Toyin Falola

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Toyin Falola
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Born1 January 1953
Known forHistoriography in Africa
Scientific career
FieldsAfrican History
InstitutionsUniversity of Texas, Obafemi Awolowo University

Toyin Omoyeni Falola (born 1 January 1953 in Ibadan) is a Nigerian historian and professor of African Studies. He is currently the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin.[1] Falola earned his B.A. and Ph.D. (1981) in History at the University of Ife, Ile-Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), in Nigeria. 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, and he is the general editor of the Cambria African Studies Series (Cambria Press).

Academic works and awards[edit]

His research interest is African History since the 19th century in the tradition of the Ibadan School;[2] his geographic areas of interest include Africa, Latin America and the United States; and his thematic fields, Atlantic history, diaspora and migration, empire and globalization, intellectual history, international relations, religion and culture. Recent courses he has taught include Introduction to Traditional Africa, an interdisciplinary course on the peoples and cultures of Africa, designed for students with varied backgrounds in African Studies, and Epistemologies of African/Black Studies, a course on the rise and evolution of African/Black Studies, with a focus on pedagogy, methodology, and the historical development of scholarship in the field.

Falola began his academic career as a schoolteacher in Pahayi in 1970 and by 1981 he was a lecturer at the University of Ife.[3] He joined the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin in 1991, and has also held short-term teaching appointments at the University of Cambridge in England, York University in Canada, Smith College of Massachusetts in the United States, The Australian National University in Canberra, Australia and the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs in Lagos, Nigeria.

Falola has received several honorary doctorates, lifetime career awards and honors in various parts of the world, including 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.[4]


  • Africa, Empire and Globalization. Essays in Honor of A. G. Hopkins, with Emily Brownell. Carolina Academic Press, Durham, NC (2011)
  • The Atlantic World, 1450-2000, with Kevin David Roberts (2008), ISBN 0-253-21943-4
  • Yoruba Creativity: Fiction, Language, Life and Songs, with Ann Genova (2005), ISBN 1-59221-336-7
  • A History of Nigeria. Falola, Toyin and Matthew M. Heaton (2008), ISBN 978-0-521-86294-3.
  • Britain and Nigeria: Exploitation or Development? Edited by Toyin Falola (1987). ISBN 9780862323042.
  • Pawnship, Slavery, and Colonialism in Africa, with Paul E. Lovejoy (2003), ISBN 1-59221-039-2
  • African Urban Spaces in Historical Perspective, with Steven J. Salm (2005), ISBN 0-89089-558-9
  • Historical Dictionary of Nigeria. Toyin Falola and Ann Genova (2009). ISBN 978-0-8108-6316-3.
  • Mouth Sweeter than Salt: An African Memoir . Toyin Falola (2005), ISBN 978-0-472-03132-0.
  • Yoruba Warlords of the Nineteenth Century. Toyin Falola, D. Oguntomisin and G.O Oguntomisin (2001), ISBN 9780865437845.
  • Yoruba Gurus: Indigenous Production of Knowledge in Africa. Toyin Falola (1999), ISBN 0-86543-698-3
  • The Power of African Cultures. Toyin Falola (2008), ISBN 9781580462976
  • The Foundations of Nigeria: Essays in honor of Toyin Falola. Edited by Adebayo Oyebade (2003), ISBN 1-59221-120-8
  • African Politics in Postimperial Times, with Richard L. Sklar (2001), ISBN 0-86543-985-0
  • Counting the Tiger's Teeth: An African Teenager's Story (2014, University of Michigan Press), ISBN 978-0-472-11948-6
  • Africa: An Encyclopedia of Culture and Society 3 vols. Edited by Toyin Falola and Daniel Jean-Jacques (2015), ISBN 9781598846669
  • The Political Economy of health in Africa. Edited by Toyin Falola and Dennis Hyavyar (1992), ISBN 9780896801684.
  • Yoruba Historiography. Toyin Falola (1991), ISBN 9780942615104.
  • Pawnship in Africa: debt bondage in historical perspective. Edited by Toyin Falola and Paul. E. Lovejoy (1994), ISBN 9780813384573.
  • Warfare and diplomacy in precolonial Nigeria: essays in honor of Robert Smith. Toyin Falola and Robin Law (1992), ISBN 9780942615142.
  • The rise and fall of Nigeria's second republic, 1979-84. Toyin Falola and Julius Ihonvbere (1985), ISBN 9780862323806.
  • Rural development problems in Nigeria. Edited by S. A. Olanrewaju and Toyin Falola (1992), ISBN 9781856282406.
  • Culture, Politics and Money among the Yorubas. Toyin Falola and Akanmu Adebayo (2000), ISBN 9781412821117.
  • Religious militancy and self-assertion: islam and politics in Nigeria. Kukah, M.H and Toyin Falola (1996), ISBN 9781859724743.
  • Modern Nigeria: a tribute to G. O. Olusanya. Edited by Toyin Falola (1990),
  • Transport Systems in Nigeria. Edited by Toyin Falola (1986), ISBN 9780915984671.
  • Violence in Nigeria: the crisis of religious politics and secular ideologies. Toyin Falola (1998), ISBN 1-58046-018-6.
  • The military in nineteenth century Yoruba politics. Toyin Falola (19984), ISBN 9789781360640.
  • Islam and Christianity in West Africa. Toyin Falola and Biodun Adediran (1983), ISBN 9789781360435.
  • The transformation of Nigeria: essays in honor of Toyin Falola. Edited by Adebayo Oyebade (2002), ISBN 0-86543-998-2.
  • Culture and Customs of Ghana. Steven J Salm and Toyin Falola (2002), ISBN 0-313-32050-0
  • Nationalism and Africa Intellectuals. Toyin Falola' (2001), ISBN 1-58046-085-2.
  • Narrating war and peace in Africa. Edited by Toyin Falola and Hetty Ter Haar (2010), ISBN 978-1-58046-330-0
  • Culture and Customs of the Yoruba. Toyin Falola and Akintunde Akinyemi (2001), ISBN 9781943533183.
  • Encyclopedia of the Yoruba. Toyin Falola and Akintude Akinyemi (2016 ), ISBN 9780253021564.


In Nigeria, there is a conference named after Toyin Falola by the Ibadan Cultural Studies Group; a group chaired by Professor Ademola Dasylva.[5] 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.


  1. ^ "Biography". Archived from the original on August 20, 2008. Retrieved 2009-08-11.(German)
  2. ^ Falola, T & Heaton, M (2006). "The Works of A.E. Afigbo on Nigeria: An Historiographical Essay" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-08-11.
  3. ^ "Falola, Toyin 1953–". ? Via Highbeam Research. 1 January 2006. Archived from the original on 28 January 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2012.(subscription required)
  4. ^ Sowole, Adeniyi (15 January 2019). "26th Convocation Ceremony FUNAAB To Honour Prof. Wole Soyinka, Prof. Toyin Falola". Seyibabs. FUNAAB Community. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  5. ^ "TOFAC". Retrieved 17 July 2012.

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