Prof. Rasheed Oyewole Olaniyi
RASHEED OYEWOLE OLANIYI is a Professor of Economic and Social History in the Department of
History University, Ibadan, Nigeria. He served as the Sub-Dean (General) Faculty of Arts (2007-2009),
Sub-Dean (Postgraduate) Faculty of Arts and Coordinator, Leadership and Governance Programme,
Centre for Sustainable Development, University of Ibadan (August 2014 – July 2017).
He earned his Ph.D from Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria in 2004. He is the author of Diaspora Is Not Like Home: A Social and Economic History of Yoruba in Kano, 1912-1999 (Muenchen, Germany: Lincom Europa,
2008); Community Vigilantes in Metropolitan Kano, 1985-2005 (IFRA Ibadan, 2005) and History for
Senior Secondary Schools (Ibadan: Bounty Press, 2017), Co-author, Basic History for Primary and
Junior Secondary Schools (Ibadan: Spectrum, 2018); Co-author, Marginality and Crisis: Globalisation
and Identity in Contemporary Africa (USA: Rowman and Littlefield, 2010), Co-author, Nigeria at 50:
Politics, Society and Development (Ibadan: John Archers Limited, 2013), Co-author, Names and
Monuments in the University of Ibadan, Nigeria (Ibadan: Ibadan University Press, 2015).
Prof. Olaniyi has presented several academic papers at international conferences and held fellowships
in many parts of the world. In the summer of 2008, he was a Visiting Scholar of African History at the
Kennesaw State University, Georgia, USA. Since 2005, he has taught, supervised and mentored many
undergraduate and postgraduate students. He successfully supervised six PhD students, who are now
University lecturers. Olaniyi has contributed chapters in books and articles in journals on urbanisation,
migration, diaspora, labour history, identity politics, intergroup relations and social movements.
Olaniyi is a Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS); Member, CODESRIA,
Dakar Senegal; Senior Fellow, French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA), University of Ibadan;
Fellow, Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Study, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
and Research Fellow, Leibniz Moderner Oriental (ZMO), Berlin Germany. While on Sabbatical at
KolaDaisi University, Ibadan, he served as the Acting Dean of Faculty of Arts, Management and Social
Sciences in 2018; and in 2019, Acting Head of Department, History and International Relations,
Mcpherson University, Seriki-Sotayo, Ogun State, Nigeria.