My research emphasises the importance of everyday encounters and interpersonal relationships for wider social and political processes West African, Nigerian and especially Yoruba history, culture and politics. My recent book, entitled Obafemi Awolowo and the Making of Remo: The local politics of a Nigerian Nationalist examines the intellectual, social and political history of a distinctive region of Southwest Nigeria, which produced Nigeria’s most important Yoruba politician.
I am currently the Principal Investigator (PI) of an ERC Grant with the title 'Knowing Each Other: everyday religious encounters, social identities and tolerance in southwest Nigeria,' based both at the University of Birmingham in the UK, and at Osun State University (UNIOSUN) in Nigeria. This research explores the relationships between Yoruba Muslims, Christians and traditionalists The project centres on the everyday lives of Yoruba Muslims, Christians and traditionalists, and it explores the way in which religious differences and encounters inform social identities shaped by gender, generation, education etc. (for more information, see our project website and blog and follow us on facebook and on twitter (link: @KEONigeria,).
Most of my research focuses on the culture, history and politics of the Yoruba of Southwest Nigeria, and on Nigeria more genreally. My recent book, entitled Obafemi Awolowo and the Making of Remo: The local politics of a Nigerian Nationalist examines the intellecual, social and political history of a distinctive region of Southwest Nigeria, which produced Nigeria’s most important Yoruba politician.
In the past, my work has been funded by the ESRC (2003-5) and the British Academy (2006, 2009), and I particpated in a collaborative research project on Religion and Development which was funded by DfID (2005-10) with work focusing on religion, governance and corruption in Nigeria.