Toyin Omoyeni Falola is our celebrated author for this week!
Falola was born on the 1st of January 1953 in Ibadan, he is a Nigerian historian and a professor of African Studies.
Toyin Falola earned his B.A. and Ph.D. (1981) in History at the University of Ife, Ile-Ife now Obafemi Awolowo University.
He is a Fellow of the Historical Society of Nigeria and of the Nigerian Academy of Letters. Falola is author and editor of more than one hundred books. Some of which are
Violence in Nigeria: the crisis of religious politics and secular ideologies. Toyin Falola (1998), ISBN 1-58046-018-6.
The Power of African Cultures. Toyin Falola (2008), ISBN 9781580462976
The military in nineteenth century Yoruba politics. Toyin Falola (19984), ISBN 9789781360640. Etc
In Nigeria, there is a conference named after Toyin Falola by the Ibadan Cultural Studies Group; a group chaired by Professor Ademola Dasylva.
The conference, called The Toyin Falola International Conference on Africa and the African Diaspora (TOFAC), was first held in the Nigerian Premier University in 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.
Falola has received several honorary doctorates, lifetime career awards and honors in various parts of the world. These include 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. At the University of Texas at Austin, he received the Jean Holloway Award for Teaching Excellence, The Texas Exes Teaching Award, The Chancellor’s Council Outstanding Teaching Award, Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, and the Career Research Excellence Award. He has also received honorary degree of doctors of letters from Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) during FUNAAB 26th convocation ceremony in November 2018.
For these achievements, we celebrate the distinguished Toyin Falola on LitNaija today!
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