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Affiliate Member

An affiliate member is awarded membership based on his/her research work, or ongoing doctoral work related to African and Diaspora studies. He/She could also be a researcher or a postgraduate student in a tertiary institution.


Dr. Adunola Okupe is a lecturer of sustainability and strategy at Lagos Business School, Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos, Nigeria. She is also a senior advisor with Red Clay, a tourism advisory practice.
She is a member of the IADS’ Research Affiliate (Media/Tourism/Migration).
Dr. Abimbola Oyarinu of the Department of History and strategic Studies. University of Lagos, Nigeria.
He is an affiliate member of the Gender, Culture and Identity Cluster at the Institute of African and Diaspora Studies.
Diekara Oloruntoba-Oju is a Doctoral student in the Departments of African and African American Studies and Anthropology at Harvard University.
She is an affiliate of the IADS working on her pre-dissertation research titled: “Marking Youth: Intimate Corporeal Practices and the Emergence of Youth in Nigeria”. During her time in IADS, she will be doing ethnographic field research that will explore public spaces of intimate sociality in the University of Lagos campus area. Her research is supported by the Center for African Studies, Harvard University.
Millogo Gérard is a doctorate student in the Department of Anglophone Studies at University of Joseph Ki-Zerbo (Burkina Faso).
He is an affiliate of the IADS working on a dissertation research entitled: “An Analysis of Sogokiré Speakers’ Morphosyntactic errors in English”.
His research is supported by the University of Joseph Ki-Zerbo (Burkina Faso).

During his time in IADS, he will be writing the first part of his PhD document and taking some courses on:

  • Article writing

  • Methodology on African languages description, contrastive analysis and error analysis

  • Theories on African languages description, and Contrastive Analysis

  •  Data analysis procedure on languages description, contrastive analysis and error analysis

Her research work is jointly funded by the University of Edinburgh and Leiden University.
One Pusumane is a PhD student in the Centre for African Studies at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. She is an affiliate of the IADS working on her year-long project titled Examining the city through Èkó gb’olè, ó gb’ọ̀lẹ: Precarious intimacies of spaces, bodies, and dreams in Makoko, Lagos.
The study’s central research question will focus on how market women experience(d) the city undergoing urbanisation processes with a particular focus on how bodies are implicated or feature in that process of urbanisation and modern cities (state-level anticipatory politics, this case Makoko slum evictions) and the everydayness of future-making/anticipating the future and how bodies are implicated or feature in that process.