Room Annex D

South Africa's Fragile Democracy

Speaker: Anene Ejikeme, Ph.D. Associate Professor, History, Trinity University

Educated on five continents, Anene Ejikeme received her PhD from Columbia University in 2003. A specialist in modern African history, she studies the politics of gender and economic development in colonial and postcolonial Africa. She is completing a manuscript, "From Traders to Teachers," an analysis of the changes in women's lives in Onitsha, an important Nigerian market town in the twentieth century. The life of the boxer, Hogan "Kid" Bassey, 1957 world welterweight champion and Nigerian nationalistic icon, is the subject of her next project. She is co-editing a volume titled "Black Women Travel," a collection of travel narratives.  Prior to coming to Trinity, Anene taught at Barnard College in New York, where she served as the Director of the Pan-African Studies Program from 2001 to 2003.

Dr. Anene Ejikeme is the Executive Director for The Africa Network, http://www.theafricanetwork.org, whose mission is to develop and enhance a lasting presence for Africa in the academic programs and campus life of the nation’s liberal arts institutions.

From the FPA: The African National Congress (ANC) party has governed South Africa since the end of apartheid in 1994. But the party today suffers from popular frustration over official corruption and economic stagnation. It faces growing threats from both left and right opposition parties, even as intraparty divisions surface. Given America’s history of opportunistic engagement with Africa, there are few prospects for a closer relationship between the two countries. Meanwhile, a weaker ANC could lead to political fragmentation in this relatively new democracy.

Come join the group! A light meal will be served at 5:45pm followed by a viewing of the DVD from the FPA.ORG. Our guest speaker will then address us, followed by a question and answer period.

Sponsored by Mammen Family Foundation and the Friends Of the Library.


Mammen Family Public Library Annex

20475 Hwy 46 West, Suite 350 

Spring Branch, TX 78070

Thursday, September 6, 2018
5:45pm - 7:45pm
Annex D
MFPL Annex

Event Organizer

Debbie Soelberg