My research interests include:
- Nigerian print culture, in both Yoruba and English
- Yoruba culture, history and intellectual history
- Yoruba language and oral and written literatures
- Colonial and post-colonial print cultures, especially newspapers
- Cultural anthropology and the anthropology of texts
- Nigerian and other African literatures in English
- Narrative and genre
- Travel writing and representations of people and places
- Knowledge of and encounters with others
As a researcher on the ERC project ‘Knowing Each Other,’ I work with the rest of the team to research everyday religious interactions in south-west Nigeria. I particularly work on qualitative and quantitative analysis of fieldwork results, including a large-scale surveys and interviews. I am interested in how knowledge of others is generated through encounters, whether in person or through texts.
My doctoral research was in the field of Yoruba and English print culture in southwestern Nigeria, with a focus on travel writing but in relation to broader forms, genres and media such as novels, newspapers, historical writing and autobiography. My thesis and subsequent publications explore the ways Nigerians have represented the heterogeneity of Nigeria to themselves and to the world, and particularly discuss the relationship between travel and local cosmopolitanisms, narrative, knowledge, texts, genre, translation, migration and the growth of a local Yoruba-English print culture across the twentieth century. I am currently developing a monograph based on my doctoral research, with additional archival research.