History Department
History Department

Falola recipient of another lifetime achievement award

Wed, August 3, 2011
Falola recipient of another lifetime achievement award
Prof. Toyin Falola

Executive Director of the African Studies Association (ASA) Karen Jenkins notified Falola that he was the association’s 2011 recipient of its most coveted award.

In her letter, she stated, “As you are aware, the Distinguished Africanist Award was established to recognize and honor individuals who have contributed a lifetime of outstanding scholarship in African Studies combined with service to the Africanist community.”

Toyin Falola, just back from Nigeria where he participated in the inaugural Toyin Falola Annual Conference, was surprised to learn he’d received yet another lifetime achievement award. He said, "This is the biggest award ever in academic organizations — I was not expecting it."

According to the ASA’s website, “the award was created in the 1980’s to recognize and honor scholars who have contributed a lifetime record of outstanding scholarship in their respective field of African studies.”

The award will be presented at their Annual Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011 in Washington, D.C. Their annual conference has approximately 2,000 attendees each year from all over the world.

The ASA was founded in 1957 and has established itself as the preeminent organization in North America that works to promote the study of Africa. It boosts a membership of over 1,700.

It is a nonprofit organization with a membership in the American Council of Learned Societies and housed at Rutgers University.

The ASA publishes two prestigious journals, the African Studies Review and History in Africa.

Falola is the Frances Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professor in the Department of History and a Distinguished Teaching Professor. He has published over 100 books and holds his own Africa conference each year on the campus of The University of Texas in the spring.

He has won numerous awards and was appointed as a Vice President of the International Scientific Committee for UNESCO’s Slave Trade Route Project just this past spring.

He was also selected by the University Co-operative Society at UT for their top Career Research Excellence Award in 2010 for the very impressive research program in African history that he established since he came to the university in 1991.

In 2009, he received the inaugural Africana Studies Distinguished Global Scholar Lifetime Achievement Award from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.

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