Roundtables at TOFAC 2019

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Subject Fields: 
African History / Studies, Political History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology, World History / Studies

The 9th Toyin Falola Annual International Conference on Africa and the African Diaspora (TOFAC 2019)



Venue: Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria

Date: July 1-3, 2019 (arrival, June 30; departure, July 4th)


Conference Information Update No. 3

TOFAC 2019 Roundtables

Roundtable 1

Book Discussion: Abdul Karim Bangura, Falolaism: The Epistemologies and Methodologies of Africana Knowledge (Carolina Academic Press, 2019)

Convenor: TOFAC 2019 Local Organizing Committee

This revolutionary book teaches Professor Toyin Falola’s ideas as an academic subject and instructs researchers on how to utilize African-centric methodologies to systematically investigate African phenomena while employing Professor Falola’s epistemological treatises in showing the way.

Chair/Moderator: Professor Ayandiji Daniel Aina, Babcock University


Professor Olukoya Ogen, Osun State University

Dr Doyin Aguoru, University of Ibadan

Mr Toyin Adepoju, Independent

Professor Tunji Olaopa, Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy

Professor Femi Mimiko, Obafemi Awolowo University

Dr Nathaniel Danjibo, University of Ibadan


Roundtable 2

Faith-Based Institutions and Holistic Education in Nigeria: The Babcock Experience

Conveners: TOFAC 2019 LoC & Department of Religious Studies, Babcock University

In this 60th anniversary of Babcock University’s existence as a tertiary institution in Nigeria, and its 20th year as a chartered private university, scholars take the unique opportunity of TOFAC 2019, with the theme of Religion, the State and Global Politics, to interrogate the contributions, shortcomings and promise of Babcock University and other faith-based institutions in providing a distinctive brand of educational experience.

Chair/Moderator: Dr Theodore Dickson, Babcock University


Dr Josiah Uche-Awaji, Religious Studies, Babcock University

Professor Felix Adetunji, Religious Studies, Babcock University

Dr Abiodun Adesegun, Education and Humanities, Babcock University

Dr Dorcas Odunnaike, Law and Security Studies, Babcock University

Mrs Olayimika Adebola, Research, Innovation and International Cooperation, Babcock University

Dr Evans Nwaomah, Religious Studies, Babcock University


Roundtable 3

Adebayo Faleti & Akinwumi Isola: Cultural Icons & Comperes

Convenor: Professor Pamela Olubunmi Smith, University of Nebraska, Omaha

The loss of Baba Adebayo Faleti and Alagba Akinwumi Isola, two of the three contemporary icons of Yoruba culture and letters barely six months apart from each other (and more recently Alagba Oladejo Okediji a few months ago), calls for multiple remembrances. We are heirs to the cultural legacy they left us individually and collectively. Such remembrances will necessarily be celebratory as well as analytic as we delve into the multi-genre treasure trove they left behind.

Chair/Moderator: Professor Pamela Olubunmi Smith, University of Nebraska, Omaha


Michael Oladejo Afolayan, M&P Educational Consulting International

Tunji Olaopa, Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy

Adeshina Afolayan, University of Ibadan

Toluwanimi Ibikunle, University of Ibadan


Roundtable 4

Book Discussion: Ayisha Osori, Love Does Not Win Elections (Lagos: Narrative Landscape Press, 2017)

Conveners: Dr Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso, Babcock University & Dr Abimbola Adelakun, The University of Texas at Austin

Love Does Not Win Elections chronicles the personal experience of Ms Ayisha Osori in contesting for the nomination of her political party in the lead-up to the 2015 general elections in Nigeria. The book is an excellent portrayal of the morass and minefields, power play and power-rot that Nigerian politics is, and indeed wider social configurations too are, at the soft and gross underbelly. It calls into question the prospects for democracy, good governance and development in Nigeria, and elsewhere.

Chair/Moderator: Dr Abimbola Adelakun, The University of Texas at Austin


Ms Ayisha Osori, Author, Open Society Initiative for West Africa

Dr Ngozi Nwogwugwu, Babcock University

Dr Damilola Agbalajobi, Obafemi Awolowo University

Dr Adebusola Okedele, Tai Solarin College of Education, Omu-Ijebu

Dr Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso, Babcock University


Roundtable 5

Book Discussion: Bola Dauda, Life Begins at 70: A Godfather’s Confessional Memoir (Pan-African University Press, 2019)

Convenor: Professor Michael Oladejo Afolayan, M & P Educational Consulting International

In this memoir, unique in context, content and style of delivery, Bola Dauda marshals his years of experience as a godfather, father, grandfather, counsellor and certified life coach, to expound on the weightiest issues of life and living in our times. This roundtable features pluridisciplinary explorations of the book – from the philosophical, stylistic, psychological, medico-social work to the spiritual and G.R.A.C.E. perspectives.

Chair/Moderator: Professor Michael Oladejo Afolayan, M & P Educational Consulting International


Dr Adeshina Afolayan, University of Ibadan

Dr Precious O. Afolayan, M & P Educational Consulting International

Dr Itunu Awosika, Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo

Dr Jane Adebusuyi, Babcock University

Dr Samson Ijaola, Samuel Adegboyega University

Professor Bola Dauda, Author, Independent


Roundtable 6

Toyin Falola and Christianity in Africa

Convenor: Dr Samson O. Ijaola, Samuel Adegboyega University

Toyin Falola’s contributions to the advancement of global epistemic horizon in the Humanities, through his exceptional cerebral prowess and profundity in interdisciplinary studies is indisputable. This roundtable on “Toyin Falola and Christianity in Africa” is to further bring to the fore some of his ingenious scholarly ideas to advance Christianity both as a living faith and as an academic discipline. The trajectory of Christianity from Western to African religious spaces, and its conceptualizations in pre-modern, modern and postmodern societies, has unremittingly elicited scholarly posers over the years. Noting the intellectual attention of Toyin Falola, whose interest in African Studies cuts across the entire epistemic sphere of African religions, the roundtable will critically appraise his two recent works which are germane to Christianity in Africa, with the aim to expound their scholarly debates.   

Chair/Moderator: Dr Samson O. Ijaola, Samuel Adegboyega University


Dr. Benson O. Igboin, Adekunle Ajasin University

Dr. Austin O. Omomia, MacPherson University

Dr. Josiah Uche-Awaji, Babcock University

Dr. Samson O. Ijaola, Samuel Adegboyega University


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