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A Semester in Review: Toyin Falola

Mon, November 19, 2018
A Semester in Review: Toyin Falola
Dr. Toyin Falola

This fall, Dr. Toyin Falola, Professor of History, Jacob & Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities, and University Distinguished Teaching Professor, has garnered three honorary doctorates and a fellowship, has been invited to deliver four convocation keynotes, and has been showcased by the History News Network. In addition, The University of Ibadan will host a major international conference on his new book, In Praise of Greatness: The Poetics of African Adulation (Carolina Academic Press, 2019) on January 9, 2019.

Dr. Falola was awarded The College Fellowship Award by Adeyemi College of Education, in Ondo, Nigeria on October 9th, noted for being “the most prestigious and highest honor that the College can confer, for exceptional service and distinguished scholarship." On October 12th, Falola received an honorary D.Litt. from Caleb University, Lagos, Nigeria “in recognition for outstanding contributions to the study of African history." McPherson University in Nigeria bestowed an honorary doctorate upon Falola on November 18 for “reshaping various fields in the  humanities and social sciences.” Finally, on November 23rd, the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria, will honor Dr. Falola, along with Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka (Literature) with the D.Litt. (Honoris Causa) during its Convocation Ceremony. This honor is in recognition of the ability of these two distinguished persons “to merge STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, Math] with the Humanities to offer revolutionary answers to the challenges of underdevelopment in Africa.”

At Adeyemi College, Caleb University, Federal University of Agriculture, and McPherson University, Falola delivered the 2018 Convocation keynote addresses.

In addition, Falola's extraordinary community outreach efforts were recently showcased on the History News Network. See "Meet the Nigerian Historian Who Wants to Recreate Grassroots Communities," published Nov. 18th, here.

Dr. Falola is a Fellow of the Historical Society of Nigerian Academy of Letters. He has received various awards and honors, including the Jean Holloway Award for Teaching Excellence, the Texas Exes Teaching Award, and the Africanist Distinguished Award by the African Studies Association, and the Distinguished Fellow, Ibadan Cultural Group.

He has published numerous books, including The Power of African Cultures, Nationalism and African Intellectuals, and many edited books. He is co-editor of the Journal of African Economic History and Yoruba Studies Review Series Editor of The Cambria African Studies Series, Series Editor of Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora, Series Editor of the Culture and Customs of Africa by Greenwood Press, Series Editor of African Identities by Cambridge University Press, and Series Editor of Global Africa by Routledge.

For his singular and distinguished contribution to the study of Africa, his students and colleagues have presented him with seven Festschriften, including two edited by Adebayo Oyebade, The Transformation of Nigeria: Essays in Honor of Toyin Falola, and The Foundation of Nigeria: Essays in Honor of Toyin Falola, and another edited by Akin Ogundiran, Pre-Colonial Nigeria: Essays in Honor of Toyin Falola. His award-wining memoirs, A Mouth Sweeter than Salt and Counting The Tiger’s Teeth are published by the University of Michigan Press. A forthcoming book, Falolaism: The Epistemologies and Methodologies of Africana Knowledge, is the second single-authored book to examine his contributions to African Studies.

Read more about Dr. Falola's work and publications at: http://www.toyinfalola.com/.

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