About Africa at LSE

Africa at LSE is a new blog set up to promote African research here at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

LSE’s links with Africa go all the way back to four years after it was established. Soon after the Boer War started in 1899, the School was caught up in the debates of the time with many of the students and some of the staff taking a strongly anti-colonial line.

After the Second World War, several future African leaders including Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya, Kwame Nkrumah, Hilla Limann and John Atta Mills of Ghana and Veerasamy Ringadoo of Mauritius studied at LSE.

The role of LSE in South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle was generously recognised by Nelson Mandela on his visit to the School in 2000. He said: ‘LSE, as part of the University of London, was in the vanguard of the great army of men and women across the world who responded to the call to isolate the apartheid regime. They insisted that human rights are the rights of all people everywhere.’

That engagement with Africa remains today through the extensive research and teaching of our academics here at LSE.

For the purposes of Africa at LSE, we will define Africa as the African Union does, that is, the continental landmass.

The views expressed on this blog belong to the author and do not necessarily reflect those of LSE.

About the editor


I was appointed editor of Africa at LSE in May 2011. My name is Syerramia Willoughby and I joined the School after over ten years in journalism, largely for the BBC. I grew up in Sierra Leone, West Africa and in recent years, I spent a five-month career break in the country of my mother, Ghana.

You can contact me on africa@lse.ac.uk or follow me on twitter at @africaatlse.

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