Meet the team

The Society is led by a president elected once a year at the Annual General Meeting(AGM) in Trinity Term. They are supported by a Committee which is elected or appointed in the course of each academic year.

Senior Members

Prof.Wale Adebanwi

Senior Member

Director - University of Oxford African Studies Centre

Rhodes Professor of Race Relations

Prof. Patricia Daley

Honorary Patron

Professor of the Human Geography of Africa -
University of Oxford Department of Geography and the Environment.

Helen Morag Fellow and Tutor at Jesus College, Oxford

Executive Commitee


Nwamaka Ogbona


Nigeria, MPhil in Development Studies


Hakeem Onasanya

Vice President

Nigerian, Master of Public Policy


Ingrid Verala Viban

General Secretary & It Manager

Nigeria, MPhil in Development Studies


Emmanuelle Afaribea


Ghanaian, DPhil in Statistical Science


Matjie Lilian Maboya

Social Secretary

South African DPhil in Geography and Environment

Advisory Board

Ambassador Svanikier

Ambassador Johanna Swanikier

Board Chair and Founder, President & CEO of the Heritage and Cultural Society of Africa (HACSA)

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Mr. Hugh Quarshie

Film producer and Actor

Mohammed Dewji

Mr. Mohammed Dewji

President, MeTL Group

Hakeem Belo - Osagie

Mr. Hakeem Belo Osagie

Chairman, Metis Capital Partner

Dana Reed

Ms. Dana Reed

Impact Investor and former interim CEO of the Africa Centre


Mrs. Ofowve Aig-Imoukhuede

Founding Director, Africa Initiative for Governance

Nelson Oppong

Mr. Nelson Oppong

Lecturer in African Studies and International Development, University of Edinburgh

Administrative Priorities

In celebrating the 60th Anniversary of this Society, we have also taken a moment to reflect both on the Society’s achievements and its opportunities for growth. It is in this context that the 2018-2019 Committee has chosen to focus on issues related to gender equity and welfare, women’s empowerment and pan-africanism. We have also made a deliberate step towards broadening our partnerships and collaborations. These will advance our mission of:


– increasing access to an Oxford education for students from Africa and the Diaspora
– supporting and highlighting the academic pursuits of our current members and creating space for their holistic enjoyment of their time at Oxford
– sustaining engagement and honoring the contributions of previous AfriSoc members and alumniof the University from across the Diaspora who overcame perceivably insurmountable odds to pursue an education at the University of Oxford.

The activities of the society are regulated by the University Standard Constitution and the Africa Society By-Laws, consolidated in this document.


The University of Oxford is one of the world’s leading centres for African Studies. The African Studies Centre , within the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, acts as a focal point for graduate level work and faculty research on Africa. The Society and Executive Committee look forward to a continued partnership with the African Studies Centre at the University of Oxford whose staff and programming play an indelible role in the effective administration and success of the Society.

This year, AfriSoc has entered into a groundbreaking memorandum of understanding with the Africa Oxford Initiative – a cross-university platform for academic and research collaborations between the University of Oxford and African researchers and institutions.

The Committee has also launched a partnership with the African and Caribbean Society – a student run Society at the University of Oxford- to broaden the scope of our engagement to include undergraduates and supporters from the Diaspora. To learn more about the Committee’s administrative priorities and how to collaborate with AfriSoc, please e-mail: