• The Kofo Collective

    For Black Women at the University of Oxford

  • Our vision

    The Kofo Collective for Black Women at the University of Oxford seeks to serve the unique needs of black women at the university through a lens of inclusion, diversity, and engagement. The group centers three pillars of engagement: mentorship, social cohesion, and discussion-based events with members of and outside of the Oxford community.

    Lady Kofoworola Abeni Ademola

    And Her Legacy at the University of Oxford

    In 1935, Lady Kofoworola (Kofo) Abeni Ademola became the first African woman to gain a degree from Oxford. The Kofo Collective seeks to pay homage to the path trail blazed by Lady Kofo and the broader impact that black women have had on this campus.

    First Pillar of Engagement: Mentorship

    To Actively Engage Undergraduate and Graduate Students

    Sign-up for our mentorship program that pairs undergraduate and graduate women together in symbiotic partnerships here. Email the Mentorship Chair with any questions or concerns at kofocollective.mentorshipchair@gmail.com.

    Second Pillar of Engagement: Social Cohesion

    To Support the Wellbeing of Black Women

    The experiences of black women at Oxford can be isolating due to the lack of resources for an underrepresented group that often experiences gendered and racialized microaggressions on campus. Check out our Fresher's Guide and explore the 'Events' section. We prioritize activities related to self-care and the exploration of the diverse and intersectional identities of black femmes.

    Third Pillar of Engagement: Critical Engagement

    To Explore the Issues Pertinent to Black Women

    Lastly, the critical engagement pillar is focused on events of a more political or academic nature. We love collaborating with other organizations on campus. Please email the President (kofocollective.president@gmail.com) with any requests for collaboration.

  • Our Team

    Our executive team strives to create inclusive, supportive spaces with fellow black women.

    Mary Paige Jiyani

    President

    kofocollective.president@gmail.com

    Mary Paige is the first female Rhodes Scholar from Malawi currently reading for an MPhil in Law. In addition to her work for the Kofo Collective, Mary Paige is Junior Dean at Balliol College, General Secretary of the Oxford Pole Sports Society and Graduate Convener of the Property Law Discussion Group. Mary Paige loves to dance, and is excited to meet and connect with the black community in Oxford. She hopes that the Kofo Collective can provide a lasting and supportive space to combat Oxford’s pervasive lack of diversity.
     

    Nelisa Nchimunya Tebeka

    Vice President: Finance

    kofocollective.financechair@gmail.com
     

    Nelisa is a Rhodes Scholar from Zambia currently reading for a DPhil in Physiology at Wolfson College. In the past year, she served as Treasurer of the African Society at Oxford Uni, and actively engaged with various clubs and organisations that work towards the cultural awareness and the social wellbeing of students. Before studying in Oxford, Nelisa Pursued her MSc in Marine Microbiology at the Max Planck Institute In Germany. When she is not working on her DPhil research, Nelisa enjoys dubbing into various hobbies like fashion, jumping on cheap planes to visit new places around Europe and attending political conferences within or outside the UK. Nelisa hopes that members of the Kofo collective will find a home and space of comfort within the community.

    Jolynne Mokaya

    General Secretary

    kofocollective.secretary@gmail.com

    Jolynne Mokaya is a Leverhulme Mandela Rhodes scholar from Kenya. She is currently reading for a DPhil in Clinical Medicine, affiliated with the Nuffield Department of Medicine and is a member of Hertford college. Jolynne is a Clinical Epidemiologist and a Registered Nurse. She has interest in health research, African history, poetry and culinary art. She enjoys hiking and currently serves as a Social Secretary of the Oxford University Walking Club. Jolynne is passionate about making connections with people from a place of love

    Alexandria Davis

    Welfare Chair

    Mbalenhle Matandela

    Outreach Relations Chair

    Heather Akumiah

    Mentorship Chair

    Mikayla Sinclair

    Alumnae Development Chair

    kofocollective.alumnichair@gmail.com

     

    Check out our alumnae network LinkedIn page here!

     

  • Kofo Survival Guide

    Here are some tips on how to survive the interesting place that is Oxford!

  • Events Calendar

    MT18 term card coming soon!

     

    See our past events below!

    Kofo Collective Tea Party - Monday, November 27, 2017

    5:00pm - 9:00pm

    St. John's MCR, Saint Giles

    Want to know more about the Kofo Collective? Interested in getting involved? Hoping to suggesting some programming ideas for Hilary Term? Just want some free biscuits? Then come over to the Kofo Collective Tea Party!

    Kofo AfroBop Pre Game - Saturday, November 11, 2017 7:30pm - 9:30pm

    66 Woodstock Road

    The warm up for the turn up at Linacre's termly Afrobop. Come on time or get left behind!

    Black History Month Arts Night - Wednesday, October 25, 2017

    7:30pm - 10:00pm

    St. Antony's Buttery, 62 Woodstock Road

    Singers, spoken word artists, poets, and performers throughout Oxford joined forces for a night of celebrating blackness. All proceeds are donated to Jacari, a student-run charity that helps children learn English as an additional language. To learn more about Jacari, here.

    Kofo/BARS/Afrisoc Mixer - Friday, October 20, 2017

    6:30pm - 9:00pm

    Duke of Cambridge, 5-6 Little Clarendon Street

    Welcome drinks reception about the "Welcoming Wale" lecture for new and old faces to meet and mingle! Organizers: Stephanie Odiase, Tonny Muthee (BARS/Afrisoc), and Debi Ogunrinde (BARS)

    Community Outreach Gardening - Saturday, June 17, 2017

    10:30am - 10:00pm

    Restore - an Oxfordshire mental health charity - is having a wellbeing event in their garden. It would be great if you can come out for a few hours anytime and assist with set-up and take down of stalls, portering, litter picking, fundraising or working as entrance stewards. Feel free to RSVP if you're interested and/or comment below if you have questions. | Organizers: Katryna Mahoney and Alex Davis

    Mentorship and Self-Care Day - Sunday, May 7, 2017

    2:00pm - 5:00pm

    East Oxford Community Centre

    As part of the Sisterhood Summit, the Mentorship and Self-care day is meant to be inclusive, engaging and an opportunity for mentorship and support. (PS - we will also be making facial scrubs and be giving personalized care packages!) | Organizers: Alex Davis and Hanna Amanuel

    Screening of 195 Lewis at Oxford - Friday, May 5, 2017

    6:00pm - 9:00pm

    Investcorp Building, St Antony's College

    195 Lewis is an independent web series project about a Black lesbian couple in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn striving to practice radical honesty in their (newly) polyamorous relationship. Kickstart the Sisterhood Summit in Oxford with an exclusive screening of season one! http://www.195lewis.com/. RSVP to reserve your ticket here. | Organizers: Seble Samuel, Onthatile Serehete, Stephanie Odiase, Katryna Mahoney and Paige Woods

    The Weekend Retreat: Black Girl Magic Style - Sat, Feb 25, 2017, 10:00am - Sun, Feb 26, 2017, 3:00pm

    London Soho

    As the term grinds on and on and on, we thought it would be nice to get away from our studies for approxiately 30 hours. This short London weekend retreat includes the following itenerary: Lunch at Vapiano's, Shopping / Chilling / Movie Watching/Whatever else you can do in a few hours, a mixer with young black professionals and other Uni students at Cote Brasserie, a night out on the town, a self-care brunch and just a bunch of good memories and fun. Please fill out the poll to let us know which events you will be attending and if you need accommodations for Saturday night. | Organizers: Shalisha Patrick, Paige Woods and Horatio Georgestone

    Kofo Collective Chat - Sunday, February 19, 2017

    4:30pm - 6:00pm

    East Oxford Community Centre

    Come chat about The Kofo Collective. Snacks will be provided. | Organizers: Paige Woods and Stephanie Odiase

    Dessert Potluck - Friday, February 11, 2017

    8:00pm - 10:00pm

    287 Cowley Road, OX4 2AQ

    Join us for a dessert potluck! Please just bring a dessert or drink (i.e. tea, hot chocolate, wine, etc.) | Organizers: Paige Woods and Hanna Amanuel

    Pan-African Dance Class Special Session - Sunday, February 5, 2017

    3:00pm - 4:30pm

    East Oxford Community Centre

    Lakica of BK LUWO at the East Oxford Community Centre has arranged to conduct a special session of her regularly scheduled Pan-African Dance Class for the black women of Oxford. The class which is usually £5 will be offered for £3. Come for a fun-filled workout and an opportunity to dance away the stress. RSVP is critical. | Organizers: Paige Woods

    AfroBop BYOB Pre-Drinks- Saturday, January 28, 2017

    8:00pm - 9:30pm

    66 Woodstock Road

    Come one come all for pre-drinks before turning up at AfroBop! Bring whatever you like--cups will be provides. Please invite all of your WOCs :) | Organizers: Stephanie Odiasse

    DIY Self-Care Day - Sunday, January 22, 2017

    3:00pm - 7:00pm

    East Oxford Community Centre

    Rescheduled from the Refresher's weekend so more of us can join! We can prepare an arsenal of moisturizing skin scrubs and share self-care tips for the semester during our own DIY spa day at the community centre. Also, would love to do with vision boards with folks. For those that have never done them before, it's basically a visualization exercise. | Organizers: Paige Woods

    Refresher's Weekend: Carefree Black Woman Edition - Friday, Jan 13, 2017, 7:00pm - Sun, Jan 15, 2017, 3:30pm

    Spiced Roots

    On Friday, we will be having a potluck dinner at Jenn Kizza's spot. There is a kitchen if you want to cook there or you can just bring your contribution already prepared. On Sunday, we are taking it back to how it all started: brunch. But this brunch is special because it is at an AMAZING black-owned Caribbean spot on Cowley Road. Please please RSVP so I can make sure they have accurate numbers.| Organizers: Paige Woods

    Insecure Marathon - Thu, Dec 8, 2016, 7:00pm - Fri, Dec 9, 2016, 1:00am

    287 Cowley Road, OX4 2AQ

    As the term is ending, there's only one thing left to happen...get caught up on Insecure! Apparently, Issa Rae's hit show is a real game changer and many of us have slept on it throughout the term. But, it's time to find out what all the fuss is about. We're gonna start from the very beginning so feel free to come as you are and, if you've been a dedicated fan throughout this season, you can rewatch (but NO SPOILERS). Please RSVP before so we know how many to expect. We'll try to have a few goodies but please also bring whatever snacks or drinks you would like to have.| Organizers: Paige Woods

    Thanksgiving Potluck - Thursday, November 24, 2016

    7:00pm - 11:00pm

    East Oxford Community Centre

    We got... "Beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes
    Lamb, rams, hogs, dogs
    Beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes
    Chicken, turkeys, rabbit
    You name it!"
    Well, I guess we can have a different menu but we should definitely get together to eat good food this upcoming Thursday. Thanksgiving is a sketchy holiday in the States but let's use it as an excuse to eat good food, fellowship and show each other love during these 7th week, post-election, rainy days. Please fill out the form with what you are willing to bring and please RSVP for this event by Tuesday so people have enough time to prepare. Hope to see everyone there :) The room be upstairs in the BK. LUWO room.| Organizers: Paige Woods, Kofo Spaine and Stephanie Odiase

    'I'm In Love with the CoCo' Brunch - Sunday, November 6, 2016

    2:00pm - 4:00pm

    Cafe Coco, 23 Cowley Road

    Black women's brunch this Sunday to chat and get to know the ins and outs of being a black women here in Oxford outside of the academic context. Please invite your friends so we can take over 'Cafe Coco' on Cowley this Sunday. RSVP on Facebook so I can make the reservation on Friday. | Organizers: Paige Woods and Hanna Amanuel

  • Opportunities Board

    Check this section for job listings and open positions on the Kofo Collective Executive Team.

    We are looking for bright, energetic, and committed young women to fill the following roles: A media and communications chair to help promote and manage the Kofo brand! This role would involve: -Managing the website and social media accounts as needed (periodic updates and posts about what we...
  • Additional Information from the Kofo Collective

    The Kofo Collective Constitution

    Read it here.

     

    Inaugural Kofo Newsletter

    Perspectives and insights from our first year.

     

    Kofo Collective in the News!

    Learn about St. Antony's funding award, the Antonian Fund, and the Kofo Collective on page 17 of the 2017 Edition of The Antonian

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