James Barnett

James Barnett is a Fulbright researcher and visiting fellow of the Institute of African and Diaspora Studies at the University of Lagos. James’ Fulbright research focuses on the last years of military rule in Nigeria and the Nigerian military’s participation in the ECOMOG peacekeeping missions in Liberia and Sierra Leone in the 1990s. James also researches contemporary security issues in Nigeria as well as other parts of Africa. He is a non-resident Research Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington D.C. and an editor of the institute’s journal, Current Trends in Islamist Ideology


Dr. Ademola Kazeem Fayemi will deliver a lecture entitled: Is  Beauty White? Interrogating the Moralities of Cosmetic Skin Bleaching in South Sahara on April 21, 2021.

Time: 11am Nigeria Time.

Pictures taken during the Black History Month Celebration at the  Institute of African and Diaspora Studies (IADS) on February 23, 2021.

2021 Black History month


Taiwo of C. M. S. Grammar School, Bariga, Lagos is the winner of the essay competition “The Black Family and the Covid-19 Pandemic”.


Two Principal Investigators of the Lagos African Cluster Centre, Institute of African and Diaspora Studies have been offered the Catalyst Non-Residential Fellowship by the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. They are: Prof. Dr. Taibat Lawanson, Associate Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, who is working on the topic “Gender differentials and public transportation in Lagos”, and Dr. Anthony Okeregbe, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy, who is working on “Psycho trauma healing as agency for peace: A study of Lux Terra Leadership Foundation’s Peace Initiative.”

IADS-Rahamon Bello Award for Best Ph.D Thesis in African and Diaspora Studies-2020

The Institute announced the winner of the Rahamon Bello award on November 30, 2020. A cash prize of $1,000 was presented to the winner at a grand ceremony  on Tuesday, December 8, 2020.

The winner is Oluwatoyin K. ADEBAYO.

Certificates were issued to the 2nd and 3rd position.

1st Runner Up is Abiodun M. BELLO.

2nd Runner Up is Nonzuzo MBOKAZI. Click here for more details

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Institute of African and Diaspora Studies, University of Lagos & Nigeria Institute of Medical Research: Preliminary Response to COVID-19.

Migration and Cross-Border Relations

Diaspora and Global Africa

Governance and Financial Integrity

Environment, Urbanization and Population Studies

Gender, Culture and Identity

Peace and Conflict