ABIMBOLA,Prof Wande

Born 26 June 1932
in

Oyo

Prof.

Abimbola

Wande

First professor of Yoruba language and African literature
Gender: Male
Marital Status
  • Single
Name of Spouse
Father's Name Abimbola Iroko
Father's Status Deceased
Mother's Name Sangodayo Ifagbemisola Awele
Mother's Status N/A
Profession University lecturer , Administrator , Politician
Working Experience University administration 2006-present President, Ifa Heritage Institute, Oyo, Nigeira 1982–1990 Vice-Chancellor, University of Ile-Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University). 1977-1979 Dean, Faculty of Arts, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. 1975-1977; 1979–80; 1981-82 Head, Department of African Languages and Literatures, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. (Wande Abimbola was the founder of this department.) Academic experience 2004—2005 Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the Department of Liberal Studies, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY. 1999 Professor of Humanities in the Department of English, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY. 1998—2003 Professor in the Department of Religion, Boston University, Boston, MA. 1997 Professor of the Humanities in Africana and Latin American Studies, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY. 1996—1997 Fellow, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute & Department of African American Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge. 1990—1991 Scholar-in-Residence and Visiting Professor of Black Studies, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts. 1980—1981 Visiting Henry R. Luce Professor of Comparative Religious Ethics, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts. 1976—1990 Professor of African Languages and Literatures, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. 1973 Associate Professor of Folklore, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. 1971 Visiting Assistant Professor of Folklore, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. 1966—1972 Lecturer, School of African and Asian Studies, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria. 1963—1965 Junior Research Fellow, Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. Political, cultural and public service appointments 2005—to date Director, UNESCO Proclamation of Intangible Cultural Heritage award to Nigeria, Subject Matter: Ifa. 2003–2005 Adviser to the Nigerian President on Traditional Matters and Cultural Affairs, Office of the Presidency, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Abuja, Nigeria. 1995—1998 Member, Council for the World’s Religions. 1992—1993 Senate Majority Leader, Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Abuja, Nigeria. 1992 Special Adviser to the Governor of Oyo State, Nigeria. 1990—to date Installed as Asiwaju Awo of Remo, Nigeria. 1988—1989 Member, Executive Committee, Association of Commonwealth Universities. 1986—to date Installed as Elemoso of Ketu, Benin Republic. 1981—to date Installed as Awise Awo Ni Agbaye ( literally World Spokesperson for Ifa and Yoruba Religion). 1981—1989 Chairman, Governing Board, Oyo State College of Arts and Science, Ile-Ife. 1979—1982 Chairman, Oyo State Tourist Committee. 1978—1984 Chairman, Board of Directors, University of Ife Guest Houses Limited. 1976—1978 Chairman, Oyo State Broadcasting Corporation. 1974—1984 Chairman, Board of Governors, Oliver Baptist High School, Oyo. 1974–1976 Chairman, Oyo Zonal Health Board and Member of the State Health Council. 1971—to date Consecrated as Babalawo (Ifa Priest). Other professional experience 1972—1979 Editor, Yoruba, Journal of the Yoruba Studies Association of Nigeria. 1970—1972 Editor, Lagos Notes and Records, Bulletin of the Institute of African and Asian Studies, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria.

President and Founder of Ifa Heritage Institute

Previous Appointments:

2005—to date Director, UNESCO Proclamation of Intangible Cultural Heritage award to Nigeria, Subject Matter: Ifa.
2003–2005 Adviser to the Nigerian President on Traditional Matters and Cultural Affairs, Office of the Presidency,
Federal Republic of Nigeria, Abuja, Nigeria.

1995—1998 Member, Council for the World’s Religions.
1992—1993 Senate Majority Leader, Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Abuja, Nigeria.
1992 Special Adviser to the Governor of Oyo State, Nigeria.
1990—to date Installed as Asiwaju Awo of Remo, Nigeria.
1988—1989 Member, Executive Committee, Association of Commonwealth Universities.
1986—to date Installed as Elemoso of Ketu, Benin Republic.
1981—to date President, International Congress of Orisa Tradition and Culture.
1981—to date Installed as Awise Awo Ni Agbaye (literally World Spokesperson for Ifa and Yoruba Religion).
1981—1989 chairman, Governing Board, Oyo State College of Arts and Science, Ile-Ife.
1979—1982 chairman, Oyo State Tourist Committee.
1978—1984 chairman, board of directors, University of Ife Guest Houses Limited.
1976—1978 chairman, Oyo State Broadcasting Corporation.
1974—1984 chairman, Board of Governors, Olivet Baptist High School, Olivet Heights, Oyo.
1974–1976 chairman, Oyo Zonal Health Board and Member of the State Health Council.
1971—to date Consecrated as Babalawo (Ifa Priest)
1972—1979 Editor, Yoruba, Journal of the Yoruba Studies Association of Nigeria.
1970—1972 Editor, Lagos Notes and Records, Bulletin of the Institute of African and Asian Studies, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria

Tertiary
Yes

Senate leader between November 1992 and November 1993

Àwísẹ Awo Àgbàyé in 1981 by the Ooni of Ife
Elemoso of Ketu in Benin Republic

Journal Articles and Chapters in Books
Wande Abimbola, “Religion, World Order and Peace: an Indigenous African Perspective”, in Crosscurrents, Religion and the United Nations, Vol. 60, Issue 3, 2010, (pp. 307-309).
Wande Abimbola, “Mestre Didi, Alapini, and the Future of Afro-Atlantic Civilization”, in Criatividade Amago Das Diversidades Culturais: A Estética Do Sagrado, Juana Elbein Santos (ed.), Communitatis Mundi/SECNEB, Salvador, Bahia, 2010.
Wande Abimbola, “The Bag of Wisdom: Osun and the Origins of Ifa Divination”, in Osun Across the Waters, J. Murphy and M. Sanford (ed.), Indiana University Press, Bloomington, Indiana, 2001.
Wande Abimbola, “The Contribution of Ancient Africa to Religious, Literary and Philosophical Thought: The Ifa Divination Corpus of West Africa as a Case Study”, Inaugural Lecture, Boston University, Boston, November 1997.
Wande Abimbola, “Images of Women in the Ifa Literary Corpus”, in Queens, Queen Mothers, Priestesses and Power: Case Studies In African Gender, Flora E.S. Kaplan (ed.), Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Vol. 8, 1997, (pp. 401-413).
Wande Abimbola, “Ifa: A West African Cosmological System”, Religion in Africa: Experience and Expression, Thomas D. Blakey, et. al. (eds.), James Currey, London and Heinemann, Portsmouth, Vol. 4, Monograph Series of the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies, 1994, (pp. 100-117).
Wande Abimbola, “Lagbayi, the Itinerant Woodcarver of Ojowon,” The Yoruba Artist, Rowland Abiodun et. al. (eds.), Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington and London, 1994, (pp.137-142).
Wande Abimbola, “Secrecy and Objectivity in the Methodology of Ifa Divination”, (with Barry Hallen), in Secrecy: African Art that Conceals and Reaveals, Museum of African Art, New York, 1993.
Wande Abimbola, “Decolonizing African Thought”, in Tradition and Development in Africa Today, Introduction to African Culture: 8, UNESCO, Paris, 1990, (pp. 15-22); reprinted 2004 and 2006.
Wande Abimbola, “The Concept of Destiny in African Traditional Religion”, Ogun State Public Service Forum, Abeokuta, Nigeria, March, 1988.
Wande Abimbola, “Unification of the World’s Religions: The African View Point”, in Essays in Honour of S. C. Kim, Andrew Wilson (ed.), The Edwin Mellen Press, Lewinton and Queenston, U.S.A., 1987.
Wande Abimbola, “An Appraisal of African Systems of Thought”, The Arts and Civilization of Black and African Peoples, Vol. 2, Black Civilization and Philosophy, Third Press International, Lagos, Nigeria, 1986, (pp. 11-30).
Wande Abimbola, “The Notion of Sacrifice in Yoruba Religion”, in Restoring the Kingdom, Dean Williams Ferm (ed.), Paragon House, New York, 1984.
Wande Abimbola, “The Contribution of Diaspora Blacks to the Development and Preservation of Traditional African Religion in the Americas”, in Cultures Africaines, Documents de la Reunion d’Experts sur les Apports Cultures des Noirs de La Diaspora a l’Afrique, (UNESCO), 1983, (pp. 79-89).
Wande Abimbola, “Notes on Collection, Transcription, Translation and Analysis of Yoruba Oral Literature”, Yoruba Language and Literature, A. Afolayan (ed.), U.P.L., Ibadan, 1982.
Wande Abimbola, “Two Lineages of Yoruba Wood Carvers: Evidence from Oral Literature on the Visual Arts of Africa”, The Role of Afro-American Folklore in the Teaching of the Arts and Humanities, A. L. Seward (ed.), Indiana University Press, Bloomington, IN, 1978, (pp. 283-293).
Wande Abimbola, “Yoruba Traditional Religion”, Contemplation and Action in World Religions, Yusuf Ibish and Ileana Marculescu (ed.), University of Washington Press, Seattle and London, 1978, (pp. 218-243).
Wande Abimbola, “The Study of Yoruba Literature”, Inaugural lecture, Series 24, University of Ife, Ile-Ife, 1977.
Wande Abimbola, “The Ifa Divination System”, Nigeria Magazine: Special Festac Edition, Nos. 122-123, Lagos, 1977.
Wande Abimbola, “The Yoruba Thought System”, The Theosophist, Vol. 38, nos. 8-9, May and June 1977, Adyar Madras, India, (pp. 54-61, 83-90).
Wande Abimbola, “Yoruba Traditional Religion in Brazil: Problems and Prospects”, Actes du Congress International Des Americanistes, Paris, 1976, (pp. 620-639).
Wande Abimbola, “Consonant Elision in Yoruba” (with Olasope Oyelaran), African Language Studies 16, 1975, (pp. 37-60).
Wande Abimbola, “Iwapele: The Yoruba Concept of Good Character” in Yoruba Oral Literature, Wande Abimbola (ed.), University of Ibadan Press, Ibadan, 1975.
Wande Abimbola, “The Yoruba Concept of Human Personality”, in La Notion de Personne en Afrique Noir, C.N.R.S., Paris, 1073, (pp. 41-62).
Wande Abimbola, “The Literature of the Ifa Cult”, Sources of Yoruba History, S. O. Biobaku (ed.), Oxford Universty Press, Ibadan, 1973, (pp. 41-62).
Wande Abimbola, “Ifa Divination Poems and the Coming of Islam to Yorubaland”, Pan-African Journal, iv/4, New York, 1972.
Wande Abimbola, “Stylistic Repetition in Ifa Divination Poetry”, Lagos Notes and Records, 3/1, 1971, (pp. 38-53).
Wande Abimbola, “Yoruba Oral Poetry”, Introduction to Nigerian Literature, Bruce King (ed.), Evans, Ibadan, 1971, (pp. 12-23).
Wande Abimbola, “Burial of the Dead Among the Yoruba”, Proceedings of the African Studies Staff Seminar, University of Lagos, 1970, (pp. 98-144).
Wande Abimbola, “A Chapter from the Second Odu of Ifa”, Black Orpheus, 2/2, 1969, (pp.7-12).
Wande Abimbola, “Ifa as a Body of Knowledge and As An Academic Discipline”, Lagos Notes and Records, 2/2, 1968, (pp. 30-40).
Wande Abimbola, “Ifa Divination Poems as Sources of Historical Evidence”, Lagos Notes and Records, 1/1, June, 1970, (pp.11-20).
Wande Abimbola, “The Ese of Ifa”, African Notes, 2/3, Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, 1965, (pp.12-17).
Wande Abimbola, “The Place of Ifa in Yoruba Traditional Religion”, African Notes, 2/2, January, 1965.
Wande Abimbola, “The Ruins of Oyo Division”, African Notes, 2/1, October, 1964.
Wande Abimbola, “The Odu of Ifa”, African Notes, 1/3, 1964, (pp.6-12).

Wande Abimbola, Ifa Will Mend Our Broken World (Aim Books, Boston, 1997).
Wande Abimbola, Ifa Divination Poetry (NOK Publishers, New York, 1977).
Wande Abimbola, Ifa: An Exposition of Ifa Literary Corpus (Oxford University Press, Ibadan, 1977).
Wande Abimbola, Awon Oju Odu Mereerindinlogun (University Press Limited, Ibadan, 1977).
Wande Abimbola, Sixteen Great Poems of Ifa (UNESCO, Niamey, 1975).
Wande Abimbola (ed), Yoruba Oral Tradition (University Press Limited, Ibadan, 1975).
Wande Abimbola, (ed) Yoruba Idioms (Pilgrim Books, Lagos, 1969).
Wande Abimbola, Ijinle Ohun Enu If, Apa Keji (Collins, Glasgow, 1969; reprinted, University Press Limited, Ibadan, 1976 and 2006.)
Wande Abimbola, Ijinle Ohun Enu Ifa Apa Kini (Collins, Glasgow, 1968; reprinted, University Press Limited, Ibadan, 2006).

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