Toyin Falola

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Toyin Falola
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Born January 1, 1953
Nationality Nigerian
Citizenship Nigeria
Known for Historiography in Africa
Scientific career
Fields African History
Institutions University of Texas, Obafemi Awolowo University

Toyin Omoyeni Falola (born 1 January 1953 in Ibadan) is a Nigerian historian and professor of African Studies. He is currently the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin.[1] Falola earned his B.A. and Ph.D. (1981) in History at the University of Ife, Ile-Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), in Nigeria. He is a Fellow of the Historical Society of Nigeria and of the Nigerian Academy of Letters. Falola is author and editor of more than one hundred books, and he is the general editor of the Cambria African Studies Series (Cambria Press).

Academic works and awards

His research interest is African History since the 19th century in the tradition of the Ibadan School;[2] his geographic areas of interest include Africa, Latin America and the United States; and his thematic fields, Atlantic history, diaspora and migration, empire and globalization, intellectual history, international relations, religion and culture. Recent courses he has taught include Introduction to Traditional Africa, an interdisciplinary course on the peoples and cultures of Africa, designed for students with varied backgrounds in African Studies, and Epistemologies of African/Black Studies, a course on the rise and evolution of African/Black Studies, with a focus on pedagogy, methodology, and the historical development of scholarship in the field.

Falola began his academic career as a schoolteacher in Pahayi in 1970 and by 1981 he was a lecturer at the University of Ife.[3] He joined the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin in 1991, and has also held short-term teaching appointments at the University of Cambridge in England, York University in Canada, Smith College of Massachusetts in the United States, The Australian National University in Canberra, Australia and the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs in Lagos, Nigeria.

Falola has received several honorary doctorates, lifetime career awards and honors in various parts of the world, including The Lincoln Award, Nigerian Diaspora Academic Prize, Cheikh Anta Diop Award, Amistad Award, SIRAS Award for Outstanding Contribution to African Studies, Africana Studies Distinguished Global Scholar Lifetime Achievement Award, Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters, Fellow of the Historical Society of Nigeria, and The Distinguished Africanist Award. At the University of Texas at Austin, he received the Jean Holloway Award for Teaching Excellence, The Texas Exes Teaching Award, The Chancellor's Council Outstanding Teaching Award, Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, and the Career Research Excellence Award.


  • Africa, Empire and Globalization. Essays in Honor of A. G. Hopkins, with Emily Brownell. Carolina Academic Press, Durham, NC (2011)
  • The Atlantic World, 1450-2000, with Kevin David Roberts (2008), ISBN 0-253-21943-4
  • Yoruba Creativity: Fiction, Language, Life and Songs, with Ann Genova (2005), ISBN 1-59221-336-7
  • A History of Nigeria, with Matthew M. Heaton
  • Britain and Nigeria: Exploitation or Development?
  • Pawnship, Slavery, and Colonialism in Africa, with Paul E. Lovejoy (2003), ISBN 1-59221-039-2
  • African Urban Spaces in Historical Perspective, with Steven J. Salm (2005), ISBN 0-89089-558-9
  • Historical Dictionary of Nigeria, with Ann Genova
  • Mouth Sweeter than Salt: An African Memoir (2005) 978-0-472-03132-0
  • Yoruba Warlords of the Nineteenth Century
  • Yoruba Gurus: Indigenous Production of Knowledge in Africa
  • The Power of African Cultures
  • The Foundations of Nigeria, with Adebayo Oyebade (2003), ISBN 1-59221-120-8
  • African Politics in Postimperial Times, with Richard L. Sklar (2001), ISBN 0-86543-985-0
  • Counting the Tiger's Teeth: An African Teenager's Story (2014, University of Michigan Press), ISBN 978-0-472-11948-6
  • Africa: An Encyclopedia of Culture and Society 3 vols. Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2016 (joint editor, with Daniel Jean-Jacques)


In Nigeria, there is a conference named after Toyin Falola by the Ibadan Cultural Studies Group; a group chaired by Professor Ademola Dasylva.[4] The conference, called The Toyin Falola International Conference on Africa and the African Diaspora (TOFAC), was first held in the Nigerian Premier University in Ibadan, the second was hosted in Lagos by the Centre for Black African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC) under the watch of the director general of the centre Professor Tunde Babawale.


  1. ^ "Biography". Archived from the original on August 20, 2008. Retrieved 2009-08-11.(German)
  2. ^ Falola, T & Heaton, M (2006). "The Works of A.E. Afigbo on Nigeria: An Historiographical Essay" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-08-11.
  3. ^ "Falola, Toyin 1953–". ? Via Highbeam Research. 1 January 2006. Retrieved 20 May 2012. (subscription required)
  4. ^ "TOFAC". Retrieved 17 July 2012.

External links

  • Toyin Falola website.
  • Sam Saverance, biography of Dr. Toyin Falola, 2005.
  • Afripod 96, Toyin Falola speaking to Peter Alegi & Peter Limb (Nov. 17. 2015)
  • Toyin Falola, CV
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