Prof. Dr. Taibat Lawanson

Prof. Dr. Ayo Yusuff

Congratulations to Prof. Dr. Taibat Lawanson and Prof. Dr. Ayo Yusuff, both of whom have been appointed full Professors of the University of Lagos. Professor Yusuff has been appointed Research Professor of Yoruba Linguistics and Language Engineering while Professor Lawanson is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning.


The Institute of African and Diaspora Studies (IADS), Department of Creative Arts, and the  Department of Religious Studies of the Faculty of Arts, University of Lagos wish to announce that Dr Akinmayowa Akin-Otiko (IADS), Dr Oluwatoyin Olokodana-James (Department of Creative Arts), Dr. Francis O. Falako (Department of Religious Studies), Dr. Nweke, Florence Ewomazino, (Department of Creative Arts) and Dr. Paul Onovoh (Department of Modern Foreign Languages, Morehouse College, Atlanta) have won a grant of $50,000 from the Nagel Institute of Calvin University. This is with a generous support from the Templeton Religion Trust, under the project “Engaging African Realities: Integrating Social Science within African Theology.”

The award is to fund a project entitled: Nollywood and Evangelical Films: Exploring Nigerian Cinema in relation to African Traditional Histories, Values and Spirituality.

The grant will commence on the 1st of July 2021 and run till the 30th of May, 2023.


Prof. Dr. Peju Layiwola will deliver a lecture entitled: “Melvin Edward’s Diasporic Connections with the Homelands of Africa” on Wednesday, August 18, 2021.

Time: 12 PM Nigeria Time.

Mr. 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.

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”.


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

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