Interesting Thread about Intellectual Theft of ideas at conferences

On Saturday, 10 August we shared a Twitter post about intellectual theft in academia that generated heated debate but also insightful advice. Read the thread here.


Travel: An extreme sport for Africans

Visa applications can feel like a sacrifice to the gods

In 2019, Temitayo Olofinlua, a Nigerian writer and academic, was denied a visa to attend the European Conference on African Studies in Edinburgh, UK. The British High Commission in Nigeria said they were “not satisfied” that Olofinlua would leave the UK at the end of her trip.

The visa refusal was later rescinded by the UK Home Office. Olofinlua went to the conference and has since returned to Nigeria.

NGO offers free legal service to sexually harassed students in universities

To address the menace of sexual harassment in schools, a non-governmental organisation, Inanna Women Empowerment Foundation (IWEF), has called on students to report any form of sexual assault offering such persons free legal assistance.

Speaking at a sensitisation programme held at the Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo campus, the group enjoined female students to report cases of harassment from sexual predators within and outside their campuses by interfacing with civil organisations within their reach in the state.

When Ph.D. stands for Problematic Hiring Detriment

A couple years ago, I attended a conference called “Engineering a Blockbuster Career.” It was run by a biomedical institute, so I assumed—correctly, thankfully—that “Blockbuster” was being used as an adjective, as opposed to a reference to a job at a video rental store.

Attendees asked the panelists how to overcome various roadblocks in their career searches: “How can I network if I don’t know anybody?” “How can I find a position despite lack of experience?” And, strangely, several people asked a question that sounded so counterintuitive that it was almost laughable.

“How,” they asked, “do I find an employer willing to overlook my most flagrant disadvantage: my Ph.D.?”

My nine steps to success as a PhD student in Nigeria


Iyobosa Uwadiae 

Medical physicist Iyobosa Uwadiae ignored sceptics who questioned her plan to pursue a doctoral programme in the African nation. Here is her advice.

In 2014, I left the United Kingdom after earning a master’s degree in medical physics at the University of Aberdeen, followed by clinical training at the Royal Marsden Hospital hospital in Sutton, London. When I returned to Nigeria, I enrolled in a PhD programme, also in medical physics, at the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife.

I came home to be closer to my family, and to develop medical physics and advance the fight against cancer in Nigeria.

Navigating the research Terrain for Graduate students in Africa: a reflection

By Emilly Comfort Maractho 

Early this year, a woman I know from her public engagement in Uganda walked up to me after I had spoken at an event, politely requesting some of my time for a brief chat. We stepped aside and she poured out her heart—her master’s dissertation was not going well. She wanted me to give her feedback on what she had written so far because she felt lost. Although she was not studying at my university, I agreed to read her work. She sent her work to me the same day.

I promised some nuggets from the NextGen workshop

By Group Admin

I promised some nuggets from the NextGen workshop that took place in Accra last week. These are some learnings from my dissertation research cohort which was facilitated by Dr. Godwin Onuoha, a political anthropologist at Princeton University.

  1. PhD students must understand the synergy between breath and depth. A thesis is about depth. Those who have expansive knowledge of an issue area must be able to define and focus on specific aspects and demonstrate in-depth understanding thereof. All your knowledge doesn’t have to fit into your PhD.



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