Conference Papers

Conference details and title of papers I have presented

• Keynote address, ACSUS-UP US-Africa Diaspora Diplomacy Biennial Conference The
Diaspora Diplomacy and Soft Power Agency of the African Diaspora in the US and
Australia, 15 June 2023.

• Keynote address ‘Gender-Responsive budgeting as a strategy for good governance in Africa’ at the Women, Gender and Financial Inclusion Conference September 2022 hosted by Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation (IPATC), University of Johannesburg.

• South African Association of Political Studies 15th Biennial Virtual Conference August 2021 hosted by Rhodes University under the theme ‘’Rethinking Politics in a time of Crisis”. Accessing the Narrow Corridor: people agency as a pathway to a developed Nigerian state with Martin Ihembe

• South African Association of Political Studies 15th Biennial Virtual Conference hosted by Rhodes University under the theme ‘’Rethinking Politics in a time of Crisis’. Convened and moderated a roundtable discussion on Researching African Politics in a Post-Covid-19 era

• African Unity for Renaissance Conference 2019 held at Kievets Kroon, Pretoria, 22 -23 May 2019 Rethinking the idea of the state and its essence in Africa.

• 14 Biennial Conference of South African Association of Political Studies (SAAPS) 2018 held at University of Pretoria, 01 – 03 October 2018. Between rhetoric and reality: the politics of anti-corruption and regime change in Africa

• Postgraduate Supervision Conference 2017 held in Spier Estate, Stellenbosch, 28 – 31 March 2017. The impact of University of Zululand structural and cultural contexts on my postgraduate
supervision practice, 2012 to 2016

• 13th National Conference of South African Association of Political Studies hosted by the University of the Western Cape, 31 August – 02 September 2016 Foes, friends, or both? Looking beyond hostility in the relations between Nigerian migrants and South Africans in Empangeni

• Toyin Falola Conference (TOFAC) 2015 held at the University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa; 02 – 04 July 2015. Women, inclusivity, and participation in governance in Nigeria’s Niger-Delta: a focus on SPDC’s GMoU model of community development

• I was a co-convener of the Ontario International Development Agency (OIDA) international Conference on Sustainable Development held at the Protea Hotel Waterfront, Richards Bay, South Africa; 02 – 03 December 2014

• Faculty of Arts 4th Annual Conference on “Rekindling enlightenment in the Humanities and Social Sciences in the 21st Century” held at University of Zululand, South Africa, 22 – 23 September 2010. The emergence of ‘dynastic democracy’ in Africa

• International Conference on “Territorial Origins of African Civil Conflicts” Convened by the Ohio State University and the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, 29 – 30

• January 2010. Towards an indigenous theory of conflict resolution: reinventing women’s roles as traditional peace builders in neo-colonial Africa

• International Conference on “A human security approach to deconstructing the Niger Delta crisis” held at Monash University, Johannesburg, South Africa, 6 – 7, November 2009. Engendering governance, peace, and development in the Niger Delta: What differences can our mothers, sisters and daughters make?

• The 2006 Social Science Conference, convened by the African Institute of South Africa (AISA), Human Science Research Council (HSRC) & Social Sciences Network of South Africa (SSNSA) held in Johannesburg, South Africa, 27-30 September 2006. Reporting Africa: The role of the African Media in (un) shaping the democratic agenda

• The South African Association of Political Studies Colloquium held at the University of KwaZuluNatal, 22 - 23 September 2005. Marginalizing women in Politics: a study of recent trends in KwaZulu-Natal

• The 19th Triennial Congress of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) held in Durban, South Africa, 29 June - 5 July 2003. Localism, Colonialism and Nigeria’s nascent democracy: Any congruence toward nation building?


Conference details and title of papers I presented including my roles as Panel Convenor, Chair or Keynote Speaker:

• Presented at 64th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (ISA), Montreal
March 15 – 18 March, 2023.The ethno-regional drivers of Nigeria’s foreign policy and implementation with Michael Alloysius Michael-Okolie

• Participated in a knowledge sharing session between Australia and Africa for mutual benefits and development at the Africa Australia Universities network Conference at the Africa
Week 2023

• Panel Speaker, Foreign Policy Fellowship Program session on democracy and governance in Africa at theWilson Center Africa Program and Congressional Relations, 19 May 2023

• The World Protocol Matters Annual Conference 2023. Soft Diplomacy and soft power in Africa 10 - 12 May 2023.”

• International Studies Association’s 2022 Convention, Nashville, USA, 28 March – 03 April 2022. Group Hegemony as an Analytical Framework for Understanding Regional Hegemony in Africa

• Chaired a panel on “Theorising Africa’s International Relations” at the International Studies Association’s 2022 Convention

• Presented a keynote paper on The impact of Global Developments on the Agenda for Women, Peace and Security in Africa as part of the Cappadocia University’s (Turkey) seminar series Common Horizon Envisioning for Humanity and Planet

• Presented at the Australia Africa Universities Network (AAUN) Forum and AGM in Canberra, 27 – 28 October 2022. Explaining security and insecurity in Africa: the case for governance security as an element of the human security paradigm.

• Presented the paper on “The Women, Peace and Security agenda in Africa” at the Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding Conference Business Unusual: A Rapidly
Changing World Calls for Adapting Peacebuilding in Africa, Washington DC, USA, 11 – 15 September 2022.

• Presented at the Public Forum hosted by Curtin University for the Australia Africa Universities Network during the Australia Africa Week, Perth 02 September 2022. Diaspora diplomacy,
soft power, and Nigerian-Americans in the United States: some implications for the African Diaspora in Australia

• Keynote address delivered at the Kellogg Institute, University of Notre Dame, USA 22 March 2022. Diaspora diplomacy, soft power and Nigerian-Americans in United States: implications for Nigeria’s soft power in Africa.

• Presented a paper at the 26th IPSA Virtual World Congress which took place from 10 - 15 July 2021. No ‘Grace’, No ‘Patience’: How Powerful First Ladies Bring Down Presidents in Africa.

• 26th IPSA Virtual World Congress on 10 July: Global Roundtable Panel on Diversity and Inclusion in the Discipline: Roundtable on Research Agendas and Approaches
https://wc2021.ipsa.org/wc/panel/diversity-and-inclusion-discipline-roundtable-researchagendasand approaches

• Convener and Panel Chair The State of Political Science in Africa at the 26th IPSA Virtual
World Congress on 15 July: https://wc2021.ipsa.org/wc/panel/state-political-science-africa.

• Keynote Speaker, The UN at 75: Challenges and Prospects for the Future of Multiculturalism Canadian Defense and Security Network (CDSN) “Year Ahead” Conference hosted by Carleton University 03 and 04 December 2020. Electoral democracy, bad governance and public health in Africa Conference hosted by the International Political Science Association (IPSA), 19 – 21 October 2020. Multilateralism, international relations and the fights against racism

• Keynote Speaker, Annual OIDA Pearson Lecture organized by the Ontario International Development Agency, Toronto, Canada, 27 November 2019. Genocide and reconciliation: Canada and beyond

• Keynote Speaker, Angola Political Science Association (AACP) Workshop on Teaching
Practices and models of Political Sciences Courses across SADC and beyond, 30 October 2019. Political Science for whom? Reflections on teaching and learning political science in Nigerian and South Africa universities

• Keynote Speaker, Nigerian Political Science Association (NPSA) Conference, University of Calabar, Nigeria, 22 – 25 July 2019 State formation, citizenship inequality and nationbuilding in Nigeria

• Chair, Panel on Bridging International Relations and Postcolonialism, International Studies Association (ISA) Conference held at the University of Ghana, Accra, 01 – 04 August 2019.

• Discussant, Panel on Gender, Sexuality, Justice and Conflict, International Studies
Association (ISA) Conference held at the University of Ghana, Accra, 01 – 04 August 2019

• Keynote Speaker, Women’s Research and Documentation Centre (WORDOC), Institute of African Studies Conference held at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria; 19 – 23 October 2018.
Constraints, opportunities, and suggestions for substantive political representation of
women in Nigeria.

• 25th World Congress of Political Science held in Brisbane, Australia; 21 – 25 July 2018 A comparative gender analysis of African migrant networks in Umhlathuze Municipality
in South Africa

• Chair, Panel on Women and Politics in the Global South, 25th World Congress of Political Science held in Brisbane, Australia; 21 – 25 July 2018

• Panel Convenor on Africa in the world today: soft power profile, potentials, and challenges at the 43rd British International Studies Association Conference held in Bath, United Kingdom, 12 – 16 June 2018 .

• 43rd British International Studies Association Conference held in Bath, United Kingdom, 12 – 16 June 2018. Think women in politics, think Rwanda: converting global recognition into a soft power advantage.

• Keynote Speaker, International Social Sciences Conference held at the Ignatius Ajuru University, Port Harcourt, Nigeria, August 19 - 21 2016. Repositioning the Development Agenda in Africa 

• 24th World Congress of Political Science held in Poznan, Poland; 23 – 28 July 2016 Mobilizing for gender justice: a situation analysis of forced marriages in Northern

• Chair, Panel on The Politics of Representation in the Global South, International Political
Science Association (IPSA) 24th World Congress of Political Science in Poznan, Poland, 23 - 28 July 2016.

• 2016 Africa Conference held at University of Texas, Texas, USA; 23 – 27 March 2016
Finding new ways to deal with an old problem: revisiting early childhood and forced
marriages in South Africa and Nigeria.

• Keynote Speaker, Ontario International Development Agency (OIDA) international
Conference on Sustainable Development held at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada; 07 – 08 August 2014. A situation analysis of girls and young women in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

• International Political Science Association (IPSA) 23rd World Congress on “Challenges of contemporary governance” held in Montreal, Canada; 19 – 24 July 2014 Quality versus Quantity: a comparative assessment of the political representation of
women in South Africa and Botswana

• Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge Workshop on Teaching Africa and International Studies held at University of Cambridge, United Kingdom; 19 April 2013 An Africanist analysis of course design and contents of teaching Africa in neo-colonial
Africa with Olumuyiwa Amao.

• Fourth Asian Conference on Arts & Humanities held at the Ramada Osaka Hotel, Tokyo,
Japan; April 47, 2013. The Human Factor, Shalom, Women and Peacebuilding in the Niger-Delta Region of Nigeria.

• Ontario International Development Agency (OIDA) international Conference on Sustainable Development held at Montclair University, New Jersey, USA; 30 July – 02 August 2012.
Engendering environmental sustainability and development in the Niger Delta region of

• Panel Chair, International Political Science Association (IPSA) World Congress on “Reshaping Power, Shifting Boundaries” held in Complutense University Madrid, Spain; 08 - 12 July 2012 Women, Power and Status.

• Ontario International Development Agency (OIDA) international Conference on Sustainable Development held at Palm Garden Hotel, Putrajaya, Malaysia; 05 – 07 December 2011. ‘Dynastic democracy’ and political change in Africa: Any lessons from Egypt?

• Canadian Association of African Studies Annual Conference on “Africa Here, Africa There”
held at York University, Toronto, Canada; 05 – 07 May 2011 Africa here: an analysis of the
political economy of African immigration to South Africa, with Efe Isike

• International Conference on “Oil and Conflict in Africa” held in University of East London,
Docklands, London, 12 – 13 August 2010 Women-righting’ the wrongs: a human rights and
security approach to transforming the Niger-Delta of Nigeria

• Ontario International Development Agency Summer Congress on “Global Sustainable
Development” held at Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada; 22 – 25 June 2010.
The Moral Imagination, Ubuntu, and African Women: towards feminizing politics and
peacebuilding in KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa)

• The SHUR International Conference on “Human Rights in Conflict” held at Luiss University, Rome, Italy; 4 – 6 June 2009 Feminizing the peace process in Africa: A comparative
analysis of women, conflict, politics and peacebuilding in KwaZulu-Natal and the Niger Delta

• National Conference on “Nigeria under Democratic rule, 1999-2003” held at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria, 20 - 22 August 2003.
Reinventing Nigeria’s social structures: prospects for good governance, peace and
national transformation

Non-refereed publications or popular articles

Provide full details of each publication, including full titles, names of all the authors, journals, dates, page numbers etc.

• Scores of newspaper articles on socio-political and economic issues published in local community (Zululand Observer), regional (Mercury), national (Mail & Guardian, The
Sowetan, Daily Maverick) and international (Firstpost, India) newspapers. Samples of
these can be provided if requested.

• I regularly contribute evidence-based opinion pieces for various media outlets, including The Conversation. Some of my latest pieces include:

- - “US-Africa summit: four things African leaders should try to get out of it” https://www.news24.com/news24/opinions/analysis/analysis-us-africa-summit-four-things-africanleaders-should-try-to-get-out-of-it-20221214

- - “Washington wants to address anti-west sentiment in Africa: Blinken is doing his bit” (with Tinashe Nyamunda) https://theconversation.com/washington-wants-to-address-anti-west-sentiment-inafrica-blinken-is-doing-his-bit-188407

--- “South African universities are training their gaze on the United States: Why it matters” (with Tawana Kupe) https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2022-04-28-south-african-universities-are-trainingtheir-gaze-on-the-united-states-why-it-matters/

- “Change what South African men think of women to combat their violent behavior “

- “Book predicts ANC’s last decade of political dominance in South Africa”: https://theconversation.com/book-predicts-ancs-last-decade-of-political-dominance-insouth-africa-166592

- "Time ripe for an alternative world order as old global institutions struggle with Taliban-like challenges" (with Rudra Pradhan) https://www.firstpost.com/world/time-ripe-for-an-alternativeworld-order-as-old-globalinstitutions-struggle-with-taliban-like-challenges-10057621.html

- “Factionalism and corruption could kill the ANC unless it kills both first”: https://theconversation.com/factionalism-and-corruption-could-kill-the-anc-unless-it-killsboth-first-116924