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African languages and social change: Politics, activism, and justice

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BAAL Language in Africa SIG Conference 2021

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Registration for the panel sessions have now closed. If you have not registered but would still like to attend, please get in touch with us using the contact form on our website -

You can still register for our keynote speaker lecture -

This year’s BAAL Language in Africa SIG conference is held in collaboration with the Leeds University Centre for African Studies. The conference will be held online between the 1st and 14th of June.

The 2021 LIA SIG Annual Conference aims to bring together researchers to present and discuss current research on the role of language and languages – at the levels of policy, planning, education, social practice and literature – in contributing towards social change within Africa and the African diaspora.


The conference will run over a period of two weeks: 1st-14th of June.

On the 1st of June all pre-recorded presentation talks will be uploaded on the conference website ( for all conference participants to view. From the 7th of June we will have a series of themed live panel discussions involving a selection of the conference speakers.

Panel session schedule

You must register for each session individually. Please select a ticket for all of the dates you would like to attend!

These interactive sessions will provide an opportunity for discussion. Panels will be made up of selected conference speakers who will participate in a Q&A.

All times are BST (GMT+1).

7th June 10:00-11:00

Language and Cultural Products

A lingo-literary examination of gradual death of Yoruba language: A case study of selected Yoruba folk-songs

Abiola S. Kalejaiye, Babatunde Adebua & Odunayo Adeleke

The Influence of Gender, Status, and Age in Buying and Selling in Akan: The Case of Makola Market

Freda Asante Kumi

Metaphorical Perception Wealth in Ijebu Remo

Abiola S. Kalejaiye

Preferences for Yoruba and Non-Yoruba Movies among Secondary School Students in Ibadan: What an Irony for Yoruba Students on the Yoruba Soil!

Adéyẹmí Adéyínká & Ifẹ́olúwa Akínṣọlá

8th June 10:00-11:00

Language and Education

A reflection on working with student researchers to explore multilingual experiences in two Tanzanian secondary schools

Laela Adamson

Language politics and activism: the need for a new line of reasoning

Bert van Pinxteren

Language use and language attitudes in Botswanan primary schools

Dikosha Dikosha & Phetso Mmolao

Balancing on the linguistic bar: Tensions in the use of top-down and bottom-up approaches in promoting conceptual understanding using African languages in SA Higher Education

Kotie Kaiser, Dolly Dlavane, Maryna Reyneke & Rosemary Wildsmith-Cromarty

10th June 10:00-11:00

Language Policy, Planning, and Politics

Colonial Continuities: Language and social class in capitalist Rwanda

Kate Spowage

English and the struggle for Southern Cameroons’ independence

Raymond Echitchi

Language, power and identity: Reclaiming voice through Transforming power relations between languages

Charles Tante

11th June 10:00-11:00

Language and Political Discourse

A systemic functional analysis of selected Nigerian gubernatorial electioneering slogans

Babajide Afolabi & Abiola S. Kalejaiye

Animal metaphor as a rhetorical strategy in Nigerian media political discourses

Ebere C. Krisagbedo

Domestication of child’s rights acts law in Nigeria: the fate of language of immediate environment

Temitope Funminiyi Egbedeyi

Interrogating the audacity of national unity rhetoric and governance failure in Nigeria

Chris Uchenna Agbedo

14th June 10:00-11:00

Language and Media

Hashtags: A Tool for Performing “Nigerianess” on Twitter

Bunmi Balogun

Language and Sexuality in the Discourse Genre of Nigerian Social Media

Ololade Faniyi

Reporting insurgency effects in Nigerian newspapers: the story of linguistic erasure Mathias O. Chukwu

Keynote - 14th June 16:00-17:30

(You can register for the keynote here:

LUCAS Annual Lecture

#AskAman and the cultural itineraries of courtship in South Africa

Grace A. Musila

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