Welcome to the Center for African Studies

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

International Conference: Agriculture as a Driver of Africa's Development

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Speaker Series with Terza Lima-Neves

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Symposium on Digital Learning in Global Africa

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

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Symposium on Digital Learning in Global Africa

The Howard University Department of African Studies will host an international virtual symposium on Digital Learning in Global Africa During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic on October 21 and 22, 2021.

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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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Our Publication: Howard on Africa in Brief

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. 

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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.

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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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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.

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