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The Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, the pioneer of such institutes on the African continent, was established by an Act of the Senate of the University of Ibadan in July 1962. A postgraduate Institute conceived as an interdisciplinary research centre, we offer courses in the core disciplines of African Studies, spanning Anthropology, African History, African Law, African Music, African Visual Arts, Cultural and Media Studies, Diaspora and Transnational Studies, Gender Studies, Traditional African Medicine and Belief Systems, and Transformation Studies in Africa.

It is our mandate at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, to build a body of knowledge and to construct an attitude of intellection that will not take for granted the heritage of African peoples, their experiences in the present, and their aspirations for the future. Our concerns for this heritage, these experiences and aspirations, have led us to adopt a multidisciplinary approach to scholarship in order to sharpen the Africa-centredness of our vision. We seek to understand Africa and its diasporas as complex phenomena and to problematize all easy, knee-jerk reductionisms that fail to come to grips with the diversity of African and black realities, from ancient to modern times. This critical vision is balanced with a creative vocation. We study creative productions from the African past, and we promote the creative potentialities that energize the African present in all genres.