IFRA-Nigeria/IAS Distinguished Personality Lecture: Spaces of Insurgent Citizenship

FRA-Nigeria and the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, will welcome Professor Rufus Akinyele on Thursday, 23th of April 2015 at 12:00 pm – 14:00 pm, at Drapers Hall, Institute of African Studies, to give a Distinguished Personality Lecture entitled “Spaces of Insurgent Citizenship”.

The general public is cordially invited.


This paper examines the controversy generated by the deportation of beggars and destitutes from Lagos to their states of origin in 2014. The central argument is that although the public outcry tended to suggest that the action of the Lagos State Government was strange, the practice can be traced back to the colonial period. The paper suggests the problem can be managed through good governance.


Rufus Taiwo Akinyele holds a B.A (Hons), M.A and Ph.D Degrees in History from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He started teaching in this department as a Lecturer in 1990 before becoming Professor of African History in 2005. Prof. Akinyele was Sub-Dean, Faculty of Arts, 1998-2000 and Director of Centre for African Regional Integration and Border Studies (CARIBS) in 2004. He is currently visiting Professor at the department of History at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile – Ife.

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