Mandela died Dec. 5, 2013 and many world leaders attended his memorial, including U.S. President Barak Obama.
A graduate of the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, West Africa, Abaka earned his master’s degree in European History at the University of Guelph in Canada and a Ph.D. in African History at York.
He teaches general African history survey classes at the University of Miami and offers specialized courses on Southern Africa, Egypt and the Nile Valley, West Africa Since 1800, and Pan-Africanism.
His graduate classes include Africa and the African Diaspora, Slavery and Emancipation, European Expansion in Africa: Colonialism and Imperialism and African Historiography.
Abaka’s research interests cover commodities and trade in pre-colonial West Africa, Slavery and Emancipation, and the African diaspora.
He has published a number of articles and book chapters on kola (one of the original ingredients for Coca-Cola), the colonial period in African history, and African youth. His book Kola is God’s Gift was published in 2005.
The Mandela lecture is sponsored by the Ghana-American Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center and the University of Miami.
*The African-American Research Library and Cultural Center is located at 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call the Welcome Desk at 954-357-6210.