This festschrift is composed in honor of a distinguished scholar and Pan-Africanist, Professor Sulayman S. Nyang, whose career and intellectual pursuits spans more than 45 years-much of it at Howard University. Nyang's contributions to African affairs transcend the scope of the academic world as he served as First Secretary and Head of Chancery of the Gambian Embassy in Saudi Arabia from 1975 to 1977, and consultant to the World Bank and United Nations agencies. In addition, Professor Nyang served as the President of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, DC, and a member of the boards of many academic journals, and organizations of Islamic Studies in the USA. He has published copiously on a variety of issues affecting continental Africans, Africans in the Diaspora, and beyond. He has published and collaborated on dozens of books and book chapters and more than 100 articles in referred journals.
Olayiwola Abegunrin is Professor of International Relations, African Studies, and Political Economy at Howard University and the University of Maryland, USA. He has authored, co-authored, edited and co-edited thirteen books, several book chapters and many articles in referred journals. His publications include the book Nigeria, Africa, and the United States: Challenges of Governance, Development and Security (2016). His areas of teaching and research include International Relations, Africa and US Foreign Policy.Sabella Ogbobode Abidde is an Associate Professor of Political Science, and a member of the graduate faculty at Alabama State University, USA. He obtained his PhD from Howard University, USA. He has authored, edited and co-edited four books, including Nigeria's Niger Delta Militancy: Amnesty, and the Post Amnesty, Environment (2017). His areas of teaching and research include African politics and institutions, state violence and terrorism, oil and environmental politics and trans-national issues.