Call for Papers: ‘Intercultural Encounters’, A Book in Honour of Ojaja II (Deadline: 30 April)

Intercultural Encounters, Historicity and Cultural Communication for Development
In honour of Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Arole Oodua, Ojaja II

While diverse accounts of the origin of the Yoruba have been appropriated by historians and scholars in cultural studies such as Revd Samuel Johnson in The History of the Yorubas (1921), Saburi Biobaku in The Pattern of Yoruba History (1958), Ade Ajayi in Yoruba Warfare in the Nineteenth Century (1964), among others, numerous discourses and counter discourses continue to unfold. For example, the Ekaladerhan and Idoduwa migration hypotheses made by Pro-Benin historians such as Jacob Egharevba (1934) and playwrights such as Okoedo Otanlen Adodoh and Elimihe Osezuah in their plays Idoduwa (2006) and Ekaladerhan (1999).

Against the backdrop of politics of history, migration and transculturalism, it is imperative to revisit and interrogate the question of the origin and history of the Yoruba people from trans-disciplinary and multicultural perspectives. This book project entitled, Intercultural Encounters, Historicity and Cultural Communication for Development is in honour of His Imperial Majesty, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Arole Oodua, Ojaja II. The reviewers are calling for scholarly, academic contributions in the forms of articles, reviews, reminiscences, short communications, poems, tributes, interviews, and previews to this book to commemorate his 5th year in office as the Ooni of Ife.

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Contributions are invited from scholars, practitioners, and development researchers in the arts and humanities, social sciences, Yoruba literature, theatre, drama, dance, music, history, social sciences, scenography and theatre technology, cultural studies, development studies, theatre management and arts administration, psychology, dramatic theory and criticism, human geography, African studies, sociology, community science, health science, and other related fields.

Contributions are welcome in the following themes and sub-themes

  • The Ooni of Ife in Yoruba historiography
  • Political dimensions of Yoruba historiography
  • The Yoruba-Benin polemics of origin and historicism
  • Effect of the Transatlantic Slave Trade on Yoruba culture
  • Hybridism in Yoruba music and dance
  • Yoruba literary engagements/ literature as cultural and historical avatars
  • Transculturalism and Yorubas in the Diaspora/ transborder, transnationalism and migration of the Yoruba people/ Yoruba culture in transition
  • Yorubaland and the colonial process
  • Yoruba culture and history in popular culture/ performing arts/ music/ dance/ art
  • The Yoruba film industry in historical engagement
  • Festivals as statements on Yoruba culture and history
  • Archetypes of Yoruba gods in the Diaspora/ Yoruba animist metaphysics in motion
  • Precarity and the cultural evolution of the Yoruba
  • Postcolonial vulnerabilities and the survival of Yoruba race
  • African indigenous knowledge systems from the Yoruba perspective
  • The question of Yoruba language endangerment
  • African film and development studies
  • Historicocritical reading of African development
  • Cultural communication and development
  • The role of traditional rulers in modern governance in Africa
  • Traditionalism and constitutionalism in contemporary Nigerian politics
  • Peace building, the creative arts, and social reconstruction in postcolonial Africa

Other think pieces on Yoruba and indeed African studies are welcome

Guidelines for contributors

1.Contributors should submit e-copies of their manuscripts to the editors at and CC to and

2.Manuscript should be typed using MC-word, with double line spacing and not more than 20 pages

3. In order to guarantee blind review, the names of the author(s), a short biography of the contributor(s), telephone number(s), email address(es) and institutional affiliations should appear on a separate page.

4. Each article should be accompanied by an abstract of 200-250 words

5. Referencing style should conform to APA 6th edition

6. Receipt of manuscripts will be acknowledged. All manuscripts must reach the editor(s) on or before 30th of April, 2019.

Further Enquiries


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