Monthly Archives: June 2017

Ahtletic Club, 1959

QUB Athletic Club 1959

© Queen’s University Athletic Club
More photographs on the University’s Flickr page:

  • John Riverson (from Ghana) participated in the Northern Irish Championship of 1960 and won in the 100 Yards in 10.4.
  • Michael Ekue (from Ghana) participated in the Northern Irish Championship of 1960 and won the Pole Vault with 3.66 and again in 1963 with 3.50.
  • George Deh (from Ghana) participated in the Northern Irish Championship of 1961 and won with a Discuss throw of 40.40.

Prof. Akin O. Adesola

Akin Adesola came to Belfast in 1953 to study medicine. He graduated in 1956, did a year of  academic surgery at the Royal Hospital, then a postgraduate course between Belfast and London. In Belfast he stayed with the Gardiner family; his mentors were Prof Harold Rodgers and Prof. Richard Welbourn; his co-students were Sam Meshida (engineering) and George Johnston (medicine).

After returning to Nigeria, Akin Adesola became a lecturer at the University College Hospital Ibadan, then at the University of Lagos Medical School where he became Professor and head of Department in 1967. Followed a most successful national and international carreer which led him to become, among others, the Vice-Chancellor of the university of Ilorin and of the University of Lagos. Over the years he received many awards, one of which was an Honorary Doctorate from Queen’s University Belfast in 1989 – the first such doctorate for an African. In his later days, Prof. Adesola wrote his autobiography entitled A Bridge Endowed.

Graduation Gardiners   Adesol and the Gardiners

History of Africans in NI

WORKSHOP, Queen’s University Belfast

Auditorium, McClay Library, 17 June 2017, 1pm-5p

History: “History of Africans in Northern Ireland”, 1pm

Bill Hart (Ulster University), “Africans in 18th and 19th C. Northern Ireland”

Philippa Robinson, “The Irishman from West Africa. Dr Armattoe in Derry, 1938-50”

Eric Morier-Genoud (Queen’s University), “Africans at Queen’s University, 1942-68”

Rountable: “The Black Children of Ulster”, 3pm

Tim Brannigan, author of “Where are you really from?” (2010)

Annie Yellowe Palma, author of “For the Love of a mother” (2017)

Book launch, 4,30pm

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All welcome. Tea and coffee served between the panels.

With the support of the School of History, Anthropology, Politics & Philosophy