Professor Ademola O. Dasylva

Professor of African literature, Oral poetics and performance; a biographer, and Coordinator, Ibadan Cultural Studies Group, a study group for the promotion of excellence in African and the African Diaspora, and Asian cultural studies. Prof. Dasylva is the Board Chairman and Convener, The Toyin Falola Annual International Conference on Africa and the African Diaspora (TOFAC); a Fellow of Salzburg Seminar, Session 374, Austria, Prof. Dasylva is a native of Ado-Ekiti (Aduloju family), Ekiti State. He had his B.A. Hons, (English) and M.A. (African Literature) from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile-Ife; Ph.D, African Literature, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.  He teaches African literature, and Oral literature/Folklore studies at the Department of English, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Between 2009 and 2012, Prof Dasylva successfully coordinated the University of Ibadan Cultural Heritage Museum Development Programme (UIMDP, a MacArthur/UI funded project). As Director of General Studies Programme (GSP) of the University of Ibadan between January 2010 and September 2012, Prof. Dasylva  convened the first national conference of Directors of General Studies of Nigerian Universities in January, 2011, at which critical decisions on GES courses were taken. He was Principal Investigator (PI) of the E-Class project between 2011 and 2012 (a project funded by ETI/PHEA, South Africa). He was pioneer Director of General Studies programme, and later, Dean, College of Humanities both of Redeemer’s University, Ede, Osun State, 2013 & 2014 to February, 2015, respectively. He was pioneer winner of the University of Ibadan Award of Excellence for Community Development in 2012; and pioneer winner of Redeemer’s University Outstanding Support Awards in 2015. Prof Dasylva is a great enthusiast of global scholarly linkages, and the only African on the Advisory Board of International Association of Epic Studies, Beijing, China, (2012) and Inner-China (Mongolia, 2013). His scholarly publications include, Understanding Wole Soyinka: Death and the King’s Horseman; Studies in Drama; Classificatory Paradigms in African Oral Narrative (a monograph); Prof. Dasylva’s collection of poems, Songs of Odamolugbe won the 2006 ANA/Cadbury National Award for Poetry. In March 2009, Professor Ademola Dasylva won the 2009 Distinguished Africanist Award for Research Excellence of the University of Texas at Austin, USA. He is well travelled and widely published in local and international scholarly journals and books.