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Buster Ogbuagu
Dr. Buster Ogbuagu

Nelson Mandela Winter lecture series continues with talks exploring the roles of African Grandmothers and the Nigerian Civil War

The Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa (TISCA), a research centre at Wilfrid Laurier University, continues its Nelson Mandela Lecture Series with talks by Dr. Buster Ogbuagu on February 4 and 5.

Steadying the Hands That Rock the Cradle: Exploring the Roles of African Grandmothers in the Stability and Sustenance of Diasporic African Families

  • Date and time: Feb. 4, 2019, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Location: Balsillie School of International Affairs, Waterloo Rm 1-42

The lecture will address how African grandmothers as an often gender discountenanced social capital and support system, often reduce spousal conflicts, impart culturally-relevant socialization to the grandchildren and assist to forge and maintain family stability.

Searching for Resiliency Amidst Conflicts, Child Soldiering and Emigration: The Case of the Nigerian Civil War-1967-1970

  • Date and time: Feb. 5, 2019, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Location: Odeon 110, 50 Market St. Brantford

The lecture will present Dr. Ogbuagu’s personal narrative of resiliency as a child soldier in the 1967-1970 Nigerian Civil War, a colonial subject under British imperialism, and as a refugee to Canada, an office cleaner and currently a university professor in the United States. The narrative will present as a prism through which even those who have endured so much pain and suffering are able to summon resiliency to survive and even dare to thrive in strange and oftentimes, alienating environments.

About Buster Ogbuagu

Dr. Buster Ogbuagu is Chair and Associate Professor of Social Work at St. Francis University in Joliet, Illinois. He has worked as a radio broadcaster, high school teacher, social worker in child protection, juvenile justice, as well as a clinical practitioner. Dr. Ogbuagu holds a BSc. [Hons] in Sociology & Anthropology from the University of Nigeria. He later earned a BSW, MSW and Ph.D. from McGill University. His current research and professional interests include, social policy and social welfare, ethics, anti-racist education and anti-oppression in social work, minority and gender issues, refugee resettlement, transnational migration, and child protection. Dr. Ogbuagu has documented some of his many lived experiences in several published journal articles and books.

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