International Conference: Africa Centre for Information and Development (ACID)




TOPIC:  Africa’s Triple Threat (Boko Haram, Al Shabab & Al Qaeda in the Maghreb and Sahel): The rise of transnational and jihadist movements on the continent.

Date: 17th October, 2013

Venue: P-hotels, Grensen 19, Oslo

Time: 10.00-16.30


Morning Session, 10:00 – 13:00

Chairperson: Mr. Saikou Samateh, Board Member, the Africa Centre for Information and Development (ACID).



  SPEAKERS  09:15 – 10:00 Registration, tea and coffee

     10:00 – 10:10 Welcome Remarks and Introduction Omar Drammeh: Co-founder ACID

   10:10 – 10:30 Guest Speaker

  Ms. Queen Anne Zondo: Honourable Ambassador, South African Embassy, Oslo   


Concepts and Practise of Jihad in Islam: Clarifying Myths and Misconceptions                   


Imam Ibrahim Saidy: Darusalam Islamic Center, Oslo

   11 :00-11:30 Jihadist Movements in West Africa: Consequences for Peace and Security in the sub Region Mr. Sidia Jatta: Peoples’ Democratic Organisation for Independence & Socialism (PDOIS); Gambia   


Understanding Frances’ Invasion of Mali: A Critical Assessment of Causes and Impact on the Socio-political Landscape in Mali  

Dr. Oumar Mariko,:Secretary General, African Solidarity for Democracy and Independence (SADI), Mali.   


Violent Islamic Uprisings in Northern Nigeria: What does Boko Haram have in common with Al Qaeda?  

Professor Morten Bøas: Research Professor, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)

   12:00-12:30 Boko Haram: A Violent Symptom of Nigerian and African Leadership Crises

  Dr. Emanuel Ogbunwezeh, Head Africa Department of the International Society for Human Rights, Frankfurt. Germany.





  Al Shabab in Somalia: The History and Ideology of a Militant Islamist Group

  Dr. Stig Jarle Hansen. Associate Professor, Noragric, UMB. Ås


  Al Shabab and the Current Political Situation in Somalia: What are the prospects for lasting     peace Mr. Mohamed Husein Gaas: PHD Fellow, UMB and Research Fellow at FAFO


  Curbing Jihadist Threats and Movements in Africa: A Pan-Africanist Approach


  Ms. Samia Nkrumah: Chairwoman, Convention Peoples’Party (CPP), Ghana.




Plenary Session/Questions & Answers





  Closing remarks

  Dr. Brynjar Lia: Research Professor, Norwegian Defence Research Institute (FFI)


  Vote of thanks Mr. Mamadi Jobarteh: ACID Board Member


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