AP Experts

AP Experts is composed of a group of dynamic, highly motivated and committed young intellectuals from various African countries and beyond with a keen interest in the research and problematisation of Africa-related issues. Coming from different academic fields and trained in and outside Africa, they have accrued both solid theoretical and practical experiences which enable them to critically tackle and advise on the burning issues related to African socio-political and economic life from various constructive angles. Their profiles reveal more about their multifaceted domains of expertise. You can be part of AP Experts  by sending an email stating your motivation for joining together with a short biography (not more than 100 words) and your CV to membership@africapoliticum.org

Ibrahim Bachir

Ibrahim is a member of the NIGER CENTER for Strategic Studies. He previously worked at the Thint Tank and the new agency based in Ankara. Ibrahim Bachir is currently pursuing his doctoral studies at the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS) in Germany. He holds a Master's and a Bachelor's degree in International Relations. His research focuses on Turkish foreign policy towards Africa and security issues in the Sahel. 

Zra Kodji
Zra (he/him) is originally from Northern Cameroon. He was Teacher for German as Foreign Language attached to the Cameroonian Ministry of Secondary Education.  He worked as freelance Tourist Guide in Cameroon for the tourism and travel agencies: SAFARI KIRDI (Cameroon), OASE REISEN, IVORY TOURS (Germany). Zra Kodji holds Bachelor in German studies and Secondary and High school teacher’s Diploma. He is currently completing his Master Study “Language-interaction-Culture” at University of Bayreuth (Germany).

His fields of interest are: Education; Tourism in central Africa; religious, linguistic and ethnic minorities. 

Seyni Mamoudou Ibrahim
Seyni did his schooling in Niamey before enrolling at Abdou Moumouni University where he obtained his Bachelor's degree in 2015 and his Master's degree in 2017. As a student at the University of Ljubljana from 2017 to 2018 as part of the Erasmus+ program, he studied ethnology. Since October 2019, he is a doctoral student at the Bayreuth International Graduate Sochool of African Studies (BIGSAS) where he is conducting research on interreligious dialogue in Niger.  Interested in politics and security issues, he leads reflections on public policies and interactions between military and the civil population. 

Ngozi Edeagu
Ngozi is a 2019 DAAD GSSP PhD candidate in African History at the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS), University of Bayreuth. She has over 8 years of experience in primary, secondary and higher education covering teaching, research and school administration in Nigeria. This work includes preparatory teaching for final examinations and being a member of the Senior Leadership Team at a COBIS (Council of British International Schools) primary school in Abuja, Nigeria. Her work in the education industry won her a Excellence Award in 2015. She is currently on study leave from the Department of History and Strategic Studies, Alex Ekwueme Federal University in Nigeria where she has taught undergraduate history and has been an undergraduate student advisor since 2015. 

Odile Woni

Odile is currently running a Master degree in Kultur und Gesellschaft Afrikas (Bayreuth University). She is scholarship holder of Heinrich-Böll foundation. Her Master thesis will be on the cotton production and farmers participation in agricultural politics in Burkina Faso. She has a Bachelor in Germanististik and is therefore trained as German teacher at high school level gymnasium.
Her fields of interest include: Development questions related to Africa, African framers in the economic globalization, women empowerment in Africa, (In)security issues in the sahel zone, education system in francophone countries in subsaharan African countries. Odile is member of the Executive Committee of AP.
Contact : woniodile@yahoo.fr 

Hanza Diman

Hanza is the founder and Executive Director of Africa Politicum.
 He holds a M.A. in Political History and is currently finalising his PhD on the history of firewood and charcoal  as  domestic fuel in Lome (Togo) at the Chairs of African    History and Culture and Technology in Africa at Bayreuth University and the Bayreuth International Graduate School      of African Studies (BIGSAS). He won the DAAD-Prize 2020 for his commitment within and beyond research.
Besides his research themes, Hanza is also profoundly interested in intra-African socio political and economic  dynamics, the broad political and economic relations between Westafrican French speaking countries ( especially Togo/ Benin) and the EU (mainly the Scandinavian states).


Orhero Ansel Omamuyovwi

Orhero holds a Bachelor of Science degree, with honours, in Economics & Statistics from the University of Benin in Nigeria.  He is currently a Master of Arts candidate in History and Economics at the University of Bayreuth, with a specialization in Quantitative Economic History.     Prior to commencing graduate studies, he worked as a Research Assistant with the Directorate of Research and Statistics of the Economic  Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, Abuja, Nigeria. Whilst at ECOWAS, he was a part of the ECOWAS-UNECA team that developed the ECOWAS Statbase and participated in the ECOWAS-ILO workshop for the development of a sub-regional decent work programme for the ECOWAS region.   Mr. Orhero has a keen interest in African issues and actively seeks to participate in activities that are pivotal to the development of the African continent. He is the current Commissioner for Finance of the Model African Union Association in  Bayreuth. 

 Hamissou Rhissa Achaffert

Hamissou is currently a Research Associate in the Africa Multiple, Cluster of Excellence at Bayreuth University. He is also a junior fellow at the BIGSAS doctoral school at the same university. His research interests and experience include religious studies, slavery, radicalisation, poverty, pedagogical integration of ICT, cognitive justice and open science in Niger. Fascinated by digital technology, he is also the Director of the Centre for Training and appropriation of ICTs (CEFAP-TIC) in Niamey. 

Victor Nakou
Victor is currently running a Master degree in African culture and societies at Bayreuth University. Prior to this, Victor studied at the University of Abomey Calavi (Benin) where he graduated with a “maîtrise” degree in history. His work and research are mainly limited to West Africa and more specifically to Benin, Togo and Ivory Coast. He is particularly interested in topics such as propaganda, political and economic cooperation between West African countries and international institutions, the origin and rise of regionalism and the history of consumption. Aware that development starts from the ground up, he works with some farmers' organizations such as Gledolè (Benin) as a strategic advisor. Victor is member of the Executive Committee of AP. 

Djimmy Djiffa EDAH
Djiffa is a specialist in Cultural Heritage Management. Historian 
by training, he also hold a professional Master's degree in Cultural Heritage Management from Senghor University, a French-speaking international university for African development, based in Alexandria (Egypt). Currently, Djimmy Djiffa is the Director General of the Cabinet Emergence Culturelle, a structure which 
main mission is to strengthen the capacities of cultural actors and structures to better identify and guide cultural projects. The cabinet is also in the field of consulting, management of cultural projects, cultural events and promotion of 
cultural entrepreneurship. I am also, Executive Director of the Beninese Organization for Research and Definition of Divinatory Tradition (OBRDD), a non-governmental organization which actions are part of the enhancement of African tradition. Apart from the above responsabilities, Djiffa is one of the Delegates of the Civil Society Organizations in Art, Culture and Religion of the Mono-Couffo-Zou-Collines region at the General Assembly of the Maison de la Société Civile Béninoise. 
Last and the least, he works on the issues of education of young audiences to cultural heritage and the design of innovative projects that can highlight and promote African culture in general and Benin's cultural potentials in particular. 
Contact:  djimmedah94@gmail.com 

Abdellah Idhssaine 
Abdellah is a BIGSAS Junior Fellow completing a joint PhD from Mohammed V University (Morocco) and Bayreuth University (Germany). He obtained a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Language and Linguistics from Hassan II University and Mohammed V University, respectively. His doctoral research investigates the extent to which the recent changes in the Moroccan language policy have contributed to the revitalization of the Amazigh language by assessing patterns of its ethnolinguistic vitality using UNESCO’s language endangerment and vitality model. Besides his experience as a teacher of English language, he has organized and participated in various national and international conferences. He is also a published author in Scopus and Web of Science - indexed Journals. His research interests include language politics, language ideologies, and attitudes, language endangerment and revitalization, minority languages, and Amazigh/Arabic syntax.  Contact:

Yao Sodjadan
Yao is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Culture and Society of Africa at the University of Bayreuth. His master’s thesis focusses on political participation in Mauritius with an emphasis on the role of Mauritian radio stations in promoting citizen participation. He holds two bachelor’s degrees, one in foreign languages (University of Lomé, Togo) and the another in international studies (University of Trento, Italy).

His areas of interest include African development issues, good governance (democracy) and peacekeeping, regional integration in Africa as well as anti-racist and postcolonial debates. Yao is member of the Executive Committee of AP.

Contact: yaosodjadan@gmx.de/Yao.Sodjadan@uni-bayreuth.de 

 Andreas Wüst
Andreas  is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Bayreuth. He holds a degree in Classics which he completed at the University of Munich (LMU) and the Sorbonne in Paris (Université Paris IV). He is specialised on North Africa and has a strong interest in foreign policies of Maghreb states towards Europe as well as in the context of south-south cooperation with Sub-saharan Africa. In his PhD, he works on cultural policies in Tunisia, Morocco and Mali as means of power legitimation. Hence Andreas Wüst is also deeply interested in the political processes of creating and using identity and ideology, including the fields of religion, language and cultural heritage. Furthermore he is a keen observer of EU-Maghreb relations, comprising economic matters as well as questions of migration and development politics. He has worked at the German Bundestag as well as the Goethe Institute in Brussels and did internships at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva and the Hanns-Seidel Foundation in Tunisia.
Contact: andreas.wuest@uni-bayreuth.de 

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