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Professor Toyin Falola receives Quintessence Award from African Writers Endowment, Inc. and Proclamation from New Jersey governor

Posted: April 9, 2008

The AWE presented Prof. Falola the prestigious Quintessence Award at their annual Quintessence Ball in Trenton, New Jersey. Falola and the AWE were also honored with a Proclamation from New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine for their achievements and contributions to African heritage.

Each year AWE celebrates African People in World History by hosting the Quintessence Ball where the award is presented. The recipient's career must distinguish them as an outstanding contributor to the history of African people.

Professor Falola received the award for his accomplishments in scholarship and education. Quoting from the Proclamation that the Senate and General Assembly of New Jersey in a Joint Legislative Resolution established, he is the "author of more than 40 books on the economics, politics, systems of knowledge, religion, military governments, and culture of African peoples."

Falola currently serves as the Francis Higginbothom Nalle Centennial Professor of History at UT Austin. He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters, an Ibn Khaldun Distinguished Research Professor, and the Nelson Mandela Professor of African Studies at Large.

The AWE was established in New Jersey in 2000 as a means to promote the works of authors in the United States and around the world whose writings focus on African themes. Its mission is to raise funds in support of African writers to develop their craft and publish their work. They also want to foster better research understanding of African writers and their contribution in the field of letters and leadership.

Related Link
Professor Toyin Falola
Proclamation award for Dr. Falola and AWE (PDF, 142 KB)
Professor Toyin Falola's personal web site
African Writers Endowment, Inc.

Contact:
Martha-Gail Moore
Webmaster, History Dept.
512-475-7276
mgm3@mail.utexas.edu

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