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Honorary Professor Ernest Wamba-dia-Wamba

Prof Wamba-dia-Wamba is a rarity in this conflict - a Congolese patriot who believes in democracy for its own sake. He has held office as a senator in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He was the vice president of the Senate Permanent Commission on Legal and Administrative Matters in the transitional government. Previously, he was a leader of the Kisangani faction of the rebel Rally for Congolese Democracy during the Second Congo War. Formerly a political philosopher and historian at Dar es Salaam University in Tanzania and the president of the Congolese Rally for Democracy (commonly known by its French acronym, the RCD). He is currently a prominent academic, political theorist and has published many articles in scholarly journals on various subjects, including: historiography, social movements, and African philosophy. One of his popular contributions being the co-edited (with Mahmood Mamdani) work, " African Studies in Social Movements and Democracy", Dakar: CODESRIA Books Series, 1995. For more background information on Prof Wamba-dia-Wamba, see Profile Wamba-dia-Wamba.

Prof Wamba-dia-Wamba is an Honorary Professor at the Unit for the Humanities at the university currently known as Rhodes University (UHURU), South Africa. In May 2015, Prof Wamba-dia-Wamba held a public lecture on A People's Unification of Africa (2015). In this lecture, he argued that "...African unification, under the leadership of the OAU/ AU is not going to be achieved. We need to bring the issue to the African people themselves; after all, it concerns the unity of African peoples and not a sum or simple addition of states." He also participated in a colloquium on "Understanding and Overcoming Xenophobia".

Link to public lecture: A People's Unification of Africa and link to presentation at colloquium: https://youtu.be/5k7yvJ_EaKk

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