Colleagues, Partners and Friends of the ALC

I write on behalf of the Board of Trustees of the ALC to share this transition note from the Board Chair. The note contains information on the transition process that began at the Centre recently. After serving for seven years at the Centre (five years as Deputy Director and two years this June 2016 as Director), I have requested the Board to allow me to transition out as Director of the Centre and resume my full time teaching obligations at the Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi. The ALC was founded in Nairobi as a joint initiative between King’s College London and University of Nairobi. Indeed, the two institutions will be strengthening their partnership in 2016.

The Board considered and approved my request to leave the position of Director. It also put in place a transition process that will culminate in the appointment of a new ALC Director in April 2016 while I proceed on leave. The attached letter from the Chair of the Board frames the context of the process and indicates the commitment of the Board to ensure that this will be a smooth and successful process geared towards enhancing the standing of the ALC. On my part, I will continue to serve the ALC in different capacities, primary among these capacities will be as faculty on the Fellowship programme and also as member of the Board of Trustees. The Board has committed to keep all ALC partners fully updated on the transition process. On my own behalf, I want to thank you very much for supporting me during my term at the ALC. We all look forward to introducing to you the new ALC Director when the position is filled.

Thank you

Dr. Godwin R. Murunga

Download the attached letter from the Chair, ALC Board of Trustees here

The African Leadership Centre, the Africa Research Group and Transparency International UK
cordially invites you to:


Destabilising Defence: How Corruption Undermines Security Across Africa


Dylan Hendrickson, Senior Fellow Department of War Studies, King's College London
Gladwell Otieno, Vice-Chairperson of the ALC, former director of TI-Kenya
Gavin Raymond, Training and Capacity Building Lead, Transparency International
Chair: Dr Alex Vines, Chatham House, Africa Programme Head

Venue and Time:

Monday 25 January 2016,

18:00 - 20:00

Council Room (K. 2.29)
King's Building, King's College London Strand Campus
London WC2R 2LS

Registration URL:

The event will be followed by a drinks reception
Full details of the event are available on the registration page and the event page.

IDS@50 Keynote Address Video


Professor Adebayo Olukoshi

This Keynote Address was recorded on 18th November 2015 during the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) 50th Anniversary Conference held at University of Nairobi 8.4.4 Building.

The African Leadership Centre and the Africa Research Group
cordially invite you to a Public Lecture on:
Professional Military Education and the Modern Officer - The Nigerian Experience



Major General Idris

Chair: Dr Akali Omeni (The Africa Research Group)
Professional Military Education (PME) in Nigeria is broken. It has failed to prepare officers for contemporary challenges. Empirical evidence and the general belief among stakeholders, especially retired senior military officers of yesteryears, support this contention. A close review of the PME at both junior and senior staff and strategic levels, from the practitioner point of view, reveals numerous gaps that derive largely from rigid adherence to anachronistic “traditions” and thus inability or unwillingness to keep pace with and adapt to the fast and dynamic nature of the current threat environment. If the officer corps is to be prepared to confront current and future challenges therefore, a serious—and perhaps, fundamental—review of how, what, and where PME is delivered has become imperative. A case study of the Nigerian situation clearly suggests that some of the identified failures in combating the Boko Haram insurgency and other violent extremist groups are direct consequences of the inadequacy of PME. Since the challenges of the new and dynamic threat environment are likely to persist or even exacerbate, a major overhaul and far reaching reforms of the PME is necessary if the modern officer is to be prepared for contemporary challenges and successfully deliver on the military mission of today and into the future.

Venue and time
War Studies Meeting Room (K6.07) - King's Building, 6th floor, King's College London Strand Campus, Strand. WC2R 2LS GB
8th December 2015

18:00 to 19:30

Please confirm your attendance by registering here


This is to invite all in the ALC family to congratulate Jimam Lar on the completion of his doctoral studies. Jimam, who is also a member of ALC Alumni Association and serves on its Executive Committee, successfully defended his PhD thesis on 17th November 2015.

The thesis which is titled Vigilantism, State, and Society in Plateau State Nigeria: A History of Plural Policing (1950 to the Present) was awarded Magna Cum Laude –  (Merit with high honours), and Summa Cum Laude, (Distinction) for the viva.

During his PhD studies, Jimam Lar was a Junior Fellow at the prestigious Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS) of the University of Bayreuth. The African Leadership Centre celebrates Jimam’s momentous achievement and we wish him well in his future endeavours. We obviously look forward to reading the book that will come out of this thesis.


Thank you.

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