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About IFRA

 group picture From left to right:  Abiola Ayodokun, Vitus Ukoji , Dr. Delphine Manetta, Femi Clement Olanrewaju,  Dr. Barbara Morovich, Youssef Bouri, Precious Egbochice,  Dr.Victor Chinedu Eze, Okosodo Edafe Uzuazor, Olaolu Poppola, Emmanuel Udoh, Olushola Patrick Babalola, Adejoke Rafiat Adetoro.

Who are we?

IFRA-Nigeria is one the 27 Public Research Institutes under the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs based overseas. It was set up to promote research in the social sciences and the humanities, as well as enhance collaborative work between scholars in France, Nigeria, Cameroon, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Liberia, Gambia, Niger, Chad and Burkina Faso. First established in 1990, the Institute is operating from the University of Ibadan (Institute of African Studies)

UMIFRE map by Bastien Miraucourt

Map by Bastien Miraucourt


IFRA-Nigeria promotes excellent, pertinent and cutting-edge ’Made in Nigeria’ research in Social Sciences and the Humanities. IFRA-Nigeria fosters field research and international collaborative research projects. It also runs a residency program and is currently developing its capacity to provide accommodation to scholars.

Our goals

  • Promote research in the social sciences and the humanities
  • Enhance collaborative work between scholars in France and West Africa
  • Subsidizing research programmes
  • Granting research allowances to academics and scholars
  • Publishing research results
  • Holding workshops, seminars and symposia

Over the past few years, the research orientation of IFRA has revolved around problems of democratic transition, urban violence, restructuring of educational systems in Africa, transborder studies, religious networks, urban management and the politics of violence. However, a large sample of disciplines has also been represented, ranging from history to musicology, economics, linguistics, archaeology, etc.

Our research axis

Currently the Institute supports the following research axis.

  • Axis 1: Beliefs, bodies and health
  • Axis 2: Citizenship, gender and mobilisation
  • Axis 3: Dynamics of heritage and environment
  • Transversal axis: Digital Humanities


IFRA-Nigeria is jointly funded by the French Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs as well as the French Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). IFRA-Nigeria also actively searches for additional funding to sustain its research activities. Together with IFRA-Nairobi, IFRA-Nigeria is part of the UMIFRE 24, and forms the UAR 3336 (formerly USR 3336) of CNRS.

French Embassy Nigeria


Find us

Institute of African Studies
University of Ibadan
Ibadan, Oyo State

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IFRA Resource Centre

Opening hours: 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday