Monday, May 14, 2012

More info on the Conference

Hey folks here is some more information about the conference!
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AAA Conference: "The Business of Africa"

AAA Conference: "The Business of Africa"

Seventh Annual Conference hosted by the African Activist Association.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Royce Hall 306


Los Angeles , CA 90095


Saturday, May 19-10:00am-5:30pm at Royce Hall 306. Panel Discussions

Panel I: Technology and Business (10:00-11:30am)

Moderator: Michael Lofchie, UCLA

Lela M. Winston, UCLA: Waking the Giant: Technology & Business in Africa

Yareka Mhango, Anakazi Center: Rethinking African Business Development

Ruth Carlitz, UCLA: Sending a Message: Assessing the Role of Mobile Phone Technology to Promote Local Government Accountability.

Alex Laverty, UCLA: Information and communication technologies (ICTs) in Sub-Saharan Africa

Panel II: Entrepreneurial Avenues & Impediments 11:45am-1:00pm

Moderator: Edith Mukudi Omwami, UCLA

Douglas Kolozsvari, University of Michigan: Privatizing Public Railways at Any Lost Benefit: Neoliberal Railway Policies in Sub-Saharan Africa

Brian Smithson, Duke University: Breaking a Leg in Lagos: The Nigerian Video Film Phenomenon as a Semi-digitized Network

Mark Malisa, The College of Saint Rose: Education and Transnational African/Black Childhood in 20th/21st Centuries

Lunch 1:00-2:00pm at the Royce Terrace. (Lunch is provided free to conference attendees)

Panel III: Reclaiming Creative Expressions: The Business of African Filmmaking 2:15-3:30pm

Moderator: Claudia Hoffmann, UCLA

InĂªs Cordeiro Dias, UCLA: The Business of Emigration in Flora Gomes’ “Nha Fala”

Rush Perez, UCLA: Retaking the Lens: An Examination of a New Generation of African Documentary Filmmakers and their Western Counterparts

Ty-Juana Taylor, UCLA: "Aural Journeys”: The Use of Music in African Cinema

Claudia Hoffmann, UCLA: Nollywood Abroad: Nigerian Video Film Production in North America

Panel IV: Film Screening 3:30-5:30pm

Moderator: Ruby Bell-Gam, UCLA

Darwin's Nightmare

For more information please contact

The James S. Coleman African Studies Center Tel: 310-825-3779

Download File: Business-of-Africa-Program-sm-rrn.pdf

Sponsor(s): African Studies Center, This conference was made possible by the generous support of Campus Programs Committee, Associated Students UCLA, UCLA Mellon Postdoctoral Program in the Humanities, Student Cultural and Diversity Programming Fund and African Studies Center UCLA.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Hey guys sorry I have not blogged recently below is all the information you need for the upcoming conference! 

The purpose of this conference is to address the different aspects of the business that is Africa. Though this is a vast topic, the aim of the conference is to start a dialogue between different disciplines on the impacts of business in the continent. Business can be defined loosely, and presentations will cover a variety of topics, such as technology, African business development, mobile phones and local gov-ernment accountability, railway policies, Nigerian and other African films, music and more. There will also be a film screening of Darwin’s Nightmare.


Friday, May 18, 2012
Kerckhoff Hall State Rooms
by H.E. James Kimonyo
Ambassador to the US from Rwanda
Performance by UCLA World Arts and Cultures/Dance African Dance Class

Co-sponsored by Campus Programs Committee, As-sociated Students UCLA, UCLA Mellon Postdoctoral Program in the Humanities, Student Cultural & Diver-sity Programming Fund & UCLA African Studies Center.

Saturday, May 19, 2012
Royce Hall 306
Paper presentations & panels
Film screening of

Free and open to the public. Parking is available.
African Activist Association at UCLA | 10244 Bunche Hall | Los Angeles, CA 90095-1310 |
Telephone: 310-825-3686
Website: | email: or

Lunch provided on Saturday
West African Cuisine Catered by Mam Mbye

African Activist Association at UCLA
Seventh Annual Graduate Student Symposium
The Business of Africa

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Digital Activism: A Dialogue on Kony 2012

Hey Guys
No doubt all of who have either seen or at least heard of the now famous (or infamous?) Kony 2012 video made by Invisible Children. Tomorrow at 1 pm the African Activist Association will be hosting a discussion about the video and implications for both the continent and activism generally. So if you have not yet tired of arguing with your friends on Facebook or via email about this video; then please saunter on over to Bunche Hall, room # 10383 for some live discussions with actual people!

Below is a link to the video if you have not seen it:

Here are a few critical responses to the video and the organization Invisible Children: