Africa Month






Africa Month: Focus on Africa is key to UFS internationalisation process

A focus on the African continent is central to the University of the Free State’s (UFS) internationalisation strategy, which envisages an Africa-imbued internationalisation process that advances Africanisation and decolonisation, and includes a focus on expanding researcher networks across Africa. read more...


#AfricaMonth: Join the cultural and intellectual interchange

On 25 May 2023, Africa will commemorate the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which is now known as the African Union (AU). The University of the Free State (UFS) will celebrate this 60th anniversary by hosting a variety of commemorations, continuing the institution's long tradition of honouring the day and the principles that drive it. It is customary in African countries to commemorate the OAU's founding in May, which is also known as Africa Month.

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Lest We Forget: Africa Day and Freedom Dreams

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Dr Munyaradzi Mushonga
Programme Director for the Africa Studies
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Lest we forget; on 25 May 1963, Kwame Nkrumah told 32 heads of state gathered in Addis Ababa during the inaugural ceremony of the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), now the African Union (AU):
Without necessarily sacrificing our sovereignties, big or small, we can here and now forge a political union based on defence, read more..



Prof Vasu Reddy
DVC: Research and Internationalisation
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The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they aren't true, but they are incomplete. They make one story become the only storyChimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian author. As we commemorate Africa Day 2023, we reflect on our achievements and noble goals, while triggering new impetus for renewed energy and collective efforts to address the many challenges of our time. read more...

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Africa Memorial

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Towards a Common African Higher Education Space

Dr Cornelius Hagenmeier
Director: Office for International Affairs
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Africa Month is a time when we commemorate the decade-long quest for African unity. African higher education should lead this process and provide the impetus for developing and unifying the continent. In this thought leader, I argue that a major contribution that higher education could make is developing a common African higher education space read more...

African Security in the Anthropocene (Springer 2023)

Prof Hussein Solomon
Centre for Gender and Africa Studies (UFS)
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Any Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), however, needs to deliver on tangible outputs. Following the signing of an MoU between Niger Delta University (NDU) and the UFS, it was decided to focus on an edited book bringing together staff from both universities and elsewhere on the continent to focus on the nexus between climate change and security. read more

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