Cameroon’s Olivette Otele, a Historian has been awarded two honours, Professor of History and assigned a personal chair position by Bath Spa University. This makes Olivette UK’s first black female history professor.
The academic’s current research focuses on transnational history, particularly the link between history, collective memory and geopolitics in relation to British and French colonial pasts.
BIG NEWS: my people, @BathSpaUni has awarded me a professorship and a Chair in History.
May this open the door 2many v hard working women, especially WoC, even + specifically Black women, in academia in general & in History in particular.
In strength, peace and love my ppl.
— Historian (@OlivetteOtele) October 22, 2018
When asked by History Today which moment in history she would most like to go back to during an interview with the publication earlier this year, Otele said: “Now is a good place for me as a scholar and a black woman.”
We say Congratulations!