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Prof. Oyeniyi Okunoye

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Oyeniyi Okunoye is Professor of English at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He earned his PhD from the University of Ibadan in 2002 and teaches African Literature, Literary Theory, Oral Literature and Research Methods. His research interests are in African poetry, Yoruba Popular Poetry and Nigerian Short fiction. He has held the Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship, the British Academy Visiting Fellowship, the Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship, the CODESRIA Grant for Advanced Research and the Cambridge/Africa Collaborative Research Fellowship. He has been a visiting researcher at the Universities of Cape Town, Birmingham, Bayreuth and Cambridge. He is currently working on a book-length study of Nigerian short fiction in English and researching poetry performance in West Africa and third generation Nigerian poetry. He is a founding member of the Nigerian Humanities Society.

Professor Okunoye has contributed to such journals as Research in African Literatures, Interventions, Wasafiri, History in Africa, A Review of International English Literature, Journal of Commonwealth Literature, English Studies, Africa: Journal of the International African Institute, Kunapipi, Commonwealth Essays and Studies, Cahier d’etudes africaines, History in Africa, New Literatures Review, Obsidian, Neohelicon, Matatu and Journal of African Travel Writing. He is a Section Editor of Postcolonial Text and has been reviewing for many leaned journals, including Research in African Literatures, PMLA, Journal of Commonwealth Literature, The Journal of Modern African Studies andTydskrif vir Letterkunde.

He has been involved in the African Humanities Program, an initiative of the American Council of learned Societies, and has coordinated academic mentoring programmes in different African countries.

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