Oladele Olatunde Layowola (2007-2010, 2013-2016)

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Oladele LayiwolaA teacher and reseacher of Performance and Cultural Studies, Prof Layiwola earned his BA (Hons) degree from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Nigeria, in 1981, and won a Commonwealth Scholarship to study for a PhD in Theatre Studies at the School of English, University of Leeds, UK, from 1986 to 1986. On his return to Nigeria he joined the University of Ibadan where he has taught in various institutes and departements - African Studies, English, Communication and Language Arts, Theatre Arts and the Centre for Sustainable Development. He became a full professor at Ibadan in 1998.

Prof Layiwola has served on most major committees of the Senate of the University of Ibadan, and has served on the Governing Council of the University from 2003 to 2007. He was the Director of the University Media Centre from 2001 to 2003. In 1995, he was a visiting fellow at the University of Ulster, Coleraine, UK, and organized the first Postcolonial Conference at the Armagh campus of Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1996. Layiwola has been Humanities Institute Fellow at the University of Ghana, Legon, and Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA, between January and June 1999. From 1984 to 2001, he was Executive Committee member and Nigerian Representative, International Association for the Study of Anglo-Irish Literature (IASAIL). From 1989 to 2001, he was editor of African Notes. He served as Judge for the association of Nigerian Authors  (ANA) Book Awards in 1991 and 1992; served as Editorial Board Member of The News from 1993 to 1995; was Hon. Secretary of the Nigerian Field Society from 1997 to 2001; and his an honorary member, Yeats Society of New York. In 2012, Prof Layiwola was elected to the Fellowship of the Nigerian Academy of Letters, and has also served as the General Secretary of that Academy from 2012 to 2014. He is presently the public orator of the Academy. He chaired the organizing committee of the Inaugural Conference of the African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA) in 2015, and has been external examiner/assessor in many Nigerian universities as well as universities in Ghana and Germany.

His works include A Handbook of Methodology in African Studies (Ibadan, 1999), African Theatre in Performance (Routledge, 1999/2000), Rethinking African Arts and Culture (CASAS, Cape Town, 2000), Understanding Post-Colonial Identities: Ireland, Africa and the Pacific (Sefer, Ibadan, 2001), and The City-State of Ibadan: Texts and Contexts (Institute of African Studies/Book Buiders Ibadan, 2015). He has published in such journals as African Notes, Dramatic Theory and Criticism (Kansas), Research in African Literatures, New Hibernia Review and Ufahamu (UCLA)