Intercultural Encounters, Historicity and Cultural Communication for Development: A Book in Honour of Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Arole Oodua, Ojaja II

deadline for submissions: 
April 30, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Faculty Arts, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma

The question of the origin of the Yoruba race still remains contentious. While diverse accounts of its origin 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. 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) respectively have only made the debate on the origin, politics and historiography of the Yoruba people omnibus. In corroboration of the position of Benin historians is Robert Smith’s research in which he argues that Benin had established its ascendency in Lagos before the 17th century and the first Oba, the Eleko of Eko, was a son of Oba Orhogbua of the Benin Kingdom (2007). In the wake of the 21st century, Professor Bala Usman, a political historian in the garb of Northerncentrism proclaimed that the Yoruba race is not as ancient as we think since the word ‘Yoruba’ is an offshoot of the Hausa word ‘Yarriba’ (2001). The Adua-Mecca migration account articulated in Andy Amenechi’s high budget film, Oduduwa (2000) is another narrative that makes the discursivity of Yoruba historiography difficult to pin down. Surprisingly, historians and scholars of Yoruba extract as well as researchers in the broader field of African cultural studies have remained mute on Bala Usman’s claim. The foregoing portends that history, like culture is in a constant state of flux. The Transatlantic Slave Trade of 16th to the 18th century and the consequent British Colonial processes provided more spaces and trajectories for the critical exploration of Yoruba politics and history, charted a paradigm shift in studies of Yoruba culture(s) as well as redefined Yoruba geo-political and geo-cultural borders. Thus, Yoruba practices, norms, tradition(s), and religion are not a rarity in countries such as France, Republic of Benin, Brazil, Togo, Mexico, and so on. This creates the notion of Yoruba in the Global Diaspora. Against this 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. We, therefore, call 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. 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

ü  The Ooni of Ife in Yoruba historiography

ü  Political dimensions of Yoruba historiography

ü  The Yoruba-Benin polemics of origin and historicism

ü  Effect of the Transatlantic Slave Trade on Yoruba culture

ü  Hybridism in Yoruba music and dance

ü  Yoruba literary engagements

ü  Yoruba literature as cultural and historical avatars

ü  Transculturalism and Yorubas in the Diaspora

ü  Transborder, transnationalism and migration of the Yoruba people

ü  Yorubaland and the colonial process

ü  Yoruba culture and history in popular culture

ü  Yoruba culture and history in the performing arts

ü  Yoruba music and dance, and other expressive indigenous art forms

ü  The Yoruba film industry in historical engagement

ü  Yoruba culture in transition

ü  Festivals as statements on Yoruba culture and history

ü  Archetypes of Yoruba gods in the Diaspora

ü  Yoruba animist metaphysics in motion

ü  Precarity and the cultural evolution of the Yoruba

ü  Postcolonial vulnerabilities and the survival of Yoruba race

ü  African indigenous knowledge systems from the Yoruba perspective

ü  The question of Yoruba language endangerment

ü  African film and development studies

ü  Historicocritical reading of African development

ü  Cultural communication and development

ü  The role of traditional rulers in modern governance in Africa

ü  Traditionalism and constitutionalism in contemporary Nigerian politics

ü  Peace building, the creative arts, and social reconstruction in postcolonial Africa

Also, 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.

7. The book will be published by a reputable publisher in the United States of America

Further Enquiries

Osakue S. Omoera, Ph.D, CIMIM, M.Sonta                            Stephen Ogheneruro Okpadah                            Abiola Olubunmi Fasoranti

Associate Professor                                                         Senior Research Fellow                                        Department of Performing Arts

Department of English and Communication Studies             Theatre Emissary International, Nigeria                 Adekunle Ajasin University,

Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State, Nigeria                Email:                    Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria

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