HBCU-Africa Correspondents Corps

The Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)-Africa Correspondents Corps is an initiative of the Center for African Studies at Howard University.  It aims to provide student journalists and political scientists attending HBCUs with professional development exposure and experience beneficial to pursue a career as an international correspondent or political commentator.  The HBCU-ACC will also work to broaden and deepen networks between HBCU students and their counterparts in Africa and the global African Diaspora.      

The program is delivered through a monthly module where students engage with guest speakers and participate in journalism skills-building exercises. Each participant commits to publishing two articles a semester under the program. These can be in English or a foreign language. Every participant will be provided one-on-one mentoring sessions to ensure that they can succeed in the program. They also will be provided with professional networking opportunities so that they can use the program as a mechanism for landing internships.

2024 Officers

Akofa Bruce
Akofa Bruce

HBCU-ACC President

Akofa Bruce is an undergraduate student at Howard University. She serves as the Community Outreach and Communications Intern at the Center for Women, Gender, and Global Leadership. Akofa wishes to intersect her Political Science major and Women, Gender, and Sexualities Studies minor as an upcoming multimedia journalist. She aspires to cover African voices and stories from across the world, especially from her respective homes, Ghana, Kenya, and New York. 

Aurelia Mouton
Aurelia Mouton

HBCU-ACC Vice President

Aurelia Mouton is an honours journalism student at Stellenbosch University. She is the former editor-in-chief of Die Matie, the SU student-run campus newspaper. Her fields of interest include geopolitics, conflict reporting, political risk analysis, and foreign correspondence.

Mfundo Msimango
Mfundo Msimango

HBCU-ACC Secretary

Mfundo Jabulani Msimango is a second-year PhD student in Applied Linguistics and African Studies at Penn State University. His research interests focus on language and literacy in multilingual contexts in Southern Africa. Additionally, Mfundo serves as a Coordinator for the Penn State Global Virtual Forum.

DaQuan Lawrence
DaQuan Lawrence

Alumni Officer 

DaQuan Lawrence is an international journalist, human rights activist, educator and African Studies Ph.D. candidate at Howard University with experience covering international issues impacting Africa and its diaspora. Lawrence currently contributes to The AFRO Newspaper, served as the 2023-2024 News & Politics Editor for The Hilltop, and is an alumnus of the 2022-2023 HBCU-ACC Cohort.

2024 HBCU Participants

Tatiana Allen
Tatiana Allen

Tatiana Allen is a journalism student attending Howard University. She has written for the NYU Spectrum, Howard University News Service, and her blog, Sipping with Tati. She has delved into the realms of fashion brands, business insights, and digital literacy within her recent articles. She has an interest in covering international affairs that affect civilians within the African diaspora. She aspires to be an investigative journalist specializing in global news. A communications major, she is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

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Mya Hall
Mya Hall

Mya Hall is a freshman Public Relations major from Georgetown, Guyana. She is a reporter for the Variety Section at The Hilltop, the student newspaper of Howard University. Hall has covered issues both on and off campus dealing with student life and the international student experience. Passionate about the diverse narratives people of various backgrounds have to offer, she hopes to educate the masses about the nuances of the black experience in the Caribbean, and the world at large. Hall aspires to become a professional in the field of public relations and leave her mark on the world.

Babajide Tella
Babajide Tella

Babajide Tella is a doctoral student in the Political Science Department at Howard University. He is interested in African politics, political representation, political institutions, women in politics, democratization, and development studies. Babajide is an alumnus of The University of Ibadan, Nigeria (Bachelor's degrees in Political Science and Master's degree in International Relations).

2024 Non-HBCU Participants

Nkululeko Ndlovu
Nkululeko Ndlovu

(Stellenbosch)

Nkululeko is a journalism honours student at Stellenbosch University. Nkululeko is also a freelance photographer and plans to incorporate this into his career of conflict reporting and photojournalism.

Enzokuhle Sabela
Enzokuhle Sabela

(Durban - DUT)

Enzokuhle Sabela is final year Bachelor of Journalism Student at the Durban University of Technology. He hosts, The South African Conversation, a politics podcast. His work has appeared in the Mail and Guardian. He is actively involved in Tomorrow’s Leaders on Training, a program that aims to train the future leaders of South Africa.

2024 Spring Participants

Faith Awotho
Faith Awotho

Faith Awotho is a student at Howard University studying International Affairs. They are currently interested in supranational and intergovernmental structures, and in the future, they plan to pursue scholarship on the persistence of structural hierarchy across post-modern institutions. As a long-time storyteller from the state of Vermont, their previous works use digital media and collaborative art to examine rural experiences. 

Oluwatobi Osobukola-Abubu
Oluwatobi Osobukola-Abubu

Oluwatobi Osobukola-Abubu is a doctoral student of the Department of African Studies. She has in the course of her graduate research, worked with the DC Human Trafficking Task Force Committee (HTTF) to sensitive students and staff at the Howard Law School and the Howard University Hospital on the identification and provision of support to victims of human trafficking. She has an interest in writing commentaries on trafficking-related issues. 

Sam-Dennis-Otieno
Sam Dennis Otien

Sam Dennis Otieno is a dual-title PhD student in the Departments of Comparative Literature and African Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. He is interested in various forms of African literary and cultural expressions. He is an alumnus of the University of Nairobi, Kenya and has written for The Standard and Daily Nation newspapers in Kenya, as well as Music in Africa.

2024 Summer Participants

Salient-Aminu
Salient Aminu

(Witwatersrand)

Salient Aminu is an Honours International Relations student at the University of Witwatersrand. She has a passion for fostering global cooperation and understanding.

Thuto Kgosiemang
Thuto Kgosiemang

(Witwatersrand)

Thuto Kgosiemang is a University of Cape Town graduate currently pursuing a BA Joint Honours Degree in International Relations and Politics at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.

Thato Makwela
Thato Makwela

(Witwatersrand)

My name is Thato Makwela. I am a student at the University of the Witwatersrand. I'm currently studying for my honours in International Relations with a specialization in gender studies, empire studies and media studies. I am highly interested in the world International, particularly in matters of African development, regionalism, immigration, advocacy, and humanitarian issues.

Ezra Mendel
Ezra Mendel

(Witwatersrand)

Ezra Mendel is an International Relations Honours candidate at the University of the Witwatersrand. Separately, he is a constitutional advocacy intern at the FW de Klerk Foundation.

Thandolwethu Shisa
Thandolwethu Shisa

(Witwatersrand)

Thandolwethu Shisa is a Golden Key Award recipient who holds a Bachelor's Degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of Pretoria. Thandolwethu is currently completing an Honours Degree in International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand. 

Tasneem Vania
Tasneem Vania

(Witwatersrand)

Tasneem Vania is an international relations honor student at the University of Witwatersrand. She was recognized as the most outstanding student in the field of international relations across all three years of her undergraduate studies.

Advisors

Phiwo-Mnyandu
Phiwokuhle Mnyandu

Phiwokuhle Mnyandu is an established policy pundit, he is best known for his appearances on BBC World News and VOA Straight Talk Africa. 

Michael Walsh
Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh is a well-known foreign policy commentator, he served as a Subcommittee Chair on the Biden Defense Working Group during the 2020 presidential campaign. 

Program

MENTORS

Bernard Mwinzi
Managing Editor
Nation Media Group
Kenya

David Ovalle
Health & Science Report
Washington Post
United States

AWARDS

Analytic Journalism Course

  • Audience Assignment - Mya Hall (Checklist), Akofa Bruce (Poster)
  • Issue Redefinition Assignment - Oluwatobi Osobukola (Framework), Faith Awotho (Poster)

ASSIGNMENTS

Judge Julia Sebutinde’s Dissent in South Africa vs Israel (2023)
Participant: Faith Awotho
Assignment: Audience Checklist

Artificial Intelligence in Kenyan Universities
Participant: Sam Otieno
Assignment: Issue Redefinition Framework 

White Genocide Narrative
Participant: Tatiana Allen
Assignment: Issue Redefinition Framework 

Support for Militias in Eastern Congo
Participant: Nkululeko Ndlovu
Assignment: Issue Redefinition Framework 

South African General Election 2024
Participant: Enzokuhle Sabela
Assignment: Issue Redefinition Framework 

Ghanaian Artifacts Taken During the Anglo-Ashanti Wars
Participant: Akofa Bruce
Assignment: Issue Redefinition Framework 

Effect of African Women Judges on Legal Precedent
Participant: Faith Awotho
Assignment: Issue Redefinition Framework 

U.S. Efforts to Counter Extremism and Terrorism in the Sahel
Participant: Babajide Tella
Assignment: Issue Redefinition Framework

Countering Human Trafficking In Nigeria
Participant: Oluwatobi Osobukola-Abubu
Assignment: Issue Redefinition Framework 

EVENTS

Confronting Bias and Stating Assumptions in International Reporting

April 21, 2022 | 2:30 pm ET
Zoom Meeting

Roundtable discussion with Ellen Iones of Vox about the ways in which foreign correspondents confront bias and make explicit their assumptions.

This event is open to students accepted into the 2024 cohort.

 

Interviewing Diplomatic Staff Posted in Authoritarian States

April 7, 2022 | 3:15 pm ET
Zoom Meeting

Roundtable discussion with Ambassador (Ret.) Charles Ray of the Foreign Policy Research Institute about the relationship between the press corps and the diplomatic corps in authoritarian countries.

This event is open to students accepted into the 2024 cohort.

 

Interviewing Subject Matter Experts at Inter-Governmental Organizations

April 7, 2022 | 3:00 pm ET
Zoom Meeting

Roundtable discussion with Stephen Porter of the World Bank about the relationship between the press corps and the professional staff of inter-governmental organizations.

This event is open to students accepted into the 2024 cohort.

 

Kickoff Event for HBCU-Africa Correspondents Corps

March 15, 2024 | 1:00 pm ET
Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center, Howard University

Kickoff event for this year's cohort of the HBCU-Africa Correspondents Corps. 

This event is open to students accepted into the 2024 cohort and interested students who are not yet part of the Corps.

 

Info Session for HBCU-Africa Correspondents Corps

January 23, 2024 | 1:00 pm ET
Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center, Howard University

Are you a student or graduate student who wants to pursue a career as a foreign correspondent? Do you have a passion for African affairs? If so, then consider applying for this year's cohort of the HBCU-Africa Correspondents Corps. 

This event is open to interested students.

PHOTOS

HBCU-Africa Correspondents Corps 2024: Oluwatobi Osobukola, Michael Walsh, Akofa Bruce, Faith Awotho
Michael Walsh (HBCU-ACC Advisor) with Oluwatobi Osobukola, Akofa Bruce, and Faith Awotho (2024 HBCU-ACC Cohort).
Krista Johnson (CfAS Director), Phiwokuhle Mnyandu (CfAS Assistant Director), and Michael Walsh (HBCU-ACC Advisor) deliver briefing on the HBCU-Africa Correspondents Corps to the Mozambique International Visitor Leadership Program.
Krista Johnson (CfAS Director), Phiwokuhle Mnyandu (CfAS Assistant Director), and Michael Walsh (HBCU-ACC Advisor) deliver briefing on the HBCU-Africa Correspondents Corps to the Mozambique International Visitor Leadership Program.
Michael Walsh (HBCU-ACC Advisor) with the Mozambique International Visitor Leadership Program at the Meridian International Center.
Michael Walsh (HBCU-ACC Advisor) with the Mozambique International Visitor Leadership Program at the Meridian International Center.
 "Speaking Truth to Power" event with South African Minister Dr. Grace Naledi Mandisa Pandor at Howard University on March 20, 2024
Akofa Bruce (2024 HBCU-ACC Cohort) covered the "Speaking Truth to Power" event with South African Minister Dr. Grace Naledi Mandisa Pandor at Howard University on March 20, 2024. DaQuan Lawrence (2022-2023 HBCU-ACC Cohort) was a panelist for the event, which was a part of the HU Center for African Studies' South African Democracy at 30 Lecture Series, commemorating 30 years of democracy in South Africa.

DISCUSSIONS

NEWS

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Contact

Michael Walsh
Advisor, HBCU-Africa Correspondents Corps
Center for African Studies, Howard University
michael.walsh@howard.edu