Frehiwot, Mjiba

Dr. Mjiba Frehiwot is a Research Fellow in the History and Politics Section of the Institute of African Studies. She holds a PhD in African Studies from Howard University, a Master of Social Work from California State University Sacrament and Bachelor of Social Work and African-American Studies from San Jose State University. She is currently teaching in the History and Politics section of the institute with a focus on politics specifically the development discourse.
Dr. Frehiwot’s research primarily focuses on Pan-Africanism, Kwame Nkrumah and Education. Specifically, the use of formal and informal education as a vehicle to expose Africans to Pan-African Consciousness and as a foundation for development.

She has presented several Academic Conferences specifically focusing on my primary research including the African Studies Association, the Kwame Nkrumah International Bi-Annual Conference. National Black Studies Council, Revival of Pan-Africanism Forum and many small academic gatherings aimed at advancing the study of Africa and African people. Finally, prior to entering the academy Dr. Frehiwot spent over 15 years working in the non-profit field where she created, managed and evaluated over 1.6 million of U.S. federal and private funding streams.

Research Interests:

  • Pan-Africanism and Education
  • Women and the Pan-African Movement
  • Kwame Nkrumah and the CPP
    Pan-Africanism in East Africa
  • Regional Integration and Pan-Africanism
  • Youth, Women and Pan-Africanism


Frehiwot, Mjiba (2015). Pan-African-Education: A Case Study of the Kwame Nkrumah Ideological Institute, Print Media and the Young Pioneer Movement (Chapter 15) in Charles Quist Adade & Vincent Dodoo (ED) “Pursuing Nkrumah’s Vision of Pan-Africanism in an Era of Globalization”. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Frehiwot, Mjiba (In Press). Pan-African Education: A Case Study of the Kwame Nkrumah Ideological Institute, Print Media and the Ghana Young Pioneer Movement-Book Chapter- in Jacob Gordon (ED) “From Neo-Neocolonialism to Neo-Liberal Globalization: The Intellectual and Political Legacies of Kwame Nkrumah and Africa’s Future”.

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