To get out of the “impasse of neither peace nor war” in Casamance, it is necessary, through a cultural approach, to establish a space of testimonies allowing various generations to renew and possibly reconcile their perspectives based on dialogues about the past.
Despite the support and aid offered to the people in the Grand Sud, the region is on the verge of a severe humanitarian crisis.
Being an APN-IRF fellow has been a huge blessing to me. I am indeed very thankful for this opportunity. It has not only helped to redirect my research focus but has also made me apply other research tools and designs I have been previously afraid of in my research.
APN funding supported my visit to the field to conduct interviews and collect data on the involvement of Umuada Igbo (daughters of the land) in intracommunal peacebuilding in selected Igbo-speaking communities in southeastern Nigeria.
Looking forward to the next decade, I propose that more grants be awarded to African scholars to research topical issues that will positively impact Africans and Africa.
In my view, the most important achievement of APN has been its role in opening the door to opportunities for networking.
Having a network of scholars that you can call upon at any time for co-authorship, external examination, and many other collaborations is every scholar’s dream, which the APN has succeeded in making a reality.