Prof. Ogundeji P.A.

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Professor Philip Adedotun Ogundeji


Department of Linguistics & African Languages

Faculty of Arts

University of Ibadan


E-Mail address: [email protected]



  • B.A.(Hons.) Yoruba  (Second Class Upper), University of Ibadan, Ibadan.1979.
  • M.A. Yoruba, University of Ibadan, 1981.
  • Ph.D. Yoruba, University of Ibadan, 1988.


English and Yoruba

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 On-going Research

Semiotics of Yoruba Aroko and other indigenous symbol communication systems

Book project, An Introduction to Yoruba Literature 

Book Project on Yoruba Dramatic Criticism to be written wholly in Yoruba Language

Collaborative researches in developing Yoruba metalanguage for Human Anatomy and Agriculture

Translation of Femi Osofisan’s Once Upon four Robbers to Yoruba


Recent Publications


  1. 1997. “The Communicative and Semiotic contexts of Aroko among the Yoruba Symbol Communication Systems”, Africans Language Culture, Vol 10 No 2 pp 145 – 156.
  2. 1998. “The Image of Sango in Duro Ladipo’s Plays”, Research in African Literatures, Vol 29, No 2, pp 57 – 75.
  3. 1998. Orin Ewuro (Songs of the Bitter Leaf), A collection of Poems Under Pseudonym, Atari Ajanaku, Sam Books Publishers, Ibadan.1stnd Study Editions by Ibadan Cultural Study group, Ibadan. and 2
  4. 2000. Ritual as Theatre, Theatre as Rituals: The Nigerian Example, Isese Monograph Series 2, Ibadan Cultural Studies Group, University of Ibadan, Ibadan.
  5. 2004. “Multilingual Situation in Nigerian Drama:  A Perspective” in Kola Owolabi and Ademola Dasylva (eds.) Forms and Functions of English and Indigenous Languages in Nigeria: Frestchrift in Honour of Ayo Banjo, Group Publishers Ibadan pp 670 – 692.
  6. 2005 “Forms and Functions of “Traditional Theatre Practice in Nigeria” in S. Ademola Ajayi (ed.) African Culture and Civilization, Atlantis Books, Ibadan and Ibadan Cultural Studies Group pp 211 – 245.
  7. 2006 “Oju Oja: A Socio-commercial Portrait of the Traditional Market-Place in Yoruba Plays, Yoruba 3.1 pp. 1- 14.


Honours and Awards

University of Ibadan Post graduate school scholar, 1980 – 1983.

Odunjo Memorial Lecture Grant to complete Ph. D. thesis, 1988.

Co-winner of the Association of Nigerian Authors (A.N.A.), Oyo State Chapter, 1998 1st Prize in Yoruba Poetry.

Fellow, Salzburg Seminar Series 371, 1999.

Vice President, Association of Nigerian Authors (Oyo State Chapter) 2002 - 2004.

President, Yoruba Studies Association of Nigeria 2004 – to date

Chairman and the University of Ibadan representative, Odunjo Memorial Lectures Committee 2005 - to date

Chairman, Olaniwun and Lady Adunola Ajayi Foundation Lecture Organising Committee 2006 – to date.