By Nosike Moses
Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Olayiwola Lamidi Adeyemi III is one of the special guests to attend the forthcoming international conference on the Yoruba nation and politics.
The conference which is jointly organised by Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ogun state and University of Texas, Austin, USA will take place at O.O.U, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun state between Oct. 9 and 11, 2017 in honour of Prof. Joseph Atanda, with the theme: “The Yoruba Nation And Politics Since The Nineteenth Century”.
In a statement signed by Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Chairman, Local Organising Committee, (OOU), Professor O. O. Olubomehin, the conference will also be an occasion to launch the long-awaited historic anthology of Professor Atanda’s works, titled, The Collected Works of J. A. Atanda, compiled and introduced by Africa’s foremost historian, Professor Toyin Falola of the University of Texas, Austin, USA, and published by Pan-African University Press, USA.
Keynote speech will be delivered by Dr. Tunji Olaopa, a renowned public intellectual, former federal permanent secretary, and Executive Vice Chair of the Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy. The the book reviewer will be Head of the Department of History, the University of Ibadan, distinguished historian and President of the Historical Society of Nigeria, Professor Chris B. N. Ogbogbo.
“This conference is the fifth in the series of the annual memorial activities held to remember the late distinguished historian and scholar whose expansive and extensive scholarship about the Yoruba of West Africa provided for posterity a corpus of work that remains indelible and invaluable to all who seek knowledge about the Yoruba, as well as about the foundations of the Nigerian nation as a whole.
This conference will bring together over two hundred scholars from around the world to cogitate upon the place of the Yoruba and its others in the history and politics of Nigeria and Africa, past and present”.
This annual event in honour of the eminent Professor Joseph Adebowale Atanda will fittingly explore the variegated dimensions of the immersion, marginalisation, and impacts of Yoruba politics and nation making, from the nineteenth century to date.
Professor Atanda’s scholarship covers the history and politics of the Yoruba from the precolonial to the twentieth century. The conference will cover the eras that Professor Atanda explored in his books and essays, as well as on his key themes of politics, identity, and change