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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 worked on ethnographic field research that explored 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 at IADS, he worked on the first part of his PhD document and took 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.
Prof. Emmanuel Folorunso Taiwo, Ph.D., MNAL is a Professor of Classical Literature and reception studies, in the department of classics, University of Ibadan. With over 30 publications in reputable local and international journals. Folorunso has through his research endeavours and teaching shown competence in the relationship between Greco-Roman and Nigeria/African texts, ideas and material culture, and its transformative values.
At various times, he has visited different institutions as a researcher, participated in conferences etc., such as university of Texas, at Austin, University college London, university of Legon, and Cape coast, Ghana. Folorunso is also a member of International Federation of Association of Classical Studies ( FIEC).
Mohamed Abdiaziz Muse is a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs, Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs, Leiden University in the Netherlands. He is conducting doctoral research entitled: Remittance Regulations and Diaspora-State Politics in Senegal, Somalia, and Nigeria. His research examines the institutional settings that (re)shape remittance regulations and State-Diaspora Politics in those three countries. He’s affiliated with the Institute of African and Diaspora Studies, University of Lagos, for his doctoral research.
His interest lies in four (4) research clusters. They are: (i) Diaspora and Global Africa  (ii) Governance and Financial Integrity (iii) Migration, and Cross-border relations (iv) Peace and Conflict.
Prof. Adunbi is a political and environmental anthropologist, Professor of Anthropology and Afroamerican and African Studies, Professor of Law (courtesy) and the Director of the African Studies Center. He is a Faculty Associate and is affiliated with the Program in the Environment (Pite), the Donia Human Rights Center (DHRC) and the Institute for Energy Solutions at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His areas of research explore issues related to governance, infrastructures of extraction, environmental politics and rights, power, violence, culture, transnational institutions, multinational corporations and the postcolonial state.
He interrogates the idea of Free Trade Zones and its interrelatedness to oil refining practices, infrastructure and China’s engagement with Africa. His new project is at the intersection of social media, climate change and the politics of the environment.
He is an affiliate member of the Gender, Culture and Identity Cluster at the Institute of African and Diaspora Studies.
Dr. John Uwa holds a PhD in English (Literature) with a specialisation in contemporary media culture and popular drama. His research trajectory is driven by a strong passion to explore newer frontiers in literary studies and their relation to other disciplines in the humanities and socials sciences—particularly anthropology, history and ethnography. He was a Cultural Archivist and Project Researcher with DirtPol–a European Research Council (ERC) (2013-2015), and Yale University (2015-2017) funded project titled: ‘The Cultural Politics of Dirt in Africa–1880-Present’; a recipient of the 2019 IADS Doctoral Scholarship, and first runner-up in the 2022 Rahamon Bello Award for the Best PhD Thesis in African Studies.
Sophia Ertlmaier is a PhD student at the University of Bayreuth, Germany.
Her research is on family planning of women in Lagos, Nigeria. It is focused on their reproductive decisions and behaviours, especially in the context of education, formal employment, career goals, and family patterns, which in turn affect these reproductive decisions and behaviours.
As a Junior Fellow at BIGSAS (Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies), she came to the IADS/ACC because of the great cooperation with the University of Bayreuth.