Announcing the Establishment of African Development Research Consortium (ADRC)

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September 26, 2017
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African History / Studies

About African Development Research Consortium

African Development Research Consortium (ADRC) is a non-governmental and not-for-profit organization devoted to research into the Developmental issues on the African continent. It is a platform for African and Diaspora scholars to cross-fertilize ideas on the new initiatives and research foci aimed at lifting Africa from the abyss of poverty, inequality and underdevelopment. ADRC is an avenue for training the young and new generation of African students and early career scholars on the new paradigms and emerging trends in humanistic and scientific research, with the aim of moving the African developmental trajectories to a new direction characterized by economic progress and growth. It is a vehicle for revolutionalising social policy in Africa and restructuring welfare provision among African states as well as suggesting ways in which African states should think and function in terms of a comprehensive obligation for securing long-term national well-being and development. It functions to deepen democratization and economic reform in Africa. It is a podium for observing African social realities as well as dealing with the task of explaining and interpreting the efforts at surpassing the developmental challenges with which Africa is faced.

The Rationale of ADRC

The establishment of ADRC is hinged on the understanding that:

  1. The cacophony of voices on Africa's development efforts has not led to an emerging consensus or conclusion on the ideas to solve the continent's lingering problems. Other than supplying a list of problems, the solutions are always debated and contested with one recommendation cancelling the other. Thus there is a permanent state not just of discordant development, but of the discordant narratives of development (Toyin Falola, 2017).
  2. The preponderance of religiosity and romanticism in post-colonial African societies as well as in African Universities has created a situation in which phenomena are explained in theological and personal idioms with little or no recourse to science and the circumstances in which people live. This “rejection of science and reason is a part to decline and stagnation” (Barrack Obama 2016).
  3. The collaboration and development-driven research among African scholars will create a crop of thinkers and leaders capable of pointing at a new direction that will take Africa out of its current pathologies of knowledge, of development and of power.
  4. African continent is more likely to advance where there is profound humanistic and scientific information and knowledge.


To promote research and development for Africa


The missions of ADRC are, among other things, to:

  1. Stimulate African and Diaspora scholars to resolve the following issues: the choice of ideologies, the choice of development options, the choice of development outcomes, and the choice of appropriate disciplines, with a view to harmonizing the options in order to be less discordant.
  2. Provide a platform for African scholars to begin the process of transiting from dis-harmonies to harmonies, from the discomforting narratives to the realistic ones, including the discussions on the indices of progress and matrix of evaluation in relation to time, resources and governance capabilities (Toyin Falola, 2017).
  3. Provide an alternative conversation of knowledge production on Africa, most especially, the idea of African rising and African renaissance
  4. Provide an alternative platform for scientific and rational intellectual discourses in African universities and larger societies, in order to attenuate, compliment or replace the growing preponderance of religiosity and romanticism.
  5. Build and harness local capacities for conducting cutting-edge research into the developmental challenges facing African countries
  6. Build the African youth and prepare them for taking up the leadership positions in their various countries

Programs and Activities of ADRC

Research: ADRC engages in cutting-edge research on topical developmental issues on the African continent.

Publication: ADRC publishes the outcome of its members’ research efforts in the form of journals, books, monographs, pamphlets, and articles.

Capacity Building: ADRC organizes workshops on research methodologies, manuscript development and article writing with a view to building human and intellectual capacity within the African continent

Youth Development: ADRC creates the platform for deepening the status of young people as key actors in Africa’s development initiatives, with a view to enhancing their participation in development-driven research as well as encouraging and promoting youth volunteerism in Africa.

Conferences and Workshops: ADRC organizes periodic conferences, symposia and workshops as avenues for cross-fertilizing ideas among scholars of African and Diaspora studies.

Scientific Research: ADRC sponsors and launches scientific research on the assumption that the promotion of knowledge of science and technology will enhance and sustain the idea of African rising and accelerated development.

Management Team

Dr. Olisa Godson Muojama, University of Ibadan, Team Leader

Dr. Temitope Oriola, University of Alberta, Canada—member

Dr. Bridget Teboh, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, USA—Member

Dr. Hlengiwe Portia Dlamini, University of the Free State, South Africa—Member

Dr. Christian Madubuko, University of New England, Armidale, Australia—Member

Editorial Board

Professor Nicodemus Awason, University of Swaziland

Professor Fallou Ngom, Boston University, MA, USA

Dr. Saheed Aderinto, Western Carolina University, USA

Dr. Tim Livsey, Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom

Dr. Willie Eselebor, University of Ibadan

Legal Team

Prof. (Bar.) C.B.N. Ogbogbo, University of Ibadan

Prof Avitus A. Agbor, North-West University, Mafikeng Campus, South Africa

Dr. Uchenna Jerome Orji, African Centre for Cyberlaw and Cyber-crime Prevention, United Nations African Institute for the Prevention of Crime and Treatment of Offenders, Kampala, Uganda

Fund-raising Committee

Solomon Onyango, The Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Kenya

Nwachukwu Uzoamaka, University of Ibadan

God’s Gift C. Nwanagu, University of Ibadan

Abioye Abiodun Emmanuel, University of Ibadan

Adeyemi Timilehin, University of Ibadan

Ihuoma Chinonso, University of Ibadan

Ooreoluwa Morakinyo, University of Ibadan

Adeogun Owolabi, University of Ibadan

Media Team

Edmund Obilo

CEO Africa, Media Partner

Conference, Workshop, and Seminar Committee

Dr. O.G. Muojama, University of Ibadan

Dr. Mjiba Frehiwot, University of Ghana

Dr. Edouard Epiphane Yogo, University of Yapunde II-SOA/Cameroon

Chiamaka Vivian Ejezie, University of Ibadan

Sochi Rachel Ogbonna, University of Ibadan

Mathew O. Ayodele, University of Ibadan

Alesi Alesi, University of Ibadan

Technical, Graphic and Design

Engr. Vitus Madudimnaka, National Open University, Nigeria

Engr. MaryAnn Harrison, University of Ibadan

Chinemelum Akutaekwe, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka

Announcements and News

The Launch of ADRC will take place in September 2017

Workshop on Research Methodology and Article writing, November 2017

An International Conference on “Religion and Development in Africa” will take place in April 2018

An International Conference on “Economic Governance and Africa’s Economic Transformation”, October 2018


ADRC is made up of African and Diaspora scholars in all fields of study, who share the visions and missions of the Consortium and have interest in the uplifting and development of the African continent.

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