Current Executive Board
President: Abosede George
Abosede George is associate professor of History at Barnard College and Columbia University in New York. She teaches courses in urban history, the history of childhood and youth in Africa, and the study of women, gender, and sexuality in African History. Her book, Making Modern Girls: A History of Girlhood, Labor, and Social Development was published in 2014 by Ohio University Press and received the Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize in 2015 from the Women’s Caucus of the African Studies Association, as well as Honorable Mention from the New York African Studies Association. She is currently at work on The Ekopolitan Project, a digital archive of family history sources on migrant communities in nineteenth- and twentieth century Lagos, West Africa.
When not perusing archives, she enjoys making moin-moin, salsa dancing, and reading science fiction.
Please Visit www.ekopolitanproject.org.
Vice President: Sussie Aham-Okoro
Sussie Aham-Okoro holds a doctor of philosophy degree in African Studies and Research from Howard University Washington, D.C.; Master of Science Degree in Political Science, specializing in Political Economy and Development Studies from the University of Jos, Nigeria; Master of Public Health Administration specializing in Health Services Administration from Southeastern University, Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
Her teaching and research interests include: intercultural studies; migrations, pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial African studies with emphasis on gender development as well as current trends in international migrations of women, Igbo language development, and practical applications of authentic development paradigms on the African continent. She has authored and co-authored articles in journals and book chapters.
Dr. Sussie Aham-Okoro is an active member of several professional and social associations including African Studies Association, Nigerian Studies Association and Igbo Studies Association where she has presented several papers at conferences and meetings.
In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Aham-Okoro has held a few administrative positions in both public and private sectors including the executive chairman of Isu Local Government Area in Imo State, Nigeria. She currently teaches at the University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus.
Dr. Sussie Aham Okoro is married to Professor Ephraim Aham Okoro, PhD an Associate Professor of Marketing in the School of Business, Howard University and they are blessed with three children. She enjoys cooking, knitting, long distance driving and has a passion for community advocacy. She aspires to beat her fear of heights through skydiving!
Secretary: Dr. Anthony C. Diala
An advocate of Nigeria’s Supreme Court, Dr Diala is a University Research Committee Fellow and temporary lecturer in the Centre for Comparative Law in Africa at the University of Cape Town (UCT). He received a PhD in socio-legal studies from UCT, a Master of Laws in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa from the University of Pretoria, a PG Diploma from the Nigerian Law School, and a Bachelor of Laws from Enugu State University. He has worked at the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the Justice and Peace Commission, Nigeria, and Madonna University, Nigeria.
Diala has consulted for bodies such as the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance and the West African Human Rights Defenders’ Network. He is a recipient of awards from the German Academic Exchange Service, the South African National Research Foundation, the Social Science Research Council of New York, the University of Cape Town, and the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association. He has published and presented on African customary law, human rights, international law, and constitutionalism.
Diala is passionate about football, food, and the paranormal.
Treasurer: Chika Okoye
Chika Okoye has been a member of St. James since 1997 and been active as a member of the alter guild, a counter, a reader and a former vestry member. She was born in England, raised in Nigeria and moved to the United States in 1991. She is an Adjunct professor at William Paterson University and also manages Sylveric Healthcare Center in Clifton NJ.
Her latest challenge has been heading the music committee for the church while completing her dissertation. As an Anglican from birth, Chika is seriously committed to helping St. James through this period of transition as we navigate the ever changing Episcopal world.
Social Media Secretary: Ademide Adelusi-Adeluyi
Ademide Adelusi-Adeluyi is a historian of pre-colonial West African cities. She is assistant professor of history at the University of California Riverside. She is particularly interested in maps and mapping, and spatial humanities. In 2016-17, she was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Rice University’s Humanities Research Center.