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Daniel O. Adekeye is a lecturer in the Department of General and Entrepreneurial Studies at the Ondo State University of Science and Technology, Ondo State, Nigeria. He received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Ibadan in 2008. His research interests include social and political philosophy, development studies, continental philosophy, and metaphysics. He may be contacted by e-mail at

Joseph Mensah is a professor of geography at York University in Toronto, Canada. His research focuses on issues of globalization and cultures, trans-national migration and religion, and African development. He has received competitive grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Global Development Network, ILO, and other sources. He has written several journal articles and books, including Black Canadians: History, Experience, and Social Conditions (Fernwood 2002 and 2010). He may be contacted by e-mail at

Femi Omotoso is an associate professor of political science at Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria, and currently a visiting associate professor at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He received his PhD in political science from the University of Ibadan in 2004. He edited the volume Readings in Political Behaviour (University of Ado-Ekiti Press 2007) and coedited Politics, Policies and Governance in Nigeria (Port Novo Editions SONOU d’Afrique 2010). He is currently coediting the volume Democratic Governance and Political Participation in Nigeria (1999–2013). He has published numerous journal articles within and outside Nigeria and contributed book chapters. He may be contacted by e-mail at

Marit Tolo Østebø is a lecturer at the Department of Anthropology at the University of Florida. She received her PhD from the University of Bergen, Norway, in 2013. Her publications include “Women’s Respect and Rights among the Arsi Oromo of Southeast Ethiopia” in Research in Ethiopian Studies, edited by Harald Aspen, Shiferaw Bekele, Svein Ege, and Birhanu Teferra (Harrossowitz Verlag 2010); “Strong State Policies on Gender and Aid: Threats and Opportunities for Norwegian Faith-Based Organisations” in Forum for Development Studies 40:2 (2013); and “Gender Equality in International Aid: What Has Norwegian Gender Politics Got to Do With it?” (coauthored with Hilde Selbervik) in Gender Technology and Development 17:2 (2013). She may be contacted by e-mail at [End Page 152]

Terje Østebø is a scholar of religion and an assistant professor at the Center for African Studies and the Department of Religion, University of Florida. He received his PhD in the history of religion from Stockholm University in 2009. He is the author of Localising Salafism: Religious Change among Oromo Muslims in Bale, Ethiopia (Brill 2012) and a coeditor of Muslim Ethiopia: The Christian Legacy, Identity Politics, and Islamic Reformism (Palgrave-Macmillan 2013). He has published a number of journal articles, book chapters, and reports on Islam in Ethiopia. He may be contacted by e-mail at

Kwamina Panford is an associate professor of African-American studies at Northeastern University. Since 2009, he has been a senior scholar and a visiting professor at the Institute for Development Studies, University of Cape Coast, Ghana, where he has been researching issues related to Ghana’s petroleum industry and the resource curse. His work has been supported by a Fulbright Fellowship and sponsorship by the Ghana TUC and LO, Norway. He may be contacted by e-mail at

Paul Schauert is a lecturer in the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Oakland University, Michigan. He received his PhD in folklore and ethnomusicology from Indiana University in 2011. He has produced several articles on Ghana’s state dance ensembles, which he has been working with since 2004. His forthcoming book, Instrumental Nationalism: Dancing Politics and Staging Culture in Ghana, further explores these troupes and will be part of the Ethnomusicology Multimedia series, published by Indiana University Press. He may be contacted by e-mail at [End Page 153]



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