Since the formation of the IGU in Brussels, Belgium, in 1922, it has grown in both scientific activity and the number of Commissions and Task forces. Notable developments include the Latin American Commission which deals with the geographies of Latin America. Although geographers from the African continent have consistently participated and featured in many of the IGU Commissions and sessions thereof, it seems as though the absence of a platform that deliberately and categorically speaks to and champions issues in and/or of Africa could have stifled and suffocated geographical debate on and about the continent. The African continent in and of itself offers a plenitude of ‘material’ for geographical scholarship that would benefit the discipline and humanity.
Against this background, it is strongly anticipated that the formation of the IGU Commission on African Studies will not only undo the foregone loss to scholarship and humanity caused by the absence of a dedicated commission that looked into things African, but will also assist in promoting and elevating African geographies in the IGU fold of programmes and activities and the cause of science, in general.