Book Discussion: Africa’s Peacemakers: Nobel Peace Laureates of African Descent (Zed Books)

Edited by Adekeye Adebajo

 Speaker: Dr. Adekeye Adebajo

Chair: Dr. Funmi Olonisakin

 As Africa and its Diaspora commemorate 50 years of post-independence Pan Africanism, this unique volume examines critical lessons of peacemaking, socio economic justice, women’s rights, environmental protection, and nuclear disarmament from the 13 prominent individuals of African descent who have won the Nobel Peace Prize since 1950. The book assesses the first American president of African descent, Barack Obama, whose career was inspired by the civil rights and anti-apartheid struggles promoted by fellow Nobel Peace laureates Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, and Albert Luthuli. Key lessons for peacemaking are drawn from figures such as Ralph Bunche, Anwar Sadat, Kofi Annan, and F.W. De Klerk; as well as lessons for women’s rights, environmental protection, and nuclear disarmament from Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee, Wangari Maathai, and Mohamed El-Baradei.

Venue and date:

In the Strand Bridge House Conference room (on the minus 2 floor), Strand Bridge building, Strand, London WC2R 2LS

Wednesday 5th March 2014

13.30- 15:00


There will also be books available for purchase at the event. Spaces are limited so please confirm attendance with Nayanka Perdigao, perdigao.nayanka@kcl.ac.uk; 0207 848 1984.


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