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Cordelia O. Osasona

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Cordelia Olatokunbo Osasona is a Professor of Architecture, the first female architect to be trained by the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU), and the first female Professor of Architecture in Southwestern Nigeria. Similarly, she is the first female Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Design and Management (EDM) of the University. She also holds a Master degree in Fine Arts. At OAU, she was Head of Department between 1997 and 1999, and again from 2006 to 2009. She was also Vice-Dean of the Faculty of EDM from 2008 to 2010. She was Visiting Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Ibadan, from 2016 to 2017, from where she helped the University establish a Department of Architecture, which she headed till her departure in 2020.

 

 

Professor Osasona’s area of research is History of Architecture, with a special passion for African traditional/ vernacular architectural forms, materials and techniques, highlighting their art content. Most of her recent publishing output has been based on her fieldwork in Heritage Architecture conservation and renewal, in the traditional core area of Ile-Ife. She has published three University-accredited books (one of which is widely locally acclaimed in Schools of Architecture as a manual for Architectural Graphics, and with two of them on the Amazon platform for more than five years; also, numerous journal and conference articles, of local and international acceptability. She is a frequent presenter at Wessex Institute of Technology (WIT), UK, conferences, and has been a member of the International Scientific Advisory Committee of WIT’s STREMAH Conferences, since 2013. She has also served, at different times, on Editorial Boards of some international and local journals.

 

Cordelia Osasona is a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA) – the first female Professor to combine both distinctions. She has served both the Institute and the Architects’ Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON) as a member of the Board of Architectural Education (NIA-BAE, ARCON-BAE, respectively and actively), since 2008 and until 2019. On the platform of BAE activities, she has been involved in several professional accreditation exercises within Nigeria (frequently serving as Secretary or Chairman of such Panels). Similarly, she has represented both local Professional Bodies at five (5) Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA) accreditation exercises within the African continent.

Molatokunbo Olutayo

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Dr Molatokunbo Olutayo 

Senior Research Associate, Director of Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan

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IFRA-Nigeria at the first conference on Digital Humanities in Francophone Africa

202203YaoundeVHBetween 21st and 26th March, Dr Cyrielle Maingraud-Martinaud and Dr Vincent Hiribarren attended the first conference on Digital Humanities in Francophone Africa. The conference took place at the University of Yaounde I in Cameroon and gathered more than 60 participants from various African francophone countries (including Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Niger etc.) and other countries (including France, Germany, Australia and Brazil). 

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Senayon Olaoluwa

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Dr Senayon Olaoluwa

Senior Research Associate, Director of Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan

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Gernot Klantshnig

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Senior Research Associate

Gernot Klantschnig joined the University of Bristol in 2019, from the University of York, where he was a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy and Crime since 2014. He was previously Associate Professor of International Studies at the University of Nottingham’s China campus. He completed his doctorate in Politics at Oxford with a thesis on Nigeria’s role in the international trade and control of illegal drugs. This research has been the basis for several books and articles on the politics and history of drugs and crime, policing and healthcare in Africa. His research has also been supported by a variety of funding bodies, such as the British Academy, Chinese government and the World University Network. At York, Gernot also coordinated the MA in Global Crime and Justice and was co-chair of York’s research network on crime and criminal justice, CrimNet.

Gernot’s current research and publications focus on crime and drugs and their role in broader debates about trade, development, the state and health in Africa, China and globally.

He is currently co-coordinator of the TNOC project.

Digital Humanities

Computers and the Internet have radically changed the way we study, learn, research and write. It won’t come as a surprise that this very phenomenon has triggered a wave of research and publications especially in the last thirty years. It has led to intense debates on the role and place of Digital Humanities (DH) in academia. DH have been presented either as a revolutionary discipline or a mere technological tool for researchers. Even though a growing number of African universities and research centres have been developing projects related to DH, this conversation has, until now, largely been circumscribed to rich universities located mostly in Western countries. At the same time, the development of Internet connections in African cities, the democratization of IT equipment and the growing access to material published online have opened new alleys to produce original data, have worldwide academic discussions and create a more open field of publishing.  Disciplinary and political barriers are being crossed by more and more researchers willing to collaborate on joint projects.

With this picture in mind, IFRA-Nigeria has decided to launch a new ambitious programme on Digital Humanities located in Nigeria.

Our objective is to create a new Resource Centre in the place of our current library that will make available:

At the same time, we want to reflect on the way DH can be used in researching African contexts and dynamics without focusing solely on the technical dimension of what remains too often a technology-driven conversation. We reject the fetishization of technological tools and believe that DH are not only about fast computers and latest technologies which remain unaffordable for most researchers, particularly in Africa. We also recognise that technology is never neutral and can be used in a lopsided way. Tools should not dictate the way we undertake research but they can help us reshape our research questions in a more inclusive, bottom-up and critical way. We intend to organise regularly workshops and conferences to critically reflect on DH in African context, particularly in line with the current global conversation on the decolonization of knowledge.

Several projects on DH are currently conducted at IFRA-Nigeria:

  • Nigeria Watch is an online database that, since 2006, monitors violence in Nigeria in order to provide statistics, analyse trends and draw maps.
  • NaijaSynCor is a ground-breaking Franco-Nigerian corpus-based macro-syntactic study of Naija (Nigerian Pidgin).
  • Naija Archives is a project that aims at facilitating the protection and accessibility of Nigerian historical heritage and making available to the public a wealth of public and private documents.

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Junior Research Associates

This page displays the names of the junior researchers curently working on research projects at IFRA Nigeria.

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Dr Adedeji Adebayo

Junior Research Associate, Elections Observatory

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Adéjọkẹ́ Rafiat Adétòrò

Phd Candidate in the Department of History, Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan, IFRA-Nigeria, Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient

Junior Research Associate, REMOBOKO (Religion, Morality and Boko in West Africa)

 

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Rémi Jenvrin

Phd Student in geography, INSHS-CNRS, UMR 8586 PRODIG, Campus Condorcet Aubervilliers-Paris
Thesis:  "The green side of the streets - Socio-spatial challenges of heritage and tourism decelopments of trees and forests in Porto-Novo (Benin) and Osogbo (Nigeria)"

Junior Research Associate, INFRAPATRI.

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Femi Olanrewaju

Masters of Landscape Architecture, University of Lagos / student of MsC Architecture, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU)

Junior Research Associate, 'Religious Architectural Heritage in Ibadan'

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Hidden Narratives on Transnational Organised Crimes (TNOC) in West Africa

The TNOC West Africa project investigates local narratives of drug and people smuggling in Nigeria and Niger.

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Summary:

Over the last fifteen years, West Africa's role in illicit flows, i.e. the illicit trade in goods and people, and their control has become a central concern for international and domestic policy makers, with attention coalescing around threats such as drug trafficking and irregular migration. Despite this growing policy interest, illicit flows and related transnational organised crime (TNOC) in the region have not yet been systematically studied.

Our project asks whether crime of a transnational and organised form exists in West Africa, and investigates the understandings of it held by people acting on different sides of the law. The project assumes that the ways criminal and state actors speak about and understand their roles, i.e. their 'narratives', provides a helpful entry point into a better understanding of the everyday reality of participating in and seeking to counter criminal activities. The project is built on the observation that much of our understanding of TNOC in West Africa is based on official reports, statistics and other largely detached assessments about this phenomenon. Using the cases of drug trafficking and people smuggling in two of West Africa’s major trade and control hubs (Lagos, Nigeria and Agadez, Niger), the project seeks to uncover the 'hidden narratives' of TNOC in order to better understand the practices around TNOC in West Africa. The project asks three overarching research questions: (1) Is there such as thing as TNOC in West Africa? (2) What are the local narratives on TNOC and related visions of 'il/licitness’ and legitimacy? And finally, (3) how useful are our conceptual tools for understanding TNOC in this regional context?

Impact:

Our research has a wide range of beneficiaries and a broad audience, especially as organised crime in West Africa and related policy is much debated at present. Given there is a lack of empirical research on organised crime and the illicit flows that this is part of in West Africa, our study will offer a foundation for a better understanding of organised crime in the region, as well as for devising better policy towards it in West Africa and beyond. The project will be of interest to policy makers in national, regional and international agencies dealing with TNOC in West Africa, as well as activists and workers in the charity and NGO sectors involved in criminal justice, drug policy and migration. Our project has a three-pronged strategy designed to ensure engagement with the widest possible number of beneficiaries. First, the project will be guided by an advisory board constituted by academics, policy makers and activists. Second, two workshops will be held over the course of the project, which will recruit from among our key audiences and beneficiaries, such as a methods and policy workshop in Lagos in the first project phase and a second larger workshop at York on new directions in organised crime research in the global South. Third, we will disseminate the research findings through two policy papers, which will be designed with the direct input from key beneficiaries.

Meet the team 

  • Elodie Apard (IFRA-Nigeria) – coordinator, Nigeria
  • Gernot Klantschnig (University of Bristol) - coordinator
  • Philippe Frowd (University of Ottawa) – coordinator
  • Ini Dele Adedeji (University of Bristol) - Post doc
  • Ayoola Olakunle – Transcriber

Outcomes

Poster "Drug Policy and Reproduction of Poverty"

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Short Film Hidden Narratives of I/licit Livelihoods in West Africa

Academic Publications

Please visit this web page for the full list of academic publications.

This policy brief is based on discussions held at our first policy workshop in Ibadan (Nigeria) on 9 and 10 March 2020. It engaged key policy makers and practitioners from national, international and non-government agencies with research on the trade in Tramadol and the transport of migrants in Nigeria and Niger.

TNOC Materclass reflexive papers

As part of the research programme Hidden Narratives on Transnational Organised Crime in West Africa a research training programme was organised on the theme: “Challenges of Fieldwork: Data Collection in Sensitive Situations”. A six-day masterclass took place at the Nigerian Academy of Letters, University of Ibadan from September 13th to 19th, 2021.

Masterclass participants were encouraged to adopt a reflexive approach during their fieldwork, to interrogate their own positionality towards the topics, the actors, and the environment in which they were collecting data.  They raised the challenges of being an insider or an outsider, the issues of power relationships as well as the peculiarity of being an African researcher, or a woman, while in the field.

Getting inspiration from a compilation of short papers published as The Bukavu Series , all Masterclass participants were asked to write a short piece about their own research experience that would address a specific challenge they faced in order to reflect on what was at stake then. The results of this exercise are not academic papers but short pieces that illustrate reflexivity and self-positioning.

This series of reflexive papers is available on this page (at the bottom). Hopefully, this will help other researchers to develop their own reflexive approach.

Partners

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

 Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research (PaCCS)

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More information available on  PaCCS website page and the TNOC blog

 

Senior Research Associates (2)

This page displays the names of the coordinators of current research projects at IFRA Nigeria.

Saheed Aderinto

Prof. Saheed Aderinto

Senior Research Associate

Contributor Treebadan project

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Elodie Apard

Dr Elodie Apard

Senior Reseach Associate, former IFRA-Nigeria Director

Co-coordinator TNOC project (hidden Narratives on Transnational Organised Crimes in West Africa)

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BernardCaron

Prof. Bernard Caron

Senior Reseach Associate, former IFRA-Nigeria Director

Coordinator NaijaSyncor : a corpus-based Macro-syntactic Study of Naija

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GerardChouin

Prof. Gérard Chouin

Senior Research Associate, former IFRA-Nigeria Director

Coordinator Ife-Sungbo Archeological Project

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Dr Emilie Guitard

Senior Research Associate, former IFRA-Nigeria Deputy Director

Coordinator Treebadan

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GernotKlantsching

Dr Gernot Klantschnig

Senior Research Associate

Co-coordinator TNOC project (hidden Narratives on Transnational Organised Crimes in West Africa)

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Dr Molatokunbo Olutayo

Senior Research Associate

Acting director Institute of African Studies

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Prof. Cordelia Osasona

Senior Research Associate

Co-coordinator, Religious Architectural Heritage in Ibadan

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Dr Sara Panata

Senior Research Associate

Co-coordinator NaijaArchives

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MarcAntoinePerouseDeMontclos

Prof. Marc-Antoine Pérouse de Montclos

Senior Research Associate

Coordinator Nigeria Watch

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Abdoulaye Sounaye

Dr Abdoulaye Sounaye

Senior Research Associate

Coordinator REMOBOKO

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