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UBC Okanagan Department of History and Sociology Speaker Series

January 11 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Speaker series event graphic inlcuding image of Dr. Marius Kothor from The University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The Department of History and Sociology presents the second installment of its speaker series featuring Dr. Marius Kothor from The University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. Kothor’s talk entitled West African Women Merchants and the Economics of Decolonization will focus on how a wealthy group of Togolese women textile traders, known collectively as the Nana Benz, used the wealth and influence they gained from selling batik textiles to shape the political landscape of twentieth-century West Africa.

The talk will reveal how the women leveraged their social networks and deep knowledge of regional markets to expand consumer economies during colonialism, finance the decolonization movement in Togo, and smooth the turbulent transition from independence to the military dictatorship of Gnassingbé Eyadéma.


January 11
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Okanagan Regional Library (Downtown Kelowna)
1380 Ellis
Kelowna, BC V1Y 2A2 Canada
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Registration/RSVP Required
Event Type
Presentation, Talk/Lecture
Culture and Diversity, Policy and Social Change
Alumni, Community, Faculty, Staff, Partners and Industry, Students, Postdoctoral Fellows and Research Associates