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Bernard Caron

BernardCaronBernard Caron, founder and first director of IFRA-Ibadan in 1990, is currently Directeur de Recherches at CNRS, the National French Agency for Research. While lecturing in English grammar and linguistics at the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Abidjan, and later at the University of Orléans, Bernard Caron wrote a Thèse d’Etat on Ader Hausa, a dialect of Hausa spoken in the Republic of Niger. He then became professor of Hausa at Inalco before joining CNRS in 2000 and specialising on the study of Chadic languages of the south of Bauchi State. He is now the principal investigator of NaijaSynCor, a project financed by ANR/CNRS that documents Naija (Common Nigerian Pidgin) as it is spoken throughout Nigeria. Bernard Caron wrote a dictionary and grammar of Zaar (a Chadic language of Bauchi State), and co-authored a French-Hausa dictionary with Professor Ahmed Amfani.



  • Caron, Bernard. 2014a. Loanwords in South-Bauchi-West Chadic Languages. In Sergio Baldi & Géraud Magrin (eds.), Les échanges et la communication dans le bassin du lac Tchad, actes du colloque de Naples du réseau Mégatchad, 13-15 septembre 2012 (Studi Africanistici, Serie Ciado-Sudanese 6), 353–365. Naples: L’Orientale.
  • Caron, Bernard. 2014b. Number in South-Bauchi West languages (Chadic, Nigeria). In Gerrit J. Dimmendaal & Anne Storch (eds.), Number-Constructions and Semantics - Case studies from Africa, Amazonia, India and Oceania (Studies in Language Companion Series 151), 283–308. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • Caron, Bernard. 2015a. Minorités et conflits identitaires dans la fédération nigériane : une analyse linguistique et géopolitique. Hérodote 159. 27–44.
  • Caron, Bernard. 2015b. Hausa Grammatical Sketch. In Amina Mettouchi, Martine Vanhove & Dominique Caubet (eds.), Corpus-based Studies of Lesser-described Languages. The CorpAfroAs corpus of spoken AfroAsiatic languages. Amsterdam-Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
  • Caron, Bernard. 2015c. Tone and intonation. In Amina Mettouchi, Martine Vanhove & Dominique Caubet (eds.), Studies in Corpus Linguistics, vol. 68, 43–60. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company. doi:10.1075/scl.68.02car (6 February, 2018).
  • Caron, Bernard. 2015d. In Amina Mettouchi, Martine Vanhove & Dominique Caubet (eds.), Corpus-based Studies of Lesser-described Languages. The CorpAfroAs corpus of spoken AfroAsiatic languages. Amsterdam-Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
  • Caron, Bernard. 2016a. Information Structure & Peripheries in Zaar.
  • Caron, Bernard. 2016b. Cleft sentences and beyond: identification, specification and clause structures in Zaar. Presented at the GD1 workshop of the Labex EFL: “The typology and corpus annotation of information structure and grammatical relations” September 20, 2016, Villejuif (France).
  • Caron, Bernard, Cécile Lux, Stefano Manfredi & Christophe Pereira. 2015. The intonation of topic and focus: Zaar (Nigeria), Tamasheq (Niger), Juba Arabic (South Sudan) and Tripoli Arabic (Libya). In Amina Mettouchi, Martine Vanhove & Dominique Caubet (eds.), Corpus-based Studies of Lesser-described Languages. The CorpAfroAs corpus of spoken AfroAsiatic languages (Studies in Corpus Linguistics 68), 63–115. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company. doi:10.1075/scl.68.03car
  • Caron, Bernard. 2017a. NaijaSynCor : A corpus-based macro-syntactic study of Naija (Nigerian Pidgin). (11 September, 2017).
  • Caron, Bernard. 2017b. Comparison, similarity and simulation in Zaar, a Chadic language of Nigeria. In Yvonne Treis & Martine Vanhove (eds.), Typological Studies in Language, vol. 117, 167–188. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company. doi:10.1075/tsl.117.07car (6 February, 2018).
  • Bigi, Brigitte, Bernard Caron & Abiola S. Oyelere. 2017c. Developing Resources for Automated Speech Processing of the African Language Naija (Nigerian Pidgin). 8th Language and Technology Conference: Human Language Technologies as a Challenge for Computer Science and Linguistics, 441–445. Poznan, Poland.
  • Caron, Bernard. 2018a. Macrosyntactic corpus annotation. The case of Zaar. In Evangelia Adamou, Katharina Haude & Martine Vanhove (eds.), Information structure in lesser-described languages: Studies in prosody and syntax (Benjamins Studies in Language Companion Series 199), 157–191. Amsterdam: Benjamins Pub. Co.
  • Caron, Bernard. 2018b. NaijaSynCor. Methodological and technical challenges of a corpus-based study of Naija (a post-creole spoken in Nigeria)”. Keynote address presented at the SYWAL 2018 (3rd Symposium on West African Languages) , 28th-29th September, Warsaw.
  • Caron, Bernard. 2018c. Could Naija (aka Common Nigerian Pidgin) be a solution to the curse of indigeneity? (Nigerian Pidgin: E fit go be di future?). Presented at the Neuvième édition du CAAS (Consortium for Asian and African Studies, CAAS 2018), Inalco, Paris.
  • Courtin, Marine, Sylvain Kahane, Kim Gerdes & Bernard Caron. 2018. Establishing a Language by Annotating a Corpus: the Case of Naija, a Post-creole Spoken in Nigeria. In Sandra Kübler & Heike Zinsmeister (eds.), Proceedings of the Workshop on Annotation in Digital Humanities co-located with ESSLLI 2018, vol. 2155, 7–11. Sofia, Bulgaria: CEUR. Workshop Proceedings.
  • Caron, Bernard. 2019a. A case for “slow linguistics.” In Margit Bowler, Travis Major & Harold Torrence (eds.), Festschrift in Honor of Russell Schuh (UCLA Working Papers in Linguistics), 13–26.
  • Caron, Bernard. 2019b. Clefts in Naija. (Ed.) Enrique Palancar & Martine Vanhove. Linguistic Discovery (N° special sous presse).

Victor Chinedu Eze

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Nigeria Watch Information Retrieval Specialist

Victor Chinedu Eze is an Information Retrieval Specialist with Nigeria Watch and an IFRA-Nigeria research fellow. He holds a Master’s degree in Communication and Language Arts, University of Ibadan and a BA in Philosophy, University of Ibadan. He has worked in the Media and some Integrated Marketing Communication (IMC) consultancies at various levels. He is a member of International Communication Association (ICA).

Ayodokun Abiola Victoria

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Nigeria Watch Information Retrieval Specialist

 Ayodokun Abiola Victoria is an Information Retrieval Specialist with Nigeria Watch. She is a gender specialist holds a Master’s degree in Peace and Conflicts Studies from the University of Ibadan. She is the co-founder of Tope Consultium, a research consultant and logistics provider firm based in Ibadan. She is a Chartered Mediator and a research fellow of IFRA-Nigeria. She specializes in women and environmental insecurity. 

Vitus Ukoji

VitusNWVitus Nwankwo Ukoji,

Nigeria Watch Project Coordinator

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 Ukoji Vitus is the Project Coordinator with Nigeria Watch and a PhD Fellow in the Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ibadan where he also bagged his Master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Government/Public Administration and professional certificates in Data Demand and Use, Measurement and Evaluation, Urban Crime and Violence Prevention, Frontiers in Development Policy, Urban and City Management: Safe and Resilient Cities.

He spent most of his career life in Lagos where he served as Operations Manager (2006/2011), Customer Relations Officer (2005) and Administrative Manager (2003/2004) with Afro Euro Consult LTD. Currently, he belongs to different research and international networks including IFRA-Nigeria Research Fellow, Society for Peace Studies and Practice, Peace and Security Working Group and International Practitioner Network - Every Casualty. 

Vitus Ukoji consulted for Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP) between 2016-2016 as part of the team that provided data and analyzed trends of violence in selected states of interest as well as consulted for Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, United Kingdom as part of the team that collected and analyzed data on ‘The Rise of Boko Haram: A History and Violence of Nigeria’s Islamist Insurgency’ in 2016. He is currently a team member that produces bi-weekly and quarterly security briefs for Risk & Co Nigeria, the Japan International Cooperation Agency, JICA, and Managing Conflict in Nigeria, MCN, under the British Council.

Vitus Ukoji has authored and co-authored different publications include the following:

  • Trends and patterns of fatal road accidents in Nigeria (2006 – 2014)
  • Boat Accidents in Nigeria: General Trends and Risk Factors (June 2006-May, 2014)
  • Prevalence of Lethal and Non-lethal Crimes in Nigeria
  • Collaborative Information Retrieval: The Case of Nigeria Watch
  • Patterns and Determinants of Ritual killings in Nigeria (2006-2018), forthcoming
  • Dynamics of Fatalities in the 2015 General
  • The Japan International Cooperation Agency 

Rachel Fabunmi 

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Mrs. Rachel Fabunmi is the librarian of IFRA-Nigeria. She holds a Master Degree in Library and Information Studies from University of Ibadan. Her main goals is to enhance scientific research by providing researchers with adequate reference materials in the Social Sciences and the Humanities.

Clémentine Chazal

ClementineCHazalClémentine Chazal 
Research Associate
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Clémentine is a research associate at IFRA-Nigeria. She is in charge of the organization of scientific events as well as managing the research fellows network. She also coordinates and deals with the administration of several research projects.

She graduated from a Master degree in urban governance from Sciences Po Paris (Institute of Political Sciences, France) and spent two years at UCL (University College of London, UK) as a research assistant conducting two research projects: a first one looking at the building of resilience strategies for the City of Cape Town, South Africa, a second one exploring strategies for a green industrialization in Ethiopia.

Her work focuses in sustainable development of the African region through research and consulting experiences. She has lived in Paris, Cape Town, London and now Ibadan trying to better understand urban sociology and urban governance through those different cities.

Her interests are for the building of socio-ecological resilience strategies and innovative governance systems. She is convinced that African Cities can truly benefit from grasping the full menu of sustainable and environmentally-friendly opportunities and see new and exciting opportunities in working towards this green path.

Today, Clémentine is looking for projects that can enhance the urban science-policy interface and would like to explore the narratives and knowledge production of climate change in African cities which can impact the design of new urban policies.

Recent publication:

2019 - Robin E., Chazal. C, Acuto M., Carerro R., (Un)learning the city through crisis: lessons from Cape Town, Oxford review of Education, Vol. 45, Issu2: Special Issue: Learning Cities: Toward a new research agenda

Emilie Guitard

EmilieGuitardResearcher & Deputy Scientific Director, IFRA-Nigeria
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As a Doctor in Anthropology (Paris Nanterre University, France), I study urbanity and urban governance through the relationships to nature in several cities in Sub-Saharan Africa.

My PhD research was conducted between 2007 and 2011 with public authorities and city-dwellers of two North Cameroonian, middle-size cities (Garoua and Maroua); it focused on the perceptions and the institutional and popular practices of waste management, linked to power relations. Then in 2015, within the frame of a postdoctoral position at the ANR “Interdisciplinary Programm on Indigenous indicators of Fauna and Flora” (PIAF), directed by Dr A. Sourdril (Ladyss), I conducted ethnographic fieldwork with city-dwellers and authorities of Hwange (Western Zimbabwe), a small mining town close to the bigger protected area of the country, to capture how ecological changes are diagnosed, notably through local indicators of biodiversity. 

In keeping with this research work, I started in 2016 as a Researcher for IFRA Nigeria, new research on relations to nature in the two cities of Ibadan and Lagos, South West Nigeria.  Through the analysis of the local knowledges and relations to urban trees in Ibadan, and to natural spaces and places where waste is disposed in the public spaces of Lagos, I am analysing the role played by urban nature in the definition of city-dwellers’ identities, memories and communities, and as a tool for urban governance, in these two megacities. 

In the meantime, as the deputy director of IFRA Nigeria, I am taking part to the administration of the Institute, along with the organisation of academic events such as guest lectures, book launches, conferences, etc. Finally, I participate actively in the educational activities of IFRA, by organising and teaching within monthly methodological workshops and masterclasses, on topics ranging from transports of goods and people to public spaces in African cities. 

Recent publications:

2019 - « Quand le « président des riches » rencontre le « Black president ». E. Macron en visite au Shrine de Fela Kuti », blog Carnets de Terrain,  and The Conversation France 

2018 - « Le Wakanda de Black Panther: une Afrique du futur en miniature ? », blog Carnets de Terrain and The Conversation France

2018 - “Between Municipal Management and Sorcery Uses of Waste. Cameroonian Institutions Faced with “Sorcerers Covered with Refuse” (Garoua and Maroua)”, Cahiers d’Etudes Africaines, LVIII (3-4), 231-232, pp. 913-938.

2017“The Sacred King as a Waste Heap in Northern Cameroon”, in “The Bodily and Material Cultures of Religious Subjectivation”, Journal of Material Culture, n°4, vol. 22, pp. 406-4018.

Oladipipo Aishat Omobolawa

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Nigeria Watch Intern

Ms Oladipipo Aishat Omobolawa is a National Youth Service Corps member serving in IFRA-Nigeria/Nigeria Watch, Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria for the year 2018/2019. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) in German Language from the University of Ibadan.

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