Africa’s Policy Towards the US: the Biden Era

 Edited by Dr Bob Wekesa, Deputy Director of ACSUS

Webinar Book Discussion

Hosted by the Library of the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and UJ’s Faculty of Humanities in partnership with ACSUS

Wed 2 March 2022 online at 3 pm Central Africa Time (CAT), GMT +2

Register online here:


You can purchase the book here from Good Governance Africa:



Black History Month Webinar #2
Thurs 24 Feb 2022 at 3.30 pm at Wits and via Zoom

The 2022 Changemakers of South Africa

The African Centre for the Study of the United States at the University of the Witwatersrand, in partnership with Global Diaspora Connect, the Center for African Studies at Howard University and Democrats Abroad SA, held a blended event at the Origins Centre on the Braamfontein East Campus at Wits University with virtual access via the Zoom platform. Media from the event will be posted to the website soon.

Keynote addresses were given by Dr Krista Johnson from Howard University in Washington, D.C., USA, and by Natalie Burke from CommonHealth ACTION in  Washington D.C., USA.

The following people were recognised at the event as 2022 Changemakers of South Africa, in alphabetical order:

  • Samad Davis, Trustee & Portfolio Manager at Pan Africa Group Holdings in New York City, USA .
  • Thabo Dithane, Business Consultant at Khabonina Holdings in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Mary L. Harris is CEO of J.M. Products South Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • M. Thulani Mbatha, Country Representative and OPIQ Project Director at the University of California in San Francisco, USA. OPIQ refers to the Optimizing Performance by Improving Quality (OPIQ) in HIV and HIV/TB Programs in the Republic of South Africa.
  • Julia Petla is the Managing Director of Amedzo Trading & Projects in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Tuanni Price is Owner of Zuri Wine Tasting, which together with conducting a range of activities, hosts travel and events in Los Angeles, USA, and in Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Cherae Robinson is the Founder and CEO of Tastemakers Africa in New York City, USA.
  • Waahida Tolbert-Mbatha is Founder and Head of School at the Kgolololo Academy in Alexandra in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Buyi Xaba is the Founder and CEO of BX Cosmetics in Johannesburg, South Africa. BX Cosmetics is a beauty brand by a woman of colour for women of colour.
Read more about the 2022 Changemakers here.

Black History Month Webinar #1
Wed 16 Feb 2022
Black Health and Wellness and Its Meaning

for the Diaspora and Continental Africans

Please check back here soon to view the recording of this webinar.

View a recording of the webinar on the left.

In this webinar, Oladipupo Oyeleye rethinks African popular music, using Afropolitanism as a framework for reading the Post-2000 soundscape to map its significance as a connecting node for reading global Africa.

Oladipupo Oyeleye is a doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He holds a Master’s degree in English and Afro-American Studies from the University of Ibadan and the University of Wisconsin, Madison.


ACSUS Webinar on Thurs 9 July 2020
Imagined Identities, Boundaries and Relations
Among People of African Descent

View a recording of the webinar on the left.

This webinar featured African/African American scholars who study race, Blackness and Africanness; a cultural activist; and a television and media practitioner. The panelists drew on their wide and varied African Diaspora engagement experiences to reflect on (mis)understandings of imagined African identities, boundaries and belonging, connections, and relations among people of African descent, especially in the context of Ghana’s Year of Return Campaign.

This webinar was organized under the auspices of the Ubuntu Dialogues Project, an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded partnership between the Stellenbosch University Museum and the African Studies Center at Michigan State University. 


ACSUS Webinar on Thurs 2 July 2020
Exploring Global Challenges of African Diasporic Communities

In this exciting, informative and stimulating Zoom webinar, four academic scholars explored the challenges encountered by African diasporic communities as they navigate new social, economic and political realities in a global context.