Ayodeji Olukoju is Professor and Head, Department of History, University of Lagos. A First Class Honours graduate of the University of Nigeria. Nsukka. and holder of the M.A. and Ph.D. Degrees in History of the University of Ibadan. He has authored and co-edited several books and monographs, including Maritime Trade, Port Development and Administration (Tokyo, 1996), Nigeria Peoples and Cultures (Ibadan 1997) and Positive Leadership in Colonial and Post-Colonial Africa (Ikorodu, Nigeria, 2002). Professor Olukoju has contributed well over 50 essays as chapters in books and articles in leading specialist and Africanist journals in the fields of maritime, transport, labour, urban, economic and social history. He is also a member of the editorial board of African Economic History (Madison), Afrika Zamani: Journal of the Association of African Historians (Dakar) and Journal of Cultural Studies (Ago-Iwoye), and is the co-editor of Lagos Historical Review.
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