August 12, 2022


Let'S Talk Law

Touching Life | Ga Southern Journal

Thirty-two decades is a lengthy time to work at one particular university, but it is been a joyous time for Saba Jallow, Ph.D.

“The joy has been in assembly persons, particularly learners, helping them celebrate range and walk in other people’s sneakers, seeing college students graduate and grow to be effective,” reported Jallow.

As an associate professor in Ga Southern’s Office of Political Science, Jallow was one of the founders and previous director of the Center for Africana Scientific studies. He is retiring this calendar year.


Born in the Republic of Gambia in West Africa, Jallow is recognized as an expert on Africa and globe politics. He pioneered the Southeast Product African Union (SEMAU), held on a yearly basis by the College System of Georgia’s Africa Council. SEMAU is a simulation of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

“During this simulation, college students are given the prospect to fulfill ambassadors from the AU and craft resolutions, which are designed to fix certain issues,” mentioned Jallow. “The pupils create the resolutions, debate them and go by way of the disappointment of seeking to achieve arrangement. I imagine it adjustments them and informs them more than the classroom by itself.”

Ga Southern pupils in fact have been improved, and lots of of his previous students credit history Jallow with inspiring them towards effective professions.

“At Georgia Southern, Dr. Jallow sparked my fascination in all points Africa and world politics,” said Nebiyu Feleke (’93, ’95), resident authorized advisor for the U.S. Division of Justice at the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia. “When I was a federal prosecutor in D.C., he typically brought his college student delegates to my household for a food and roundtable political discussions. Now, I’m stationed in Addis Ababa, headquarters of the AU. Not a day goes by that I don’t imagine of Dr. Jallow.”

Delegations and worldwide college students also show up at the Intercontinental Model African Union (IMAU), an initiative of Howard University in collaboration with the African Union Mission in Washington, D.C.

“When we go to SEMAU and the global conference, American college students grow to be closer to the complications that African countries go through in actual time, and then make suggestions to individuals governments,” mentioned Jallow. “The director of the worldwide design shares the information with Addis Ababa. The ambassadors convey to us they have in fact used the proposals the pupils have created.”

IMPACTING THE Lives OF College students

It is simple to perception the admiration of students who have been blessed ample to just take his courses.

“I was a sophomore still making an attempt to locate my position at Ga Southern when divine intervention stepped in and I finished up in Dr. Jallow’s global politics class,” said Adrianne McCollar (’04,’07), director of the Division of Facility Services at Ga Southern. “Entering Saba’s course I just hoped for an ‘A’ to enhance my GPA. What I bought was a mind to decide, an ear to hear and a force in the proper course. I also identified my for good love, [Statesboro] Mayor Jonathan McCollar, although making ready to be a delegate for the Product African Union.”

College students who didn’t have him in course, but participated in SEMAU and IMAU felt his impact much too.

“Quite honestly, Dr. Saba Jallow has been one of the finest influences in my daily life,” reported Dylan John (’16,’18), former Ga Southern SGA president, now working for Piedmont Construction Group. “Dr. Jallow’s determination cannot be adequately captured if you have not observed his dynamism, commitment and influence over plenty of college students across the nation via his management in the Model
African Union.”

Previous pupils, from lawyers to federal government officers to diplomats, all acknowledge Jallow’s impact on their existence achievement.

“Saba Jallow led the charge to assure learners of coloration and all those from all around the world observed a safe and sound area at Ga Southern exactly where they could flourish,” explained the Rev. Francys Johnson, J.D. (‘01). “He steps his success in life touched, careers sophisticated and the enhancement of the human situation.”

“Dr. Saba Jallow can be described best as a teacher, a real mentor and leader,” claimed Sheila Francois, J.D. (‘15). “He served me notice my passion for group activism, and solidified my fascination in getting a law firm.”

Furthermore, current graduates are profoundly affected by the regular aura of goodwill that emanates from Jallow.

“Nothing could explain how dedicated, optimistic, approachable and encouraging Dr. Jallow is,” claimed Berenice Zundi, a May well 2021 graduate in specialist communication and management. “He is always eager and prepared to provide advice and determination to anybody.”

Jallow ideas to continue to be busy in retirement, including frequent outings
to Africa.

“Since my wife [Renata Newbill-Jallow] is however the main community defender for the Ogeechee Circuit, when we get time we’ll be going to Africa and coming back again to Statesboro, partaking the local community at massive, here and in Africa,” he stated.

When asked what he would like his learners to don’t forget about him, Jallow shares his lifelong philosophy.

“Life is a journey, you consider it as it arrives. But you do your greatest to make certain that you can obtain your goals. And if there are difficulties, know that persons will aid you, just like you would support them if you had the chance to do so. We all have to work as a workforce to sustain society at big, and in the approach, increase the human problem.”

 Liz Walker