Welcome to the Center for African Studies

A campus-wide hub that supports and enhances Africa-related teaching and research.

Campus-Wide Announcements

University Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The University continues to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, as additional cases are confirmed in the United States and other countries. The University continues to formulate and adjust its plans as needed.

Event: Strengthening U.S.-Africa Partnerships on Education


Summer Institute for Educators

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Second International Conference on African Consumer Marketing, Firm Strategies and Society

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We just launched Howard on Africa in Brief!

Read here.

Take this course!

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Children's Africana Book Awards Ceremony

Watch the CABA Ceremony

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Check out Ambassador Johnnie Carson’s latest policy brief in Howard on Africa in Brief. Just Launched!

Howard on Africa in Brief is published by the Center for African Studies at Howard University. Contributors include prominent scholars, policy makers, Howard faculty, alumni and graduate students. Our papers provide open access to research and make a global contribution to understanding Africa-related issues. 

Read it here.

African Language Summer Institute

The 2021 African Language Summer Institute is hosted by the Department of World Languages & Cultures and the Center for African Studies at Howard University. Instruction will be hybrid - online and face-to-face.

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Learn Zulu with Zulunomics!

Are you studying or teaching Zulu and wish there was an easier way? Enter a modern solution - Zulunomics - a collection of books, e-books, an app (on both Android and iPhone), flashcards, posters and downloadables! Developed by Dr. Phiwokuhle Mnyandu of Howard University (H-U!!) and his team, this array of learning materials will rev up your progress!

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Welcome to CABA's Home Base

The Center for African Studies at Howard University is now the institutional base for the Children’s Africana Book Awards (CABA). The Awards are presented annually to the authors and illustrators of the best children’s and young adult books on Africa published or republished in the U.S. The Center is building a complete in-house collection of CABA Books, which will be available to educators, as part of the Outreach Library. All CABA content has been migrated to the our website. CABA events, including the Awards Dinner will be organized in-person on campus in the future.

Go to the CABA homepage

Second Out of (and Into) Africa Conference

Following the success of the Inaugural “Out of (and Into) Africa” Conference - International Symposium on African Consumer Marketing and Firm Strategies - which was held at the Graves School of Business and Management, Morgan State University, Baltimore in 2018, we are now excited to launch the next edition of the conference with multi-HBCU involvement.

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African Languages

HU has the largest number of students studying African languages in the United States! Check out the courses at HU, study abroad programs and the HU African Language Summer Institute, teaching Amharic, Arabic, Somali, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba and Zulu.

Learn more about our programs.

Hip Hop in Africa Online Course

The Hip Hop in Africa online course was created by Dr. Msia Clark to introduce students to contemporary African culture, using the lens of hip hop. Hip hop is a major cultural force throughout urban Africa, and the music is a great tool for understanding the social issues and cultural environments impacting African youth today. Through hip hop culture, African artists provide rich and diverse narratives of contemporary Africa. This course is designed to accommodate various levels of familiarity with Africa and provides access to content at various levels of difficulty.

Find out more about the Hip Hop in Africa online course