The second opus of the West African Politics and Society series (WAPOSO) focuses on the Boko Haram crisis in Nigeria. This book is the first attempt to understand Boko Haram in a comprehensive and consistent way. It examines the early history of the sect and its transformation into a radical armed group. It analyses the causes of the uprising against the Nigerian state and evaluates the consequences of the on-going conflict from a religious, social and political point of view.
Nigeria Watch (NW) is a database that monitors and compiles violent deaths, including accidents, crimes, conflicts, natural disasters, occurring in Nigeria since 1 June 2006. It relies principally on ten Nigerian daily newspapers, which are analysed by information retrieval specialists on a daily basis. Other sources of information, such as human rights organisations and Federal security agencies, are used to cross-check data and mitigate methodological biases.
IFRA-Nigeria research fellow Philip Olayoku attended the final conference of the XenAfPol project, which took place at the Centre of African Studies, University of Cambridge on 16–18 December 2013. He was sponsored by IFRA-Nigeria in collaboration with the University of Bordeaux and the University of Cambridge. XenAfPol, The Politics of Xenophobic Exclusion: Mobilisations, Local Orders and Violence” is a three-year research programme funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR). (...)
TransIslam is a two-year research program (2014–15) initiated by IFRA-Nigeria, funded by CSFRS, and led by a team of seven researchers from Niger, Nigeria, France and the UK. Purpose of the Project The area that today encompasses northern Nigeria and southern Niger has been particularly dynamic since the late-18th century:
The PERILA research project, jointly conducted by IFRA-Nigeria and Lasdel (Laboratory for Study and Research on Social Dynamics and Local Development), ended in July 2013.
After 12 months of work, several meetings, collective thought, and long periods of individual fieldwork, the 11 researchers involved delivered their reports:
The tenure of IFRA-Nigeria director Dr. Gérard Chouin came to an end in December 2013 and a new director has been appointed. From January 2014, Dr. Chouin is Assistant Professor of African History at the College of William and Mary, Virginia, USA. Much has been achieved over the past three years: IFRA has launched and been involved in various research projects with Nigerian, West African, and other international partners; and a number of quality works have been published in IFRA’s book (...)
BiblioNigeria is a watchtower for all articles and books published about Nigeria in the Social Sciences and the Humanities. N°6/2013 has been released. Dowload pdf bulletin and check latest publications about Nigeria in the Social Sciences and the Humanities.
"What do the labels "Historic period", "historical archaeology", and "Colonial’" imply about the source materials drawn on, the time periods covered, and the conceptual vantages taken in interpreting the West African past? The historiographies presented are equally relevant to the understanding of the past - that is, the impacts of European contact, the Atlantic slave trade, and colonization (...)
There is a dearth of research on the demographic profile of international tourists who use home-stay accommodation in Africa. An understanding of home-stay tourists’ demographic profile is crucial to make marketing activities more successful.
IFRA-Nigeria is pleased to present the scientific committee of Nigeria Studies, the scientific journal of IFRA, and to express our thanks to all the excellent scholars and experts who have accepted to be part of this major institutional project. The journal’s approach intends to be as comprehensive as possible in the field of social sciences and the humanities (encompassing history, political science, sociology, archaeology, anthropology, economy, geography, arts, and linguistics), and will (...)
The two-day conference, organized by the French Embassy in Ghana and the Association of Vice-Chancellors, with the support of the Ghanaian Ministry of Education, Campus France, and the French Conference of Universities, was held in Accra on 18th and 19th June. The event aimed to foster collaboration between Ghanaian and French higher education and research institutions, advance academic collaborations, and increase the movement of students and scholars between Ghana and France. The Ghanaian (...)
The embassy of Matteo Lopes, ambassador of the West African "kingdom" of Allada, to Louis XIV has so far mainly been treated as a curious anecdote or as an entry in the numerous lists documenting the "African presence" in Europe from the Middle Ages up to the present time.1 In this paper, Matteo Lopes will be regarded
‘Kunle Amuwo, Daniel C. Bach and Yann Lebeau (dir.) The autocratic regime of Sani Abacha (1993-1998) stands out as a watershed in the history of independent Nigeria. Nigeria’s darkest years since the civil war resulted from his unrestrained personal rule; very close to the features associated with warlordism. Nepotism, corruption, violation of human rights, procrastination over the implementation of a democratic transition, and the exploitation of ethnic, cultural or religious identities, (...)
In AFROBEAT! A popular artist, a counter-hegemonic activist of the hardest grain, meets his most cerebral, disquisitional interpreter. – ODIA OFEIMUN, Leading African poet and former President, Association of Nigerian Authors. "This is not just another addition to a growing Fela scholarship but a fascinating and frequently insightful study. It is both a celebration of Fela’s uncommon virtuosity and an exploration of his mystique." – NIYI OSUNDARE, Poet and Professor of English, University (...)
The fiftieth anniversary of the African Independence has been an occasion for the East African countries and their diasporas, the international academic community and the former colonial nations to assess the economic, social and political achievements and failures of the past fifty years... http://ifra-nairobi.net/otherdocs/Call%20Papers-idependence-2013.pdf
IFRA-Nigeria and the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, will welcome Professor Samuel Oluwole Ogundele on Tuesday, 18th of June 2013, at Drapers Hall, Institute of African Studies, to give a Distinguished Personality Lecture entitled “Thinking Through Archaeology of Wisdom in Nigeria”.
Manuel Reinert, IFRA-Nigeria Research Associate, gave a lecture on the second Intifada and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the History and International Studies Department, University of Ilorin, on May 30. Manuel Reinert was invited by Dr. Ibrahim Jawondo to deliver this lecture to the post-graduate students of the department with the support of the Head of Department, Dr. Peter F. Adebayo, who attended the event.
Two professional photographers, Sebastien Godret and Jean-Pierre Elie, came to Ibadan and U.I. for a week of field work, on the invitation of IFRA-Nigeria. Their work must lead to the publication of a book on urbanism and society in Ibadan. The two photographs found in Ibadan a particularly inspiring area, because of the remarkable architectural heritage of the city – with a great diversity of styles coming from the 30’s to the 80’s – and because of the way people have appropriated and used the (...)
The IFRA-Nigeria team is particularly glad to announce that the IFRA publications since 1990 are now available online at http://books.openedition.org/ifra/. All the IFRA collections and special issues have been digitized on OpenEdition Books, a web platform for books in the humanities and social sciences (see more about the OpenEdition project at http://www.openedition.org/). Books can be read online for free through the open access version and be downloaded as PDF or ePub files through (...)
Date: June 7, 2013 Venue: Drapers Hall, Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan. Time: 2 pm prompt IFRA-Nigeria and the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, will organize a postgraduate training seminar on Friday, 7th of June 2013, at Drapers Hall, Institute of African Studies. The aim of the seminar is to upgrade and develop skills of upcoming scholars in the field of Academic Writing and to give them the proper tools to be published in reputable journals. The (...)
Edwin Eriata Oribhabor is a promoter of Nigerian Pidgin who regularly publishes chronicles on this site (see Naija Kona) Here is an interview of Oribabhor published on Everythin Literature : http://everythinliterature.blogspot.fr/2013/05/nigerian-pidgin-most-popular-mode-of.html
Prof. Bernard Caron, research director at the CNRS (Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, France), led a three-week scientific mission on the Zaar language (Chadic language SBW) in Zaria from 26 November to 17 December 2012. IFRA-Nigeria invited Prof. Caron, former IFRA director, to use its premises at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria. The research of Dr. Caron and his assistant Mr. Marvellous S. Davan was funded by LABEX EFL (Sorbonne Paris-cité), as part of the project “The Typology (...)
Date: April 17, 2013 Place: Draper’s Hall, Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan Time: 4.00-5.30 pm Based on fieldwork with various companies, the book explores the dynamics of Franco-Nigerian commercial interactions from an economic sociology perspective, from 1997 to 2011. It deals with the business relationships between France and Nigeria, by focusing on historical and political factors. Dr. Marjolaine Paris (firstname.lastname@example.org) got her Ph.D. from the University (...)
IFRA-Nigeria participated in the 7th Annual Conference and General Assembly of the Society for Peace Studies and Practice (SPSP), organized at Ado-Ekiti (Ekiti State, Nigeria), 25–27 March. The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, chaired the event, which involved scholars, professors, PhD students, and members of security agencies involved in conflict resolution in Nigeria. The main theme of the conference—“Defining And Rethinking Peace And Security Systems In Transitional (...)
The IFRA-Nigeria team congratulates Dr. Ishanlosen Odiaua, who recently defended her Ph.D. entitled “The stakes on and paths to conservation and ‘patrimonialisation’ of ancient architectures in Mali and Nigeria: Djenné, Kano, Sukur and Ushafa” at the University of Paris-1, Panthéon-sorbonne, UFR 03 (Arts et Archéologie), Ecole Doctorale ED 441. The dissertation was supervised by Prof. (Emeritus) Jean Polet. The defence took place in the J. B. Duroselle Room at the Sorbonne, on October 23, 2012. (...)
Dr. David Enweremadu’s book was officially launched on 1 March at the premises of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) in Abuja. The conference was chaired by Osisioma B. C. Nwolise, Professor of Political Science at the University of Ibadan, and Ekpo Nta, Chairman of the ICPC. It gathered scholars, senators, representatives of federal ministries, members of NGOs focused on corruption issues, and representatives of embassies. The head of the French (...)
IFRA-Nigeria provided airfare to enable Mr. Kolawole Adekola, IFRA-Nigeria fellow, lecturer at the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Ibadan, to participate in the 7th World Archaeological Congress meeting held at the Dead Sea, Jordan, from January 13-18, 2013. Adekola delivered two papers, chaired three sessions and served as a mentor for members of the WAC Student Committee. The first paper entitled “Protection of National Patrimony: A Comparative Study of Legal (...)
The Nigeria Watch database is a project initially put in place by Prof. Marc-Antoine Pérouse de Montclos, political scientist and researcher at the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), who remains the scientific director and team leader. The database aims at compiling and monitoring homicides and violent deaths (including road accidents) in Nigeria in order to provide quantitative data and assist in the analysis of trends of violence (more information at (...)
About the Fellowship The IFRA Research Fellowship is an academic extension of IFRA-Nigeria. It (...)