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BOOK REVIEW: Ayo Joan Olatoyosi’s Thesis, Antithesis And Synthesis Of Life



BOOK REVIEW: Ayo Joan Olatoyosi's Thesis, Antithesis And Synthesis Of Life

By Grace Ego Omoni
Title of the Book: “Thesis, Antithesis and Synthesis of Life.”
Author: Ayo, Joan Olatoyosi.
Year of Plubication: 2021.
Place of Publication: Ibadan.
Publisher: Kraft Books Limited.
Cover: Hard Cover.

BOOK REVIEW: Ayo Joan Olatoyosi's Thesis, Antithesis And Synthesis Of Life

Reading is meant to educate, inform, entertain, give pleasure and improve the mental health of the individual whether male or female, old or young, of whatever race or colour and has effects on the readers. Unfortunately, in this country, many people have poor reading culture. Books, journals, manuals, magazines and newspapers are meant to showcase the above-listed benefits for man, especially those who are literate and are interested in reading.

Female authors and playwrights are very few in our contemporary times. So this book, Thesis, Antithesis and Synthesis of Life caught the reviewer’s interest seeing that it is written by an African woman, I mean, a pragmatic Nigerian woman of timber and calibre. The reviewer is not necessarily gender-biased but the content of this author’s autobiography is interestingly amazing, captivating, exciting, informative, educative, entertaining, pleasurable and intriguing.


Thesis, Antithesis and Synthesis of Life is the autobiography of Joan Olatoyosi Ayo. The book is a narrative of her early childhood experiences and exposures through adolescence and its bundles of tasks, mentorship and expectations, to middle and late adulthood with so much hard work, many exciting events, choices, acquiring abundance of features through experiences about family life, spiritual occurrences, courtship, marriage, motherhood, mentorship, friendship, work life, relationships, moral values, leadership skills in her career and various aspects of life. In this stage of life, she acquired and had a better understanding that people could be manipulative, hypocritical, sycophants, evil, loving and that in administration/ management, leaders must be firm, wise, disciplined, observant, honest and sincere enough to understand situations and perhaps, unpalatable challenges in an organization with a view to reforming or changing situations for maximum productivity and the achievement of set goals.

It is a book for all classes of people: students, teachers, public and civil servants, administrators, policy makers, leaders, politicians, Christians, atheists, traditionalists, Muslims, the high, the low, historians, writers, traditional rulers, entertainers, retirees and a host of other people of different ethnic groups and races.

Thesis, Antithesis and Synthesis of Life starts from the author’s origin and childhood and meanders through adolescence to adulthood. Her unique interesting and challenging academic experiences from the primary, secondary university levels show that habits are derived through exposures to the social norms, ethical and moral values of the society. For instance, she narrated how she was given a beautifully packed tin box with assorted sweets for attending Carol Night during a particular Christmas season. She narrated how she took some to share with her friends, breaking the sweets with her teeth which was quite unhygienic but quite acceptable to some of the beneficiaries of this display of sharing. Another example is the incident at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka during a particular students’ protest and how she narrowly escaped being arrested by the police by dodging, running, hiding and smartly explaining herself.

Her journey of a small girl brought up by godly disciplined parents from a typical agrarian traditional village called Saki to a cosmopolitan city life took her to the corridors of power and eventually to the apex of her career in the Nigeria Civil Service and the Presidency for she became the first female to be made the Chairman of the Civil Service. Commission.

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Thesis, Antithesis and Synthesis of Life is a narrative full of experiences and scenarios about relationships with the high and the downtrodden in the society where there is the good, the bad and the ugly including love, honesty, hardwork and the maintenance of work ethics in the midst of pockets of hypocrites, sycophants, blackmailers, traitors, sorcerers, witch doctors, manipulators, the corrupt, and those who run down and set up colleagues in work places to usurp positions not deserved are elaborately documented. Take for instance the story of how she was set up and accused of writing a particular official letter when indeed she was out of the country. It took the eagle’s eyes of her immediate boss to discover that the character of the prints of that letter was from a different typewriter not used in the author office but from another department because as at then, particular types of typewriters were carefully attached to different offices.

The author vividly tells of some characters she had relationships with during her journey of life and how these people helped to shape her life and influenced choices made as a Christian, mother, an administrator and as a career woman. For instance, she narrated her work experiences with high-ranked administrators and seven of our Nigerian presidents three of who were democratically elected at different times!

Lastly, the story ends with tributes and appreciation to an Amazon, Joan Ayo by her children, friends, church members, students, colleagues and personalities of the highest ranks in the Civil Service and the Presidency! The above exposition is of great interest and this prompted the reviewer to give this all -encompassing well-articulated book, the widest publicity by reviewing it.

The Book Cover:

As earlier indicated, Thesis, Antithesis and Synthesis of Life has a hardcover, with a colourful cover folder. The narrative is written on thick durable quality paper with bold prints making it very legible for readers. The cover has lilac and purple colours with a beautiful graphic picture of a lady’s head in a hat. This hat is decorated with roses of different colours. They are shades of red, lilac, green and purple. To the reviewer, colour is symbolic. Green depicts youthfulness, abundance, growth and freshness, purple stands for royalty, bravery, spirituality and imagination. Red represents anger, challenges, passion, danger and love. Lastly, lilac symbolizes, confidence, tranquility, innocence and youthfulness. It is amazing to discover that these features equally describe the character of the author in her narrative. Show me the colours on the hat and I will tell you who Joan Olatoyosi Ayo is!

The Title of the Book

The wordings of the title are philosophically and intricately chosen. At a glance, the intending reader might be tempted to conclude that it is a research work and not a story book. It is composed in such a manner that only the determined and inquisitive readers are likely to take up the book to read with a view to finding out what Thesis, Antithesis and Synthesis of Life is really all about.

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However, because of the poor reading culture in our Nigerian society, many may lose sight of this powerful interesting, pleasurable, entertaining, educative informative and expressive treatise of the life of Joan Ayo.

The Theme of the Book: 

Thesis, Antithesis and Synthesis of Life is the autobiography of an enigmatic, energetic, incredible role model of our time, Joan Olatoyosi Ayo. The book, a super narrative contains a lot of themes ranging from home life, education, politics, innovation, career ethics to religion, national policies, relationship , moral values, socialization and administration. Nevertheless, the reviewer will briefly dwell on four:

Theme of Education: The narrative depicts the importance of education and its impact on man, society and national development. Education is seen in this book as the key to capacity’s building and human development. These are articulated in the life experiences of the author in her journey from primary, secondary to university levels with the determination and willingness to work hard and to achieve without polluting or losing her integrity. This theme exposes the reader to the necessity for the Nigerian educational system to have quality trained teachers with effective teaching skills and techniques, a well planned school curriculum in content and focus for change, reform and innovation to maximally achieve the goals and objectives of education. This thought is manifest in the life of Joan during her early days as a class and subject teacher, principal of both public and public schools and her transition to the Lagos State Schools Service Board and as the Secretary and later to the highest cadre of the Civil Service Commission. According to the narrative, one uphill task she had to face was to re-establish ethical working practices, control and discipline workers, challenges of teachers’ posting, promotion and appointments and their de-stagnation to beef up teachers interest and productivity. Education is meant to motivate, mould, build and train learners to become disciplined and useful individuals in the society.

Theme of Religion: The author gives detailed accounts of her Christian upbringing and commitments to God’s work which shaped her character and successes in life. Her work in the Nigerian Baptist Convention is also narrated in this book such as planting of churches, teaching in Sunday School classes and organizations and settling disputes between and among members, churches and the highest policy making body of the Baptist Convention. Her meeting with adherents of other religions, their beliefs and practices are extensively discussed. An example was her father’s stance and resistance to having a second wife as a prerequisite to ascending the throne being from a royal family in the traditional Saki kingdom. Her story of working with colleagues who were Muslims also shows that different religions ought to complement one another and to commend good things in their faith. Her implicit belief that God has a hand in the affairs of man, her account of situations where God intervened in seemingly difficult challenges are amazing. Through dreams, visions, prophecies and intuitions she expressly shows that spirituality with the mundane do help one to fulfill destiny.

Theme of Moral Values: Thesis, Antithesis and Synthesis of Life presents packages of experiences in relation to norms, core and moral values of our society which should be cherished and maintained and sustained by all. Her narrative shows that obedience, honesty, diligence, tolerance, friendliness, faithfulness, integrity and goodness by individuals lead to a sane and progressive society.

Theme of Dignity of Labour: As a technocrat, the author based on her work life and one who has held high ranked positions in the educational, public, the Civil Service sectors and the Presidency to name a few, tells the reader in the narrative how management and administration could be run to bring about maximum achievement and productivity in any society, institution or organization. The sycophancy, hypocrisy, conspiracy, manipulation, fraudulent practices, laxity and dishonesty found in the offices are articulately detailed in the book. Her inputs and reforms as a member of the policy making body and implementation in the Civil Service during her service years as an administrator make this work a handbook for administrators. Joan a one- time Chairman of the Civil Service Commission worked with seven of our Nigerian presidents , three of who were democratically elected, directors and permanent secretaries in different ministries as well as International bodies.Thus, this theme teaches the readers practical lessons pertaining to management, work ethics, dignity of labour, relationships among colleagues and foreign nations with a bid to promoting development and productivity.

Theme of Socialization and Integration: Thesis, Antithesis and Synthesis of Life also recognizes that man is a social animal. Her relationships with her parents, siblings, spouse, children/grandchildren, religious people, colleagues in schools and work places, national and International bodies especially at the higher strata and loyalty to them teaches the reader that success depends on care, love, open-mindednes , obedience, sincerity, honesty, hard work, tolerance, humility, focus and firmness in what you believe in in order to foster peace, joy, tranquility and development in the environment one belongs.

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Author’s Style: The title of the book easily gives away how it is written. Thesis, Antithesis and Synthesis of Life has four parts, an Index and an addendum ( tributes).

  • Thesis: The book consists of 26 chapters of 504 pages with captivating headings narrating the author’s origin, childhood, growing up, education, work life and relationships with the good, the bad and the ugly. Interestingly, the thesis according to the author connotes the strong positions in early childhood education of an individual, of the habits derivable from the exposure to the social norms and moral values and the inculcation of these, moral consequences vis-a-vis right or wrong.
  • Antithesis according to the author is a thesis of opposition, clash of interest between old ways of doing things and the new based on the reality at hand.
  • Synthesis is making a whole out of parts and making sense out of distorted antitheses. The author believes that every individual goes through several cycles of life to arrive at his or her theses based on personal convictions.
  • Tributes: The tributes in the book are from the author’s relationships to amplify what they know about her. The author for easy identification divided the Index into name and subject Index.

The work has many pictures of the author herself, her siblings, parents, children, husband and group photographs with, colleagues, superiors of national and international strata, letters of appreciation from various sectors and reports from the printed media about her. All these authenticate the genuineness of this all-encompassing narration about her life and the kind of person she is.

Language and Diction: The author has a strong literally background exhibited through her extraordinary bank of vocabularies that are stylishly coordinated and collocated. She uses a lot of various degrees of adjectives in the description of people, locations and events. The language is both simple and complex for the average reader which is the mark of an astute and intelligent writer. The author also makes use of linguistic variations and transliteration. This is a technique whereby English is embellished with the Author’s local language and is usually for focus and emphasis. A lot of Yoruba proverbs, dictions and adages are seen in this narrative such as alakowe ( an educated man), opele ( a tool used by traditional doctors for divination ), ewe oye (a sacred leaf for the installation of a king); o to gee, onibode apomu (enough is enough), ta ba sunkun aman riran bastardized as Sunkumus Riranmus ( funnily Latinized) meaning (one can see, through ones tears) a slang used to mock their Matron’s English and a host of other Yoruba expressions.

Literary devices are equally used in the work such as figures of speech like oxymoron, idioms, simile to name a few, all helping the narrative to be expressivity interesting and attractive to read.

Character and Characterization: There are vivid descriptions of major and minor characters influencing and prompting the reader to easily like or dislike people. The moral lessons on how to live with people in diverse environments are thus manifested. Thus, this work of art , a non- fiction with names of people and places we know in the society, institutions, organizations are realities. Actual accounts of events and occurrences in our Nigeria and in foreign countries at different periods are also evidences of Thesis, Antithesis and Synthesis of Life is a typical autobiography.


Thesis, Antithesis and Synthesis of Life is an autobiography of Joan Olatoyosi Ayo based on her life experiences from childhood through adolescence to adulthood, education work life, relationships, political, social, religious exploits well written with accurate events and chronologically arranged. It is undoubtedly a master piece!

However, though the author cautioned that the reader should not search for a “Deux ex Machina,” the reviewer who is not also perfect will humbly not fail to point out a major error in her work. She injected a lot of history of the past about Saki which she must have retrieved from somewhere or from some people. This history is not her personal experience. This description of her origin in chapter 2 from pages 9 to 14 is long and too cumbersome for the average reader. The account of the historical extracts of the Baptist Women Missionary Union Work in Nigeria on pages 389 to 391 is another . These made the narrative to be a bit voluminous. It is an autobiography in the real sense and not history inclined. The inclusion of these long thesis could by implications discourage many readers from reading and finishing this beautiful narrative of an icon in our generation!

Again, since the title of the book is from literary works, a reader might assume that Thesis, Antithesis and Synthesis of Life is an ordinary research text book instead of a well planned personal account of the Author and might not painstakingly take time to find out what the content entails.

As a former teacher of English teaching learners correct spellings of commonly misspelled words is very important. It is observed that the word “privilege” is misspelt as “priviledged” occurring severally in the work. This obvious error might have been from the typist. Although very minute mistake, it is not a good example to learners of English.

Thesis, Antithesis and Synthesis of Life is a must read for everyone in this period of our nation where things are falling apart due to various challenges occasioned by bad rulers and bad subjects and future generations for it is an endearing work of art. Almost flawless, it is a treatise , an administrative document and a handbook to teachers, civil and public servants aspiring individuals in all its ramifications. Joan Ayo’s narrative of her life is intriguing, educational, interesting and informative and touches all areas of life, people and places.

About the Author:
Thesis, Antithesis and Synthesis of Life is written by Joan Olatoyosi Ayo. This is a woman of many sides: a mother, lover of children, a disciplined socialist, Power Broker, teacher, an achiever, an innovator, a prolific writer, a bulldozer a spiritually humble servant of God and a Deaconess of the Baptist denomination. She is a technocrat and was a Career woman, a high ranked administrator for many decades in the Civil Service, attaining the highest position as the Head of the Civil Service Commission before retirement. She was in the Corridors of affair in this country and had worked assiduously with 7 Nigerian Presidents consecutively including ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo who incidentally wrote the Foreword the book.
From the tributes of all she has come on contact, Joan Ayo a woman of unusual enviable personality with great qualities worthy of emulation by anyone aspiring to be a great achiever.


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Toyin Falola, Memories Of Africa: Home And Abroad In The United States



Dele Jegede In Conversation With Prince Yemisi Shyllon
Prof. Toyin Falola

By Olusegun Olopade

Toyin Falola, Memories of Africa: Home and Abroad in the United States (Atlantic Migrations and the African Diaspora) | © March 2023

Book Details

Publisher‏: ‎ University Press of Mississippi (March 24, 2023)

Language‏: ‎ English

Paperback: ‎ 256 pages

ISBN-10: ‎ 1496843487

ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1496843487


Memories of Africa: Home and Abroad in the United States suggests a new lens for viewing African Diaspora studies: the experiences of African memoirists who live in the United States. The book shows how African Diaspora memoirs beautifully and grippingly depict the experiences of African migrants over time through political, social, and cultural spheres. In reading African Diaspora memoirs from the transatlantic slave trade period to the present, a reader can understand the complexity of the African migrant legacy and evolution.

Author Toyin Falola argues that memoirs are significant not only in their interpretation of events conveyed by the memoirists but also in demonstrating how interpersonal and human the stories told can be. Memoirs are powerful because they are emotionally captivating and because important themes and events circulate around a particular person (in this case, the memoirist).

Undoubtedly, a memoir is significant because it can teach anyone about a part of the human experience, even if the “facts” are not described without bias. Through this sort of narrative, the reader cannot help but enter into the memoirist’s mind and, therefore, feel more empathy for them. In doing so, the reader can “feel” what the memoirist feels and “see” what the memoirist sees as clearly as is humanly possible. In this way, the historical events and life lessons become tangible and poignantly real to the reader.

Editorial Reviews

Memories of Africa makes a significant contribution to the study of the African Diaspora, African intellectual history, to our understanding of African autobiography, and more importantly to life studies. Falola provides fresh insights that will reinvigorate the field. — Olabode Ibironke, author of Remapping African Literature.

Memories of Africa opens a new dimension to the understanding of the experiences of home, space, and place, and their interactions in African and diaspora studies. — Adetayo Alabi, author of Oral Forms of Nigerian Autobiography and Life Stories.

Toyin Falola is Professor of History, University Distinguished Teaching Professor, and the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin, USA. He has received over thirty lifetime career awards and sixteen honorary doctorates. He has written extensively on the African Diaspora, including The African Diaspora: Slavery, Modernity, and Globalization.

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12th Toyin Falola Annual International Conference On Africa And The African Diaspora (2023 TOFAC) Set To Hold



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Prof. Toyin Falola

Second/ Extended Call for Papers


July 26 – July 28, 2023

Venue: University of Abuja, Main Campus, Giri-Airport Road, Abuja Nigeria

Purposeful leadership and inclusive political and economic institutions have been identified as necessities for Africa and all Africa-related peoples and regions to begin to address past failures, confront present predicaments and chart a credible course for the future. Unfortunately, Africa’s leaders have largely failed to transform the African state and its institutions into agents of development for the benefit of the citizens. Several explanations have been adduced for the observed leadership deficiencies that have become almost permanent narratives of Africa. Such explanations have often included, but not limited to, externalist arguments that point to the legacies of colonial exploitation and its neocolonial challenges, the sustained colonial legacy of economic dependence on foreign powers, as well as contemporary global events that systemically constrain Africa’s opportunities for growth and development. There are also internalist explanations that attribute Africa’s leadership conundrum and institutional failures to successive African leaders’ rapacity and irresponsible choices. Whatever these explanations may be, there is an emerging consensus that real progress cannot happen until Africa addresses its leadership questions and transforms its weak and predatory institutions into inclusive and formidable ones.

The 2023 TOFAC Conference will critically examine Africa’s political leadership and extant institutions vis-à-vis the continent’s history of underdevelopment, present challenges, and future trajectories within the global political economy. Scholars are invited to interrogate the nature and evolution of leadership and institutions in Africa from the pre-colonial era to contemporary times. Institutions in this context are broadly defined to include formal and informal institutions, including the people’s history, traditions, religion, and culture. Arising from this, there are underlying questions. Is it leadership that shapes institutions, or do institutions determine the quality of leaders that emerge? How can African states achieve the leadership and institutional transformation necessary to address the perennial development challenges of the continent? Are there lessons that could be drawn from the experiences of the pre-colonial era to inform contemporary issues of leadership?

We invite proposals for papers, panel presentations, roundtables and artistic works/performances that critically examine these and other related issues on Africa’s leadership and institutions. As in years past, participants will be drawn from around the world. Graduate students are encouraged to attend and present papers. The conference will allow scholars from various disciplines and geographical locations to interact, exchange ideas, and receive feedback. Additionally, selected papers will be published in a series of book volumes. Finally, submitted papers will be assigned to particular panels according to similarities in theme, topic, discipline, or geographical focus. Panel proposals (of 3-5 presenters) are especially encouraged.

We invite submissions that include but areI Inot limited to the following sub-themes and topi Institutions Conceptualized

· The nature and role of formal and informal institutions

· Institutional path dependency

· Institutional change and transformation

· Incentive structures and the choices of agents

· Institutions and Economic Performance

· Policy institutions

· Institutions and enforcement mechanisms

· The state, its institutions and the citizens

· People as institutions

Leadership and Institutions in Pre-colonial Africa

· The nature of leadership in pre-colonial Africa

· The role of chiefs, kings, monarchs and other authority figures

· The interface between culture and leadership in pre- colonial Africa

· The evolution of culture from the pre-colonial era to the present

· The society and the citizen in the pre-colonial era

· Traditional institutions versus contemporary systems

· The position and influence of religion in pre-colonial political institutions

Leadership and Institutions in the Colonial Era

· State formation in Africa

· The nature of colonial institutions

· Interactions of colonial institutions and pre- colonial systems

· Constitutional development in colonial Africa

· Africans input in the development of colonial institutions

· The rise of new elites

· Integration of indigenous leaders in colonial administration

· Dislocations, transformations, and modernity

· Nationalism and new trajectories

Colonial Legacies

· Colonial exploitation and the emergence of predatory state-society relations

· Neocolonialism

· Postcolonial economic models and African dependency

· Western democracy and the conflict of culture

· Foreign institutions and the problem of adaptability

· Rural-urban divide and the challenge of active citizenship

· Education, culture and the leadership question

The Nature of Political Leadership in Postcolonial Africa

· The role of Africa’s independence leaders in setting leadership standards

· Leadership recruitment processes

· The role of culture in determining the type of leaders that emerge

· Religion and leadership

· Foreign interventions in domestic policies

· Education, training and leadership

· L e a d e r s h i p , E t h n i c i t y a n d Separatism/Secessionism

· Democracy and accountability

· Citizenship, expectations, and civic engagements

· The role of civil society in holding leaders accountable

· The role of the media in African politics

· Class and the political economy of leadership recruitment

· Africa’s Big Men

· Patriarchy, gender and the leadership question

Institutions in Postcolonial Africa

· The nature of political and economic institutions

· Evolution of institutions in postcolonial Africa

· Colonialism and the legacies of exploitation and expropriation

· Military intervention and role in the development and growth of institutions

· Examination of critical institutions of the state – public service, the Police Force, etc.

· Constitution development in postcolonial Africa

· Property rights institutions

· Anti-corruption crusades and institutional reforms

· Law enforcement and the judiciary

· Economic systems, financial institutions and systems

· Election institution, concept, process, outcomes, and consequences

· Law enforcement and anti- corruption institutions

· Institutions and informal politics and spaces

· The future of traditional institutions in Africa

The Cold War and Africa’s Postcolonial Leadership

· Africa’s decolonization and the Cold War

· The impact of the Cold War on Africa’s independence leaders

· The nature of foreign interventions during the Cold War

· The Cold War and the emergence of violent political culture

· International legitimacy versus domestic popularity for African leaders

· The Cold War and Africa’s political institutions

· Post-Cold War transformations of African leadership

Multilateral Institutions in Africa

· The role of the World Bank and IMF in Africa’s economic systems

· Public debt and the choices of African leaders

· Foreign interests and interventions in leadership selection

· Economic development ideologies versus local realities

· The futility of universal recipes in economic policies

· Foreign aid and leaders’ responsibilities

· Conditionalities and citizens’ welfare

· The future of development assistance to Africa

· The effect of foreign aid on institutions

· The influence and contribution of ECOWAS, A U , a n d o t h e r  r e g i o n a l / c o n t i n e n t a l oragnizations

· Commonwealth, UN, and other international organizations on African politics

Information Technology and Social Media

· Social media and citizens’ demand for leadership accountability

· Dissemination of government programs

· Social media and government transparency

· Information technology and the election process

· Leadership recruitment, retention and removal

· Citizenship participation in the governance process

· Public engagements and institutional change


· Education and citizenship rights

· The relationship between education, industry and bureaucracy

· State involvement in education

· Quality and availability of basic and compulsory leadership education

· History, leadership and the African state

· The role of the media in institutions building

Creativity and Performance of Leadership/Institutional deficits

· Creative governance

· Leadership Accountability

· Models of institutional checks and balances

· Governance peer review mechanism

Each individual proposal must include: 1) title of the work and an abstract of 200 words, 2) the name of the presenter (with the surname underlined). 3) mailing address, 4) number phone, 5) email, 6) institutional affiliation, and 7) three to five keywords that best characterize the themes and topics relevant to your submission. Participants are encouraged to abide by these guidelines.

Proposals for panels (3-5 presenters) must include: 1) title of the panel and a collective summary of 250 words on the panel’s theme, including the title of each individual work 2) a 200-word abstract for the presentation of each speaker 3) mailing address 4) phone number 5) email and 6) institutional affiliation of each presenter. Panels with four presenters or less may be completed with other relevant presentations.

Proposals will further be accepted till July 10, 2023 and should be sent to uof

A mandatory non-refundable registration fee of $100 dollars for scholars (or the Nigerian equivalents in Naira) and $50 for graduate students (or the Nigerian equivalents in Naira ) must be paid immediately upon the acceptance of the abstract. This conference fee includes a conference bag, admission to the panels, workshops, special events, and transportation to and from the hotel and conference events.

Confirmed key Note and Lead Speakers at Plenaries/Members of LOC:

1.-Key Note Speaker -Professor Eghosa Oseghae-Director, Nigerian Institute for international Affairs, Lagos

2. First Lead Paper Presenter -Professor Jibrin Ibrahim-Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD),Abuja 3.Second Lead Paper Presenter -Professor Uchenna Okeja-Rhodes University,South Africa

4. Professor Lawrence Ogbo Ugwuanyi-Department of Philosophy, University of Abuja-Member, Organising Committee

5. Professor Philip Akpen-Department of History, University of Abuja- Member, Organising Committee 6.Dr.Umar Kari-Department of Sociology, University of Abuja- Member, Organising Committee

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Kenyatta University Holds Toyin Falola At 70 Conference



Kenyatta University Holds Toyin Falola At 70 Conference

The Department of History, Archeology and Political Science of the Kenyatta University is set to hold a Toyin Falola at 70 Conference.

The conference with the theme “Post-Colonial Africa: Historical and Contemporary Realities” is scheduled to take place between May 10 and 12, 2023 at the Kenyatta University.

Modern African economic, socio-cultural, and political realities have been considerably influenced and defined by colonialism. Colonialism created the foundation of the post-colonial. Since the start of the post-colonial and (especially) the post-cold war era, there has been increased academic interest in colonialism– both in the classic and the neo-colonial forms. There have also been considerable academic and non-academic efforts at decoloniality and decolonizing Africa. These efforts have led to studying and documenting African pre-colonial history, literature, and cultural intricacies to achieve self-determination and re-establish the African identity. It is, therefore, necessary and logically consistent with the above to study Africa’s past in relation to its present. Essentially, it is important that aside from examining the print of colonial pedagogy, methods, and philosophies, Africa is studied in the light of its actions, attempts at self-governance, and realities defined by its stakeholders.

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A considerable effort has been directed at researching, documenting, and analyzing Post-colonial Africa across different fields of the Arts and the Humanities. Through such efforts concepts such as neo-colonialism, political hegemony, economic instability, societal disillusionment, administrative lapses among others that touch on the African post-colonial condition have been explored by several researchers and academicians. However, the very basis of the evolution of knowledge and the foundation of the academic world is the consistent evaluation of knowledge, theories, and philosophies. As much as there has been enhanced scholarship around the aforementioned issues, there are still thematically important aspects of Post-Colonial Africa that are relatively unexplored or under-explored. New concepts, skepticism, and relatively new subject matters have developed with the continent’s evolution – particularly concerning socio-culture, administration, globalization, conflicts, diplomacy, and ideological paradigms. For instance, it may be important to define the extent to which pre-colonial Africa influences the post-colonial realities of its nation-states, regions, and Sub-regions, as it applies across respective fields.

Other relevant aspects of the post-colonial African reality like identity dynamics and minority politics, institutions and sub-institutions in Africa, diaspora dynamic, administrative evolution in Africa, Post-colonial gender dynamics in Africa, intercultural realities of distinct nation-states in Africa, cultural awareness, and preservation in Africa, decolonial legal education and practice, ideological politics in post-colonial African, among others. The COVID-19 pandemic presented new dynamics to interpret and understand the place of post-colonial Africa in the world in light of global power politics and diplomatic spate over the causes of COVID-19, vaccine politics, and international travel restrictions. COVID-19 highlighted the need to rethink post-colonial Africa’s readiness to respond to global challenges independently.

The Department of History, Archeology and Political Studies through the Research and Innovation Committee (DRIC) plans to host a conference that is directed at answering the conceptual questions that underline some key aspects of post-colonial Africa – as defined by the necessary contextual factors and underlining theories. The conference is expected to feature different themes and introduce concepts, arguments, and theories that are well-adjusted to current African realities.

The department also wishes to use the occasion to celebrate the 70-year life journey of Professor Toyin Falola, a world renowned Distinguished Professor of History and the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities, at the University of Texas at Austin. Professor Falola has dedicated his entire academic life, with over 150 titles under his name, reflecting on the African condition both in historical and contemporary terms. In March 2022, the Department hosted Professor Falola, who gave thought provoking lectures on “Decolonization of Africa Studies”. As a department, we are keen to use the conference to continue enriching our conversations around this and related themes, enhance our scholarly connections and collaborations, establish new research and publication partnerships as well as strengthen existing ones.


The conference sub-themes will include but are not limited to the following:

  • Decoloniality, and decolonization, as it intertwines with post-colonial studies
  • Internationalization in the African region – key factors for consideration should include Pan-Africanism as examined through the lens of its basis, the status quo, and possible ways forward.
  • Post-colonial economy and the role of the nation-state in establishing independent regional control
  • Resource control as it affects neo-colonialistic affiliations and European hegemonic influence in Post-colonial Africa
  • Liberal ideological predispositions and the socio-philosophical future of the African Nation states – with considerations to the influence of the youth demography
  • Developmental politics in Post-colonial Africa
  • Gender dynamics and politics in Post-colonial Africa
  • Post-colonial Literature and the future of the arts in Africa
  • Migration, conflicts, and peace actions in post-colonial Africa
  • Regional collaboration and diplomatic politics in Post-Colonial Africa

The conference is expected to attract participation from academicians, researchers, experts and practitioners in the area of African history and other related humanities and social science disciplines. These shall be drawn from mainly Kenyan and other African institutions as well as from outside the Africa continent. The conference will allow for a blended mode where some participants will be present on-site at Kenyatta university while others will present online.

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Prospective participants are encouraged to send abstracts of between 250 and 500 words, including their full contact details (title, name, address, email address and telephone number) as well as their institutional affiliation by 30th February, 2023 to:

Final Output
Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by 5th March 2023 and asked to prepare full papers to be presented during the conference. The official language of the conference will be English. Papers presented at the conference will be peer reviewed and published in an edited volume.

Important Dates

27th January, 2023: Call for Papers/Abstracts
30th February, 2023: Deadline for Receipt of Abstracts
5th March 2023: Notification of Acceptance of Abstracts/Papers
15th April 2023: Deadline for receipt of Full papers
20th April, 2023: Registration begins
1st May, 2023: End of Registration
10th to 12 May 2023: Conference Dates

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