CALL FOR PAPERS Journal of West African History Special Issue: 60th Anniversary of Ghana and Nigeria Independence

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Journal of West African History, Volume 5, Issue 1 (March 2019): Special Issue: 60th Anniversary of Ghana and Nigeria Independence

Founding Editor-in-chief: Nwando Achebe

Associate Editors: Hilary Jones and John Thabiti Willis

Book Review Editor: Harry Odamtten


The Journal of West African History (JWAH) is a new interdisciplinary peer-reviewed research journal that publishes the highest quality articles on West African history. Located at the cutting edge of new scholarship on the social, cultural, economic, and political history of West Africa, JWAH fills a representational gap by providing a forum for serious scholarship and debate on women and gender, sexuality, slavery, oral history, popular and public culture, and religion. The editorial board encourages authors to explore a wide range of topical, theoretical, methodological, and empirical perspectives in new and exciting ways. The journal is committed to rigorous thinking and analysis; is international in scope; and offers a critical intervention about knowledge production. Scholarly reviews of current books in the field appear in every issue. And the publication is in both English and French; an abstract in both languages will be provided. Michigan State University Press publishes JWAH.


2017 and 2020 will mark the 60th anniversaries of independence from British colonial rule in Ghana (1957) and Nigeria (1960).  In honor of these momentous occasions, the Journal for West African History (JWAH), published by Michigan State University Press, invites scholars to submit papers that commemorate the 60th anniversaries of the independence of Ghana or Nigeria. We are particularly interested in papers that speak to the aspirations, achievements, setbacks, and problems associated with independence and its aftermath. Please see submission guidelines for detailed expectations. Review essays (not exceeding 1,000 words) should engage the interpretation, meaning, or importance of an author’s argument for a wider scholarly audience. See what we have available for review on our Books for Review page. Please contact our book review editor at for more information.

Manuscripts should be submitted online at The deadline for the receipt of papers is January 31, 2018. All articles will undergo a double blind peer review, and those accepted for publication will appear in a special issue of JWAH, volume 5, issue 1, scheduled for publication in March 2019.