Dr. Rasheed O. Olaniyi

R. O. Olaniyi|arts.ui.edu.ng|University of Ibadan 


Rasheed Oyewole OLANIYI


Senior Lecturer


Academic and Professional Qualifications

B.A(Sokoto), M.A(Kano),Ph.D(Kano)


Area of Specialisation

Department of History



Department of History, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.


Tel: +234-8033358474


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Research Projects/Activities



  1. “The Political Economy of Hausa and Yoruba Conflicts, 1999-2003.” (Yet to be Published)             
  2. “Rethinking Migration and Diaspora Identity in West Africa: A Comparative Study of Yoruba in Northern Nigeria and Ghana, 1900-1970.” (Yet to be Published)
  3. “Identity and Solidarity in a Yoruba Diaspora: The Egbe Omo  Oduduwa in Northern Nigeria, 1948-1966.”


In Progress

  1. “West African Migrants in the City of Ibadan”
  2. “History of Ogbomosoland”


Dissertation and Thesis

  1. 2004 Yoruba in Kano: A Commercial History of a Migrant Community, 1912-1999 (Ph.D. Thesis, Department of History, Bayero University, Kano, 2004).
  2. 1998 Yoruba Entrepreneurs in Kano Metropolis: A Case Study of Printing Industry 1943-1983  (M.A. History Dissertation, Department of History, Bayero University, Kano).



  1. R. Olaniyi, 2005, Community Vigilantes in Metropolitan Kano (Ibadan: French Institute for Research in Africa, IFRA, University of Ibadan).
  2. R. Olaniyi, 2008, Diaspora is Not Like Home: A Social and Economic History of Yoruba in Kano, 1912-1999 (Germany: Lincom Europa – www.lincom-europa.com).
  3. R. Olaniyi, Co-edited with A. G. Adebayo and O. C. Adesina, 2010, Marginality and Crisis: Globalisation and Identity in Contemporary Africa (USA: Rowman and Littlefield).
  4. R. Olaniyi, 2001, “Urban Violence, Ethnic Conflicts and Identity: The Travails of the Yoruba Community in Metropolitan Kano,”in E. Eruvebetine, 2001, (ed.), Re-Kindling the Flame of Development through a Humanistic Management of Pluralism (Lagos: Faculty of Arts University of Lagos) pp. 221-231.
  5. R. Olaniyi, 2003 “Nationalist Movement in a Multi-Ethnic Community of Sabongari Kano,” in M. Hambolu, 2003, (ed), Perspectives on Kano – British Relations (Kano: Gidan Makam Museum) pp. 227 – 237.
  6. R. Olaniyi, 2003, ‘Ethnic Conflict, Security and Civil Society: Metropolitan Kano in Contemporary Teim,’ L. Fourchard and I. O. Albert 2003 (eds), Security, Crime and Segregation in West African Cities since the 19th Century (Paris: Karthala-IFRA) pp. 333-343.
  7. R. Olaniyi, 2004, “Yoruba Commercial Diaspora and Settlement Patterns in Pre-Colonia Kano,” in Toyin Falola and Steven J. Salm (eds.), 2004, Nigerian Cities (Trenton: Africa World Press) pp. 79-99.
  8. R. Olaniyi, 2005, “Kano: The Development of a Trading City in Central Sudan,” in A. Ogundiran, (ed.), Pre-Colonial Nigeria: Essays in Honour of Toyin Falola (Trenton: Africa World Press), pp. 301-318.
  9. R. Olaniyi, 2006, “Approaching the Study of the Yoruba Diaspora in Northern Nigeria,” in T. Falola and A. Genova, Yoruba Identity and Power Politics (Rochester: University of Rochester Press), pp. 231-250.
  10. R. Olaniyi, 2006, “Transformation of Sabon-Gari,” in Hakeem Tijani, ed., Nigeria’s Urban History: Past and Present (USA: University Press of America), pp. 129-140.
  11. R. Olaniyi, 2006, “From Citizens to Strangers: British Rule and the Transformation of Yoruba Migrants’ Identity in Kano, 1913-1953” in O. Akinwumi, O. O. Okpeh Jr., D. J. Gwamna, eds., Inter-Group Relations in Nigeria During the 19th and 20th Centuries (Makurdi: Aboki Publishers), pp. 387-403.
  12. R. Olaniyi, 2009, “We asked for Workers but Human Beings Came:” A Critical Assessment of Policies on Immigration and Human Trafficking in the European Union,”in A. G. Adebayo and O. C. Adesina, eds, Globalisation and Transnational Migrations: Africa and Africans in the Contemporary Global System, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009, pp. 140-161.
  13. R. Olaniyi, 2009, “Economic Crises and Child Trafficking: A Comparative Analysis of the 1930s and 1990s” in Osita Agbu, ed., Children and Youth in the Labour Process in Africa, Senegal: CODESRIA Book Series, pp. 35-62.
  14. R. Olaniyi and G. D.  John, 2009, “The Mass Media and Conflict in Plateau State, 2001-2002” in J. G. Yoroms and A. Mu’azu, Conflict Management and the Media in Nigeria, Kano: Centre for Research and Documentation, pp. 194-217.
  15. R. Olaniyi, 2003, “No Way Out: Trafficking of Women in Nigeria.” Feminist Agenda No. 55, 2003, South Africa, pp. 44-52.
  16. R. Olaniyi, 2005, “Chief D. O. Sanyaolu 1896-1960: A Yoruba Merchant Prince in Metropolitan Kano,” in Journal of French Institute for Research in Africa, IFRA, University of Ibadan, Vol. I, pp. 131-140.
  17. R. Olaniyi, 2005, “Pay Back Time: Ethno-Religious Violence in Nigeria, 1999-2004.” Journal of West African Affairs, London, pp. 95-110
  18. R. Olaniyi, 2005, “Child Labour and Nigeria’s Informal Economy since the 1990s,” in The Nigerian Journal of Economic History, Numbers 7 and 8, pp. 205-235.
  19. R. Olaniyi, 2007, “Hausa-Yoruba Relations, 1500-1800.” Journal of Social Sciences, Government College University, Faisalabad, Pakistan, pp. 58-98.
  20. R. Olaniyi, 2008, “Douglas A. Blackmon, Slavery by another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, New York: Doubleday, 2008” Book Review in Journal of Global Initiatives, 3 (2), pp. 107-110.
  21. R. Olaniyi, 2008, “The Pan-African Nation: Oil and the Spectacle of Culture in Nigeria by Andrew Apter, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2005,”Book Review in African Studies Quarterly, University of Florida, USA http://www.africa.ufl.edu/asq/v10
  22. R. Olaniyi, 2008, “The Nupe and the Origins and Evolution of the Yoruba, c. 1257-1897 by Idris S. Jimada,” Book Review in Journal of the Historical Society of Nigeria, Vol. 17, 2007/2008, pp. 206-209.
  23. R. Olaniyi, 2009, “Nigerian Immigrants and Xenophobic Violence in South Africa,” in Journal of History and Diplomatic Studies, Vol. 6, 2009, pp. 111-138.
  24. R. Olaniyi, 2011, “Global Sex Trade and Women Trafficking in Nigeria” Journal of Global Initiatives, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 111-131.
  25. R. Olaniyi, 2011, “Hisbah and Sharia Law Enforcement in Metropolitan Kano” Africa Today, Vol. 57, No. 4, pp. 71-96
  26. R. Olaniyi, 2011, “Idewure Migration and Settlement Patterns in Yorubaland” Yoruba: Journal of the Yoruba Studies Association of Nigeria, Vol. 6, No. 5, pp. 139-169.
  27. R. Olaniyi, 2007, “Congo River” pp. 116-117 “Credit and Finance”pp. 119-120: “Europe, enslaved Africans” pp. 167-168; “Monopoloy” pp. 275-276; “Price” pp. 311-313; “Profits and Investors” pp. 313-315 ;“Senegal” pp. 338-339; In Toyin Falola and Amanda Warnock, eds., ; Encyclopaedia of the Middle Passage (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press).
  28. R. Olaniyi, 2008, “Livestock Species”in John Middleton and Joseph C. Miller, (eds.), New Encyclopaedia of Africa (Detroit: Thomson Gale) pp. 409-412.
  29. R. Olaniyi, 2008, “Children in Zambia” in I. Epstein and L. Arntson, eds., The Greenwood Encyclopaedia of Children’s Issues Worldwide (Westport: Greenword Press), pp. 543-555.
  30. R. Olaniyi, 2008, “Azzawi, Dia Al,” pp. 137-139.: “Barnea, Nahum,” pp. 153-156; “Racim, Muhammad, pp. 644-646.; “Rashid, Uday,” pp. 651-653.; “Sawaris, Onsi,” pp. 715-717.; “Shair, Kamal,” pp. 734-736 in Michael R. Fischbash, ed., Biographical Encyclopaedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa (USA: Gale).
  31. R. Olaniyi, 2010, “Afro-Cuban Culture,” pp. 61-62; “Ulli Beier,” pp. 146-148, in F. Abiola Irele and Biodun Jefiyo, eds., The Oxford Encyclopaedia of African Thought: Volume I – Abolitionism – Imperialsim (Oxford Newyork: Oxford University Press).
  32. R. Olaniyi, 2004, “Reports on Research Training Workshops (Damina School) 1997-2004, Centre for Research and Documentation, Kano.
  33. R. Olaniyi and Prof. Nuhu Yaqub, 2004, Vigilante and Conflict Prevention in Traditional Kano, Research Report Submitted to the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, the Presidency, Abuja, June 2004.
  34. R. Olaniyi and Ibrahim Muazzam, 2005, Situation Assessment and Analysis of Child Trafficking in Kano, Jigawa, Yobe, Borno, Adamawa and Taraba States submitted to the UNICEF D’Field Office, Bauchi.
  35. Olakunle Odumosu, Rasheed Olaniyi and Sunday Alonge, 2009, Mapping the Activities of Faith Based Organisations in Development in Nigeria, Religions and Development Working Paper 38 (Birmingham: International Development Department, University of Birmingham).