Message from the GSAf President: Prof. Olugbenga Okunlola



gbengaokunlola@yahoo.co.uk

The Colloquium of African Geology (CAG) is a major biennial meeting organized under the auspices of the Geological Society of Africa (GSAf), where earth scientist globally have the opportunities to present their research results on topics related to Africa and surroundings areas on a continental and international scale . It also affords the incubation, generation and execution of initiatives that lead to interaction between the Academia, Industry and the Society.

Professor W.Q Kennedy, assisted by Tom Clifford, convened the very first Colloquium of African Geology (CAG) at the University of Leeds during the Easter vacation in March 1964. There was a pulse of excitement that electrified the assembled audience from Africa, Europe, North and South America, Australia and New Zealand when Prof. Kennedy announced his new concept of a ‘Pan-African thermo tectonic event’.

Since the first colloquium in 1964, several European and African countries have hosted this Colloquium. The African countries that had a chance to organize this event were Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Morocco, Mozambique, Tunisia, South Africa, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Nigeria. It returned back to Europe, in 2018 and was held in Aveiro, Portugal based on the decision of the Geological Society of Africa (GSAf) General Assembly held on November 2016 at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. During the 27th Colloquium, the organization of the next Colloquium of African Geology (CAG28) as well as the 18th Conference of the Geological Society of Africa was assigned to Morocco, for October 2020. The Theme of the Colloquium is:

“GEOSCIENCES: THE PRICELESS SUBSTRATE FOR AFRICAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT”

Senior and early-career earth scientists from organizations, associations, mining companies, civil societies, politics, and media will be welcome from all over the world especially but not limited to career scientists from African Countries and other developing areas. These representatives will be from different countries and will also be active at the national level. The participation of these individuals from different sectors and countries will enhance international collaborations.
Morocco, the host country is an interesting geologically heterogeneous country with its allure of the igneous , metamorphic and sedimentary rocks hosting diverse mineralization that have contributed, and still contributing immensely to the economy of the Country. This is in addition to the alluring geomorphic landscapes of immense geotouristic aesthetics. Fez the host city, a famous culturally rich town and a centre of learning is no less alluring. The interesting geoscientific sessions and excursions that will be highlighted in the circulars, promise to be enriching and immensely scientifically beneficial.
I enjoin all geoscientists globally, therefore, to plan to attend, register and be prepared for an interesting and geologically fulfilling time in Morocco from October 9th to 17th 2021 as the CAG 28 unfolds.

Prof. O. Okunlola

gbengaokunlola@yahoo.co.uk