Prof. Adesina O.C.

Adesina O.C||University of Ibadan


 Olutayo Charles ADESINA



Academic and Professional Qualifications

B.A(Ife), M.A(Ife),Ph.D(Ife).


Area of Specialisation

Modern Nigerian history (economic, social and political); Economic and Social history of West Africa; History of Development; African history (general) & Race Relations.



Department of History, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.


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Research Projects/Activities


In Progress

  1. Indians in Nigerian history, economy and society.


Dissertation and Thesis

  1. M.A. Dissertation: “A Historical Evaluation of the Western Nigerian Government Agricultural Policy, 1951-1966”, Department of History, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, 1989.
  2. Ph.D. Thesis: “Indigenous Participation in the Economy of Western Nigeria 1900-1970”, Department of History, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, 1994.



  1. Adesina, O.C.2000. Gideon Isaac Oladipo Olajide: The Making of the People’s Bishop, Ijebu-Ode: VICOO International Press, 170pp.
  2. Amali, S.O.O, Owens-Ibie, Noma, Foluke Ogunleye, Adesina, Olutayo Charles and Uji, Charles (eds) 2002. Religion in the United States of America, Ibadan: Hope Publications for American Studies Association of Nigeria (ASAN), 239pp.
  3. Amali, S.O.O, Owens-Ibie, Noma, Foluke Ogunleye, Charles Uji, and Adesina, Olutayo Charles, (eds).2002. Consolidation and Sustenance of Democracy: The United States of America  and Nigeria, Ibadan: Hope Publications for American Studies Association of Nigeria, 320pp.
  4. Amali, S.O.O, Adell Patton Jr., Foluke Ogunleye, Charles Uji, Adesina, Olutayo Charles and Zakariya Goshit (eds). 2003. Ethnicity, Citizenship, and Democracy in the United States of America, Ibadan: Humanities Publishers for ASAN, 276pp. 
  5. Adesina, O.C. 2004. The World of Yemi Farounbi, Oshogbo, Sumob Publishers, 210pp.
  6. Akanmu Adebayo and O.C. Adesina (eds).2009. Globalization and Transnational Migrations: Africa and Africans in the Contemporary Global System (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, U.K, Cambridge Scholars Publishing). 361pp.
  7. Akanmu Adebayo, Olutayo C. Adesina and Rasheed Olaniyi (eds). 2010. Marginality and Crisis: Globalization and Identity in Contemporary Africa (Lanhan, Maryland, U.S.A. Lexington Books), 276 pp.
  8. Adesina, O.C., Prof Oladele A. Ajose: The Legend and Life of an Intellectual Icon. (Forthcoming)
  9. Akanmu G. Adebayo and O.C. Adesina, Promise and Failure in an African State (Under Publisher’s Review).
  10. Adesina, O.C. (ed), Currency, Culture and Politics in Modern Africa (Under Publisher’s Review).
  11. Adesina, O.C. Indians in Nigerian history, Economy and Society (Forthcoming)
  12. Adesina, O.C., “Ecological Deterioration and Conservation in the Third World” APRI: African Peace Research Institute Publication, Lagos, Nigeria, Vol. IV. No 3, May/June, 1989, pp. 14-19.
  13. Adesina, O.C “A Review of the Writings on the Economic History of West Africa”, New African Historian, Vol. XII, 1990, pp. 39-46.
  14. Adesina, O.C., A Review of “Critical Essays on African and Third World Economic Development”, Wilfred A. Ndongko and Vivekananda, F.(eds) ODU: A Journal of West African Studies, No. 37, 1990, pp. 202-205.
  15. Adesina, O.C., “Culture and Capital Formation: Conflict of Tradition and Modernity in Southwestern Nigeria” Olota: Journal of African Studies, Vol.1. No. 1 October, 1995, pp. 37-49.
  16. Adesina, O.C., “The Colonial State’s Wartime Emergency Regulations and the Development of the Nigerian Entrepreneurial Class, 1939-45”. Ibadan Journal of Humanistic Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan, No. 7, October, 1997, pp. 67-76.
  17. Olorunfemi, A. and Adesina, O.C., ‘Politics and Nigerian Agriculture in the First Decade of the “Oil Boom”: A Preliminary Assessment”.  The Nigerian Journal of Economic History, (The Nigerian Economic History Association, c/o Department of History, University of Ibadan), 1998, No. 1, pp. 57-69.
  18. Adesina, O.C., “Grassroots Banking in Nigeria and the Crises of Confidence, 1977-1997”. Ife Journal of History Vol. 3. No. 1. June, 1999, pp. 30-41.
  19. Adesina, O.C., “Oil, The Economy and The Nation”. Recall: A Chronicle of Nigerian Events, Ibadan, No. 1, Hope Publications, January, 2000, pp. 69-80.
  20. Adesina, O.C., “Hamdala: Strategic Response to Exchange Rate Dynamics in Contemporary Nigeria”.  Humanities Review Journal, Department of Dramatic Arts, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, December 2001, Vol. 1 No.2 pp. 23-30.
  21. Olorunfemi A and Adesina, O.C., “Labour Unions and the Decolonisation Process in Nigeria, 1940-1960”. Ilorin Journal of History, Vol. 1 No.1, January 2003, pp. 9-18.
  22. Adesina, O.C., “Diamonds and Constitutional Disorder in Sierra Leone”, The Nigerian Journal of Economic History, Nos. 5&6, 2003, pp.56-73.
  23. Adesina, O.C., “Sub-ethnic Identities and the Crisis of Development in Contemporary Nigeria: Perspectives from the Ife-Modakeke Conflict”, AAU: African Studies Review, Vol.3, June, 2004, pp. 1-22.
  24. Adesina O.C., “Nigerian Political Leadership and Yoruba/Hausa-Fulani Relations”, International Journal of Humanistic Studies, Vol.4, 2004, pp.17-33
  25. Adesina, O.C., “Modern Agriculture in Nigeria: A Historical Exegesis”, Benin Journal of Historical Studies, Vol.4 Nos.1 and 2, 2002-2004, pp.59-80.
  26. Adesina, O.C., “Adebisi Sanusi Giwa(?- 1938): The Life and Career of an Ibadan Entrepreneur and Community Leader”, Lagos Notes and Records, A Journal of the Faculty of Arts, University of Lagos, Vol. XII, May, 2006, pp.28-42.
  27. Adesina, O.C., ‘Teaching History in Twentieth Century Nigeria: The Challenges of Change’, History in Africa: A Journal of Method, 33, 2006, pp.17-37.
  28. Adesina, O.C., “Nigerian Cities” edited by Toyin Falola and Steven J. Salm, (Review), African Affairs¸ 105/421, 2006, pp. 475-476.
  29. Adesina O.C., “Friendship with the Dragon:” Mapping Contemporary China-Nigeria Relations in the Global Market Place’, African Journal of Political Science (AJPS), Vol.12, No. 1., 2007.
  30. Adesina, O.C. “Rethinking West African Economic Integration: Francophone Gendarmes and Nigeria’s Cross-Border Trade, International Journal of Humanistic Studies (University of Swaziland), Vol.6, 2007 (June), pp.38-51.
  31. Adesina, O.C. “Nigeria: peu d’action collective, beaucoup de violence”, Alternatives Sud: Etat de resistance dans le Sud-2009, Face a la crise alimentaire, Volume 15, 2008/4, pp. 59-64.
  32. Adesina, O.C., “Globalization and the Unending Frontier”, Journal of Global Initiatives: Policy, Pedagogy, Perspective, Vol.3, No.2, 2008, pp. 107-110. (And also the Guest Editor for the Volume)READ ABSTRACT
  33. Adesina, O.C. “The Nationalist Class and the Politics of Historical Production in Colonial and Post-Colonial Nigeria.” African Identities (Forthcoming)
  34. Adesina, O.C., “Structural Adjustment Programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa: From Acquiescence to Protest’ in Albert, Isaac O., Adisa, Jimi, Agboola, T. and Herault, G., (eds) Urban Management and Urban Violence in Africa, Vol. 2: Ibadan Institute for French Research in Africa, (IFRA), 1994,  pp. 239-245.
  35. Adesina, O.C., “The Politics of Economic Liberalisation and the Electoral Process”, in Ogunba, Oyin, (ed) Governance and the Electoral Process: Nigeria and the United States of America,: Lagos: University of Lagos Press for American Studies Association of Nigeria, 1997, pp.305-318 ABSTRACT
  36. Adesina, O.C., “The Debt Crisis and the National Question in Sub-Saharan Africa’ in Oladipo, Olusegun (eds) Remaking Africa: Challenges of the Twenty-First Century, Ibadan Hope Publications, 1998, pp. 69-93.
  37. Adesina, O.C and A. Olorunfemi, ‘The Economy of Western Nigeria, 1900-1980’, in Biodun Adediran and Deji Ogunremi(eds): Culture and Society in Yorubaland. Ibadan:Rex Charles Publishers in association with Connel Publications, 1998,  pp.127-138.
  38. Adesina, O.C., (Contributing scholar): “Abuja”; “Adama Modibbo”; “Cameroon-Gabon Region, History”; “Du Bois, W.E.B »; « Ekoi »; « Hausa”; “Ibadan”; “Ilorin”; “Lagos”; “Macaulay, Herbert”; “Nigerian Peoples and Culture: Northwestern Nigeria”, in John Middleton (ed) Encyclopedia of sub-Saharan Africa, New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons. 1998.
  39. Adesina, O.C., “Revenue Allocation Commissions and the Contradictions in Nigeria’s Federalism” in Amuwo, Kunle, Agbaje, Adigun, Suberu, Rotimi and Herault, Georges  (eds), Federalism and Political Restructuring in Nigeria:
  40. Ibadan Spectrum/IFRA Publication, 1998, pp. 232-246.READ ABSTRACT
  41. Adesina, O.C., “The Underground Foreign Exchange Market in Ibadan During Devaluation” in Guyer, Jane, Denzer, LaRay and Agbaje, Adigun (eds), Money Struggles and City Life: Devaluation in Ibadan and Other Urban Centres in Southern Nigeria, 1986-96: Portsmouth, NH, Heinemann, 2002, pp. 77-91.
  42. Adesina, O.C., “Central Banking, Economic Empowerment and Sustainable Democracy in the United States and Nigeria”, in Amali, S.O.O, Owens-Ibie, Noma, Ogunleye Foluke, Uji, Charles, Adesina, Olutayo (eds.), Consolidation and Sustenance of Democracy: The United States of America and Nigeria: Ibadan Hope Publications for American Studies Association of Nigeria, 2002, pp.94-102
  43. Adesina, O.C., “Ethnic Profiling and Yoruba Irredentism: A Political Economy”, in Carabine, Deirdre and Ssemusu, Lawrence L. (eds), Ethnicity in an Age of Globalization: Kampala, Uganda Martyrs University Press, 2002, pp. 70-83.
  44. Contributing Scholar, Encyclopedia of African History, Kevin Shillington (ed), New York: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2005: (a)“Benin, Republic of (Dahomey): Democratization, National Conference and, 1990s”, pp.142-143.; (b)“Benin, Republic of (Dahomey): Kerekou, Mathieu” pp.141-142.; (c)“Carthage,” pp.219-220; (d)“Mali Empire: Economy,” pp.920-921; (e)“Mauritania: ethnicity, conflict, development, 1980s and 1990s,” pp.962-962. (f)“Tripoli,” pp.1584-1585.
  45. Adesina, O. C., “KENYA: Overview of major elements of long-distance trade involving the area of present-day Kenya from 1450 to the present” in John J. McCusker(ed), History of World Trade Since 1450,  Michigan, Macmillan Reference, USA, The Gale Group, 2006, PP.437-438.
  46. Adesina, O.C “Sharpeville Massacre Focuses Global Awareness on Apartheid”, in Robert F. Gorman (ed), Great Events from History: The 20th Century, 1941-1970, California, Salem Press, 2006, pp.2034-2036.
  47. Adesina, O.C., “Guinea Gains Independence from France”, in Robert F.   Gorman (ed), Great Events from History: The 20th Century, 1941-1970, California, Salem Press, 2006,  pp.1859-1860.
  48. Adesina, O.C. “Jean-Bedel Bokassa”, in Carl L. Blankson III(ed),
  49. Great Lives from History: Notorious Lives, California, Salem Press, 2007, pp113-114.
  50. Adesina, O.C., “Mobutu Sese Seko”, in Carl L. Blankson III(ed), Great Lives from History: Notorious Lives, California, Salem Press, 2007, pp740-741.
  51. Adesina, O.C., “Winnie Mandela”, in Carl L. Blankson III(ed), Great Lives from History: Notorious Lives, California, Salem Press, 2007,  pp. 686-688.
  52. Adesina, O.C., “Islam, Violence and the Politics of Stereotypes: A Critical Discourse”, in Afis Oladosu, (ed) Islam in Contemporary Africa. On Violence, Terrorism and Development, Newcastle, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007, pp.29-41.
  53. Adesina, O.C., “Kimathi, Dedan, 1920-1957”, in William A. Darity (ed), International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, Detroit: Macmillan Reference, USA, 2008,  p.266.
  54. Adesina, O.C. “The Indigene-Settler Question in the Federation of Nigeria”, in Dele Layiwola, Olawale Albert and Bernard Muller (eds), The contexts of Non-Linear History: Essays in Honour of Tekena Tamuno, Ibadan,Sefer, 2008, pp.356-377.
  55. Adesina, O.C. “Oral History and Historiography in U.I”, in Femi Osofisan, Bode Lucas and Michael Aken’Ova, University of Ibadan: Sixty Landmarks, (Ibadan, Postgraduate School, 2008, pp. 57-60
  56. Adesina, O.C. “Professor Jacob Festus Ade-Ajayi and the Ibadan School of History”, in Femi Osofisan, Bode Lucas and Michael Aken’Ova, University of Ibadan: Sixty Landmarks, (Ibadan, Postgraduate School, 2008), pp.139-142.
  57. Adesina, O.C. “Professor Tekena N. Tamuno”, in Femi Osofisan, Bode Lucas and Michael Aken’Ova, University of Ibadan: Sixty Landmarks, (Ibadan, Postgraduate School, 2008), pp.187-189.
  58. Adesina, O.C. “Why do they Hate us so Much?” Of Gendarmes, Economic Integration and the Civil Society”, in Adekunle Amuwo, Hippolyt Pul and Irene O. Adadevoh, Civil Society, Governance and Regional Integration in Africa, Nairobi, Development Policy Management Forum (DPMF), 2009, pp.127-138.
  59. Adesina, O.C. “Overseas Development and Integration in West Africa: the Nigerian Experience.” In Yomi Akinyeye (ed), Nation-States and the Challenges of Regional Integration in West Africa: the case of Nigeria, Paris, Editions Karthala, 2010,  pp. 229-244.
  60. Adesina, O.C.  “Baule” pp:140-143: “Herbert Macaulay”pp: 83-85; “Shango” pp: 332-334
  61. In F. Abiola Irele and Biodun Jeyifo (eds),  The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Thought, Vols. 1 &2, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2010.
  62. Adesina, O.C. “Outward Bound, Tangled Nightmares: Rereading Globalization in Contemporary Nigeria.” In Boike Rehbein, Globalization and Inequality in Emerging Societies, (Hammond, U.K., Palgrave Publishers), 2011, pp. 136-147.
  63. Adesina, O. C. ‘From Structural Adjustment to the Adjustment of Structures: The New Nigerian Houses’, in Bayo Amole (ed) The House in Nigeria: History, Environment, Place and Development. Proceedings of a National Symposium on the House in Nigeria. Ile-Ife, Department of Architecture, Obafemi Awolowo University, 2007, pp. 67-70.
  64. Adesina, O.C. ‘The “Sabo Corridor” and the Underground Foreign Exchange Market in Ibadan’. Occasional Publication, No. 98-01, Center for International Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1998, 14pp.
  65. Adesina, O.C. ‘The Culture of Entrepreneurship, Cross-Cultural Visions, and the Construction of the African-American Standards of Inheritance’, Working Paper No. 98-18, Charles Warren Center, Harvard University, USA, 1998, 19pp.
  66. Adesina, O.C. ‘From “Aginju” to Forest Reserves: Crisis and Conflict in Forestry Legislations in Colonial Southwestern Nigeria’, The International Conference on “The Forest and Environmental History of The “British Empire And Commonwealth”, University of Sussex, U.K, 2003, 16pp.
  67. Adesina, O.C. “Faith, Spiritualism and Materialism: Understanding the Interfaces of Religion and Economy in Nigeria.” In Afe Adogame, Ezra Chitando & Bolaji Bateye (eds) African Traditions in the Study of Religion in Africa. Festschrift in Honor of Prof. J.K. Olupona.(U.K: Ashgate) (Forthcoming).
  68. Adesina, O.C. “Feeding the Millions: Africa’s Food Security.” In R.A. Olaniyan (ed), Contemporary Issues in Africa. (Forthcoming).
  69. Adesina, O.C. “Between Colonialism and Cultural Authenticity: Isaac Ladipo Oluwole, Oladele Adebayo Ajose, Public Health Services in Nigeria, and the Glasgow Connection.” in Afe Adogame and Andrew Lawrence (eds) Africa in Scotland, Scotland in Africa (Brill: Forthcoming).
  70. Adesina, O.C. “Lord Frederick Lugard and the Politics of Amalgamation” in Danmole H.O. (ed) Building a Nation: Politics, Religion and Culture in Modern Nigeria, (Forthcoming).