. 6 (7), 209-224. (http://www.jpanafrican.com/docs/vol6no7/6.7-9Okafor.pdf).
- Okafor, Victor. (2007, Fall). Nigeria’s Disputed Elections: Symptoms of a National Malaise. Africa Update, Vol. XIV, Issue 4. (http://www.ccsu.edu/Afstudy/upd14-4.html#National%20Malaise).
- Okafor, Victor. (Ed.).(2007, Fall).Nigerian Politics and Society. Africa Update, Vol. XIV, Issue 4. (http://www.ccsu.edu/Afstudy/upd14-4.html#National%20Malaise).
- Okafor, Victor. (2007, Summer). Nigeria’s Census Jinx: Is there a Way Out. Africa Update, XIV(3).(http://www.ccsu.edu/Afstudy/upd143.html#Nigeria%E2%80%99s_Census_Jinx:_Is_there_a_way_out).
- Okafor, Victor. (Ed.). (2007, January). Sustaining Black Studies: A Special Edition of the Journal of Black Studies, 37 (3).
- Okafor, Victor. (2007, January). Shortcomings in Wilson’s Chronicle of Higher EducationArticle on the State of Black Studies Programs. Journal of Black Studies, 37 (3), 335-347.
- Okafor, Victor. (2006, Spring). The Paris Club Deal: Reason to Celebrate? Africa Update, XIII (1). (http://www.ccsu.edu/afstudy/upd13-2.html#The_Paris_Club_Deal_).
- Okafor, Victor. (2005, Fall). Nigeria’s electoral challenge: what is to blame, the ballot box or political culture? Africa Update, XII (4). (http://www.ccsu.edu/Afstudy/upd12-4.html#toc).
- Okafor, Victor. (2005, October 28). The Paris Club Deal: Reason to celebrate or reason to cry for Nigeria? USA/Africa Dialogue, no. 1284. (http://www.utexas.edu/conferences/africa).
- Okafor, Victor. (2005, September 19). Nigeria’s electoral challenge: what is to blame, the ballot box or the political culture? USA/Africa Dialogue, no. 1160. (http://www.utexas.edu/conferences/africa).
- Okafor, Victor. (2005, September 11). Concerns about non-Ratification of the UN Convention against corruption: OBJ is right on the mark. USA/Africa Dialogue, no. 1117. (http://www.utexas.edu/conferences/africa).
- Okafor, Victor. (2005, September 5). The Tragedy of Katrina and the Reflections of a one-time war refugee. USA/Africa Dialogue, No. 1072. (http://www.utexas.edu/conferences/Africa).
- Okafor, Victor. (2005, August 31). On the Rule of Law or the Lack of it in Nigeria. USA/Africa Dialogue, no. 1060. (http://www.utexas.edu/conferences/Africa).
- Okafor, Victor, et al. (2005, May 27). The Present and Future of Black Studies. The Chronicle of Higher Education, p. A47.
- Okafor, Victor. (2005, April 25). Shortcomings in Wilson’s Chronicle of Higher Education’s Article on the state of Black Studies programs. USA/Africa Dialogue, no. 643. (http://www.utexas.edu/conferences/Africa).
- Okafor, Victor. (1997, January). Towards An Africological Pedagogical Approach to African Civilization. Journal of Black Studies, 27, (3), 299-317.
- Okafor, Victor. (1996). Towards an Africological Pedagogical Approach to African Civilization. The Western Journal of Black Studies, 20, (3), 125-133.
- Okafor, Victor. (1996). the Place of Africalogy in the University Curriculum. Journal of Black Studies, 26 (6), 688-712.
- Okafor, Victor. (1996, spring). Towards an Understanding of the Afrocentric Conceptual Paradigm. The Griot, 15 (1), 44-54.
- Okafor, Victor. (1994, Winter). The Functional Implications of Afro centrism. Western Journal of Black Studies, 18 (4), 185-194.
- Okafor, Victor. (1993, December). An Afrocentric Critique of Appiah’s In My Father’s House. Journal of Black Studies, 24 No (2), 196-212.
- Okafor, Victor. (1993, October 21). AT&T and the Monkey Palaver. Black Issues in Higher Education.
- Okafor, Victor. (1993, September 23). Let it Be Informed Debate. Black Issues in Higher Education, pp. 9 & 39.s