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Chair and Professor of Yoruba
Ph.D., Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria

Office Hours – Spring 2020

  • Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays: 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.
  • Or by appointment

Areas of Interest

Yoruba language, African literature (pre-modern, modern, and postmodern), cultural studies (Africa and African Diaspora), film and media studies (Nigeria Nollywood).


Akintunde Akinyemi is professor of Yoruba Language and Literature in the Africa section of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and an affiliate faculty in the Center for African Studies where he directs the African Flagship Languages Initiative domestic intensive summer programs funded by the US Department of Defense National Security Education Program (NSEP) through the Institute for International Education in Washington. His research interests include Yoruba language, literature, and culture as well as African literature, popular culture, and the Yoruba Diaspora in the New World. Between 1999 and 2001, he was a postdoctoral research fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the Institute of African Studies, University of Bayreuth in Germany and the Center for West African Studies, University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. He is the author of Orature and Yoruba Riddles (Palgave Macmillan, 2015), Yoruba Royal Poetry: A Socio-historical Exposition and Annotated Translation (Bayreuth African Studies Series (BASS), 71, 2004); co-author of a French-Yoruba dictionary, Dictionnaire usual Yoruba-français (Karthala-IFRA, 1997); and co-editor of Encyclopedia of the Yoruba (Indiana University Press, 2016), 3 volumes of essays, Emerging Perspectives on Femi Osofisan (Africa World Press, 2010), Sango in Africa and the African Diaspora (Indiana University Press, 2009), and Emerging Perspectives on Akinwumi Isola (Africa World Press, 2008). He is a co-editor of the journal Yoruba Studies Review. For the next few years, his research interest will be focused on Yoruba diaspora in the New World and popular culture, especially Yoruba video-films


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