CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
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
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)
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.