Olufunke Adeboye

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Olufunke Adeboye
Olufunke Ojo

OccupationUniversity professor
TitleDean, Faculty of Arts, University of Lagos
Awards2012 Gerti Hesseling Prize
Academic background
EducationUniversity of Ibadan
Academic work
Sub-disciplineSocial history
InstitutionsUniversity of Lagos
Main interestselitism, pentecostalism, religiosity and gender

Olufunke Adeboye is a Nigerian professor of Social History at the Department of History and Strategic Studies of the University of Lagos, Nigeria, where she is also the incumbent Dean of the Faculty of Arts.[1][2] Adeboye's research interests include gender in Africa, pre-colonial and colonial Nigerian history, nineteenth and twentieth century Yoruba society, African historiography, and Pentecostalism in West Africa.[3] In 2013, she won the Gerti Hesseling Prize awarded by AEGIS (Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies) for the best journal article published in a European African Studies journal by an African scholar.[4][5]


Olufunke Adeboye (née Òjó) was born in Ibadan, Nigeria. She completed her secondary schooling at Our Lady's Girls' High School, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria in 1983. She proceeded to the University of Ibadan, Nigeria where she earned Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Masters of Arts (M.A.), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD.) degrees in History in 1988, 1990, and 1997 respectively.[3] She started her teaching career as an Assistant Lecturer at Ogun State University (now Olabisi Onabanjo University), Ago Iwoye, Nigeria in 1991. In 1999, she crossed over to the then Department of History of the University of Lagos as a Lecturer I, rising through the ranks until she was appointed a full Professor in March 2011.[6]


In 2006, Adeboye was a Visiting Research Associate at the Harriet Tubman Institute, York University, Toronto, Canada.[7] She has held Visiting Research Fellowships at the Centre of West African Studies, University of Birmingham, UK (2004); the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Amherst College, USA (2006); and at the Centre of African Studies, University of Cambridge, UK (2009/2010). In 2013, the journal article, "A Church in a Cinema Hall?’: Pentecostal Appropriation of Public Space in Nigeria," published in the Journal of Religion in Africa won her the Gerti Hesseling Prize awarded by AEGIS (Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies) for the best journal article published in a European African Studies journal by an African scholar.[4][8]

Adeboye is the current vice president of the International Commission for the History and Theory of Historiography.[9] She is also the current Dean of the University of Lagos' Faculty of Arts.[2] In 2018, she was appointed the Director of the Adeboye Centre for Peace and Good Governance at Redeemer's University.[10] She served as the Head of the Department of History and Strategic Studies, University of Lagos, from August 2013 to July 2016.

Beyond academe, Adeboye has served her country in a number of capacities. She was a member of the expert team set up by the Federal Government of Nigeria in 2013 to prepare the Country Report on “100 Years of the Nigerian Woman” to mark the centenary anniversary of the country.[11] She was also a member of the country's Presidential Advisory Committee on National Dialogue set up in 2013 to provide the template for the 2014 National Conference.[12]

Adeboye has authored articles in journals domiciled in various academic institutions.[3] Her latest book (co-edited with Afe Adogame and Corey Williams), Fighting in God’s Name: Religion, Conflict and Tolerance in Local and Global Perspectives, is being published by Lexington Books.[10] Her current research on religion and development, among other things, seeks to deconstruct existing knowledge about anti-development orientations of religion. She currently sits on the board of African Historical Review, Journal of Religion in Africa and Religion and Society: Advances in Research.[13][14] She was a past editor of the Lagos Historical Review, a journal of history domiciled in the Department of History and Strategic Studies, University of Lagos, which she edited from 2008-2016.[15]

Adeboye is a member of the Association of African Historians, Historical Society of Nigeria, Society for Pentecostal Studies, Cleveland TN, USA; African Studies Association, North America; Canadian Association of African Studies; Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA); Nigerian Academy of Letters (NAL); and Society for Peace Studies and Practice (SPSP).[16][17]

Selected publications[edit]


  1. ^ Adogame, Afe; Shankar, Shobana, eds. (2013-01-01). "Contributors". Religion on the Move!: New Dynamics of Religious Expansion in a Globalizing World. 15: 461–466. doi:10.1163/9789004243378_025. ISBN 9789004243378.
  3. ^ a b c "Olufunke Adeboye - Google Scholar Citations". scholar.google.com. Retrieved 2020-01-12.
  4. ^ a b "Prof. Olufunke Adeboye, University of Lagos, wins Gerti Hesseling Prize". African Studies Centre Leiden. 2013-07-11. Retrieved 2020-01-12.
  5. ^ "Gerti Hesseling Prize | AEGIS - African studies in Europe". www.aegis-eu.org. Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  6. ^ "Staff Directory: Adeboye Olufunke". University of lagos. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  7. ^ "Tubman Member Photos and Biographies | The Harriet Tubman Institute". tubman.info.yorku.ca. Retrieved 2022-08-06.
  8. ^ "Speech Read Out by Julie Archambault" (PDF). ASC Leiden. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  9. ^ "International Commission for the History and Theory of Historiography : Board". www.ichth.net. Retrieved 2023-04-20.
  10. ^ a b "Professor (Mrs.) Olufunke Adeboye Leads Redeemer's University Peace Centre". run.edu.ng. April 18, 2018. Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  11. ^ "Peoples Daily Newspaper, Friday 19, April, 2013". ISSUU. p. 7. Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  12. ^ "The Guardian Newspaper, Nigeria, Mon 17 March 2014". ISSUU. p. 10. Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  13. ^ "Editorial Board". African Historical Review. 42 (2): ebi. 2010-11-01. doi:10.1080/17532523.2010.549703. ISSN 1753-2523. S2CID 218646498.
  14. ^ "Religion and Society | Berghahn Journals". www.berghahnjournals.com. Retrieved 2020-01-14.
  15. ^ "Lagos Historical Review: Contact". www.ajol.info. Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  16. ^ "Olufunke Adeboye". www.laits.utexas.edu. Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  17. ^ "Olufunke Adeboye". Nigerian Academy of Letters.