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Prof. Olatunde Lawuyi

University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Professor Olatunde Bayo Lawuyi is a foremost anthropologist. He earned the PhD degree in Anthropology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA in 1985. Upon returning to Nigeria, he has held appointments at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, 1985-1990.  He was pioneer head and the first professor in the Department of General Studies of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso; the first full professor of Anthropology in University of Transkei, Umtata, South Africa and the first full Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Ibadan where he is engaged in restructuring postgraduate training in Anthropology. Tunde Lawuyi was member of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso Governing Council and Director of Research and Conferences, Pan African Association of Anthropologists. Most of his research and publications have centred on contemporary social issues in the Nigerian society. His areas of specialization are popular culture, urban anthropology and development studies. He was a recipient of American Anthropology Association Awards, Denver Colorado (1985). Some of his most recent publications include Ijapa and Igbin: A Discursive Meditation on Politics, Public Culture and Moral Imaginings in Nigeria; Nigeria: Why and When Things Go Wrong: Anthropological Imaginations into Development and Cultural Processes; and his Inaugural Lecture presented in 2013 is titled Skeptical Public, Public Managers and the Declare of Moral Public on Nigeria’s Public Space.