The Journal of West African History (JWAH) is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed research journal that publishes the highest quality articles on West African history. Located at the cutting edge of new scholarship on the social, cultural, economic, and political history of West Africa, JWAH fills a representational gap by providing a forum for serious scholarship and debate on women and gender, sexuality, slavery, oral history, popular and public culture, and religion. The editorial board encourages authors to explore a wide range of topical, theoretical, methodological, and empirical perspectives in new and exciting ways. The journal is committed to rigorous thinking and analysis; is international in scope; and offers a critical intervention about knowledge production. Scholarly reviews of current books in the field appear in every issue, and the publication is in both English and French. JWAH is published by Michigan State University Press.

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History of the Logo

The Journal of West African History’s logo, “together we can move mountains and attain great heights” was designed by Nigerian artist Jane C. Nwakoby. Ms. Nwakoby was born in Nigeria in 1970, and lives and works in Mississauga, Ontario, with her husband and four children. She received her BA and MFA in Fine and Applied Arts from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka; as well as a BA in Education from York University, Canada. Ms. Nwakoby’s work—including a number of spectacular paintings and murals—has been exhibited on three continents and can be found in a myriad of public and private art collections in Nigeria and abroad. In Nwakoby’s artwork, one finds a fascinating synthesis and marriage of contemporary ideas with her rich Igbo heritage. She regularly teaches in schools and private studios and continues to explore new and exciting ways of articulating and sharing her ideas, culture, and tradition through art.