The research team for the Knowing Each Other project is split between the UK and Nigeria. Our team in the UK is based at the University of Birmingham while the team in Nigeria is based at Osun State University.
Adebayọ Olụsẹgun Adewusi
I hold a Master of Arts degree in History from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in Nigeria. I have a special interest in Culture and Social History of Yoruba, and I have published on this subject. At present, I am engaged as Field Officer in the European Research Council (ERC) sponsored joint University of Birmingham and UNIOSUN Research Project in Yorubaland.
I graduated with a first degree in French and International Relations and am working as a field officer in the European Research Council (ERC) sponsored joint University of Birmingham and UNIOSUN Research Project.
I was a field officer in the European Research Council (ERC) sponsored joint University of Birmingham and UNIOSUN Research Project between March and November 2012. I now teach history at Elizade University, Ondo State, Nigeria and continue to work on the ERC project.
Joseph Osuolale Ayodokun
I am a professional research assistant and logistics solution provider, currently working on the ERC project as the field officer responsible for sourcing, copying and arranging archival records, documents and grey literature relating to the subject of the research for all the cities and town in the survey.
I am a European Research Council (Knowing Each Other) Teaching Fellow at the Department of History and International Studies, Osun State University, Osogbo, Nigeria.
I completed my first degree in History, including working on Slavery and the Slave Trade in Ondo Kingdom. I hold a Master of Public Administration from Obafemi Awolowo University. I have worked with Prof. Olukoya Ogen as a research assistant on The Socio-Economic History of Ikales and their Neighbours. I am currently a field officer with the European Research Council (ERC) sponsored joint University of Birmingham and UNIOSUN Research Project.
Kọmọ̣lafe Ezekiel Olusanya
I am a currently a lecturer at the Department of Language and Linguistics at Osun State University and hold a BA in Linguistics and Yoruba as well as a Masters in Communication and Language Art and another in Linguistics. I am engaged as translator in the European Research Council (ERC) sponsored joint University of Birmingham and UNIOSUN Research Project.
Before joining the ERC Project in March 2012, I was a research assistant at the Akodi Afrika Museum and Cultural Centre working with Dr. Patrick Darling in Iffe Ijumu, Kogi State. I was part of the pioneer group of students who initiated the History Research Society (H.R.S) in Ondo and led the team on its first fieldwork on the Ogun festival of the Ondo people in 2007. Currently I am taking an M.Phil, in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, working under the supervision of Prof. Akin Alao on the topic of ‘The Administration of Law of Will and Inheritance in Ondo; 1900-1960’.
My work is based on two decades of engagement with Nigeria, and I am particularly interested in Yoruba history, culture and politics. I am currently the Principal Investigator (PI) of a European Research Council Starting Researcher Grant with the title 'Knowing Each Other: everyday religious encounters, social identities and tolerance in southwest Nigeria.'
I am a Research Fellow working on the ‘Knowing Each Other: everyday religious encounters, social identities and tolerance in southwest Nigeria.' My own research explores twentieth century and contemporary travel writing by Nigerians, in both Yoruba and English, across a range of genres including newspaper travelogues, town histories, novels and contemporary internet-based travel writing and memoirs.
I am currently a Professor of History at Osun State University, Osogbo, Nigeria. However, I also double as a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Department of African Studies and Anthropology, University of Birmingham.