My research emphasises the importance of everyday encounters and interpersonal relationships for wider social and political processes West African, Nigerian and especially Yoruba history and society, and has been supported by different UK and international funding agencies. My first book, entitled Obafemi Awolowo and the Making of Remo: The local politics of a Nigerian Nationalist examines power and consent in the history of a distinctive region of Southwest Nigeria, which produced Nigeria’s most important Yoruba politician. I am the lead editor (with Olukoya Ogen and Rebecca Jones) of Beyond Religious Tolerance: Muslims, Christians and Traditionalists in an African Town (2017, James Currey/ Boydell and Brewer), and I am currently writing a second monograph on Muslim-Christian marriages and family relationships in southwest Nigeria.
I am currently the PI of an ERC Grant is entitled 'Knowing Each Other: everyday religious encounters, social identities and tolerance in southwest Nigeria' and based both at the University of Birmingham in the UK, and at Osun State University (UNIOSUN) in Nigeria. It 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, and education etc. (for more information, see our project website and blog and follow us on facebook and on twitter (link: @KEONigeria,)