The African Leadership Centre(ALC) will be participating at the 2018 Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development in Stockholm, Sweden and will be lead a session on Future Peace and the role of young people.

This session is motivated by the ongoing global debates on achieving inclusive and sustained peace. At the core of this debate is the need to sustain peace by ensuring that ideas of and approaches to peace take into consideration perspectives of the next generation of peacebuilders, decision makers, and the society.

The Stockholm Forum convenes over 300 high-level researchers, policymakers and practitioners from around the world with the aim of informing key policy and research agendas. This year’s Forum will be held at Münchenbryggeriet in Stockholm, Sweden from 7 - 9 May 2018.

Several ALC Staff and Alumni will be participating in this year Forum including: Shuvai Nyoni, Director of ALC, Prof. Funmi Olonisakin, Founder of the ALC and Vice Principal/Vice President King’s College London; Dr. Wale Ismai, Senior Research Fellow, ALC-King’s College London. Others include: Jacob Kamau, PhD Fellow, ALC; Damilola Adegoke, PhD Fellow, ALC; Rachel Sittoni, Fellowship Coordinator, ALC; Akinbode Fasakin, PhD Candidate, Stockholm University and Alumnus ALC; and Alagaw Ababu, Alumnus ALC.

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Book Launch

Jonathan Derrick, Africa, Empire and Fleet Street: Albert Cartwright and the West Africa Magazine (London: C. Hurst & Co., 2017)

The weekly West Africa was well known for over 80 years to West Africans, other Africans, and Africanists of many countries. The history of this magazine touches constantly on the history of Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone and The Gambia especially. In a new book Jonathan Derrick, who worked for the magazine in the 1960s and again in the last years before its demise in 2003, studies the origins and early growth of West Africa, founded in 1917.

The founding editor from then until 1947 was Albert Cartwright, whose life and career are recalled in this book. His career included 20 years in journalism in South Africa, where as an editor he was gaoled for a year for accusing the British of planning a war crime during the Anglo-Boer War. Later, as Editor of West Africa, Cartwright showed confident belief in British colonialism, as most British people did then. But he was well regarded by Africans, publishing and sometimes agreeing with their views.

Africa has been independent for half a century, but to cope with the present it is necessary to understand the past, including the colonial past whose effects continue on a large scale. So this study of the leading British magazine dealing with Africa in the colonial era is relevant to Africa today. And the author hopes someone will continue the story to deal with West Africa’s peak years of greatest influence, the years up to independence and the decades following.

Date: 16th May 2018

Time: 2.00 - 4.00pm

Venue: ​​​​​​​​King’s College London, Strand Campus, Room S3.30

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Chair: Professor Abiodun Alao

Professor of African Studies at King's College London  and the Programme Director of the African Leadership Centre.





About the Author: Jonathan Derrick

Jonathan Derrick has a BA of Oxford and a PhD of London, awarded for a thesis for the SOAS in the Modern History of Africa, Douala under the French Mandate, 1916 to 1936. He worked on the staff of West Africa weekly in the 1960s and later worked for six years in Nigeria, as Publications Secretary of the Institute for Agricultural Research (of Ahmadu Bello University) and Lecturer in History at the University of Ilorin. Later he worked for eight years for Africa Books Ltd in London, and in editorial jobs with the Central Office of Information and Macmillan. For many years he has worked freelance as a copy editor, proofreader, indexer and translator. Besides articles in magazines and annuals he has published Africa’s ‘Agitators’: Militant Anti-Colonialism in Africa and the West, 1919 to 1939 (2008) and Africa, Empire and Fleet Street: Albert Cartwright and theWest Africa Magazine (2017). He is married with one son.



Speaker: Desmond Davies

Currently the London Bureau Chief for the Ghana News Agency (GNA). He is a former Editor of West Africa Magazine in London where he also worked for New African and Africa Now magazines in the 1970s and 1980s, becoming Editor of the latter in 1984.




Joint PhD Launch

PhD Leadership and Security Studies

The African Leadership Centre (ALC) is pleased to announce the launch of a Joint PhD Programme between King's College London and the University of Pretoria (UP): the PhD Leadership and Security Studies. This programme allows students to have either King's College London or the University of Pretoria as their ‘host institution’, working within the ALC at King’s or Department of Political Sciences at UP. Students will have one of the partners as their lead institution; but will enjoy joint supervision under academics from both Kings and UP and spend up to one year in the partner university. Students will receive a Joint PhD award from King’s College London and the University of Pretoria. Details of application procedures can be found here and here.

This is the culmination of a long history of institutional cooperation between the African Leadership Centre and Department of Political Sciences at UP. UP and ALC have both collaborated on joint research and training programmes for a number of years. In the last 12 months we have co-hosted two joint doctoral training workshops in Naivasha, Kenya (in collaboration with the University of Nairobi) and Pretoria, South Africa, which will continue to take place periodically. There have also been exchange visits between academics and doctoral candidates for the past few years.

This marks the start of an exciting new chapter in the history of ALC at King's College London, being the first Joint PhD programme launched with a key African University partner. Building partnerships of this kind with likeminded African Higher Education Institutions has always been part of the long-term vision and mission of the ALC as well as an important part of the current King's Internationalisation Agenda and Vision 2029.

Many thanks and congratulations to all who have been part of this process, and we look forward to welcoming our first students on to the Joint PhD programme in the near future

Communication and Multi-Media Intern

Description of the role

The African Leadership Centre (ALC), Nairobi, Kenya, seeks a communication and multi-media Intern to work as part of the Centre’s Strategic Communications team. The individual’s main task will be providing support towards the implementation of the Centre’s Strategic Communication’s plan.

Main Tasks

The intern will be part of ALC’s staff and will work closely with ALC Strategic Communications team and ALC Pan-African Radio team, on a range of tasks including: 

  1. Providing logistical support to the organization of visibility and knowledge-sharing activities.
  2. Support conceptualisation and development of digital multi-media content for the ALC website and affiliated websites i.e. ALC Pan-African Radio and ALC Alumni network website.
  3. Contributing creative ideas to reach and engage different audiences in Africa and around the globe.
  4. Regular update and maintenance of ALC websites and affiliate social media platforms i.e., Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, i-Tunes, Tune-in and Sound Cloud and any other platforms that may to be developed.
  5. Multi-media monitoring of content from internal as well as external sources specifically for ALC-interest and related stories and provide regular reports.
  6. Monitor and track outcomes of ALC communications activities.
  7. Multi-media content production and post-production i.e., recording, editing and broadcast video, photography and audio content for ALC communication platforms.
  8. Overall support to the communications office including but not limited to maintenance/administration including maintaining filing and documentation system.
  9. Assisting with ALC internal and external communications.
  10. Providing research assistance to the ALC research teams where relevant.

The Centre of European Law

Dickson Poon School of Law

In association with the African Leadership Centre, King’s College London

invites you to a

Public Lecture

Corruption in Government: Constitutional Implications

by Justice Mbuyiseli Madlanga, Constitutional Court of South Africa

Introduction by Professor Funmi Olonisakin, Vice President, International, King's College London

Section 217 of the South African Constitution enjoins organs of state to procure goods and services in accordance with a system that is fair, equitable, transparent, competitive and cost-effective.  Obviously, this is to meant to redound to the benefit of the general populace.  However, some within organs of state have turned the section 217 prescript on its head and use it to benefit themselves corruptly.  Justice Madlanga will address this and other related issues.

Time: 16.30 -18.00

Date: Friday 16 March

Venue: Room 1.02, Bush House, North East Wing; 30 Aldwych;  London WC2B 4BG

The event will be followed by a drinks reception

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