Africa World Initiative


The Africa World Initiative is a center located at Princeton University that aims to optimize the university initiatives focused on Africa. The center serves as a hub for public-facing research, policy, and entrepreneurial work and encourages engagement and collaboration with African businesspersons and private and public institutions. It facilitates a multi-way exchange of ideas with stakeholders on the African continent and helps negotiate relationships between African countries and the rest of the world. 

Events and Programs

Achebe Colloquium On Africa

The Achebe Colloquium on Africa, the legacy project established by the famed Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe, brings together an international cast of leading and emerging scholars, high-level representatives of African governments, international agencies,  the United States, the European Union, and civil society and policy organizations and stakeholders for intense deliberation on pressing issues affecting the African continent, from good governance, economic growth, and resource management, to climate change, cultural loss, health and education.

Africa World Lecture Series

A high-level platform for imagining, assessing and keeping pace with the idea, realities and futures of Africa by the continent’s finest minds. The lectures are established to bring greater visibility, from the perspective of Africa, to Princeton’s support of knowledge production about Africa. The lectures will take place in October.



Postdoctoral Fellowships

AWI sponsors five postdoctoral fellows in the Program in African Studies.

Visiting Scholars

We will host researchers and scholars from African public and private sector institutions on short term visits. Visitors will not be expected to teach; rather they will work on specific research projects alongside their sponsoring Princeton collaborators.

Mr. Fayulu will give a lecture on September 27th, 2024.


Martin Fayulu is a Congolese Politician and the leader of the Engagement for Citizenship and Development Party in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

His political career began in 1991 when he attended the Sovereign National Conference in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) then Zaïre, which gathered delegates from different regions and organizations to campaign for a multi-party democracy

 Martin’s full-time political career commenced in 2006. In the 2006 and 2011 general elections, he was elected as a Member of Parliament to the National Assembly. In 2009, he established the Commitment for Citizenship and Development Party. 

On November 11th, 2018, he was chosen by the opposition to be their joint presidential candidate in the December 2018 general election. His opponent, Félix Tshisekedi was declared the winner, despite some election observers’ belief that Martin had won the vote. Since then, Martin has been the opposition leader in the DRC. He also serves as chair of the Congo-based Commitment to Citizenship and Development.

The lecture will begin with a presentation by Martin, followed by a conversation with an expert on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and end with a Q&A session for the audience to ask questions.


Abdulrazak Gurnah is a Tanzanian-born British novelist and academic, known for his novels about the effects of colonialism and displacement in the world. In 2021, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for his “uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism”. 

His novels include Memory of Departure (1987), Pilgrims Way (1988), Dottie (1990), Paradise (1994), Admiring Silence (1996), By the Sea (2001), Desertion (2005), The Last Gift (2011), Gravel Heart (2017) and Afterlives (2020). 

Short stories: Cages (1984), Bossy (1994), Escort (1996), The Photograph of the Prince (2012), My Mother Lived on a Farm in Africa (2006), The Arriver’s Tale (2016), and The Stateless Person’s Tale (2019).

Mr. Gurnah will be giving a lecture on October 30th, 2024.

Notable Quotes

An elder lady in blue and black clothing and headwrap smiling.

"If we provide the young with a strong foundation, we can leave behind a legacy substantially greater than most are able to bequeath. As for the women, the adage that you invest in a woman, you invest in a generation, still rings true today," Joyce Banda, 4th President of Malawi.

First President of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah. Dressed in a black suit

"It is clear that we must find an African solution to our problems, and that this can only be found in African unity. Divided we are weak; united, Africa could become one of the greatest forces for good in the world," Kwame Nkrumah, First President of Ghana.

A lady in colorful clothing giving a presentation

"African entrepreneurs have ideas, they have products, but they don't have support... Mentorship for entrepreneurs in Africa is the key," Marieme Jamme, Founder of

The President of Rwanda

"In Africa today, we recognize that trade and investments, and not aid, are the pillars of development," Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda.

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