Toyin Omoyeni Falola (born January 1, 1953) is a Nigerian historian and professor of African Studies. Falola is a Fellow of the Historical Society of Nigeria and of the Nigerian Academy of Letters, and has served as the president of the African Studies Association. He is currently the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin.
|Alma mater||University of Ife|
University of Ibadan
|Occupation(s)||Historian and university professor|
|Known for||Historiography in Africa|
|Institutions||University of Texas, Obafemi Awolowo University|
Early life and education edit
Falola was born on January 1, 1953, in Ibadan, Nigeria. He earned his B.A. and Ph.D. in History (1981) at the University of Ife, Ile-Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), in Nigeria. In December 2020, he earned an academic D.Litt. in Humanities from the University of Ibadan.
Academic career edit
Falola began his academic career as a schoolteacher in Pahayi, Ogun State in 1970, and by 1981 he was a lecturer at the University of Ife. He joined the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin in 1991, and has also held short-term teaching appointments at the University of Cambridge in England, York University in Canada, Smith College, Massachusetts, in the United States, The Australian National University in Canberra, Australia, and the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs in Lagos, Nigeria.
Research and pedagogy edit
The primary focus of Falola's research is African history since the 19th century, in the tradition of the Ibadan School. His geographic areas of interest include Africa, Latin America and the United States; and his thematic fields include Atlantic history, diaspora and migration, empire and globalization, intellectual history, international relations, religion and culture.
Recent courses he has taught include "Introduction to Traditional Africa", an interdisciplinary course on the peoples and cultures of Africa, designed for students with varied backgrounds in African Studies, and "Epistemologies of African/Black Studies", a course on the rise and evolution of African/Black Studies, with a focus on pedagogy, methodology, and the historical development of scholarship in the field.
Academic honours and awards edit
Falola has received honorary doctorates, lifetime career awards and honors in various parts of the world, including:
- Emeritus Professor of Humanities, Lead City University Ibadan
- The Lincoln Award,
- Nigerian Diaspora Academic Prize,
- Cheikh Anta Diop Award,
- Amistad Award,
- SIRAS Award for Outstanding Contribution to African Studies,
- Africana Studies Distinguished Global Scholar Lifetime Achievement Award,
- Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters,
- Fellow of the Historical Society of Nigeria, and The Distinguished Africanist Award.
- He has also received honorary degree of doctors of letters from thirteen universities, including the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) during FUNAAB 26th convocation ceremony in November 2018, and Babcock University, in Ilishan-Remo.
- Africa, Empire and Globalization. Essays in Honor of A. G. Hopkins, with Emily Brownell. Carolina Academic Press, Durham, NC (2011), ISBN 978-1594603525.
- The Atlantic World, 1450–2000, with Kevin David Roberts (2008), ISBN 0253219434.
- Yoruba Creativity: Fiction, Language, Life and Songs, with Ann Genova (2005), ISBN 1592213367.
- A History of Nigeria, with Matthew M. Heaton (2008), ISBN 978-0521862943.
- Britain and Nigeria: Exploitation or Development? Edited (1987). ISBN 978-0862323042.
- Pawnship, Slavery, and Colonialism in Africa, with Paul E. Lovejoy (2003), ISBN 1592210392.
- African Urban Spaces in Historical Perspective, with Steven J. Salm (2005), ISBN 0890895589.
- Historical Dictionary of Nigeria. With Ann Genova (2009). ISBN 978-0810863163.
- Mouth Sweeter than Salt: An African Memoir (2005), ISBN 978-0472031320.
- Yoruba Warlords of the Nineteenth Century, with D. Oguntomisin and G. O. Oguntomisin (2001), ISBN 978-0865437845.
- Yoruba Gurus: Indigenous Production of Knowledge in Africa (1999), ISBN 0865436983.
- The Power of African Cultures (2008), ISBN 978-1580462976.
- The Foundations of Nigeria: Essays in honor of Toyin Falola. Edited by Adebayo Oyebade (2003), ISBN 1592211208.
- African Politics in Postimperial Times, with Richard L. Sklar (2001), ISBN 0865439850.
- Counting the Tiger's Teeth: An African Teenager's Story (2014, University of Michigan Press), ISBN 978-0-472-11948-6.
- Africa: An Encyclopedia of Culture and Society 3 vols. Edited with Daniel Jean-Jacques (2015), ISBN 978-1598846669.
- The Political Economy of Health in Africa. Edited with Dennis Hyavyar (1992), ISBN 978-0896801684.
- Yoruba Historiography (1991), ISBN 978-0942615104.
- Pawnship in Africa: debt bondage in historical perspective. Edited with Paul. E. Lovejoy (1994), ISBN 978-0813384573.
- Warfare and Diplomacy in Precolonial Nigeria: Essays in honor of Robert Smith. With Robin Law (1992), ISBN 978-0942615142.
- The Rise and Fall of Nigeria's Second Republic, 1979–1984. With Julius Ihonvbere (1985), ISBN 978-0862323806.
- Rural Development Problems in Nigeria. Edited with S. A. Olanrewaju (1992), ISBN 978-1856282406.
- Culture, Politics and Money among the Yorubas. With Akanmu Adebayo (2000), ISBN 978-1412821117.
- Religious Militancy and Self-assertion: Islam and Politics in Nigeria. With M. H. Kukah (1996), ISBN 978-1859724743.
- Modern Nigeria: a tribute to G. O. Olusanya. Edited (1990), ISBN 978-9783055315.
- Transport Systems in Nigeria. Edited (1986), ISBN 978-0915984671.
- Violence in Nigeria: the crisis of religious politics and secular ideologies (1998), ISBN 1580460186.
- The Military in Nineteenth Century Yoruba Politics (1984), ISBN 978-9781360640.
- Islam and Christianity in West Africa. With Biodun Adediran (1983), ISBN 978-9781360435.
- The Transformation of Nigeria: Essays in honor of Toyin Falola. (2002), ISBN 0865439982.
- Culture and Customs of Ghana. With Steven J. Salm (2002), ISBN 0313320500.
- Nationalism and Africa Intellectuals (2001), ISBN 1580460852.
- Narrating War and Peace in Africa. Edited with Hetty Ter Haar (2010), ISBN 978-1580463300.
- Culture and Customs of the Yoruba. With Akintunde Akinyemi (2001), ISBN 978-1943533183.
- Encyclopedia of the Yoruba. With Akintude Akinyemi (2016), ISBN 978-0253021564.
In Nigeria, there is a conference named after Toyin Falola by the Ibadan Cultural Studies Group; a group chaired by Professor Ademola Dasylva. The first Toyin Falola International Conference on Africa and the African Diaspora (TOFAC) was held in 2011 at the University of Ibadan. The second was hosted in Lagos by the Centre for Black African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC) under the watch of the director general of the centre Professor Tunde Babawale.
- "Toyin Falola, History, University of Texas, Austin". African Studies Association.
- "Toyin Falola". Department of History, College of Liberal Arts. The University of Texas at Austin. Retrieved 8 October 2022.
- "Professor Falola discusses with Lead City 89.1 FM". ::LCU. Retrieved 16 May 2022.
- Akinpelu, Yusuf (19 February 2021). "Nigerian professor, Toyin Falola, awarded Doctor of Letters". Premium Times. Retrieved 22 October 2021.
- "Falola, Toyin 1953–". New Revision. Contemporary Authors. 1 January 2006. Archived from the original on 28 January 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2012.
- "Toyin Falola". Nigerian Tribune. 18 May 2016. p. 16. Retrieved 29 May 2020 – via Issuu.
- Falola, T & Heaton, M (2006). "The Works of A.E. Afigbo on Nigeria: An Historiographical Essay" (PDF). Retrieved 11 August 2009.
- "'Africa in Global History' book launch". www.kcl.ac.uk. 9 March 2022. Retrieved 16 May 2022.
- "LC Linked Data Service: Authorities and Vocabularies (Library of Congress)". id.loc.gov. Library of Congress. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
- "Toyin Falola On Telling Africa's Story". lifeandletters.la.utexas.edu. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
- "Falola becomes professor emeritus in humanities at Lead City University". TheCable. 14 December 2022. Retrieved 21 April 2023.
- admin (1 October 2019). "Equip Your Library With Dr. Toyin Falola Publications". Sunshine Nigeria. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
- "Toyin Falola". African Studies Association Portal – ASA. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
- "Success Story from Nigeria: Dr. Toyin Falola Promotes African Studies". african development successes. 18 July 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
- Toinho (14 October 2013). "Dialogues: USA Africa Dialogue Series – Text of Toyin Falola's Book Presentation". Dialogues. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
- "Prof. Toyin Fálọlá". Toyin Fálọlá Prize. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
- "Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology | Lead City University Ibadan". www.euni.de. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
- "About Us – Toyin Falola Center for the Study of Africa". Retrieved 29 May 2020.
- "Center for the Study of Africa and the African Diaspora – Distinguished Speakers Series February 12, 2019: Toyin Falola". Center for the Study of Africa and the African Diaspora. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
- Sowole, Adeniyi (15 January 2019). "26th Convocation Ceremony FUNAAB To Honour Prof. Wole Soyinka, Prof. Toyin Falola". Seyibabs. FUNAAB Community. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
- "TOFAC". Retrieved 17 July 2012.
- "About TOFAC". Toyin Falola Network.
Additional reading edit
- Adeboye, O. A. Toyin Falola and Yoruba Historiography: The Man, The Mask, The Muse. Carolina Academic Press, Durham, 2010.
- Bangura, Abdulkarim. Toyin Falola and African Epistemologies. Springer, 2015.
- Toyin Falola website.
- Sam Saverance, Biography of Dr. Toyin Falola, The University of Texas at Austin, 2005.
- "Episode 96: Creativity and Decolonization: Nigerian Cultures and African Epistemologies", Africa Past and Present podcast. Toyin Falola speaking to Peter Alegi and Peter Limb (17 November 2015)
- Toyin Falola, CV