Prof. Kehinde M.A.

Prof. M. Ayobami Kehinde


Department of English

Faculty of Arts

University of Ibadan


Telephone number: +234 8035024246

E-Mail address: [email protected]



  • 2002: Doctor of Philosophy in Literature in English (Ph.D.),University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
  • 1998: M.A. Literature in English, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
  • 1995: M.Ed. English Language, University of Ilorin.
  • 1987: B.A (Ed) in English, University of Ife, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. .



  • Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife 1998- 2005
  • University of Ibadan, Nigeria. September 30, 2005 to Date

 Membership of Professional Bodies:

  • Academic and Non-Fiction Authors Association of Nigeria (ANFAAN)
  • Nigeria English Studies Association (NESA)
  • International Society for Folk Narrative Research (ISFNR)
  • American Studies Association (ASAN)
  • The International Paremiological Association


Contribution to Knowledge:



My teaching and research interest has primarily been in the domain of comparative literature. I have established in my papers an interrelationship between African literature and African historical experience. My research endeavor has also had a worldwide focus, as I have dwelt on major and budding novelists from across the globe. In the main, I have researched into the existing relationship between the ideas that have shaped the socio-political history of Africa and African literature itself, with a view to establishing the nexus between text and context.



Therefore, I have contributed modestly to the reading of postcolonial African literature as an imaginative chronicle of postcolonial experience on the continent. The central conceptual framework of my research is that a work of art offers its reader a clearer, deeper understanding of the opaque events being reported in the print media and on television, whose shadowed truths the half-light of journalism fails to illumine. One significant contribution of my research efforts to knowledge is, therefore, that it has delved into the relatively undersubscribed (in African countries) field of African American, Asian, Caribbean and British novels.



It has demonstrated the centrality of African literature to the entire corpus of world literature. My research focus has, as such, transcended narrowly Afrocentric scholarship and opened up a new vista for further research in New Literature in English.




Areas of Research Interests:  

  • Postcolonial Literatures
  • African Oral and Written Literatures
  • Black British Literature
  • Literature of the Black Diaspora
  • Modern Literary Theories
  • Cultural Studies


Selected Publications:

Theses / Dissertations:


  • Social Realism and Postmodernist Aesthetics in the Contemporary African Novel: The Examples of Dambudzo Marechera and Biyi Bandele-Thomas. M.A. Thesis, University of Ibadan, 1998.
  • Dissonance and Pain: Thematic Unity in Selected Novels of Graham Greene, Meja Mwangi and J.M Coetzee. Ph.D Thesis, University of Ibadan, 2002.

Selected Articles in Books and Journals:

  • An Aesthetics of Realism: The Image of Africa in Meja Mwangi's Going Down River Road. In: Entertext, An Interactive E-Journal for Cultural and Historical Studies and Creative Work-A Special Issue on Africa: Myths and Realities (Brunel University, West London, Vol. 4, No 2, 2005), pp 223-253.
  • Epidemic of Postcolonial Woes: Meja Mwangi's Striving for the Wind and the Problem with Africa. In: Ufahamu, Journal of the African Activist Association (African Studies Center, University of California, U.S.A, 2005).
  • Post-Colonial African Literature as Counter-Discourse: J.M. Coetzee's Foe and the Reworking of the Canon. In: Jouvert, Journal of Postcolonial Studies (North Carolina State University, US.A, Vol. 8, No 1, 2005).
  • Post-Colonial African Fiction As Tool for Cultural Education. In: African Symposium, An On-Line African Educational Research Journal, Vol. 5, No 1 (Ohio Univeristy, U.S.A, 2005).
  • Discourse Features of Features of Feminism in Selected Novels of Flora Nwapa. In: Estudos Portugueses e Africanos.No 42, 2003, pp.5-20.
  • African Fiction in the Service of History: Narrating Racial Dissonance in J.M.Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians. In: Ed. Liliana Sikorska, The Universe of Hi/stories: Essays on J.M. Coetzee. (New York/Frankfurt: Langverlag Publishers, 2006).
  • A World of Alienation and Pain: An Existentialist Reading of Graham Greene's Novels. In: English Studies (Revista De Filologia Ingless), (Universidad de Valladolid, Spain). No 25, 2004:
  • Proverbs as Thematic Vehicle in Recent African Short Fiction?. In: Proverbium, Yearbook of International Proverb Scholarship (The University of Vermont, U.S.A), Vol. 21, 2004: 119-136.
  • Post-independence Disillusionment in Contemporary African Fiction: The Example of Meja Mwangi's Kill Me Quick. In: Nordic Journal of African Studies (University of Helsinki, Finland), Vol. 13, No. 2, 2004:278-291.
  • English and Postcolonial Writers' Burden: Linguistic Innovations in Femi Fatoba's My Older Father and Other Stories. In: West Africa Review (University of Binghamton, USA), Issue 5, 2004.
  • Oral Traditions and Contemporary History in Femi Osofisan's Once Upon Four Robbers. In: Ed. Sola Adeyemi, Portraits for an Eagle: Essays in Honour of Femi Osofisn.Local (Bayreuth, Germany: Bayreuth African Studies, 2006).
  • Handcuffed to History: Meja Mwangi and the Reconstruction of the Mau Mau Uprising in Carcase for Hounds. In: African Literature Today (ALT), Vol. 26, 2004.
  • Intertextuality and the Contemporary African Novel. In: Nordic Journal of African Studies (University of Helsinki, Finland), Vol. 12, No. 3, 2003:372-386.
  • A Parable of the African Condition: The Interface of Postmodernism and Postcolonialism in Biyi Bandele-Thomas's Fiction. In: Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses (Alicante Review of English Studies) (University of Alicante, Spain), No 16, 2003:177-190.
  • The Contemporary Arabic Novel As Social History: Urban Decadence, Politics and Women in Naguib Mahfouz's Fiction. In: Studies in the Humanities (Indiana University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A), Vol. 30, No 1 &2, 2003:144-163.
  • African American Fiction and Mimesis: Representation of Racial Dissonance in Selected Novels of Richard Wright. In Exemplaria - Journal of Comparative Literature (University of Huelva, Spain), No 7, 2003:207-220.
  • Critical Realism in Dambudzo Marechera's Black Sunlight. In: Journal of Languages and Literatures (JALAL), (Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria). No. 9,2002:14-29.
  • Travelling Over the Postmodern Wasteland: A Humanist Reading of Salman Rushdie's Shame. In: English Studies (Revista De Filologia Ingless), (Universidad de Valladolid, Spain). No 24,2002:159-173.
  • Sexism in African Literature: Towards Unity Or Disunity In: Ife Studies in African Literature and the Arts (ISALA), (Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife). Vol.2, 2001: 103-111.
  • The African Novel and the Postmodernist Temper: A Reading of Dambudzo Marechera's Fiction. Ekpoma Journal of Languages and Literary Studies (EJOLLS), (Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma), Vol. 10,2001:54-69.
  • Signifying Neocolonial Decadence: Biyi Bandele-Thomas's The Man Who Came in from the Back of Beyond. In: Papers in English and Linguistics (PEL), (Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife), Vol. 4,1999: 73-79.
  • Tanure Ojaide and the Development of African Poetry. In: Odu: Journal of West African Studies (Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife). No 39, 1999: 126-139.
  • The Writer as the Conscience of his Society: The Example of Andre Brink. Gege, Ogun Studies in English (Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye), Vol. III, 1998: 139-148.
  • Character and Characterization in Prose Fiction. In: Eds. Lekan Oyeleye and Moji Olateju, Readings in Language and Literatures.Ile-Ife: Obafemi Awolowo University Press, 2004, pp.
  • The Modern Novelist and the Historical Sense: The Examples of D.H.Lawrence and Virginia Woolf. In: Eds. Moji Olateju and Lekan Oyeleye, Perspectives on Language and Literatures.Ile-Ife: Obafemi Awolowo University Press, 2005, pp. 337-349.
  • Indigenous Traditions and Modern African Writers. In: Ed.S.Ademola Ajayi, African Culture and Civilization.Ibadan: Atlantis Books/Ibadan Cultural Studies Group, 2005, 301-324.
  • Rethinking African Fiction in the Era of Globalization: A Contest of Text and Context. In: Journal of Nigeria English Studies Association (JNESA). 2005, pp 87- 100.
  • Patriarchal Suppression and Neurosis: African Women?s Plight in J.M Coetzee's In the Heart of the Country. Africa Studies Monograph (A.S.M)(University of Kyoto, Japan), Vol. 27,No 4, 2006,27-43.
  • Narrating the African City from the Diaspora: Lagos as a Trope in Ben Okri and Chika Unigwe's Short Stories. African Identities: Journal of Economics, Culture and Society (De Paul University, Chicago Illinois, U.S), Vol. 5. No.2(forthcoming).

Papers and Works in Preparation:

  • The Contemporary African Novel as Agent of Cultural Nationalism.
  • Literature and Mimesis: The Examples of Caryl Phillips and Ama Ata Aidoo.
  • Exploring the Message and Aesthetics of the Contemporary Nigerian Cradle Novel.
  • Editing a Website on the works of Biyi Bandele-Thomas.


Other information

Selected Conferences and Seminars Attended:

  • Ayo Banjo Colloquium, in Honour of Professor Ayo Banjo (December 18 to 20, 1995, University of Ibadan).
  • 15th International Conference on African Literature and the English Language (ICALEL), May 7-11, 2002, University of Calabar, Nigeria.

Paper Presented: Postmodernism and the Contemporary African Novel: The Example of Biyi Bandele-Thomas.

  • International Symposium on Canonical Works and Continuing Innovations in African Arts and Humanities, organized by CODESRIA and Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon. September 17-19, 2003 at Legon, Ghana.


Paper Presented: Postcolonial African Literature and Counter-Discourse: J.M Coetzee's Fiction and Reworking of Canonical Works.

  • African Cultural Studies Workshop, Held at University of Lagos, Nigeria, 7- 10 October, 2003. Workshop Theme: Images of Africa in Africa.
  • Faculty of Arts Week 2004 Conference, Held at Auditorium 1, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, March 9-10, 2004

Paper Presented: Globalizing the Local, Localizing the Global: Postcolonial African Fiction as an Alter(native) Discourse.

  • 21st Annual Conference of the Nigeria English Studies Association (NESA), Held at University of Lagos, September 8-11, 2004.

Paper Presented: Rethinking African Fiction in the Era of Globalization: A Contest of Text and Context.

  • A Conference in Honour of Professor Theo Vincent, Held at University of Lagos, September 22-23, 2004.

 Paper Presented: English and Postcolonial Writers' Burden: Linguistic Innovations in Femi Fatoba's My Older Father and Other Stories.

  • 22nd Annual Conference of the Nigeria English Studies Association (NESA), Held at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, 2005.
  • The African Presence in Europe. A Workshop organized by UCSIA and the Postcolonial Research Group of the University of Antwerp, Belgium; held at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, 13th to 19th November, 2005.

Paper Presented: Writing the Fatherland: The Image of Africa in Selected Fictions of Africans in Europe.