Announcing Journal of West African History, Volume III, Issue II

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African History / Studies, Anthropology, Women's & Gender History / Studies, Social Sciences, Slavery

Announcing Journal of West African History, Volume III, Issue II

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 an 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. JWAH is published by Michigan State University Press.


Editor’s Note

Nwando Achebe, Uwa Umu-Nwanyi—The World of Women, The World of Women’s Children”



  1. Timothy Dwight Nevin, “In Search of the Historical Madam Suakoko: Liberia’s Renowned Female Kpelle Chief.”
  2. Andrew Apter, “Queer Crossings: Kinship, Gender and Sexuality in Igboland and Carriacou.”
  3. Jacqueline-Bethel Mougoue, “Intellectual Housewives, Journalism, and Anglophone Nationalism in Cameroon, 1961-1972.”



  1. Lisa A. Lindsay, “Male Daughters, Female Husbands at Thirty.”
  2. Leslie Hadfield, “Understanding African Marriage and Family Relations from South Africa to the United States.”
  3. Assan Sarr and Marion Mendy, “The Ambiguity of Gender: Ifi Amadiume and The Writing of Gender History in Igboland.”
  4. Lorelle Semley, “When We Discovered Gender: A Retrospective on Ifi Amadiume’s Male Daughters, Female Husbands: Gender and Sex in African Society.”
  5. Abosede George, “A Philosopher with a Plan: Reflections on Ifi Amadiume, Female Husbands, Male Daughters: Gender and Sex in an African Society.”
  6. Ifi Amadiume, “Gender Field Experience, Method and Theory.”


The Teaching Scholar

  1. Judith Byfield, “Becoming Classic: “Sitting on a Man” at Forty-Five.”
  2. Akosua Adomako Ampofo, “Sitting on a Man: Forty Years Later.”
  3. Ndubueze L. Mbah, “Judith Van Allen, ‘Sitting on a Man,’ and the Foundation of Igbo Women’s Studies.”
  4. Denise Walsh, “Making it Ethical to Study Africa: The Enduring Legacies of ‘Sitting on a Man.’”
  5. Emily Osborn, “Man Sitting with Judith Van Allen.”
  6. Lynda Day, “Judith Van Allen and the Impact of Her Article, “’Sitting on a Man’: Colonialism and the Lost Political Institutions of Igbo Women” in the Classroom.”
  7. Judith VanAllen, “Politics and the Writing of Sitting on a Man.”


Book Reviews

  1. Shi’i Cosmopolitanisms in Africa: Lebanese Migration and Religious Conversion in Senegal, reviewed by Shobana Shankar.
  2. Africa and France: Postcolonial Cultures, Migration, and Racism, reviewed by Abou B. Bamba.
  3. “Life Not Worth Living”:  Nigerian Petitions Reflecting an African Societies Experiences During World War II, reviewed by Oliver Coates.



The editorial board invites scholars to submit original article-length manuscripts (not exceeding 10,000 words including endnotes) accompanied by an abstract that summarizes the argument and significance of the work. Review essays should engage the interpretation, meaning, or importance of an author’s argument for a wider scholarly audience. Please contact our Book Review Editor at for more information. Manuscripts be submitted here.



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