Yoruba Club 21, a Columbus-based socio-cultural group for people of Yoruba descent from Nigeria, has donated $15,000 to the Owomoyela Yoruba Studies Fund at The Ohio State University. The fund was established in honor of Professor Oyekan Owomoyela, a noted Yoruba studies scholar and philanthropist.
Vice Provost for Global Strategies and International Affairs William Brustein has selected Kelechi Kalu as the next Associate Provost for Global Strategies and International Affairs at Ohio State. Subject to approval by the Ohio State’s Board of Trustees, his appointment is effective July 1, 2012. Kalu is currently the director of the Center for African Studies and a professor of African American and African Studies at Ohio State. Dieter Wanner, the current Associate Provost, will retire at the end of June. Until then, he will continue to work with the Office of International Affairs to ensure a smooth transition in leadership.
Dr. Ali Mazrui, a scholar of African and Islamic Studies spoke to Columbus professionals at the “Islam in Africa’s Experience: Expansion, Revival & Radicalization” luncheon on February 23, 2012. Dr. Mazrui, a professor at Binghamton University, was named in the top 100 public intellectuals alive in 2005 by Foreign Policy journal and the British Journal - Prospect. He described the long history of Islam in Africa, dating back to the time of the Prophet when Muslims fled religious persecution in the Arabian Peninsula and sought refuge in Ethiopia. He provided insight into issues ranging from Boko Haram in Nigeria, religious tolerance in Senegal, the situation in Somalia and Muslim radicalism. He pointed to the West for creating the resentment that fuels radical Muslims, but noted that “only a minority are prepared to use violence.” He closed with optimistic remarks about the future of Christianity and Islam and their harmonious roles in government and society.