Announcing Journal of West African History, Volume IV, Issue I

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Michigan, United States
Subject Fields: 
African History / Studies, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Islamic History / Studies, Public Health, Religious Studies and Theology

Announcing Journal of West African History, Volume IV, Issue I

Founding Editor-in-chief: Nwando Achebe
Associate 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, “Azubuike—The Past Is Our Strength”

1. Alessandra Brivio, “Gorovodu: The Genesis of a “Hausa Vodun”

2. Naaborko Sackeyfio-Lenoch, “Women’s International Alliances in an Emergent Ghana”
3. Jan Jansen, Graeme Counsel and Brahima Camara “Sex, Drugs, and Female Agency: Why Siramori Diabaté's Song “Nanyuman” Was Such a Success in Mali and Guinea”

4. Jennifer Lofkrantz, “Intellectual Traditions, Education, and Jihad: The (Non)Parallels between the Sokoto and Boko Haram Jihads”

5. Tamba E. M'bayo, “Ebola, Poverty, Economic Inequity and Social Injustice in Sierra Leone”

Book Reviews
1. John N. Oriji, Political Organization in Nigeria since the Late Stone Age: A History of the Igbo People, Reviewed by Ndubueze Mbah

2. Mary Kingsley, Travels in West Africa by Mary Kingsley, Reviewed by David Amponsah

3. Kwame Essien, Brazilian-African Diaspora in Ghana: The Tabom, Slavery, Dissonance of Memory, Identity, and Locating Home by Kwame Essien Visual Arts, Reviewed by Juan Diego Diaz

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.



Contact Info: 

Dr. Nwando Achebe, Editor-in-Chief
Michigan State University
141D Old Horticulture Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824


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