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Leadership

The Institute has an impressive list of outstanding senior Scholars from all over the world in the fields of Humanities and Social Sciences

Professor Jacob K. Olupona

Convener

Jacob K. Olupona is Professor of African Religious Traditions, Harvard Divinity School and Professor of African and African American Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University. Olupona has authored or edited numerous books, including Kingship, Religion and Rituals in a Nigerian Community: A Phenomenological Study of Ondo Yoruba Festivals and The City of 201 Gods: Ile-Ife in Time Space and the imagination, in which he examines the modern urban mixing of ritual, royalty, gender, class, and power, and how the structure, content, and meaning of religious beliefs and practices permeate daily life. Olupona has received prestigious grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, the Ford Foundation, the Davis Humanities Institute, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and the Getty Foundation. He has served on the editorial boards of three influential journals and was the president of the African Association for the Study of Religion. Olupona has received an honorary doctorate in divinity from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife and the University of Abuja, Nigeria. In 2008 he was awarded the highest distinction the Nigerian government bestows on civilians, the Nigerian National Order of Merit, and he was inducted into the Nigerian Academy of Letters in 2015. In October 2015, he was honored with the Reimar Lust Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany. He is the recipient of the 2018 Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion.

Professor Olutayo Adesina

Coordinator

Olutayo Charles Adesina is Professor of History in the Department of History and former Director, Centre for General Studies at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He earned his PhD from the Department of History, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, after which he joined the Department of History, University of Ibadan. He served as the Sub-Dean (General), Faculty of Arts, and as the Head, Department of History from 2001-2003 and 2006-2008. He is a fellow of the Atlantic History, Charles Warren Center, Harvard University; the African Visiting Fellow, Rhodes Chair of Race Relations, St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, U.K.; and, Fellow, Institute of Advanced Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. His major publications include: Akanmu Adebayo and O.C. Adesina (eds.), Globalization and Transnational Migrations: Africa and Africans in the Contemporary Global System (Newcastle-upon- Tyne, U.K, Cambridge Scholars Publishing), 2009; Akanmu Adebayo, Olutayo C. Adesina and Rasheed Olaniyi (eds.), Marginality and Crisis: Globalization and Identity in Contemporary Africa (Lanhan, Maryland, U.S.A. Lexington Books), 2010 and, Adesina, O.C., Olukoya Ogen and Noah Echa Attah (eds). Critical Perspectives on Peace, Conflict and Warfare in Africa, Ile-Ife, Obafemi Awolowo University Press, 2012. His most recent publications include: Nigeria in the Twentieth Century: History, Governance and Society, Ibadan, Connel Publications, 2017; “Soccer Victory authorized by the gods: Prophecy, Popular Memory and the Peculiarities of Place”, In Afe Adogame, Nick Watson and Andrew Parker, Global Perspectives on Sports and Christianity, London and New York, Routledge, Taylor and Francis, 2018; and, “Feeding the Millions: Understanding Africa’s Food Security Problem” In Richard A. Olaniyan and Ehimika A. Ifidon (eds), Contemporary Issues in Africa’s Development: Wither the African Renaissance? Newcastle upon Tyne, Cambridge scholars Publishing, 2018. He is currently completing a book-length manuscript on ‘The Indian Diaspora in Nigerian history, Economy and Political Power Relations.’

Professor David O. Ogungbile

Coordinator

David Olugbenga Ògúngbilé is the current Head of Department in the Department of Religious Studies, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He received his BA(1987) and MA (1992) in Religious Studies from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. He obtained MTS (World Religions) from Harvard University in 2001, and then completed his Ph.D. with a thesis on Myth, Ritual and Identity in the Religious Traditions of the Osogbo People of Western Nigeria in 2003 from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. His research engagement has been on the various manifestations, expressions, and the dynamics of religions (Indigenous Religion, Islam and Christianity)in Africa. His interpretations and analysis of indigenous religious traditions make use of mythic narratives and ritual practices, which are the principal markers of how he defines the parameters of human identities, reinforcing his interdisciplinary approach to the religious experiences of African and the African Diaspora. His contributions include: God: African Supreme Beings; in The Encyclopedia of Religion; (2nd Edition, 2005); Body Decoration; in; Encyclopedia of Religion, Communication and Media; (Routledge,2006); and Religions: Africa; in The Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender; (Thomson Gale, 2007). He has co-edited four volumes for the Faculty of Arts of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife Nigeria, titled Locating the Local in the Global: Voices on a Globalised Nigeria (2004); The Humanities, Nationalism and Democracy (2006); Rethinking the Humanities in Africa (2007) and The Humanities and Leadership in Nigeria (2014). He has also edited Creativity and Change in Nigerian Christianity (with Akintunde Akinade,2010) and African Indigenous Religious Traditions in Local and Global Contexts (2015).His book Divine Manifestation and Human Creativity: Cultural Hermeneutics of Myth, Ritual and Identity among an African Community is being completed. He teaches Comparative Religion, Methods and Theories of Religion, and Religion and Human Values in the Department of Religious Studies of Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria.

Faculty

Our Faculty comprises top global scholars in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Prof. Simeon Ilesanmi

Simeon Ilesanmi received his PhD from Southern Methodist University and his JD from Wake Forest University School of Law. He teaches courses in comparative ethics, international human rights, religion and law, ethics of war and peace, and African religions. He is the author of Religious Pluralism and the Nigerian State (Ohio University Press, 1997) and numerous articles and book chapters on African religion, ethics, war and politics. He is an Associate Editor of Journal of Religious Ethics and serves on the editorial boards of several other learned journals. His current and ongoing research interests focus on human rights, ethics of war, and religion, law and politics in Africa.

Prof. Margaret Lombe

Margaret Lombe, PhD, is an associate professor at GSSW. She is also a faculty associate at the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis. Her area of expertise is international social development with an emphasis on social inclusion/exclusion and capacity building. Lombe also specializes in methods for food security and nutrition assessment and evaluation of programs both locally and internationally. Her current research portfolio includes understanding social effects of foreclosure, food security and livelihood mechanism in vulnerable households, exploration of the intersectionality between poverty and disability, empowerment of OVC as well as capacity building strategies. She has worked to develop and validate measures of social inclusion/exclusion and is currently developing new methods for conducting causal analyses of food security. Lombe has conducted evaluations for Non-Governmental Organizations including Catholic Relief Services, Entreculturas, OXFAM America & OXFAM Great Britain, Global Ignatian Advocacy Networks (GIAN) and the Association of Member Episcopal Conference of Eastern Africa (AMECEA). She has also served on an ongoing basis as consultant to the United Nations and has participated in a number of Experts Group Meetings (EGM) on inclusion/exclusion. Infact, Lombe is currently serving as an expert on Policy One, advising the United Nations on Sustainable Urban Development (HABITAT III).Lombe has developed and taught a number of courses including global practice and program monitoring and evaluation. Currently, Lombe serves as guest editor for Social Development Issues and works on editorial boards of a number of journals. She is author of a book on Children and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, more than 30 peer reviewed articles, book chapters, reports and encyclopedia entries. Her recent work has appeared in refereed journals such as: Social Work Research; Journal of Poverty; Children and Youth Services Review; and the Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare.

Prof. Laura S. Grillo

Laura S. Grillo is an Affiliated Faculty at Georgetown University. She earned her Ph.D. in History of Religions from The University of Chicago, specializing in African religions. For six years Laura served as co-chair of the African Religions Unit in the American Academy of Religion. She is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion and Religion Compass Journal. Laura authored numerous journal and encyclopedia articles on African religions and contributed chapters for anthologies including The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to African Religions and The Blackwell Companion to Religious Ethics. Her book, An Intimate Rebuke: Female Genital Power in Ritual and Politics in West Africa, was just published by Duke University Press (November 2018). A Research Fellowship at Harvard Divinity School supported that work. A second book, Religions in Contemporary Africa: An Introduction, co-authored with Adriaan van Klinken and Hassan J. Ndzovu, will be published by Routledge in 2019.

Prof. Afe Adogame

Prof. Afe Adogame currently serves as the Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Religion and Society and is a leading scholar of the African Diaspora. He holds a PhD in History of Religions from the University of Bayreuth in Germany and has served as associate professor of World Christianity and religious studies, and director international at the School of Divinity, New College, at The University of Edinburgh in Scotland. His teaching and research interests are broad, but tend to focus on interrogating new dynamics of religious experiences and expressions in Africa and the African Diaspora, with a particular focus on African Christianities and new indigenous religious movements; the interconnectedness between religion and migration, globalization, politics, economy, media and the civil society.

Prof. Wale Adebanwi

Prof. Wale Adebanwi is the current Director of the African Studies Centre and the Rhodes Professor of Race Relations for the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies at University of Oxford, Oxford, UK. He is a fellow of St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford and has been a co-editor, Africa for the Journal of the International African Institute since 2015. Prior to holding his current position, Prof. Adebanwi served as a professor in the department of African and African American Studies at University of California – Davis, a visiting professor at the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER), Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, has held several positions in the Department of Political Science at the University of Ibadan. He has also served an associate at the Development Policy Centre in Ibadan (2000). Prof. Adebanwi is an accomplished scholar, who earned his Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications from the University of Lagos, Nigeria (1992), after which he went on to the University of Ibadan, where he received both a Master of Science (1995) and later a PhD in Political Science in 2002. Adebanwi went on to pursue a Master of Philosophy in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University in the UK (2004), where he also received a second PhD in Social Anthropology from the same institution in 2008. He is the author of numerous illustrious monographs including the recently published Nation as Grand Narrative: The Nigerian Press and the Politics of Meaning (University of Rochester Press 2016); Yoruba Elite and Ethnic Politics in Nigeria: Obafemi Awolowo and Corporate Agency. (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and Authority Stealing: Anti-Corruption War and Democratic Politics in Post-Military Nigeria. (Carolina Academic Press, 2012), which was selected as one of the Best Books on Africa in 2013. Adebanwi has also edited and co-edited several volumes and published works including a work of non-fiction in 2008 titled Trials and Triumphs: The Story of The NEWS (West African Book Publishers, 2008).

Prof. Corey Williams

Corey Williams is an anthropologist and scholar of religion with a primary research focus on religion in modern Africa and the African Diaspora. He is currently working on projects related to interreligious encounter in Nigeria, Islam and public policy in sub-Saharan Africa, and African immigrant religious networks among African Initiated Churches in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Prof. Williams is currently serving as the General Secretary of the African Association for the Study of Religions (AASR) and the Co-Chair of the World Christianity Unit for the American Academy of Religion (AAR). Prior to joining Leiden University in 2015, he was a Visiting Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University, USA (2014) and Assistant Lecturer and Tutor in Religious Studies at Edinburgh University, UK (2012-2014).

Prof. Omolade Adunbi

Omolade Adunbi is a political anthropologist and an Associate Professor at the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS) and Program in the Environment (Pite) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is also Associate Chair for African Studies at the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies and a Distinguished Faculty Fellow for Sustainability at the Graham Sustainability Institute, University of Michigan. Adunbi obtained his first degree from Ondo State University, Ado Ekiti. He earned an MA, MPhil and PhD from Yale University. He has authored several journal articles in different academic journals across the world; He is the author of the award winning book, Oil Wealth and Insurgency in Nigeria (Indiana University Press, 2015). He is the recipient of several awards including the prestigious Class of 1923 Teaching and Research Award at the University of Michigan, The Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland’s Amaury Talbot Book Award for the best book in Anthropology of Africa among others. Adunbi is an expert on resource conflict, governance, politics and political economy as well as environmental sustainability. His current research focuses on the growing interest of China in Africa’s natural resources and its interrelatedness to infrastructural projects, oil refining and special economic zones He is also working on a book manuscript that interrogates the intersection of oil refining with special economic zones. His teaching interest include transnationalism, globalization, power, violence, human and environmental rights, the postcolonial state, social and political theory, resource distribution and contemporary African society, culture and politics.

Prof. Olatunde Bayo Lawuyi

Professor Olatunde Bayo Lawuyi is a foremost anthropologist. He earned the PhD degree in Anthropology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA in 1985. Upon returning to Nigeria, he has held appointments at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, 1985-1990.  He was pioneer head and the first professor in the Department of General Studies of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso; the first full professor of Anthropology in University of Transkei, Umtata, South Africa and the first full Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Ibadan where he is engaged in restructuring postgraduate training in Anthropology. Tunde Lawuyi was member of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso Governing Council and Director of Research and Conferences, Pan African Association of Anthropologists. Most of his research and publications have centred on contemporary social issues in the Nigerian society. His areas of specialization are popular culture, urban anthropology and development studies. He was a recipient of American Anthropology Association Awards, Denver Colorado (1985). Some of his most recent publications include Ijapa and Igbin: A Discursive Meditation on Politics, Public Culture and Moral Imaginings in Nigeria; Nigeria: Why and When Things Go Wrong: Anthropological Imaginations into Development and Cultural Processes; and his Inaugural Lecture presented in 2013 is titled Skeptical Public, Public Managers and the Declare of Moral Public on Nigeria’s Public Space

Prof. Oyeniyi Okunoye

Oyeniyi Okunoye is Professor of English at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He earned his PhD from the University of Ibadan in 2002 and teaches African Literature, Literary Theory, Oral Literature and Research Methods. His research interests are in African poetry, Yoruba Popular Poetry and Nigerian Short fiction. He has held the Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship, the British Academy Visiting Fellowship, the Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship, the CODESRIA Grant for Advanced Research and the Cambridge/Africa Collaborative Research Fellowship. He has been a visiting researcher at the Universities of Cape Town, Birmingham, Bayreuth and Cambridge. He is currently working on a book-length study of Nigerian short fiction in English and researching poetry performance in West Africa and third generation Nigerian poetry. He is a founding member of the Nigerian Humanities Society.
Professor Okunoye has contributed to such journals as Research in African Literatures, Interventions, Wasafiri, History in Africa, A Review of International English Literature, Journal of Commonwealth Literature, English Studies, Africa: Journal of the International African Institute, Kunapipi, Commonwealth Essays and Studies, Cahier d’etudes africaines, History in Africa, New Literatures Review, Obsidian, Neohelicon, Matatu and Journal of African Travel Writing. He is a Section Editor of Postcolonial Text and has been reviewing for many leaned journals, including Research in African Literatures, PMLA, Journal of Commonwealth Literature, The Journal of Modern African Studies andTydskrif vir Letterkunde.
He has been involved in the African Humanities Program, an initiative of the American Council of learned Societies, and has coordinated academic mentoring programmes in different African countries.

Prof. Sheriff Folarin

Sheriff F. Folarin (PhD), a 2007 United States SUSI Fellow at the University of South Carolina (USA),a 2014 Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Host-Scholar, and a 2011-2013 Classroom Beyond Borders International Partners' Institute Visiting Scholar at Ithaca College, New York, is a Professor of International Relations. Professor Folarin was Head of the Department of Political Science and International Relations, Covenant University, as well as the founding Coordinator and later Director of the University's International Office and Linkages. Until 2012, he was the pioneer Deputy Director and later Ag. Director of the African Leadership Development Centre (ALDC) in the same institution. Folarin was Chairman of the University Media and Publicity Committee and University Ceremonies Committee. He is currently a University Orator.


Professor Folarin has, for the past 18 years, from the University of Ibadan (Nigeria), been a committed scholar, researcher, writer and a passionate teacher and mentor of students, which have earned him several awards at home and abroad. His responsible approach to assignments has made him appointed, in the last twelve years, into numerous committees and positions in the institution, including founding and leading the University's Literary and Debating Society, chairing the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the 11th National Conference of the Fulbright Alumni Association of Nigeria (FAAN) in 2012 (which was the first time a private institution in Nigeria would be hosting the annual event), and serving between 2006 and 2012, as a member of the Covenant University Convocation Planning Committee.


A public-spirited intellectual and social commentator, he has been privileged to contribute on national and international issues on notable television and radio programmes, has published close to 400 newspaper articles, is a long-standing writer of the internationally acclaimed newspaper column, “Uncensored” and a pioneer Visiting Member of the Editorial Board of National Mirror newspapers.

Prof. Charles Ukeje

Charles Ukeje is a Professor of International Relations at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He is a winner of the Mary Kingsley Zochonis Lecture Award of the Royal African Society in 2004 and, the following year, was the Leventis Cooperation Visiting Research Scholar at the Centre for African Studies, SOAS, in the UK. While he was on sabbatical in September 2007, he served as a Lecturer in African Politics and Development at the Department of International Development, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford. He has participated and led research projects at the Institute for Peace Studies at the Addis Ababa University and has also spoken at various conferences and events including the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Pennsylvania, where he was a guest speaker. His most recent major work is a co edited book titled The Crisis of the State and Regionalism in West Africa: Identity, Citizenship and Conflict (CODESRIA 2005).

Prof. Funmi Soetan

Professor Soetan obtained a PhD specializing in Industrial Economics from the University of Manchester (Institute of Science and Technology), Manchester, U.K. in 1985. For over 32 years, she has taught several Economics courses, especially Business Economics, Industrial Economics and Development Economics, at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Her main research interests are Business Economics and Gender and Development. She served as Poverty Specialist at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Abuja from 2007-2009. With research grants obtained from international and national funding agencies, she has researched and published widely in Business Economics and Gender and Development. Her professional experience includes serving as a Consultant on Development issues to several international agencies such as, UNDP; Commonwealth Secretariat, London; ILO; UN Habitat; ECOWAS Secretariat; UNFPA;WHO; UNESCO; UNIDEP, Senegal; CODESRIA, Senegal; and UN Women. She has served in various capacities at Obafemi Awolowo University: as Acting Head, Department of Economics,(2001-2002); Member, Business Committee of Senate, (2010- 2014); Director, Centre for Gender and Social Policy Studies (2010-2014); during which period the Centre partnered with several national donor agencies to institute knowledge networking with Rutgers University, Newark,  USA and other Universities in  the West African sub-region. She recently co-developed the Gender and Transformative Leadership Modules approved by the National Universities Commission for use as a Gender Studies elective for undergraduate students in Nigerian Universities. She is a member of the Selection Committee, Obafemi Awolowo Prize for Leadership of the Obafemi Awolowo Foundation and has also served on theGoverning Board of the Institute for Development Alternatives, South Africa, (IDASA) and the Nigeria Institute for Social and Economic Research (NISER). She is currently a member of the Governing Council  of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and the Chairperson of the Board of Obafemi Awolowo University Investment Company Limited (OAUICL). She is widely travelled and has published several scholarly articles in both local and international journals. Her most recent publications are: Soetan Funmi and Bola Akanji (eds.) (2018a), Gender and Development in Nigeria: One hundred Years on Nationhood, New York, Lexington Books; Soetan Rosemary and Dorcas Oke (2018b), Investment Climate, Domestic Private Investment and Economic Growth in Sub-saharan Africa, International Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Research, Vol. 6, No. 5: 31-42 She was  a Fellow of the International Working Group on Gender and Macroeconomics. She’s has also been a member of the following professional bodies: Association of African Women Scholars (AAWS); the Association of African Women for Research and Development; the World Economics Association (WEA) and a life member of the Nigerian Economics Society (NES).

Prof. Olufemi Vaughan

Olufemi Vaughan received his PhD in politics from Oxford University in 1989. He is the Geoffrey Canada Professor of Africana Studies & History at Bowdoin College, and was recently appointed Henry Steele Commager Professor of Black Studies at Amherst College. Femi Vaughan is the author and editor of ten books, over fifty scholarly articles, and many reviews, including the award-winning book Nigerian Chiefs: Traditional Power in Modern Politics, 1890s-1990s (University of Rochester Press, 2000) and Religion and the Making of Nigeria (Duke University Press, 2016). His articles are published in leading journal such as the Journal of African History, African Affairs: the Journal of the Royal African Society, Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, Journal of Asian and African Studies, Journal of Modern African Studies, American Historical Review, Journal of Canadian History, and Canadian Journal of African Studies. He is also a senior editor of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia in African History, and the Oxford Encyclopedia of Methods, Sources, and Historiography in African History, and co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Nigeria. Prior to his tenure at Bowdoin College, Femi Vaughan was Professor of Africana Studies and History at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, where he also served as the associate provost of the university, associate dean of the Graduate School, and Director of the College of Global Studies. His professional honors and awards include a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship, a Woodrow Wilson Public Policy Fellowship, a State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and a Distinguished Scholar’s Award from the Association of Third World Studies.

Prof. Oyeronke Olademo

Oyeronke Olademo is a Professor of Comparative Religious Studies at the Department ofReligions, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria. She is widely published in local, national andinternational journals. She has attended and presented papers in many internationalconferences in North America, the United Kingdom and Europe. Prof. Olademo has enjoyedpost-doctoral fellowships including the Salzburg Seminar, Austria, (1999), CODESRIA (1999) andVisiting Lecturer and Fellow, Harvard Divinity School (2000). She presented the 136th InauguralLecture of the University of Ilorin on the 27th of June 2013. She has been involved withcollaborative academic works across disciplines, nationally and internationally for the pasttwenty years. She loves singing and cooking. Her publications include Women and New and Africana Religions (2009)and Women in the Yoruba Religious Sphere (2003).

Prof. Chris Ajila

Chris Ajila is a Professor of Psychology. He bagged his Ph.D in Psychology with specialization in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria in 1997. He is the current Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences. He had served as Member, National Universities Commission Ad-hoc Accreditation Panel to evaluate undergraduate degree programmes in Social Sciences “B” discipline in Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma; University of Ado-Ekiti; Delta State University, Abraka; Adamawa State University, Mubi; Nassarawa State University and Benue State University, Makurdi;. He had served as Editor, Ife Journal of Psychology; Member, Editorial Board, The Nigerian Journal of Psychology (A publication of the Nigerian Psychological Association). and Member, Editorial Board, Obafemi Awolowo University Press. Chris Ajila’s research interests and publications cover Consumer Behaviour, Organisational Behaviour, Leadership, Human Resource Management and Research Methods. He is the author of a book titled: Understanding and Conducting Research in the Social and Management Sciences. He is a member of Counseling Association of Nigeria; Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM), International Family Therapy Association (IFTA), and Fellow, Nigerian Psychological Association (FNPA).

Prof. Ebenezer Obadare

Ebenezer Obadare is Professor of Sociology at the University of Kansas and Research Fellow at the Research Institute for Theology and Religion, University of South Africa. He is co-editor of Journal of Modern African Studies. He is the author of Pentecostal Republic: Religion and the Struggle for State Power in Nigeria (2018), Humor, Silence, and Civil Society in Nigeria(2016), editor of The Handbook of Civil Society in Africa ( 2014), and co-editor of Civic Agency in Africa: Arts of Resistance in the 21st Century (2014) and four other books. He is also the editor of Journal of Modern African Studies.

Prof. Bola Udegbe

Prof. Bola Udegbe is a Professor of Economics, University of Ibadan.

Prof. Akanni Akinyemi

Akanni Akinyemi is a Professor of Demography and Social Statistics. He is currently a Takemi Fellow at Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University, USA. He is widely published and widely read and has received many renowned  international research grants and awards.
He has been actively involved in policy and developmental issues in Nigeria since 1998 and has 17 years of professional experience. Akanni was formerly a visiting Researcher in many highly recognized institutions in Africa and beyond including: Demographic Unit, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa; African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC), Nairobi Kenya; and Johns’ Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health. He served on the COUNTDOWN Global Technical Working Group on family planning and improving child health outcomes, have worked as consultant on collecting, analyses and reporting of large national datasets with many international agencies and organizations either on short time basis of fixed terms including: UNFPA, Nigeria: Performance Monitoring and Accountability (2020), Bill and Melinda Gates Institute, Johns Hopkins University, USA (2014-2015): Clinton Health Access Initiative (2013-2015) on monitoring and evaluation of health outcomes and facilities (including monitoring of vaccination storage in chain storage and delivery system with PDA). He also led many national surveys including household and health facility surveys with Centre for Research Evaluation and Resources Development (CRERD) to clients including: PATH-DFID international; Measure Evaluation , Tulane University projects in Nigeria including COMPASS projects (2009, 2007 and 2005); VISION projects (2007, 2005 and 2002). He has also worked as a consultant with UNFPA on development and tracking of the MDGS using a logframe matrix.

Dr. Naluwembe Binaisa

Naluwembe is currently based at University College London where she works on the project: Citizens of Photography, the Camera and the Political Imagination, conducting in-depth fieldwork in Nigeria. Naluwembe holds a PhD in Migration Studies and is an inter-disciplinary scholar whose research seeks in different ways to understand the multiple intersections within mobilities of belonging, citizenship, gender, generation, digital, transnational, socio-economic and cultural dynamics. Her research focuses on urban Africa and the wider diaspora, with fieldwork experience in DR Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda and the UK. Naluwembe has published several peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. Prior to joining UCL she was research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity leading a project on mobile telephony and negotiating life in Lagos. Prior to that Naluwembe was based at the University of Oxford, International Migration Institute, Oxford Department of International Development, working on the Mobility in the African Great Lakes project and the African Diasporas within Africa project.

Dr. Taiwo Soneye

Taiwo Soneye (PhD) is an Associate Professor of Applied Phonology and English Linguistics in the Department of English, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. She teaches courses on communicative skills, Contemporary English Usage (with emphasis on inclusive language), (socio) phonology and (socio) phonetics, the New Englishes and corpus phonology at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She was one of the annotators and compilers of the One Million International Corpus of English (ICE-Nigeria) Project. She was Chair, Faculty of Arts Postgraduate Committee for two academic sessions, within which she inaugurated the Annual Faculty of Arts Postgraduate Methodology Workshop. With this, providing mentorship for young academics and addressing methodological issues in postgraduate research within the humanities, has been easier. She was an Assistant Editor of the Journal of the English Scholars Association of Nigeria (ESAN). She is a fellow of the African Gender Institute (AGI), University of Cape Town and was a research associate at the Augsburg University, Germany. Many of her publications explore the synthesis practicable among Language, literature, Society, gender and pedagogy, within the ambit of English linguistics.  Taiwo Soneye has contributed to such research outlets as Topics in English Linguistics, De Gruyter Mouton, the International Reading Association, (IRA), U.S.A. and English World Wide (EWW). Her publication on the English Language and Culture Transmission in Africa was supported by the Ford Foundation. She is currently working on “the intonational nuances of Nigerian battered Women’s gossip”.

Prof. M.O. Opeloye

Opeloye, Muibi Omolayo, Ph.D, FISN is a Professor of Islamic Studies at the Department of Religious Studies, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile-Ife. He is currently the Editor, Ife Journal of Religion, Chairman, Board of Directors Obafemi Awolowo University Investment Company Limited, and Pro-Chancellor, Oduduwa University Ipetu-modu, Ile-Ife. At the Lagos State University (LASU) Ojo, where he was appointed Professor in 1996, he was at various times between 1984 and 2004 Head of Islamic Studies Unit, Head, Department of Religions, Dean of Students’ Affairs, Dean, Faculty of Arts, Chairman Admissions Committee, Member, University Council, among others. He served his Professional body Nigeria Association of Teachers of Arabic and Islamic Studies (NATAIS) in different capacities as Editor-in- Chief of NATAIS Journal, Treasurer, Vice-President and President between 1988 and 2003. He was also Public Relations officer for Nigerian Association for the Study of Religions (NASR).He was at various times Visiting Scholar at Temple University, Philadelphia, U.S.A., Visiting Professor at the University of Rostock, Germany as DAAD Fellow, and VisitingResearch Fellow at the Institute of Cultural Studies Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.He served his community meritoriously at different levels as State Commissioner inOsun State, and President, Ife Development Board. He is the author of A Dictionary of Peoples and Places in the Qur’an, published by West African Books Publishers Lagos and Qur’an and Bible: Common Themes for Peaceful Co-existence, Published by Spectrum Publishers, Ibadan.

Dr. Olubunmi Ashaolu

Olubunmi O. Ashaolu received her PhD in French/Francophone African Studies at the University of California Davis, USA. Having taught Francophone sub Saharan African novels and film in the US – Stanford University and Hamline University – she currently teaches at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Her research interest spans postcolonial and cultural studies with focus on gender, politics and contemporary issues in Francophone African narratives. Her critical work on African literature and cinema have appeared in reputable journals and books in the US, UK, Africa, and South America. She is a language consultant to the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), New York.

Prof. Clapperton Mavhunga

Prof. Mavhunga is an associate professor of science, technology, and society at MIT. His professional interests lie in the history, theory, and practice of science, technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship Ebenezer Obadare (PhD, LSE) is Professor of Sociology at the University of Kansas, Lawrence. He is author and editor of several books, including Humor, Silence and Civil Society in Nigeria (2016),The Handbook of Civil Society in Africa (2014), Civic Agency in Africa: Arts of Resistance in the 21stCentury (2014), Governance and the Crisis of Rule in Africa: Leadership in Transformation (2016), Nigeria at Fifty: Narrating the Nation (2011), and others. A recipient of numerous prestigious international awards and research grants, he currently sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Civil Society, Review of African Political Economy, Africa, African Conflict & Peace building Review, and The Sociological Quarterly. In August 2017, he begins a five-year tenure as editor of The Journal of Modern African Studies.
in the international context, with a focus on Africa. He is the author of Transient Workspaces: Technologies of Everyday Innovation in Zimbabwe (MIT Press, 2014), and editor of What Do Science, Technology, and Innovation Mean from Africa? (MIT Press, 2017) which explores STI in Africa from an archaeological, historical, philosophical, anthropological, STS, engineering, development, and policymaking perspective. Mavhunga’s second monograph—on tsetse fly as a site of African knowledge production—is finally finished after extensive further research and is expected late 2017 or early 2018.