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The African History Project is a specialist school of Black history, culture and thought. Our mission is to design and deliver world-class courses that inspire students, spark debate and champion the study of Black political, social, economic and intellectual history.

We work with historians, educators, writers, poets and artists to design and deliver world-class tuition in all aspects of Black history. Drawing on our shared expertise, our courses allow students to understand more about Africa, her ideas, her politics, her religions and above all her people, both on the continent and in diaspora.


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We have a highly engaged team of Fellows and Researchers committed to fulfilling the mission of the Project.

Our two departments and research centre design and deliver world-leading courses in African history and political thought

Our public lectures and foundation certificate allow people to study with us in a variety of ways

Recent PR Events


African Religion – The Triple Heritage with Dr Olukoya Ogen

Our Senior Fellow Kai Mora to discuss CLR James and Pan-Africanism with Dr. Emeka Nwadiora of Temple University’s Radio Programme

Marcy Massaki on Nurturing Pan-African Community Post-COVID

Our team

Our international and passionate team of is the lifeblood of the Project, working to unearth, analyse and share Black historical narratives in new, exciting and engaging ways.

Apeike Umolu is the Director of the Project. The Project has worked with a number of Fellows and Researchers, past and present, including Kai Mora, René Odanga, Bernardo de Cerqueira Fernandes, George Evans, Krystel Nozier, Tishe Wuraola, and Avery Benton.

The Project has welcomed visiting scholars Dr John Marah and Dr Olukoya Ogen to lead conversations. We are also proud to have welcomed Akeem Adagbada as a Fellowship mentor.

It has also collaborated with The Vemoye Foundation, Lisanga Vibes, In.Society, The Africa Centre (London), CARGO Education, BeCome Immersive, Centre for Pan African Thought, Arizona State University, University of Bristol, and others in projects and conversations aligned with the Project’s ethos. In addition, the Project has worked with Kofi Adjei and the wider Remoteli team in Business Development and with Mutiat Obanigba and Illen Rowe to shape the Project’s mission.

Please visit our Careers page for current opportunities.

Director

Apeike Umolu is a historian and the founder of the African History Project. She lectures in all aspects of Black history and specializes in the Black intellectual history of the 19th and 20th centuries. She has undertaken historical studies at the University of Oxford and is working on her first book, “On Black Consciousness”. She is also an educator with over 15 years of experience supporting students in the attainment of academic excellence.

African History Project - Apeike Umolu

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The African History Project consists of two departments and a research centre:

Department of African History and Political Thought

This department focuses on the modern political and intellectual history of Africa. Researchers and lecturers in this department are committed to helping our students dive into the stories of the continent, its people and its diaspora, to explore the lives, events and ideas that have shaped modern African consciousness. Our Foundation Certificate is expertly designed and expertly led, challenging students to think critically and place events within their regional, continental, pan-African and international contexts.

Foundation Certificates

These comprehensive courses explore the depth and breadth of Black history, helping students to engage in critical enquiry and develop new skills of historical analysis. Combining video lectures, set readings, live seminars, marked assignments and exams, these courses are intellectually rigorous and academically engaging. 

Our Foundation Certificate in African History and our Foundation Certificate in Black Political Thought and Culture take 12 months. Our Foundation Certificate in Teaching Black History in Schools takes 3 months to complete.

Department of Education

This department runs innovative continuing professional development courses designed to  give history educators the knowledge and skills they need to deliver robust and engaging history programmes. Our courses support educators with imbuing their curricula with a culture of global citizenship that allows young historians to develop the skills of inquiry and discovery they need to understand the antecedents of the world we live in today and to take their history studies forward

Public Lectures

Explore our Past Lectures and Upcoming Lectures

The African History Project was officially launched in June 2020. Over the course of a year, over 3000 people have registered for our public lectures and we have gained over 4000 followers across our social media platforms. Our public lectures provide insightful explorations of all aspects of Black history.

Foundation Certificate

These comprehensive courses explore the depth and breadth of Black history, helping students to engage in critical enquiry and develop new skills of historical analysis. Combining video lectures, set readings, live seminars, marked assignments and exams, these courses are intellectually rigorous and academically engaging.

Our Foundation Certificate in African History and our Foundation Certificate in Black Political Thought and Culture take 12 months. Our Foundation Certificate in Teaching Black History in Schools takes 3 months to complete.

Thought Leadership

Explore our recent Papers and the work in our Centre for the Study of Pan-African Citizenship Education

We are committed to thought leadership in the space of African political and intellectual history as well as in relation to African philosophies of education and history. With an exceptional team of researchers, the African History Project conducts innovative research into how African historical narratives are studied and taught. We public scholarly articles in our journal, The Africxn Review and produce a number of occasional papers and white papers each year with the aim facilitating greater cooperation and innovation in our areas of expertise. By collaborating with leading academics and cultural institutions, we work to provide the raw data that institutions need to bolster their delivery of African history content and to infuse academic and teaching practice with African philosophies of history and education.

Our ethos

We teach the histories of Black peoples in their entirety, as experienced by Black peoples giving students an authentic understanding of Black cultures

We champion the work of Black historians and primary sources from Black historical figures including the use of oral histories, poetry, art, artefacts and music to explore Black ideas of self and community

We have a pan-African approach to the study of Black histories allowing students to explore the influence of and impact on contemporaneous global Black experiences

Online Study

Our online courses make use of digital archives and audio-visual resources to enhance the learning experience and widen access to Black historical study at the highest of levels.

Expert Tuition

Our lessons have been designed by experienced lecturers and tutors in consultation with historians to ensure that they are engaging, critical and informative.

Video Lectures

Our video lectures provide robust introductions to topics and support students as they work through readings and engage with the sources.

Certificate

Students receive a certificate of completion and full transcript on successful completion of the course and are eligible for an academic reference.

We are proud to have worked with professionals
and teams from the following institutions

African History Project - The Africa Centre
African History Project - Centre of Pan African Thought

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