The Eighth Toyin Falola Annual International Conference on Africa and the African Diaspora (TOFAC)

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July 3, 2018 to July 5, 2018
Subject Fields: 
African History / Studies, Human Rights, Public Policy, Women's & Gender History / Studies

The Eighth Toyin Falola Annual International Conference on Africa and the African Diaspora (TOFAC)

In Collaboration With

The United States International University-Africa (USIU)

Nairobi, Kenya

July 2, 2018 (Arrival)

July 6, 2018 (Departure)

Venue:  Kenya School of Monetary Studies

Nairobi, Kenya

Conference email:

Conference Convener:  Professor Cassandra Veney


Conference Description:  The future of African people is in Africa and beyond.  This conference seeks to capture Africa's process of innovating the future for itself based on a progressive embrace of what Africa is:  young, productive, optimistic, and endowed in a state of transformation that is not only confident about itself but also unapologetic about its global outlook.  Africa is moving beyond its historical tribulations and assertions of its greatness to a more conscious and dynamic agency for itself and its future.  In this reconfiguration, it is creating an enabling setting for African innovations and sustainable development as well as domestic, global, and diaspora transformations that seek to capture this growing agency.

Africa is clearly redefining itself as the driver of its destiny by harnessing the productive energies of its ample youth, capitalizing on the synergies of its diaspora, and making peace with the necessity of forging alliances within Africa and globally.

Conference Subthemes:

  • Communication, innovation, and development in Africa
  • Business management and revitalization in Africa
  • Enterprise innovation
  • Economic development, trade, and natural resources
  • Emerging trends in Africa-Diaspora partnerships
  • Reimaging Pan-Africanism
  • Immigration, remittances, and the African economy
  • Africa and China relations
  • Africa and globalization
  • Development and technology trends in Africa
  • Innovations in sustainability in Africa
  • Agriculture (food crop production, modern farming methods, and deforestation)
  • Effects of foreign aid on the development of African states
  • Health and Africa--neglected tropical diseases, health technologies relevant to Africa
  • Africa and international policymaking
  • Gender, youth, and transformations in Africa
  • Cultural dynamism and the creative arts in 21st century African development
  • Environmental isues in Africa
  • The role of languages in education in Africa
  • Renaissance of African philosophy--restoring the stolen legacy
  • Human rights, democracy, and leadership issues in Africa and the diaspora

Submission of Abstract Proposals:  The deadline to submit abstract proposals is February 15, 2018.  Proposals should include a 250-word abstract, title of the paper, author's name, address, telephone number, email, and institutional affiliation.  Abstracts must be submitted online through the conference website that particicpants can access through USIU's website:  http://www.usiu.research/conferences.

Conference Outcomes:  Full papers are due after the conference by August 30, 2018.  Selected conference papers after presentation and duly corrected by their authors will be peer-reviewed and published by a major international publisher.

Registration Fee:  There is a mandatory non-refundable registration fee of $200.00 for participants based in North America, Europe, and Asia; $150.00 for participants based in Africa; $100.00 for graduate students.  The fee must be paid immediately after an abstract is accepted.  The registration fee for those who attend the conference but do not present papers is $100.00.  This registration deadline is June 25, 2018.

The registration fee includes:  admission to all panels and workshops, 3 course buffet lunch, 2 tea/coffee breaks per day, and 2 bottles (half litre) of mineral water per participant per day.

Modes of Payment: Participants can pay by wire transfer, bank deposit, and Mpesa for those in Kenya.  Wire transfers and bank deposits can be done through the following:

Commercial Bank of Kenya, LTD

Upper Hill Branch, Mara & Ragati Road

P.O. Box 30437-00100

Nairobi, Kenya

Telephone:  +254 (0)20-2884000/2734555

Fax:  +254(0)20-2734616

Current Account Number:  6438840014 (for KSH)

Current Account Number:  6462210014 (for USD)

Account Name:  USIU or U.S. International University

Swift Code:  CBAFKENX

Intermediary Bank:  JP Morgan Chase Bank, New York

Swift Code:  CHASU33

Routing Number:  02000021

Mpesa Payments:

Go to Mpesa menu

Select lipa na Mpesa and then pay bill

USIU pay bill number 516900

Account number:  USIU or other ID/name and "TOFAC" press send

Hotel Rates:  The following are recommended hotels.  These are rates provided by the hotels.  Participants may find lower rates on various travel sites.

The Luke Hotel

$32.00-$37.00 (single)

$46.00-52.00 (double)

$52.00-$62.00 (twin)

The above rates are for Kenyan residents; non-resident rates add 50%

Telephone:  +254 0 700 878787



Lotos Hotel and Suites

$96.00 (single)

$130.00 (double)

Telephone:  +254 0727 168169



Hotel La Mada

$140.00 (single deluxe)

$90.00 (twin sharing)

$250.00 (executive suite)

Telephone:  +254 0 20 8561041



Safari Park Hotel

$210.00 (standard single)

$250.00 (standard double)

$250.00 (junior suite single)

$290.00 (junior suite double)

Telephone:  +254 0 20 3633000



Ground Transportation:  Transportation will be provided to and from the above hotels to the conference venue and USIU.

Excursions/Safaris:  Participants will have the opportunity to visit attractions such as the Nairobi National Museum, Nairobi National Park, and the Bomas of Kenya and to go on nearby safaris.  Details on costs and departures will be provided on the conference website.













Contact Info: 

Cassandra Veney

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