Adewale Adebanwi

Wale Adebanwi, a Bill and Melinda Gates Scholar at Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge, UK, has degrees in Mass Communication (B. Sc., University of Lagos), Political Science (M. Sc, and Ph. D., University of Ibadan) and Social Anthropology (M. Phil., University of Cambridge, UK). He is scheduled to finish his doctoral work (in Social Anthropology) at Cambridge in 2007. Until 2003, he taught political science at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Before then, he was, for many years, a public affairs journalist in Nigeria. He is currently editor-at-large of the Tribune (Ibadan) and contributing editor and columnist with TheNEWS magazine (Lagos).
His research interests include the interface of youth, identity, violence and democracy, information technology and democracy, media, political communication and citizenship, the elite, ethnicity and cultural politics. He has held a number of fellowships/grants/awards, including the TCDS Fellowships (New School University, New York, 1999), Claude Ake Memorial Fellowship (Africa-America Institute, Washington D.C., 2001), the African Youth in a Global Age Fellowship (Social Science Research Council, New York, 2001-2002), Global Service Institute, (GSI) Small Research Grant, (Washington University, St. Loius, Missouri, 2005), African Studies Centre, Cambridge-UAC Grant (2005) and CRISE, Oxford University Fellowship (2006). He is a co-winner of the "Research and Writing Grants" of the MacArthur Foundation (2004-6 - $100, 000). He has been a Visiting Claude Ake Memorial Scholar, at the Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA and the State University New York (SUNY), Albany, New York, USA, (2001); Resource Person at the Governance Institute, Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) (2005); Member, Small Panel convened by the United Nations Office in West Africa (UNOWA) with the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum, SSRC, (US) on 'Practical Recommendations for Combating Youth Unemployment in West Africa', Goree Island, Dakar, Senegal, (2004); Alumnus, Ziet Foundation's Bucerius Summer School (BSS) for "High Potentials" around the world, Hamburg and Berlin, Germany, (2003); Alumnus, Summer School on Comparative Research in the Social Sciences organized by International Social Science Council (ISSC)/ UNESCO-MOST, Sofia, Bulgaria (2002); Laureate, at the Democracy and Diversity Institute, Cape Town, South Africa, 1999; and Fellow of the 21st Century Trust, England (2001 till date). His recent scholarly articles have appeared in Nationalism and Ethnic Politics (2004), Media, Culture and Society (2004), Journal of Modern African Studies (2005), and Voluntary Action (2006). Others are forthcoming in Nationalism and Ethnic Politics (2007) and Racial and Ethnic Studies (2007).

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Dr. A. (Adewale) Adebanwi
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