The 1st Pan-African Psychology Congress by my judgement was a huge success. We commend the synergy between PAPU and PsySSA to host the event at Durban, SA. It was a great opportunity to explore the knowledge development and public interest prospects for psychology on the continent. The Nigerian Psychological Association is delighted by the fact that moving forward, PAPU intends to make a positive influence on leadership and governance on the continent for the common good of all. I congratulate Prof Saths Cooper for these outcomes.

Prof. Andrew Zamani, President Nigerian Psychological Association

I thank Ms Seedat and her team for the exceptional manner in which they planned and executed the recent PAPU Congress. Everything ran like Swiss clockwork and the Congress compares exceptionally well with the best that I have ever had the privilege of attending.

The feedback about this milestone event that I have been receiving has been extremely positive and encouraging. Colleagues you have done our country and our continent proud and you deserve every accolade in the book for your sterling efforts. I am immensely proud of you and I am greatly honoured to be associated with you.

Prof Kobus Maree

“… The most diverse psychology conference I have attended on the African continent to date, raising contemporary and pertinent debates on the decolonisation of psychological science, and reinvigorating questions of Pan-Africanism in relation to knowledge production, epistemic justice, and Africans contributing to cutting-edge global psychological praxis. A truly extraordinary experience that will help to shape pedagogical innovation for a new layer of critical intellectuals and researcher-practioners in the field of psychology…”

Prof. Garth Stevens, (Deputy Dean: Faculty of Humanities), University of the Witwatersrand

It was my privilege to give a talk within the peace and forgiveness track at the PAPU Congress. I was amazed to hear the sophistication of the papers that were given in that track. Bringing researchers together from all over Africa and some from other continents will pay off in years to come with new collaborations and new ideas applied in Africa and beyond. Science has become big-science all over the world, and Africa is at the leading edge in fostering collaborations. It was a pleasure to attend and renew acquaintances with colleagues doing research in the same areas as I.

Everett L. Worthington, Jr., Commonwealth Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University

I was delighted to be have been invited to speak at the inaugural Pan-Africa Psychology Union Congress. I was particularly pleased to connect to colleagues from the region, the continent and the diaspora. I met a number of interesting colleagues with whom I hope to collaborate. The sessions I attended were excellent and the discussions were good.  Congratulations to the organisers, the congress was a wonderful initiative and I look forward to the next event.

Brendon Barnes, Professor and Head of the Department of Psychology at the University of Johannesburg

The 2017 PAPU was an incredibly rewarding and eye-opening experience for me. As an international outsider, I was genuinely moved and impressed by the depth, knowledge, skill, and cultural sensitivity displayed throughout the conference. In the USA, we often feel like we have all of the answers and that our job is to teach the world. I’m so glad that notion was dismissed straightaway at PAPU — the field of psychology within the amazing array of countries and peoples of Africa was consistently shown to be in good shape on its own, thank you very much. Thank you for the opportunity to share ideas openly and bravely.

Neil Gowensmith, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Director, Denver FIRST (Forensic Institute for Research, Service, and Training), Graduate School of Professional Psychology, University of Denver 

The PAPU conference in Durban is still in my mind and in my heart.

It is a wonderful experience to feeling connected, while at the same time realising how many different opinions we have about the origins of psychology and the direction it should take. The beauty of humanity was reflected in the love I perceived for our profession and the goals it represents: the well-being of people and peoples.

This is what made this conference so special: moving forward towards a common future.

Polli Hagenaars, Registered, practicing healthcare psychologist in Amsterdam-NL and a trainer in diversity and non-discrimination. Convenor of the board of Human Rights and Psychology of the European Federation of Psychologists’ Association (EFPA)


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