Meet Our Research Team
Prof. Dr. Muyiwa Falaiye
Director, IADS & Lagos ACC
Muyiwa Falaiye, Ph.D, MNAL is a Professor of African Socio-Political Philosophy and an expert in African and Diaspora Studies. With over 60 publications in high impact local and international journals, and frontline peer-reviewed books, Falaiye has, through his research and teaching activities, demonstrated competence in Identity and African Diaspora Studies, African Philosophy and Philosophy of Development. His commitment to transformative research has earned him awards and commendations, including: the prestigious Fellowship at the Centre for African Studies, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA and several African Studies Travel Grants. He has leadership hands-on-experiences in coordinating interdisciplinary and collaborative researches. At different times, he has served as member of the Board of several journals and book series, including the African Social Studies Series published by E.J. Brill, Netherlands. He was Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Lagos (2015 – 2019) . He is currently the Director of the collaborative research Institute between the University of Lagos and the University of the West Indies – Institute of African and Diaspora Studies (IADS). His future research is to develop a theoretical frame for reconfiguring African Studies and to set a new agenda for African Studies scholars. Prof. Dr. Falaiye is also the Director of Lagos ACC.
Prof. Dr. Ayo Yusuff
Ayo YUSUFF is a Research Professor in the Institute of African and Diaspora Studies, University of Lagos, Nigeria, jointly established in collaboration with The University of the West Indies, Jamaica. He studied Linguistics and Yoruba Language at the University of Lagos and University of Ibadan, Nigeria. In 2007, he was a member of the team of linguists that produced the Yoruba version of Local Language Program for Microsoft Corporation. In 2011, he participated in the production of a unified standard orthography for the Yoruba language cluster adopted for the writing of Yoruba in Nigeria, Republic of Benin and the Republic of Togo. In 2017, he was in the team that developed the English-Yoruba Glossary of HIV, AIDS and Ebola Related Terms, which was published with him as Lead Editor. He has been an active player in the advocacy for the use of African indigenous languages in all areas of human communication since 2002. He specializes in Morpho-syntax and Language Engineering. He has over 35 publications in reputable journals and books. His doctoral thesis titled ‘Lexical Morphology in Yoruba Language Engineering’, presented to the School of Postgraduate Studies, University of Lagos in 2008, has been published by VDM Germany in 2010. To reconfigure African Studies, the role of African languages scholarship, especially by African linguists is germane. Africans’ mode of communication is still predominantly indigenous. Few Africans speak the colonial languages and this is not unconnected to their low literacy level. Knowing the problems of Africa and evaluating the effects of efforts at resolving them lie with scholars who are trained in the elicitation of data in African indigenous languages. The African Cluster Centre will benefit immensely from Ayo Yusuff’s expertise in African languages and cultures, as African peoples are not country bound. A people may spread among two, three or more countries in Africa. Harmonization and reconciliation of African common problems require specializations in African languages and cultures. There is hardly a cluster that may function adequately without the inclusion of his expertise.
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Prof. Dr. Peju Layiwola
Professor of Art History
Peju Layiwola had a Ph.D in Art History from the University of Ibadan. In her teaching, writing, and art, there is continuous engagement with themes of artifact pillage, repatriation and restitution, history, memory and gender Her work moves from the emotive space of art pillage in Africa captured in previous exhibitions: Benin 1897.com: Art and the Restitution Question (2010), Whose Centenary ? (2014) and Return (2018) into a gentler engagement with cloth and its multiple significations (Indigo Reimagined 2019). Some of her publications include Transcultural Conversations: American Art and Nigerian Art in Dialogue, NKA Journal of Contemporary African Art, (2017); ‘Lace Culture and the Art of Dressing Well in Nigeria’, African Lace: A History of Trade, Creativity and Fashion in Nigeria and ‘Benin Massacre; Memories and Experiences’, Benin Kings and Rituals, Court Arts from Nigeria, Museum of Ethnology, Vienna, 2007. Layiwola is actively involved in the campaign to return expropriated Benin Art
She has received several awards: Distinguished Researcher’s Award, Faculty of Arts, University of Lagos, 2007; Two Central Research Grants of the University of Lagos; Tyson Scholar at the Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville, Arkansas, USA (2019); Terra Foundation grant for American Art in 2018; three CAA-Getty Alumni grant (2021/2018/2013), Nominated US International Leadership Programme (IVLP) 2011: US Lagos State Consulate Grant 2017 and the US Alumni Exchange Award 2018. Layiwola was also a recipient of the Goethe Resident Artist grant, (KNW), Dusseldorf 2017. She currently has a British Council grant for Sub Saharan Africa, 2021.
Layiwola is President of the Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA). She has an active studio practice and recently curated the Resist: The art of Resistance exhibition at the Rautenstrauch Joest Musuem, Koln Germany (Decemebr 2020-January 9, 2022). She has served as artist in residence, in the Arts of Africa and the Global South Research Programme, (RAW) of Rhodes University, Grahamstown in South Africa, 2018; Artist-in –Residence, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf, Germany, 2017; and the Triangle Workshop, Alakuko, Lagos, Nigeria, 2010 organised by The British Museum in collaboration with the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Lagos.
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Prof. Dr. Taibat Lawanson
Professor of Urban Planning
Taibat Lawanson is a Professor of Urban Management and Governance at the University of Lagos, Nigeria where she leads the Pro-Poor Development Research Cluster and serves as Co-Director at the Centre for Housing and Sustainable Development. She is an urban development expert and holds a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria
Her research focuses on the interface of social complexities, urban realities and the pursuit of spatial justice in Africa. She is well known for her inter-sectoral work which engages students, policy makers, local communities and civil society actors. She is well published with over seventy articles in both academic and popular platforms.
A recipient of numerous academic awards, she has received research funding from DFID, DAAD, Norweigan Research Council, Heinrich Boell Stiftung, British Academy and the Royal Academy of Engineering, UKRI, Africa Multiple of the University of Beyreuth and Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Fund among others. She led the technical support team for the drafting of the Lagos Resilience Strategy and has participated in the development of various policy documents leading to the New Urban Agenda, the Nigeiran National Economic Development Plan (2021-2025), Lagos Urban Renewal Guidelines, Niger State Development Policy, Ikorodu Sub-regional Masterplan and the Lagos Island North Action Plan.
Taibat currently serves on the international advisory committee of UNHABITAT’s flagship ‘State of the World’s Cities’. She is also a member of the editorial/advisory committees of major urban studies journals including Urban Studies, Urban Forum and Area Development and Policy. She is a member of the board of directors of the Lagos Studies Association, a pioneer World Social Science Fellow of the International (Social) Science Council, Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners and a proud alumna of the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Centre.
Dr. Anthony Okeregbe
Senior Lecturer in Philosophy
Tony Okeregbe is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, affiliate of the Institute of African and Diaspora Studies, former Deputy Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Lagos. He had his B.A. (Hons.) Ibadan 1990, M.A. 1995 and Ph.D 2004 from the University of Lagos, Certificate in Andragogy and Competency-based Adult Learning Mechanisms from MDF Training and Consultancy, The Netherlands in 2009. His academic areas of interest and competence are Existential Philosophy and Phenomenology, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Communication, Medieval Philosophy, Metaphysics, Philosophical Psychology. His new interest in African Studies and existential philosophy led him to venture into researches on religious life in Africa, popular culture, sexuality studies, public morality, the African predicament and governance.
He is a member of the African Studies Association of Italy (ASAI), an Associate Member of the Council for Research in Values and Philosophy (CRVP), Washington DC, USA, and a resource person of Lux Terra Leadership Foundation, Abuja, Nigeria. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Okeregbe was a Features Editor (Sunday) of The Guardian, Lagos, Nigeria, where he is presently a Visiting Member of the Editorial Board. Outside professional life, he is a marriage facilitator, volunteers as seminar speaker and facilitator for organizations and charities, and also devotes some time to church activities.
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Dr. 'Kayode Eesuola
Associate Professor at IADS
‘Kayode Eesuola is currently a Research Associate Professor at the Institute of African and Diaspora Studies, University of Lagos. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, with a unique doctoral dissertation that provides the political interpretations of the songs, music and behaviour of Fela Anikulapo Kuti between 1970 and 1997. Eesuola won the 2008 Junior Fulbright Scholarship/Study of United States Institutes (SUSI FY08), and is an alumnus of the Institute of American Politics and Political Thoughts, University of Massachusetts, USA. He had pre-doctoral fellowship in the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute, Amherst, and Postdoctoral Fellowship in the North West University, Mafikeng, South Africa. A collaborative, gender-objective researcher and research leader with track records, Eesuola heads both the Governance and Financial Integrity as well as Migration and Cross Boarder research clusters at the Institute of African and Diaspora Studies, University of Lagos. He is a media personality and public affairs analyst. His research focus includes African political thoughts and political behaviour; and he has extensively published on them both in local and international outlets. Eesuola’s current research interest is built around reconfiguring African Studies through deployment and mobility of Indigenous knowledges for addressing socio-political challenges, and, at present, he has an 18 month research running on synergising the socio-political values of Ifa in Nigeria and Benin Republic, West Africa.
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Dr. Ademola Kazeem
Senior Lecturer in Philosophy
Born October 20, 1980, Ademola Kazeem FAYEMI is a Faculty member at the University of Lagos, Nigeria, where he teaches Philosophy and courses in African Studies. A Nigerian by nationality, Ademola is a Fellow, Erasmus Mundus Programme in Bioethics, and a Fellow, Global Excellence Scholarship, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. His areas of competences include African philosophy, Socio-political philosophy, Bioethics in Africa, and Research ethics. He is working on several aspects of moralities in the sub-Saharan context. His present projects include research on Ubuntu ethics and its application to moral issues emerging in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4.0) such as biotechnologies migration and sexuality, Afrofuturism and African aesthetics, and repatriation of African art. Through teaching, research and conference presentations, Ademola is committed to innovative ways of remodelling the future of African studies in methods, focus, and issues. He has read papers at African Studies international conferences in Europe, North America, and Southern Africa with published articles in internationally indexed journals. Ademola is a member of the Nigerian Philosophical Association and the African Studies Association. He is an Assistant Editor of The Nigerian Journal of Philosophy and provides reviews for different journals (national and international) in areas of his expertise.
Dr. Akinmayowa Akin-Otiko
Research Fellow at IADS
Paul Akinmayowa AKIN-OTIKO (OP) Ph.D.
AKIN-OTIKO, Akinmayowa is a researcher in the Institute of African and Diaspora Studies, (IADS) University of Lagos and has special interest in the Religions, Cultures and Traditional Medicine of the Africans. He has a BA and MA in Philosophy, from the University of Ibadan, in 1996 and 2006 respectively; and in 2013, he defended his Ph.D. in African Religion and Belief System, from the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan. Over the years he has engaged in researches and discusses in the area of African Traditional Medicine. He is a member of different academic Traditional Medicine Practitioners associations. He has written books, contributed chapters in books, as well as published in different journals. His current research interest includes Bioethical issues in African Traditional Medicine and this has worn him a Fellow of the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies (BA). His interest falls within the Knowledge and Morality Research Section of the ACC.
Senior Lecturer in Philosophy
Peter Oni, (PhD) is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Philosophy, University of Lagos, Nigeria. He holds a Degree in Philosophy from the University of Niamey (Niger Republic), a Masters Degree in Philosophy from the University of Abidjan in Côte D’Ivoire and a Ph.D in Political Philosophy from The University of Lagos (Unilag). He teaches History of Philosophy, Sociopolitical Philosophy and Postmodernism and has published both locally and internationally.
Dr. Oni is a member of the Advisor Board of the Institute of African and Diaspora Studies (IADS) University of Lagos. He is also a member of The Association for African Studies in Italy (ASAI) He has attended Conferences in Nigeria, Africa and Overseas. Dr. Peter Oni speaks French fluently.
Dr. Feyi Ademola Adeoye
Senior Lecturer in Linguistic
Feyi Ademola- Adeoye is a Linguist whose core areas of expertise and teaching are morphology, syntax, phonetics and phonology. She obtained a B. A. In English & Education from the University of Ilorin in 1990, Masters in English from the University of Lagos in 1998 and a Ph.D in Linguistics from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South-Africa in 2011. With over 20 publications in reputable local and international journals and peer-reviewed books. Ademola-Adeoye has, through her research and teaching activities, shown competence in Theoretical linguistics and language studies. Dr. Ademola-Adeoye is a member of the American Names Society (ANS) and the International Association for World Englishes (IAWE).
Dr. Franca Attoh
Associate Professor in Sociology
Franca Attoh holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Nigeria Nsukka, M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Lagos. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, University of Lagos. Dr. Attoh is a specialist in irregular migration, Crime and Delinquency, Gender studies, Sociology of the family, Social Change and Culture and heritage. Dr. Franca Attoh had a decade experience in the Federation of Construction Industry (FOCI) a private sector organization prior to joining the services of the University of Lagos in 2007. She has 43 publications in both national and international Journals. Dr. Attoh is a laureate of the Ford Foundation and CODESRIA in Dakar Senegal. She is an alumnus of the CODESRIA Gender Institute and a fellow of the Institute of Security Nigeria. Dr. Franca Attoh has varied experience in research and consultancy and has consulted for several organizations including the Early Warning System in ECOWAS (2012-2014) IOM, NAPTIP (2009-2012) NIMC (2014-2015) and NPF. The Wage Indicators of the Netherlands (2015-2016) and was a member of the team constituted by the Austin Institute at the University of Texas that collaborated with the Vatican to research on the Global Decline in Christian Marriage between 2015 to 2017.
Dr. Abisoye Eleshin
Research Fellow at IADS
Abisoye Eleshin is a Research Fellow at IADS. He studied Linguistics/Yorùbá at the University of Lagos and graduated with First Class (Hons.) in 2008. Abisoye has a Ph.D. in Yorùbá Language from the same institution. His area of research includes African Language, linguistics and culture, with special interest in aspects Yoruba language. For his Ph.D., his research is on the Aspect of Nominalisation in Yorùbá Language where he claimed that there is a unified headedeness analysis in the three kinds of word formation in Yorùbá, namely prefixation, reduplication and compounding. He has also done some researches in translation studies and has done various translation works for both government and non-governmental organisations.
Dr Eleshin is also a playwright, his latest play titled Matiiku has just been presented and staged for the public. He is a member of the Yorùbá Studies Association of Nigeria, Linguistics Association of Nigeria as well as the Linguistics Association of Ghana. He has presented research reports on the development of African languages and worldview in general and Yoruba in particular, at local and international conferences, seminars and workshops. He was a visiting scholar at the University of Missouri, Columbia MO, USA. He has scholarly publications on various aspects of Yorùbá Studies.
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Dr. Oluwatoyin Olokodana-James
Lecturer in Creative Arts
Oluwatoyin Olokodana-James is a three time awardee (2008 – 2011) of the Lagos State University scholarship program and has a Ph.D in Theatre Arts from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. She is a Faculty member and the Course Adviser/Exam Officer (I.C.E Theatre Unit) of the Department of Creative Arts of the same University. Her research interests are in Theatre Arts, Media, Gender and African studies. Oluwatoyin was a visiting researcher at the University of Bedfordshire, United Kingdom (2018) and has had the opportunity of presenting scholarly papers at conferences around the world. Some of her presentations and published works include: “Conflicting Ideologies, Mutual Tolerance and Peaceful Co-existence”, “The Counteractive Power of Feminism and Womanism: A Psycho-analytical Discourse of Osita Ezenwanebe’s ADAUGO and Stella Oyedepo’s “Bumpy Chested”, “Articulating And Addressing Cultural Dogmas and complexities through the Nigerian Film Industry: Nollywood”. These works in particular are her expression of feminist’s ideologies, departure from socially created gender roles and objectification, and the reiteration of the rights and glorification of women in Africa.
Dr. Patrick Oloko
Associate Professor of Literature and Cultural Studies
Patrick Oloko is an Associate Professor of Literature and Cultural Studies in the Department of English, University of Lagos. His main research interest is Gender in African Postcolonial literature, with emphasis on understanding how the corrective goals of feminist writings are expressed using the ascetic infrastructure of the novel.
As a literary critic Dr Oloko is positioned to bring a measure of eclectic and interdisciplinary approach to his engagement of cultural materials in other genres and media. The ways that the oral, written, performance and screen arts dovetail into one another within the spectrum of the narrative is only becoming clearer as artists and writers reshape their techniques to meet new tastes and thirst. His research in this direction is geared towards understanding the complementarities of forms and the intrinsic and extrinsic exchanges and undercurrents shaping their dynamic frames.
Dr Oloko is the editor of The Fiction of Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo: Issues & Perspectives (2008) and In Theory and In Practice: Engaging the Writings of Hope Eghagha (2015), among other essays published as book chapters and journal articles. He served as Regional Coordinator (RC), heading the Lagos team on the European Research Council (ERC) funded research project, The Cultural Politics of Dirt in Africa:1880-Present, from 2013-2016 under the FP7 grant period. He was co-recipient (with Ute Roeschenthaler of the University of Frankfurt, Alessandro Jedlowski of University of Rome and Ibrahima Wane, of Cheikh Anta Diop University, Senegal) of the Point Sud/German Research Council Award to conduct a workshop in Burkina Faso.
Prof. Dr. Olufunke Adeboye
Professor of Social History
Olufunke Adeboye is a Professor of Social History at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. She was a Visiting Research Associate at the Harriet Tubman Institute, York University, Toronto, Canada in 2006 and has held Visiting Research Fellowships at the Centre of West African Studies, University of Birmingham, UK (2004), the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Amherst College, USA (2006) and at the Centre of African Studies, University of Cambridge, UK (2009/2010). Her research interests include: gender in Africa, pre-colonial and colonial Nigerian history, nineteenth and twentieth century Yoruba society, African historiography, and Pentecostalism in West Africa. She has made scholarly presentations at various academic conferences and is on the editorial board of various academic journals. She was the immediate past editor of the Lagos Historical Review, a journal of history domiciled in the Department of History and Strategic Studies, University of Lagos, which she edited from 2008-2016. In 2013, she won the Gerti Hesseling Prize awarded by AEGIS (Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies) for the best journal article published in a European African Studies journal by an African scholar. She was Head of the Department of History and Strategic Studies, University of Lagos, from August 2013 to July 2016. Professor Adeboye was a member of the expert team set up by the Federal Government in 2013 to prepare the Country Report on “100 Years of the Nigerian Woman” to mark the centenary anniversary of the country. She was also a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee on National Dialogue set up in 2013 to provide the template for the 2014 National Conference. Her current research on religion and development, among other things, seeks to deconstruct existing knowledge about anti-development orientations of religion. She is an International Project Consultant for Africa in a research network on “Modernization, Mega Churches and the Urban Face of Christianity in the South” which recently in 2019 won a $1.9 million grant funded by the John Templeton Foundation.
Dr. Moses Yakubu
Senior Research Fellow at IADS
Yakubu Moses Joseph is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of African and Diaspora Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos, Nigeria. He holds a Ph.D. in History and Strategic Studies, a Certificate of Completion of Course on the Implementation of the UN Security Council Resolutions on the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Africa, jointly awarded by Peace Operations Training Institute and UN Women, and also, a Certificate of Completion of Course on Conflict Analysis from the United States Institute of Peace. His research interest includes African studies, development, peace and conflict studies, and gender/women studies. He has attended and presented papers at both national and international conferences. In 2017, he presented a paper entitled: “Africa’s Children in Armed Conflict: Fundamental Human Rights Implications, at the Department of African Studies, University of Texas, at Austin, America. In 2010, he won the “Sexuality in Africa Prize Award” from the Africa Regional Sexuality Resource Centre, Lagos, Nigeria, sponsored by the FORD FOUNDATION.
He has published in several edited books and journals within Nigeria and beyond. Some of his recent works are: “The Commodification and Objectification of Women in Hip Hop Music in Nigeria: Implications for Gender Equality;” “Women and the Liberian Civil War, 1989-2003;””Child Insurgents and Boko Haram Insurgency: Case Studies from Nigerian, Cameroon and Chad,” “The Pitfalls of Unilateralism: The United States in Syria;” “Boko Haram Insurgency and Sustainable Development in Nigeria;” “Women Peacemaking Initiatives and Sustainable Development: The Role of Women in Peacemaking Process during the Liberian Civil War, 1989 – 2003; and “Economic Terrorism in Nigeria: An Analysis of the Impact of Boko Haram Insurgency and Niger Delta Militancy on National Development.” Presently, besides his research activities, he teaches Introduction to African and Diaspora Studies, and Problems of Nation Building in West and Central Africa.
Prof. Akinola Ibidapo-Obe
Professor of Public Law
Akin Ibidapo-Obe is a Professor in the Department of Public Law of the University of Lagos. Nigeria.
He was Dean, Faculty of Law,University of Lagos, between 2014 and 2016.
Ibidapo-Obe was Visiting Professor of African Law at the Law Center, of Southern University,Baton Rouge,Louisiana, United States in 1994 where designed and taught a curriculum on African Law. His research interest in African Law began in earnest at this point.
He is recognised as an Afrocentric Legal scholar and Cultural Activist who has consistently advocated for a more vigorous study and teaching of Afican Customary Law as part of the legal education curriculum of Nigeria.
He was Lead Consultant and in a research project on “Traditional Justice and Human Rights in Nigeria” organised and sponsored by the British Department for International Development (DFID)in 2013.
After his tenure as Dean of Law in July 2016, he spent the 2016-17 session as Visiting Professor at the International Center for Law and Religion Studies,J.Reuben Clark Law School,Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, United States, where he taught International Human Rights, and Comparative Law and Religion.
Professor Ibidapo-Obe presented a paper on the theme of “Law, Religion and Culture” at Oxford University in 2015 at a Conference organised by the International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies.
Prof. Ademola Omojola
Professor of Hydrology & Resource Analysis
Ademola Omojola is a Professor of Geography at the University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos Nigeria. Prof. Omojola holds a B.Sc. Degree in Geography from the University of Ibadan in 1982, MA Geography with specialization in Hydrology and Resource Analysis in 1985, GIS Technical Diploma from Sir Sanford Fleming College, Ontario, Canada in 1990, and PhD Geography with specialization in Remote Sensing and GIS also from the University of Lagos in 1997. He has conducted, supervised, and published various research works in remote sensing and GIS applications for Environmental studies in Nigeria. These remote sensing and GIS works focusing mainly on environmental inventory and landuse and landcover change detection spans virtually all the ecological zones in Nigeria. He has also worked on the estimation of spatially and temporally disaggregated climate risks as an input for the assessment of effective and efficient adaptation and mitigation of climate change strategies and policies in complex urban areas. Want to couple the results of science-based environmental studies with the narratives and local knowledge and coping strategies of the people in the west African subregion.
Prof. Ayodele Atsenuwa
Professor of Public Law
Ayodele (Ayo) Atsenuwa specializes in Public Law; with her teaching and research interests spanning criminal law and criminal justice, human rights law, gender and the law, health law and migration law. She comes to legal academics from a development-oriented perspective and is focused on both academic and action-oriented research directed at law reform for improving the delivery of justice especially to the poor and other marginalized groups. Her versatile approach to the interconnectedness of Public Law fields enables her to engage the wide breadth of her research interests yet cohesively.
She is widely published in these fields and is acknowledged as one of Nigeria’s foremost legal feminist and gender scholars. Her seminal works in the field of legal feminism include her book – Feminist Jurisprudence: An Introduction. She is as much deeply passionate about human rights and criminal justice sector reforms and has devoted a significant amount of her research efforts to these fields. Her research work in sentencing under the Nigerian criminal process has led to the adoption of notable legal and policy instruments including the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011, Practice Directions for Community Service in Lagos State, Sentencing Guidelines of Lagos State 2018.
Aside holding office as Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, Ayo is also the current Director of the West African Regional Centre for Law and Religion Studies (WARCLARS) and Chair of the Steering Committee of the Centre for Human Rights of the University of Lagos and in these capacities leads teams of scholars engaged in research in these fields.
Outside the University system, she has done much to contribute to closing the gap between theory and practice to further sustainable development in Africa, especially Nigeria through her leadership and engagement at other levels in the work of various governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental institutions and organizations such as Legal Research and Resource Development Centre, Partnership for Justice, CLEEN Foundation, Girl Power Initiative and Orderly Society Trust. In the past, she has served on the boards of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), Dakar, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), the Orderly Society Trust, and on the Governing Council of Legal Education of Nigeria, the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender (2007- 2011), the Lagos State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy (2005- 2007), the National Advisory Committee on APRM-NEPAD (2004-2007) and NBA Task Force on the North-East to mention a few.
Ayo, a British Chevening Scholar, holds an LL.M. in Law and Development from the University of Warwick and another LL.M. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of London. She obtained her LL.B. degree from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) and is a Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. She began her academic career at the Lagos State University in February 1988 from where she moved to the University of Lagos in October 1990.
Dr. Basirat Ashabi Oyalowo
Specialist in Housing & Real Estate Research
Basirat Oyalowo is a specialist in housing research and real estate sustainability with interest in comparative studies in Africa. Her recent housing research activities include an extensive study on co-operative societies and housing supply in Lagos, Nigeria; comparative studies on Africa’s housing sector and studies in slum communities and regeneration. Her research activities in real estate sustainability has been based on exploring the depth of understanding, barriers and drivers of sustainability amongst market players, valuation of sustainable real estate and sustainable land policies.
In addition to lecturing in the Department of Estate Management, she is also Manager, Centre for Housing Studies at the University of Lagos (http://chsunilag.com/) where she drives the Centre’s research agenda, structures training and learning programs and implements housing advocacy activities. Under this platform, Basirat drove the wining of grants for the establishment of a centre of excellence in housing and sustainable development under the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) platform; which has led to the creation of seven research clusters at the University and a Network for urbanization with eight African University partners. She is a registered Estate Surveyor and Valuer and has achieved membership of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers and the Chartered Institution of Personnel Management of Nigeria.
Dr. Blessing E. Anyikwa
Senior Lecturer of Adult/Literacy Education
Education: Ph. D Adult Education/ Literacy Education University of Lagos, Lagos 2008. M. Ed (Adult Education University of Lagos, Lagos 1997, B. Ed (Adult Education University of Ibadan, 1994
Research Interest: Blessing Anyikwa’s research focus is in Adult Literacy, Literacies, Adult Education, and literacy for disadvantaged groups in Nigeria especially in integrating those with indigenous education to formal, informal and non-formal education. Her research activities include: Adult Literacy Approaches and Techniques, Healthy living practices (Health Literacy), Adult Learner’s Numeracy, Capacity Building for Education, Financial Literacy and Women Empowerment, Adult Teaching and Learning Methods, Mother –Tongue for Adult Basic Literacy Education , Environmental Literacy, Literacy for Peace, Functional Literacy Programme and Community Development
2018-date chairperson Non-Governmental organization for literacy support services(NOGALSS)
2018- Assistant Editor, Nigerian National Council for Adult Education (NNCAE)
2015-2017 Faculty of Education best researcher
Grant Award from the Educational Research for West African and Central Africa (ERNWACA) – (2009)
Currently my research work on Integrating Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) with Primary Health Care Personnel’s for Effectiveness in primary Health Care Delivery in Nigeria, relates to the aims of ACC in that it will bring to the limelight knowledge inform of processes and challenges involved in possible integration of African birth delivery practices and others , It will clearly illustrate mobility of skills and how best to foster collaboration in the face of Skilled Birth Attendants scarcity particularly in remote African communities. Finally, it is hoped that it will bring about positive moral attitude towards medical partnership of TBAs and SBAs instead of competitors. Finally, the study will scale up the training of TBAs in other States in Nigeria.