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CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
International Programs
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-2026
e-mail: lois-gray@uiowa.edu

Release: Immediate

Media Advisory

University of Iowa students and faculty members who are natives of African nations are available to discuss their views on President Clinton's 12-day trip to Africa, during which he will visit Ghana, Uganda, Rwanda, South Africa, Botswana, and Senegal. Clinton returns to the United States on April 2.

There are currently 53 students from Africa at the UI, representing 18 different countries. Listed below are the names, native countries, and contact numbers for UI students from Africa:

Oduntan Bode, a member of the UI African Association and a native of Nigeria, can be reached at (319) 335-2963.

Otita Humphrey, a member of the UI African Association and a native of Kenya, can be reached at (319) 338-4875.

Bode Olakanmi, a representative of the Nigerian Student Association and a native of Nigeria, can be reached at (319) 338-8332.

Viviane Diamitani, a native of Burkina Faso, can be reached at (319) 353-4900.

Erick Wakiaga, a native of Kenya, can be reached at (319) 466-4591.

Following are UI faculty members who are either natives of African countries or experts in African politics:

Joel Barkan, a UI professor of political science who is currently on leave at the United States Institute of Peace, is an expert on the development of democratic governments within African nations. He has followed closely the preparations for Clinton's trip and took part in briefings with the members of the National Security Council who were responsible for planning the trip. Barkan was formerly the regional democracy and governance adviser to the U.S. Agency for International Development and continues to consult with that agency as well as the State Department on those issues. He has lived in Uganda and he spent time in South Africa in September and November of 1997. Barkan can be reached at the Institute, which is in Washington, D.C., at (202) 429-3882.

Njuguna Ngethe, from Kenya, is a visiting professor in the UI Department of Political Science. His phone number is (319) 335-2337. The best times to reach him are Tuesdays and Thursdays during regular business hours.

Jarjisu Sa-Aadu is chair of the finance department at the University of Iowa, originally from Ghana. He can be reached at (319) 335-0929.

3/25/98