The University of Iowa

Baraza series starts with lecture on oil, ethnicity and religion Oct. 11

October 5th, 2010

The UI African Studies Program’s fall Baraza series will begin Monday, Oct. 11, with a lecture entitled “Oil, Ethnicity and Religion: The woes of a blessed nation in the face of outright political ineptitude,” presented by Sunday Goshit of International Programs. The talk is from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in 2520D of the University Capitol Centre. All Baraza lectures are free and open to the public.

The lecture will discuss Nigeria’s failure to provide the political and economic leadership inherently expected of a sovereign state that gained its independence fifty years ago. Goshit suggests that this failure is responsible for Africa’s lack of strong and vibrant leadership that would tackle its numerous crises.

Goshit, a native of Nigeria, has a Ph.D. in geography from The University of Iowa.

The Swahili word “baraza” roughly translates to “meeting” or “forum” in English. The Baraza series brings a combination of UI and external scholars, graduate students, faculty and practitioners in various fields to the university for lectures on interdisciplinary research in African studies.

International Programs and African Studies Programs are sponsoring the lecture series.

To view the entire series schedule, visit

For more information, contact Leo Eko at or 319-353-1926.