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Global South, in collaboration with the University of Westminster's Department of Politics and International Relations and the University of Birmingham's Department for International Development, are hosting a seminar on the Future of Democracy in Africa, and the Trajectory of African States.

This seminar will engage experts to discuss the future of democracy in Africa and the African Union, which was established 15 years ago to promote deeper continental integration and peace, security, trade and development. The seminar is a platform for anyone interested in Africa to voice their views on African unity and the future of the African Union.

Register for a free ticket via Eventbrite.

Moderator: Dr Maria Holt, Reader in Politics, Democracy and Islam Programme, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster.


  • Nicholas Cheeseman

Nicholas Cheeseman is Professor of Democracy at the Department of International Development, University of Birmingham. He is the author of Democracy in Africa: Successes, failures and the struggle for political reform (2015) as well as a number of other titles. Cheeseman regularly provides analysis to the UK and US governments and is an advisor to, and writer for, Kofi Annan's African Progress Panel.

  • Dr Mpalive Msiska

Dr Mpalive Msiska is Senior Lecturer in English and Humanities at Birkbeck University of London, and a Judge for The Caine Prize for African Writing. Author of Wole Soyinka (1998) amongst other titles, he is also a member of the Editorial Board on the Journal of Southern African Studies and the Editorial Advisory Board on The Journal of African Cultural Studies.

  • Ndeye Sow

Ndeye Sow is Senior Gender Advisor to the Africa Programme at International Alert, where she has worked extensively on peace, security, and gender issues, including post-conflict reconstruction and democratic governance in West and Central Africa and the Horn of Africa.

  • David Hoile

A public affairs consultant specialising in African affairs, Hoile is the director of the European-Sudanese Public Affairs Council. He is a research professor at the University of Nyala in Darfur and is also a visiting professor at the Institute of African and Asian Studies and the Department of Political Science at the University of Khartoum, Sudan.

  • Dr Muhtari Aminu-Kano

Dr Muhtari Aminu-Kano is Head of Research and Development at Islamic Relief Academy, specialising in agricultural ecology. He has conducted extensive research on farming systems, including in Chad, Niger, Tanzania and Nigeria. Previously, Aminu-Kano was Senior Policy Advisor on Poverty Reduction at Islamic Relief, working on faith perspectives on human development, climate change and sustainable development.