Welcome to the Africa Centre at Coventry University

Welcome to the Africa Centre at Coventry University

The Coventry University Africa Centre is a platform for scholarship, community and policy engagement, bringing together scholars from across Coventry University Group with stakeholders on the continent. The launch of the Centre will be take place during Coventry University's Nigeria 60 event.

Nigeria 60 will celebrate the strong connections between the University and Nigerian/Nigerian-diaspora alumni and the societal impact they have made since graduating from the University, on the occasion of the country’s 60th independence anniversary.

Nigeria 60 will also mark the launch of the Coventry University Africa Centre as the first event in the Africa Conversations series. The series is focused on research and learning, innovation, scholarship, sustainability, cultural appreciation and creative expression within sub-Saharan Africa.

The celebration will launch Africa Centre as a hub for advancing the Coventry University Africa partnership. The Centre will enrich the experiences of students, alumni and expand engagement with our staff and stakeholders from the region as we evidence our commitment to Africa.

Facilitated by Dr Uchenna Tony-Okeke, Associate Head of School for Global Engagement.

Event Schedule


Welcome address: Professor John Latham CBE, Vice-Chancellor and CEO, Coventry University


Introducing Africa Centre: Dr David Pilsbury, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International), Coventry University


Keynote address: Taiwo Owatemi, Member of Parliament for Coventry North West


Spotlight on Coventry University alumni: Dr Virginia Crompton and Dr Yewande Okuleye, Big Ideas


Transforming Learners: Professor Sarah Anyang-Agbor, Commissioner of Human Resource Science and Technology, African Union


Award Ceremony led by Professor John Latham CBE, Vice-Chancellor and CEO, Coventry University


Panel discussion: Tomorrow’s Africa facilitated by Dr. Fred Mudhai
1. Chime Asonye, Executive Director of NaijaDC, a global community of diaspora leaders
2. Emmanuel Johnson, doctoral student, Coventry University
3. Stephanie Itimi, Founder and CEO, Seidea, Coventry University alumna
4. Dr Eno Maycock, Director of MBA programmes, Coventry University


Closing remarks: Dr David Pilsbury, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International), Coventry University.

Please note the schedule maybe subject to change.

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