Meet the Team

The Society is led by a President elected once a year at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Trinity Term. They are supported by a Committee which is elected or appointed in the course of each academic year.

Senior Members

Prof. Wale Adebanwi

Senior Member

Director - University of Oxford African Studies Centre 

Rhodes Professor of Race Relations

Prof. Patricia Daley

Honorary Patron

Professor of the Human Geography of Africa - University of Oxford Department of Geography and the Environment

Helen Morag Fellow and Tutor at Jesus College, Oxford



Executive Committee

Nigerian, MPhil in Development Studies

Matjie Lillian Maboya

Social Secretary

South African DPhil in Geography and the Environment 

Hakeem Onasanya

Vice President

Nigerian, Master of Public Policy 

Ingrid Verala Viban

General Secretary & IT Manager

Cameroonian, MPhil in Development Studies 

      Ghanaian , DPhil in Statistical Science 

Administrative Priorities 2018-2019

In celebrating the 60th Anniversary of this Society, we have also taken a moment to reflect both on the Society's achievements and its opportunities for growth. It is in this context that the 2018-2019 Committee has chosen to focus on issues related to gender equity and welfare, women's empowerment and pan-africanism. We have also made a deliberate step towards broadening our partnerships and collaborations. These will advance our mission of:

  • increasing access to an Oxford education for students from Africa and the Diaspora
  • supporting and highlighting the academic pursuits of our current members and creating space for their holistic enjoyment of their time at Oxford
  • sustaining engagement and honoring the contributions of previous AfriSoc members and alumniof the University from across the Diaspora who overcame perceivably insurmountable odds to pursue an education at the University of Oxford. 


The University of Oxford is one of the world's leading centres for African Studies. The African Studies Centre, within the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, acts as a focal point for graduate level work and faculty research on Africa. The Society and Executive Committee look forward to a continued partnership with the African Studies Centre at the University of Oxford whose staff and programming play an indelible role in the effective administration and success of the Society.

This year, AfriSoc has entered into a groundbreaking memorandum of understanding with the Africa Oxford Initiative - a cross-university platform for academic and research collaborations between the University of Oxford and African researchers and institutions.

The Committee has also launched a partnership with the African and Caribbean Society - a student run Society at the University of Oxford- to broaden the scope of our engagement to include undergraduates and supporters from the Diaspora.

To learn more about the Committee's administrative priorities and how to collaborate with AfriSoc, please e-mail:

Previous Administrations

We are forever indebted to all those who have helped develop the society before us.