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Professor Olutayo Adesina

African History

University of Ibadan



Olutayo Charles Adesina is Professor of History in the Department of History and Director of the Center for General Studies at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. For more than two decades, the focus of his scholarship on sub-Saharan Africa has either singly or generally summoned intersections of local, national, regional and global history.

As the Head of the prestigious Ibadan School of History (2001-2003 and 2006-2008), Olutayo worked with the university's leadership to maintain and strengthen the institution’s African and international focus. He coordinated, articulated and helped to establish the University of Ibadan and Kennesaw State University’s links agreement programme, and he worked with faculty, staff and students throughout the university and fostered relationships with state, national, and international agencies concerned with promoting international education.

He has also been a Fellow of the Atlantic History Seminar at Harvard University, USA, Visiting Professor at Kennesaw State University, USA (2004 and 2013), African Visiting Fellow and Rhodes Chair of Race Relations at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, UK (2004/2005), and Research Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, India (2009). As a teacher and scholar, Olutayo has made significant contributions to studies and programme development in the areas of sub-Saharan Africa, race relations and third world development studies. He has also assisted new African universities in developing effective and sustainable academic programs.

Since 2008, Olutayo has been a Resource Person and member of the International Panel of Scholars working for the African Humanities Programme of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). His publications comprise journal articles, monographs, chapters in books, and books.

His major publications include: Globalization and Transnational Migrations: Africa and Africans in the Contemporary Global System (ed. with Akanmu G. Adebayo, Cambridge Scholars Publishing,  2009);  Marginality and Crisis: Globalization and Identity in Contemporary Africa (ed. with Akanmu G. Adebayo and Rasheed O. Olaniyi, Lexington Books, 2010); “Outward Bound, Tangled Nightmares: Rereading Globalization in Contemporary Nigeria” in Globalization and Inequality in Emerging Societies, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011); and Prince, Professor, Patriot: Oladele Adebayo Ajose (Rasmed Publications, 2015).

His most recent publication is Nigeria in the Twentieth Century: History, Governance and Society (Connel Publications). He is currently the Secretary of the Nigerian Academy of Letters (NAL), the leading organization of humanities scholars in Nigeria.