Current Executive Board


Dr. 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.


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Vice President

Dr. 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.

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Dr. 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.


She 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! 

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.


Anthony C. Diala is a senior lecturer in the Department of Private Law at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. He has research bias for legal theory, African customary law, human rights, gender, and comparative constitutionalism. Diala obtained a PhD from the University of Cape Town (2016), a master’s degree in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa from the University of Pretoria (2007), a postgraduate diploma from the Nigerian Law School, Abuja (2004), and a Bachelor of Law from Enugu State University (2002).


He was managing editor of the Journal of Comparative Law in Africa until December 2018, URC Fellow at the University of Cape Town, and former head, Department of Jurisprudence and International Law, Madonna University, Nigeria. Aside the academia, Diala’s experience span the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Tanzania, the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative, Uganda, and the Justice and Peace Commission, Nigeria. Among others, he has received awards from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Nordic Africa Institute, the Social Science Research Council of New York, Institute of International Education/Carnegie Corporation, the South African National Research Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service, and the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association.



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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.


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 mapmaking. In 2016-17, she was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Rice University’s Humanities Research Center.

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Oghenetoja Okoh is a historian of Modern Nigeria. Her current book project - Contesting from the Margins: Minority Identity and Citizenship in Nigeria, 1928-1960 - presents a history of ethnic marginalization through colonial and then nationalist governing ideologies and policies, which effectively transformed Niger Delta communities into minority citizens on the eve of Nigerian independence. Her interests include identity formation in the context of imperial and post-imperial debates over self-determination and governance. She is an assistant professor of history at Loyola University, Maryland. She is a former Fulbright Scholar. 

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