Academic Fellows 2020/2021

The ANF Academic Fellows program features African academics based both in the continent and the diaspora. They will conduct research across more than 15 African countries.

Meet the first cohort of the ANF Academic Fellows program.

Gideon Chitanga

Gideon Chitanga (Zimbabwean) is a PhD student in the University of Pretoria’s Department of Political Science. He will compare narratives disseminated by CNN International, China Global Television Network, and Al Jazeera.

Fungai Machirori

Fungai Machirori (Zimbabwean) is undertaking her PhD at the University of Technology Sydney in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Her study examines digital cosmopolitanism among African youth on TikTok and Instagram.

Kofi Asihene

Kofi Asihene (Ghanaian) is a second-year PhD student at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana. He will be studying representations of Africa in spoken word poetry.

Gladys Kalichini

Gladys Kalichini (Zambia) is a PhD candidate in Art History at Rhodes University in South Africa. Her research will look at trending visual representations of African women on social media.

Babajide Owoyele

Babajide Owoyele (Nigerian) is a dual PhD candidate at the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions and the chairperson of Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent Systems at Hasso Plattner Institute. He will data-mine various platforms to explore how financial institutions contribute to narratives about Africa.

Molemo Moiloa

Molemo Moiloa (South African) lectures at the University of the Witwatersrand, where she received her Master’s degree in Social Anthropology cum laude. Her study explores how art and artefact restitution is being discussed across the continent.

Loubna El-Mkaouar

Loubna El-Mkaouar (Moroccan), who has a PhD from the University of Westminster, will research how African mainstream media and social media users cover African conflicts in Africa by analysing the border disputes in countries such as Western Sahara and the Nile water dispute between Egypt and Sudan.

Mphathisi Ndlovu

Mphathisi Ndlovu (Zimbabwean) graduated with PhD in Journalism from Stellenbosch University, South Africa in 2016, and currently teaches at the National University of Science and Technology in Zimbabwe. Working with Maame Nikabs, he will explore narratives about Covid-19.

Maame Nikabs

Maame Nikabs (Ghanaian) completed her PhD in linguistics at Queen Mary, University of London in 2020, where she lectures. Working with Mphathisi Ndlovu, her project will explore Western and African media and development narratives about Covid-19.

Daniel Oloo

Daniel Oloo (Kenyan) is a PhD candidate and a research fellow at the Institute of Communication Studies at the Communication University of China. He will be studying African Facebook posts’ comments sections to probe how Africans are talking about other African countries.

Kwabena Opoku-Agyemang

Kwabena Opoku-Agyemang (Ghanaian) earned his PhD from West Virginia University in 2017 and lectures at the University of Ghana's Department of English. He will examine how short story writers articulate African narratives online.