We have a new Director!

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Dr Senayon Olaoluwa is now Acting-Director of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, with the completion of the tenure of Dr I.A. Jimoh on 31st July.

A graduate (BA Hons, 1997) in English from the then Ogun State University (now Olabisi Onabanjo University), Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria, Dr Olaoluwa obtained his MA in English from the University of Ibadan in 2003, and trained for his PhD in African Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa between 2006 and 2009.

An outstanding student from his BA days when he graduated top of his class, Dr Olaoluwa is the recipient of numerous grants and academic awards, and is widely published. His research grants and fellowships include the African Humanities Program Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS, 2011-12); All Africa House Fellowship, University of Cape Town, South Africa (2016); and African Guest Researchers’ Programme, Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala, Sweden (2016), among others. He was awarded a grant by the Nordic Africa Institute to organize a two-day international symposium on ‘Enfranchising the African Diaspora: Comparing Notes across Sub-Saharan Africa’ (2017), and got a DAAD grant for a research stay at the University of Mainz, Germany (2017), just to mention a couple.

Dr Olaoluwa was the pioneer Coordinator of our programme in Diaspora and Transnational Studies, and has been Sub-Dean of our Institute, Editor of our flagship journal African Notes, and Head of the IAS Scientific Committee.

His publications have appeared in African Affairs, Journal of African Cultural Studies, Journal of Borderlands Studies, Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, and Social Dynamics, among other such outlets. His latest output, Dislocating Anthropocene: The City and Oil in Helon Habila’s Oil on Water’, published in Isle Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, (Spring 2020, Vol. 27, No. 2), was recently ranked in the top 10 publications on social and environmental justice by the Oxford University Press.   

We wish Dr Jimoh more success as he returns to other vital duties in the Institute and University. And we are happy to have Dr Olaoluwa take over the baton as IAS Director.