Jamaine M. Abidogun is an Associate Professor in the History Department at Missouri State University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. She is the BSEd. Secondary Social Studies Program Coordinator and Head Advisor for Master of Science programs in history and social science. She received a Fulbright Scholar Award (2004-2005) to conduct research on education and gender issues in Nigeria. She has publications on Ghana and Nigeria in cultural studies and education.
Nolutho Diko is an Assistant Professor of Multicultural Education at Ball State University. Her research interests include education reform, gender in educational leadership and schooling, culture and society.
J. Shola Omotola is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria where he also teaches political science. He is the 2007 fellow of the Cultural Studies Workshop, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, India and 2006 Laureate of the CODESRIA Democratic Governance Institute, Dakar, Senegal. His research interests include comparative African democratization; oil and environmental politics; and identity politics. He is the author of The Next Gulf? Oil Politics, Environmental Apocalypse and Rising Tension in the Niger Delta ACCORD Occasional Paper Series (2006) Vol. 1 Issue 3. He has also published articles in Representation, African and Asian Studies, Journal of Security Sector Management, Conflict Trends, and Research for Development.
Alphonse O. Otieno is a PhD. candidate in History at Northwestern University. He is currently teaching as an associate instructor in History at the same university. His dissertation is on "Forest Politics in Colonial and Postcolonial Kenya, 1940–1990."
Francis Y. Owusu is Associate Professor of Community and Regional Planning at Iowa State University, Ames. He received his Ph.D in Geography from the University of Minnesota in 2000. His research interests include development policy in Africa, institutional capacity-building and urban livelihood issues.
Cristina Udelsmann Rodrigues is a Senior Researcher at the Centre of African Studies (CEA-ISCTE) in Lisboa. She received her Ph.D. in African Studies from the Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa in 2004. She is the author of O Trabalho Dignifica o Homem: estratégias de famílias em Luanda, that focuses on urban family strategies in Luanda. [End Page 134] She currently participates in several research projects on poverty, social protection, cross-border issues, and urban studies in Angola and in other Portuguese speaking African countries. [End Page 135]