The Institute of African & Diaspora Studies (IADS) mourn the passing of the literary icon, Emeritus Professor of Literature and Renowned Writer, Professor J.P. Clark. May his soul rest in peace. A condolence register will be opened for him from tomorrow, 14th October, 2020 at the JP Clark Building, University of Lagos, Nigeria.

Born April 6, 1935 into the Clark-Fuludu Bekederemo family of Kiagbodo town, Delta State, Nigeria. John Pepper Clark was one of the most lyrical of the Nigerian poets, whose poetry celebrates the physical landscape of Africa.  He has finally dropped his pen in the early hours of today, Tuesday, October 13, 2020.
Prof. J. P. Clark has paddled on to the great beyond. The world of letters will miss you dearly. Ride on in peace, “the great one”.


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

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


The Institute of African and Diaspora Studies (IADS), University of Lagos is calling for nominations for the best Ph.D in any aspect of African and/or Diaspora Studies.

Honouree: Professor Rahamon Bello, 11th Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos.

Worth: $1,000.00

Requirements: Doctoral theses defended in the last two(2) years in any recognized university in Africa on issues addressing Africa and/or African diaspora. Applicants must be engaged in research in an academic institution in Africa.

Method of Application: Electronic (pdf) copy of thesis, evidence of Ph.D award, Curriculum Vitae and write-up of 500 words maximum on why the thesis deserves the award should be sent to: on or before 30th of  October, 2020.

Announcement of Award: 30thNovember, 2020.


Pictures taken between February 11 and 13, 2020 during the Black History Month activities organised by the Institute of African and Diaspora Studies (IADS) in conjunction with the Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC).

2020 Black History month

Ifunanya of Queen’s College, Yaba, Lagos is the winner of the essay competition “What Black History means to me”.

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History and Strategic Studies, Faculty of Arts paid a visit to IADS at the commencement of their 4-day Black History Month on Feb 26,2020. The team visited schools and was also at Makoko (a slum in Lagos) to show love to the people on Feb 29, 2020.


Dr. Abisoye Eleshin of the Institute of African and Diaspora Studies and Dr. Saheed Bello of the Creative Arts Department have been awarded Fellowships of the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies for a period of 3 and 6 months respectively.

Dr. Eleshin is assigned to Knowledges Research section while Dr. Saheed Bello is assigned to Arts and Aesthetics and Knowledges.

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