ADESINA, Dr. Olutayo Charles

Born January 27, 1964




B.A, M.A, Ph.D

Olutayo Charles Adesina, FNAL, is a Professor of History, the Head of the Department of History and former Director, Centre for General Studies at the University of Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. He is the author/co-author of more than a dozen books and over sixty articles. For more than two decades, the focus of his scholarship on sub-Saharan Africa has either singly or generally summoned intersections of local, national, regional and global history. Prof. Adesina received his education at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU, formerly University of Ife), where he earned his B.A. (1985), M.A. (1989), and Ph.D. (1994)—all in History. Prof. Adesina has carved a niche for himself as a scholar and historian. In 1994, Prof. Adesina was a Grantee of the United States Information Agency at the Boston College, Massachusetts, U.S.A. In 1998, he was invited by Prof. Akin Mabogunje to a Research Associateship at the Development Policy Centre, Ibadan, Nigeria. His teaching and research careers have spanned many decades and continents. As full-time or visiting professor, he has taught in Nigeria and the U.S. He was a Teaching Assistant at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (1989-91), Lecturer Grade III at the Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, Nigeria (1991-93). He joined the services of the University of Ibadan in 1993 and rose to the rank of Professor of History in 2007. He has also been a Visiting Professor at Kennesaw State University, Georgia, USA (2004 & 2013). Prof. Adesina is a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters (FNAL), and the recipient of several other distinguished fellowship awards, including, Fellow, Salzburg Seminar, Austria (2001); Fellow of the Atlantic History, Charles Warren Center, Harvard University (1998); the African Visiting Fellow, Rhodes Chair of Race Relations, St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, U.K. (2004/2005); and, Fellow, Institute of Advanced Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India (2009. In October 2019, Prof. Adesina was the Distinguished Guest Lecturer at the Centre for African Studies, Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai, China. His most recent publications include: Nigeria in the Twentieth Century: History, Governance and Society, Ibadan, Connel Publications, 2017; “Soccer Victory authorized by the gods: Prophecy, Popular Memory and the Peculiarities of Place”, In Afe Adogame, Nick Watson and Andrew Parker, Global Perspectives on Sports and Christianity, London and New York, Routledge, Taylor and Francis, 2018; “Feeding the Millions: Understanding Africa’s Food Security Problem” In Richard A. Olaniyan and Ehimika A. Ifidon (eds), Contemporary Issues in Africa’s Development: Wither the African Renaissance? Newcastle upon Tyne, Cambridge scholars Publishing, 2018; and, ‘The Profile of an Educational Statesman’ in U.M.O. Ivowi Educating for Functionality (Book in Honour of Emeritus PAI Obanya). Abuja: Nigerian Academy of Education. 2019. He is currently completing (with Prof Taiwo Akinyele, Head of the Department of History, University of Lagos) a manuscript on Larger than Life: Selected Icons in Yoruba Thought and Society.
Gender: Male
Marital Status
  • Married
Name of Spouse Oluwakemi Abiodun Omogunwa, 1997
State of Origin: Osun State
Father's Name
Father's Status N/A
Mother's Name
Mother's Status N/A
Number of Male Children 1
Number of Female Children 2
Profession Historian, lecturer, administrator
Working Experience University of Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. , Teaching Assistant at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (1989-91), , Lecturer Grade III at the Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, Nigeria (1991-93) , Visiting Professor at Kennesaw State University, Georgia, USA (2004 & 2013).
Previous Appointments:

Assistant Lecturer, Department of History, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife,
1990-91; Lecturer 111, Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, 1991-93; Lecturer 11,
Department of History, University of Ibadan, 1993-97; Lecturer 1, 1997-2000; Senior
Lecturer, since 2000; Head, Department of History, University of Ibadan, 2001-03; Coordinator,
Department of History, Oral History and Documentation project, since 2000;
Sub-Dean, Faculty Of Arts, 1999-2001; Co-odinator, Department Examinations, 1997-98;
Department of History Staff/Students Liaison Committee, 1994; Departmental
Representative, Faculty Staff/Student Liaison Committee, 1994; Faculty Consultancy
Committee, 1994; Department of History Strategic Planning Committee, 1995-96;
Departmental Representative, Board of Arts Studies, 1996-98; Departmental
Representative, Board of Faculty of Education, 1995-2001; Faculty of Arts 50th
Anniversary Committee, 1998; Chairman, Department of History Revenue Generation Committee, 2000-01; Editor, The Nigeria Journal of Economic History; Research
Associate, African Peace Research Institute, Lagos, 1989; Research Associate,
Development Policy Centre, Ibadan, 1997-98; Contributing Scholar, Encyclopedia of subsaharan
Africa, 1998; Encyclopedia of African History, 2005; History of World Trade,
since 1450; Columnist, National Concord Newspaper, Lagos, 1995-2000; Editorial Board,
The Comet Newspaper; Editorial Advisory Board, Humanities Review Journal, Obafemi
Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Advisory Board, Comparative American Studies Journal;
Editorial Consultant, African Studies Review, Department of History and International
Studies, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State; Deputy Co-ordinator,
Training Programmes, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies.

Historical Society of Nigeria; Business Manager, Historical
Society of Nigeria; Nigerian Economic History Association; Indigenous knowledge
Group, University of Ibadan; Peace and Conflict Studies Group, University of Ibadan;
Deputy Co-ordinator, Training Programmes, The Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies,
University of Ibadan, since 2001; Environmental Protection Society of Nigeria; African
Studies Association, USA, since 2002; American Studies Association of Nigeria;
Secretary, University of Ibadan branch, 1994-2000; Chairman, 2000-2004; International
Committee, American Studies Association, USA 2001-2004; American Historical Society;
Organization of American Historians, Economic History Association, USA, 1995-97;
External Examiner Department of History Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, 2005;
Department of History, University of Ilorin, 2003; Fellow, Award, Postgraduate School,
Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, 1990-91; Charles Warren Centre, Harvard
University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, 1998; Senate Research Grant, University of
Ibadan, 2000; Salzburg Seminar, Salzburg, Austria, 2001; Visiting Professor, Kennesaw
State University, Georgia, 2004; Fellow:Rhodes Clair of Race Relations, St. Antony’s
College, Oxford University, U.K., 2004/05

St. Clares Nursery & Primary School, Oshogbo, 1968-70; St. Augustine’s Primary School, Ipetumodu, 1971-75; Origbo Community High School, Ipetumodu, 1975-80; University of Ife, 1981-85; Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, 1989-94

Gideon Isaac Oladipo Olajide: The Making of the People’s Bishop, Vicoo
International Press, Ijebu-Ode, 2000; The World of Yemi Farounbi, Sumob Publishers,
Osogbo, 2004; Co-author, Religion in the United States of America, Hope Publishers,
Ibadan, 2002; Consolidation and Sustenance of Democracy: The United States of America
and Nigeria, Hope Publication Ibadan, 2002; Ethnicity, Citizenship and Democracy in the
United States of America, Humanities Publisher, Ibadan, 2003; and many other scholarly
publications in learned journals, local and international journal, workshops and seminars

reading Novels, playing table tennis and badminton

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