Alternative Spring Break 2017 in Nigeria
Students will enroll in AFRAS 499 (one unit) during the Spring 2016 semester to learn about Nigeria in preparation for the trip ove spring break.
The mission of the alternative break is to promote service on local, regional, national and international levels through break-oriented programs that immerse students in different cultures. Alternative spring break programs will place students in communities where they perform short-term projects while learning about such issues as poverty, educational and cultural literacy, cultural connections, hunger, the environment, homelessness and health related issues. These educational experiences are designed to heighten social awareness and promote lifelong social action. Students will perform these duties at schools, orphanages, trusts, and community centers.
Additionally, travelers will experience the various museums and historic places of Nigeria in the Ogun state and the Lagos area in Southwest Nigeria. The highlights include: St. Peters Cathedral, Abeokuta Central Mosque, the Alake and Olowu palaces, Lisabi Sacred Forest, Itoku Market, Omo Forest Reserve, Olumo Rock, and Abeokuta Museum and other museums, attractions and cultural performances. All of these excursions will highlight either the history, culture, politics, education, health care, poverty or other contemporary issues of Nigeria.
The program will be facilitated by The Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library and Bells University. Both the library and the university were established by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Program Start Date:
March 24, 2017
Program End Date:
April 4, 2017
Dr. Adisa A. Alkebulan, Associate Professor, Department of Africana Studies
Dr. Adisa A. Alkebulan has led Alternative Spring Break programs to South Africa and Ghana since 2003. He is a native of Cleveland, OH but also has strong roots in Philadelphia. He received his B.A. in Pan-African Studies from Kent State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Temple University. He has also done research in Africa and Europe on language and colonialism He is a major contributor to the Encyclopedia of Black Studies and the Encyclopedia of African Religions. His work appears in several disciplinary journals as well as in anthologies on rhetoric and Malcolm X. Dr. Alkebulan is an active scholar currently engaged in several research projects for publication and presents his research at conferences throughout the country.
Participants must be enrolled in AFRAS 499 during the Spring 2017 semester, complete the Aztecs Abroad application and attend a pre-departure orientation.
If you're interested in learning more about this exciting short term study abroad program, as well as scholarship and academic credit information, please contact Dr. Adisa A. Alkebulan at 619-594-5174 or firstname.lastname@example.org.