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African Studies Annual Teachers' Workshop 2022
African Cities Across the Curriculum: People, Power, and Cultures

Saturday, November 12, 12pm-5pm ET

The ASA Outreach Council hosted its virtual annual teachers' workshop once again last November, 2022 in conjunction with the African Studies Association's annual meeting in Philadelphia, PA. Learn more about the workshop below and hover over the event schedule to view the available recorded sessions. 


The Teachers’ Workshop invites K-12 teachers to engage with African cities, as a place and a concept. The theme of cities offers concrete ways to bring Africa into K-12 classrooms. Teachers attending the online workshop will have opportunities to:

  • Examine the long history of urbanism in Africa, and learn about the historical development and importance of African cities in enabling societies to thrive, accumulate wealth, and lead technological innovation.

  • Identify the types of cities that are found throughout the continent and their local specificities and regional networks, including port cities, island cities, trade cities among other types of cities.

  • Discuss crucial questions about African cities in the context of the climate crisis and learn about the struggles people are waging for sustainable futures.

  • Hear from children and youth literature authors (or hear about children’s and youth literatures that bring diverse social and historical perspectives on African cities.

  • Reflect on ways to introduce themes related to African cities to your classrooms.


We align our sessions for teachers with the annual meeting conference theme which importantly reminds us that:

  • Africa counts the fastest urban growth in the world, with an overwhelmingly youthful population, expected to double in 30 years’ time. 

  • To think Africa is to think cities, in terms of private and public spaces, sustainable and healthy spaces with rural and pastoral dwellers, which sustain cities and nations in many ways.

  • To think African cities is to think innovation, experimentation, technological advances, and creativity.

  • Cities were important to Africa’s pasts. Cities will continue to impact and shape the futures of urban and rural global Africa. Historical and archaeological sources attest that dynamic cities have existed in Africa since ancient times. 

  • Cities influenced the dispersion, mobility, and circulation of African peoples; disseminated their cultures and technologies globally.

  • Cities interconnected African peoples and polities, notably in the Indian Ocean, the Mediterranean, and Atlantic worlds.

View Recordings Below

Workshop Schedule

12:00pm ET: Introduction & Welcome Remarks with ASA President: Ousseina Alidou

12:10pm ET: Keynote | How to Engage with African Cities? Thinking Through the Lens of Multiplicity and Sustainability with Dawit Benti (Recording)

12:50pm ET: Curriculum Facilitation Introduction with
Educator Lesina Martin

1:10pm ET: A Message from Activist Evelyn Acham: "The Future of African Cities"


1:45-2:35PM ET

Bridging the Class Divide in Accra: The Novels of Ghanaian authors Mamle Wolo and Elizabeth-Irene Baitie

With authors Elizabeth-Irene Baitie and Mamle Wolo

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2:40-3:25PM ET

Pan African Cosmopolitanism in Popular Cultural Expression

With Dr. Isaac Kalumbu and Adeyinka Alasade

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3:35-4:25PM ET

Benin as a Window into the Complexity of West Africa

With Madison Aubey

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4:30-5:00PM ET

Curriculum Session: Social Studies & History

With Lesina Martin

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:45-2:35PM ET

African Cosmopolitanism: Fashion, Photography, and Identity

With Dr. Tavy Aherne 

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2:40-3:25PM ET

The Timbuktu Manuscripts

With Dr. Abdel Kader Haidara

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3:35-4:25PM ET

A Discussion on Idia of the Benin Kingdom

Ekiuwa Aire and  Dr. Tavy Aherne

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4:30-5:00PM ET

Curriculum Session: 


With Leana McLean

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5:00pm ET: Closing Session | Reflections and Lessons Learned
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