Best Graduate Student Paper

Announcing the Winners of the 2017 LSA Best Graduate Student Paper Prize

Damilola Dorcas Fagite (Obafemi Awolowo University) and Sara Katz (University of Michigan) are the joint winners of the LSA Best Graduate Student Paper Prize. The award goes to the best paper presented by a graduate student at the 2nd Lagos Conference, University of Lagos, June 15-17, 2017. The prize comes with a plaque and a cash award of $150 (N50,000) for each winner. The LSA will work with the winners to publish their paper in a good journal of African studies.


The LSA Awards Committee commended Fagite’s paper “for expanding the literature on colonial medicine in a profound way, through a critical examination of the role that the Rockefeller Brothers Fund played in the establishment of modern pharmaceutical industry in Lagos. Her careful reading of previously untapped archival materials provides an unusual glimpse into the intersections of Western medical practice and the narratives of nation-building and development in the early eras of self-rule in Nigeria.” Fagite’s paper is titled, “The Rockefeller Brothers Fund in Nigeria and the Establishment of Modern Pharmaceutical Industry in Lagos, 1957-1967.”

Damilola Fagite


The Committee praised Katz’s paper as “an incredibly thoughtful and well-documented piece of historical research. The author fills an important void in the literature on colonial Lagos, as well as adds nuance to our understanding of the way in which Muslims interacted and influenced each other. This paper is based on an impressive reading of primary sources from a variety of colonial Lagos newspapers, and critically engages with current literature.” Katz’s paper is titled, “Press Debates about Prestige and Shame by Lagosian Muslims in the Early 20th Century.”

Sara Katz