Teaching & Experience


Academic employment

  • Tenure-track Assistant Professor, Institute of African Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa (July 1, 2014 – ) Cross-appointed: Department of English and Bachelor of Global and International Studies (BGINS) Program
  • Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship (June 2012 – June 2014), Institute of African Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Brown University, Providence, U.S.A. (June 2012) – Declined
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Brown University (2011-2012 academic year)
  • Principal Instructor, Department of English & Film Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton (Sept 2007 – April 2010)
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of English, University of Ibadan (August 2004 – Sept 2005)
  • Tutorial Assistant, University of Ibadan (1988 – 1989)

Other employment 

Media (Journalism): 1991-2006: Fifteen years experience in editorial and management capacities in print media, with emphasis on Literary and Cultural Journalism; founding editor, three newspaper literary supplements: The Post Express Literary Supplement (PELS), Literature and Ideas in This Day and later in New Age and National Mirror newspapers; authored numerous articles in newspapers and magazines. Authored over 200 articles and reviews, and maintained weekly columns in about five newspapers and magazines. I continue to write occasional syndicated articles for print newspapers and online newspapers and blogs.

Other Important Forms of Scholarly Productivity

Research Grants

Government or extra-university

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2012-2014, SSHRC, $140,000

Service to the Profession

Offices in learned societies

  • Member at Large, Executive Board, Canadian Association of African Studies (May 2014 – 2017)


Scholarly assessments

  • External Examiner, Doctoral dissertation: Idoko Ojabo, BLACK RIVER: An account of Christmas Preacher, a slave freed. Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. May 9, 2018.
  • Reviewer, Palgrave Macmillan Publisher, 2017; 2018
  • SSHRC Insight Grant application, Winter 2017
  • Member, Editorial Board of Nokoko: Journal of the Institute of African Studies (October 2012 – ). Actively engaged in assessing, editing, and proofreading manuscripts and advance copies of the journal.
  • Manuscript review for Research in African Literature (RAL), September 2016.
  • Two Manuscripts reviews, Tydskrif: Journal of Literature University of Pretoria, South Africa, February 2015.
  • Manuscripts reviews, University of Alberta Press, 2011
  • Manuscript review, Contemporary Literature — academic journal of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA, August 2006.
  • Manuscript review, Postcolonial Text — a refereed open access journal that publishes articles, book reviews, interviews, poetry and fiction on postcolonial, transnational, and indigenous themes, September 2006.

Academic Responsibilities

Graduate courses taught

  • AFRI 5050/ HIST 5915 — Oral Literature and History in Africa
  • AFRI 5800W — Scholarly Prep in African Studies
  • Ethnophilosophy and the Production of Indigenous Knowledges in Africa (Winter 2015)
  • Oral Literature and History in Africa [cross-listed with AFRI 4050 and ENGL 4115 B.]
  • Directed Reading: PSCI 5901W – Mobile” Africans: The Digital Revolution and Political Mobilization in Africa.
  • Guest Lectures, Grad Course: AFRI 5000: African Studies as a Discipline: Historical and Current Perspectives: January 22, 2014; January 15, 2015; February 8, 2017; January 30, 2018.

Undergraduate courses taught

  • Carleton University (Sept 2014 – )
  • Introduction to African Studies
  • Ethnophilosophy and Indigenous Knowledge Production in Africa
  • Globalization and Popular Culture in Africa
  • Oral Literature and History in Africa
  • West Africa
  • The African City
  • University of Alberta (2007 – 2010):
  • Literature in Global Perspectives
  • University of Ibadan: 2004- 2005
  • Forms of Literature II (Poetry) – Studies the various genres and forms of poetry and their characteristic styles and themes from the period of Thomas Wyatt to the present
  • English Poetry – A stylistic and thematic study of English non-heroic poetry from Old English to present times
  • Oral Literature in English Translation – A study of the nature, provenance and varieties of oral literature in African and other societies.
  • Oral Heroic Poetry in Africa – A detailed study of published collections of traditional African heroic poetry.
  • Literary Analysis – Introduces students to the use of common literary terms and critical concepts and to the nature of the literary object.
  • The Use of English – Compulsory first year writing course (1988 – 1989). 


  • Thesis/Dissertation Supervision and Examination 

PhD dissertation committee member

Lale Eskicioglu, Role of Literature in Decolonizing Cities: Kingston-Mumbai. Cultural Mediations, Institute of Comparative Studies in Literature, Art, and Culture. PhD thesis. (Committee member) 2017 –

b) Current graduate thesis supervision:

  • Shana Cesaire, “Invisible Canadians: Social Identities and New Black Canadian Literature.” Department of English Language and Literature. Masters Thesis. 2018.
  • Nick Ward, American media influence on identity formation of Cape Town male youth. Masters Thesis, School of Communications, Carleton University. 2017 –
  • Chantal Bacchus, The Impacts of the Art of Living’s Prison SMART program in South Africa. School of Journalism, with African Studies Specialization. Masters thesis. 2017-

c) Theses examined at Carleton University

Doctoral examination for other Departments at Carleton: 

  • Internal Examiner: PhD thesis. Communication. Name: Ebere Ahanihu. Thesis Title: Digitizing Failure: Development and Power in Nigerian e-Schools. June 26th, 2017.
  • Internal Examiner, PhD dissertation defense, Department of English Language and Literature, May 1, 2015.

Masters examination for other Departments at Carleton:

  • (Twice) Internal Examiner, Major Research Paper, Department of Political Science, September 2017 and September 2016.
  • Internal Examiner, Major Research Paper, Department of English Language and Literature, May 11, 2016.
  • Internal Examiner, Master’s dissertation defense, Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Thursday, December 18, 2014.

Administrative Responsibilities at Carleton


  • Member, Management Committee, Institute of African Studies (July 1, 2014 – )
  • Graduate Coordinator, Institute of African Studies (January 1, 2015 – )
  • Active participation/moderation of several IAS events
  • IAS Recruitment Committee
  • 45-minute presentation at Carleton University Experience Day (CU Preview Day) organized by The Undergraduate Recruitment Office, October 31, 2015, River Building, Carleton University, Ottawa
  • Two sessions presentation at Carleton University Experience Day (CUED) organized by The Undergraduate Recruitment Office, May 15, 2015, River Building, Carleton University, Ottawa
  • IAS Career Day presentation, November 1, 2014.
  • IAS recruitment presentation, Black History month event organized by Black Ottawa
  • Initiator and Faculty Advisor, IAS international undergraduate research conference, Carleton University (2016 -)
  • Principal Applicant, IAS Summer Institute June 7-8 sponsored as part of FPA Professional Institute (2015)

Others: As the only full 100% faculty of the Institute of African Studies at Carleton University I am virtually in every committee at IAS, actively co-organizing and facilitating several academic events. These include from long list:

  • Moderator, IAS/ High Commission of Kenya workshop on the theme, “Kenyan Academics in Canada: Frameworks for Diaspora Intervention in Kenyan Higher Education.” September 29, 2016.
  • Moderator, “From Climate Change to Environmental Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities for Africa and Canada.” Organized by the Institute of African Studies In conjunction with The Group of African Heads of Mission in Ottawa & NPSIA, BGINS, ASG, Pan-Africa Affairs Division, GAC Present, May 4, 2016.
  • Moderator, annual Conference “Human Rights and the Public Sphere in Africa,’ organized Carleton University’s Institute of African Studies Annual Conference 2016 in conjunction with the Human Rights Research and Education Centre, University of Ottawa, March 4-5, 2016.
  • Moderator, the inaugural Annual Nigeria Democracy Day Public Lecture, May 29, 2015 organized in collaboration with the Nigeria High Commission in Canada
  • Moderator, Public lecture: “Nudging Stewardship + Good Governance + Excellence in Nigeria: Cues from Canada’s Architecture World” by Sam Oboh, President, Royal Architecture Institute of Canada (May 7, 2015)
  • Moderator, “The African Union’s Agenda 2063: Assessing the Development Vision for Africa,” a one-day conference organized in collaboration with the Africa Diplomatic Corp in Canada entitled (March 12, 2015). See report here: http://carleton.ca/fpa/2015/diplomats-and-academics-discuss-the-future-of-africa/;
  • Panelist, “Boko Haram in Nigeria — A Critical Roundtable,” an event organized as part of the Institute’s Umeme African Flashpoints Series (Friday, January 23, 2015). See report here: http://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/top-news/175756-boko-haram-roundtable-proffers-solution-terrorism-nigeria.html
  • Moderator, An evening with Nuruddin Farah on Gender Equity, Security, organized by the Somali Women’s Circle Network in collaboration with IAS, December 5, 2014.
  • Coordinator/Moderator, “Drumbeats for the Iroko: Chinua Achebe (1930-2013).” A collaborative event hosted by the Institute of African Studies and the Nigeria High Commission, Ottawa to celebrate the Father of African Literature, Chinua Achebe, who passed on recently. The event was sponsored by the Nigeria High Commission, Ottawa. Date: April 12, 2013


  • Member, HUMR Hiring Committee, Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies.
  • Member, FASS Promotions Committee
  • Member, FPA Promotions Committee
  • Member, Adhoc Committee to move FPA Forward


  • Member, Graduate Faculty Board


Brown University

  • Coordinator/Presiding Officer, The Achebe Colloquium on Africa at Brown, Brown University, USA. (July 2011- ). The Achebe Colloquium is an annual international event to deliberate on the importance of strengthening democracy on the African continent. The Colloquium hosts intellectuals, officials of African governments, civil society, the United Nations, the U.S. government, the European Union, members of international human rights organizations, elections monitoring groups, and research and policy institutions.
  • Member, Board of Directors of the Africana Film Festival, Brown University (October 2011- )
  • Coordinator/Moderator, “Voice and Memory in the Poetic Imagination: Conversation with Chinua Achebe, Gabriel Okara, and Brenda Marie Osbey,” Africana Studies Department, Brown University, September 26, 2011.

(Report in http://www.golocalprov.com/lifestyle/brown-to-host-two-iconic-african-writers-in-historic-appearance/ and http://www.brown.edu/cis/sta/dev/africana_studies/achebe_092611.html


Professional development training 

  • Media training, University Department of Communications, Sept. 30, 2016
  • Active learning classrooms (high-tech), EDC, October 4, 2016
Creative Writer, Author, & Literary Critic.