2017 Conference

The Lagos Studies Association (LSA) is pleased to share the Final Program of the 2nd Annual Lagos Conference holding at the Faculty of Arts, University of Lagos, Nigeria between June 15 and 17, 2017. The conference will feature 41 panels and about 200 participants. There will be conventional panels comprising of four presenters, publishing workshop for postgraduate students and emerging scholars, book panels, and round-tables. International participants will be coming from the United States, United Kingdom, Jamaica, Queensland, Belgium, China, France, Italy, Switzerland, Israel, Austria, Australia, South Africa, and Norway, among others. Nigeria-based panelists are affiliated with University of Lagos, Lagos State University, University of Ibadan, Osun State University, Elizade University, University of Nigeria, Adeleke University, Tai Solarin University of Education, Hezekiah University, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ambrose Alli University, Redeemer’s University, Wellspring University, Adekunle Ajasin University, University of Benin, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ladoke Akintola University, Kwara State University, Federal University, Birnin-Kebbi, Anchor University, Covenant University, and Ajayi Crowther University, among others.


Saheed Aderinto (Western Carolina University, USA)

Abosede George (Barnard College-Columbia University, USA)

Ademide Adelusi-Adeluyi (University of California-Riverside/Rice University, USA)


Arrival: June 14

Departure: June 18

Venue: Faculty of Arts, University of Lagos, Nigeria

Contact: lagosconference2017@gmail.com

Conference Hotel: NSPRI Guest House, 32/38 Barikisu Iyede Street, Off UNILAG Road, Onitiri Abule Oja, Yaba Lagos. For Hotel Reservation, email Conference Organizers: lagosconference2017@gmail.com

This event is open to the public; but participants who intend to eat must pay conference registration fee (N10,000 for local; $100 for international)



                                    Arrival: June 14

3:00pm           Arrival, Registration, and Reception for Participants: Room B.401

4:00pm           Screening of AMCVA award winning documentary film, Faaji Agba. Dir. Remi Vaughan-Richards

Film description: “Faaji Agba is a six-year journey by film-maker Remi Vaughan-Richards following seven, 68-85yr old Yoruba master musicians in Lagos, Nigeria. They were forgotten by society, until Kunle Tejuoso, owner of Jazzhole Records, follows a trail to rediscover them and the ‘FAAJI AGBA COLLECTIVE’ is born. Kunle’s journey starts with Fatai Rolling Dollar, which leads him to others such as Alaba Pedro, SF Olowookere, Ayinde Bakare and more. Their musical styles range from highlife, juju to afrobeat. The story starts in 2009 and follows them on their journey to perform in New York in 2011 where tragedy strikes. A year later, undeterred by the setback they perform again in Lagos, ends up being their last. Faaji Agba interweaves the history, culture and music scene of Lagos, Nigeria from 1940’s to 2015 as their joys and tragedies unfold.”

Discussion to follow with co-producer Kunle Tejuoso.


Day 1: June 15


8:30-9:30       Breakfast: J.P. Clark Center

10:00-12:00   Opening Ceremony at Julius Berger Hall

Keynote Lecture by Professor Ayodeji Olukoju (University of Lagos, Nigeria) Title: “Which Lagos, Whose History?”



12: 30-2:00     Session 1: Simultaneous Panels


Session 1A: Room B307

Health and Wellness in Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

Moderator: Hakeem Ibikunle Tijani (Adeleke University, Nigeria)


The Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Establishment of Pharmaceutical

Industry in Nigeria, 1958-1967 by Damilola Fagite (Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria)

Contesting Space: Nationalist Reaction to Slum Clearance in Lagos, 1930s-1957 by

Mufutau Oluwasegun Jimoh (Federal University-Birnin-Kebbi, Nigeria)

Migration, Urbanisation, and HIV/AIDS in Lagos by Zainab Olayinka (University of Lagos, Nigeria)

Beyond Meaty Demands: Abattoirs, the Environmental, and Public Health in Lagos by

Oluwaseun O. Williams (University of Lagos, Nigeria)


Session 1B: Room B308

The Art of Language, and Language Art

Moderator: Halimat S. Egberongbe (University of Lagos, Nigeria)


Framing the Environment: An Eco-Critical Discourse Analysis of Governor Fashola’s Speeches

by Ayodeji A. Adedara (University of Lagos, Nigeria)

A Study of Rhetorical Devices in the Inaugural Speeches of the Governors of Lagos State by Feyi

Ademola-Adeoye (University of Lagos, Nigeria)

Identity, Language and Cross-Cultural Interaction: A Sociolinguistic Investigation of Igbo Bilinguals in Lagos by Osita Gerald Nwagbo, Chiamaka Ngozi Oyeka, and Patience Nonye Edeoga (University of Lagos, Nigeria)

Personal Names Clipping among the Igbo in Lagos State: Phonological and Semantic

Implications by Justina E. Onuora (University of Lagos, Nigeria)


Session 1C: Room B311

Migration, Ethnicity, and the Political-Economy of Group Belonging

Moderator: Abosede George (Barnard College-Columbia University, USA)


Hausa Migrants and the Socioeconomic Development of Lagos State: A Historical Appraisal by

Faruq Idowu Boge (Lagos State University, Nigeria)

The Contribution of the Igbo to the Development of Lagos Economy since 1960 by Nonye

Nnamezie (Hezekiah University, Nigeria)

Eko Onibaje (Lagos No Go Spoil): Appraising the Changing Perceptions of Lagos to Igbo First

Timers, 1906–2015 by Amaechi Alex Ugwuja (Paul University, Nigeria)


Session 1D: Room B401

Book Panel on Jonathan Haynes’ Nollywood: The Creation of Nigerian Film Genres

Moderator: Duro Oni (University of Lagos, Nigeria)


Hyginus O. Ekwuazi (University of Ibadan, Nigeria)

Jonathan Haynes (Long Island University, USA)

Obododimma Oha (University of Ibadan, Nigeria)

Senayon Olaoluwa (University of Ibadan, Nigeria)

Babatunde Onikoyi (Elizade University, Nigeria)

Erlend Paasche (University of Oslo, Norway)

Paul Ugor (Illinois State University, USA)

Osakue Stevenson Omoera (Ambrose Alli University, Nigeria)

Session 1E: Room B212

Commerce and Conflict in the Market

Moderator: Mutiat Titilope Oladejo (University of Ibadan, Nigeria)


Market Associations: Mediatory Role and Conflict Resolution in a Lagos Market by Olumide

Ekanade (Redeemer’s University, Nigeria)

Economies of Sale: Lagos Wholesale Market Expansion and Profit Politics in Nigerian Retail

by Vivian Chenxue Lu (Stanford University, USA)

Characteristic Profile and Hierarchical Analysis of Major Business Districts in Lagos

Metropolis by Omoayena Odunbaku (UN- Habitat for Humanities, Kenya)

The Market Square and the ‘Iya l’oja’s Stool: A Historical Analysis of Grassroots agents of Socialization and Conflict Resolution in Lagos by Cecilia Titilayo Clement and Israel Abayomi Saibu (University of Ibadan; Anchor University, Nigeria)




Session 1F: Room B107

Lagos and the Nigerian Civil War at 50: Memory, Place, and the Nation-State

Moderator: Chima Korieh (University of Nigeria, Nigeria)


Nigeria -Biafra War and the Attrition of Igbo Language: A True Life Account From an Adult

Survivor by Ada Agbasimalo (Forest Dame Peace Initiative, Nigeria)

The Aftermath of the Nigeria-Biafran War and the Renewed Call for Biafra in the Fourth

Republic by Moses Metumara Duruji (Covenant University, Nigeria)

Rethinking Biafra and Biafran Narratives Within the Problematics of Nigerian State Building

by Carol Ijeoma Njoku (University of Nigeria, Nigeria)

Political Fault-lines that Made the Emergence of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) Inevitable by Nwankwo Tony Nwaezeigwe (University of Nigeria, Nigeria)

Nigerian-Biafran War: Impacts and Lessons for the Contemporary Nigerian Youths

by Anselm C. Onuorah (Anchor Book Foundation Africa)

“Cattle Rearing Legislators”: An Appraisal of Killing for Joy, Memory and Revenge as a

Neglected Theme in the Nigeria/Biafra War, 1967-1970

by Victor Ukaogo (University of Nigeria, Nigeria)



2:00-3:00       Lunch: J.P. Clark Center



3:15-4:45                Session 2: Simultaneous Panels


Session 2A: Room B401

Remembering Buchi Emecheta (1944-2017)

Moderator: Donette Francis (Miami University, USA)


Representations of Migration in Buchi Emecheta’s The Joys of Motherhood by Mosunmola

Adeojo (University of Lagos, Nigeria)

Igbo Narratives of Lagos Life: The Politics of the Indigene and Settler in the Works of Buchi

Emecheta by Louisa Uchum Egbunike (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)

This is Lagos: A Tale of One City in Emecheta’s “The Bride Price” and “The Joys of

Motherhood” by Adaobi Muo (University of Lagos, Nigeria)

Passage to Freedom: Re-Defining the Psyche of the Rural Women in Buchi Emecheta’s The Joys of Motherhood by Felicia Ohwovoriole (University of Lagos, Nigeria)


Session 2B: Room 107

Employment Opportunity, and Domestic and International Economies of Lagos

Moderator: Friday Aworawo (University of Lagos, Nigeria)


From Lagos to Abidjan: Economic Integration and the Development of the One Corridor by Peter A. Ikhane and Benjamin Timi Olujohungbe (University of Lagos; University of Ibadan, Nigeria)

From China with Love: Shipping Fairly Used Computers to Lagos, What Role in the International Trade of Used Computers? By Alice Sala (University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland)

Network Formation and Market Access in National Youth Service Programs by Belinda

Archibong and Anja Tolonen (Barnard College – Columbia University, USA)




Session 2C: Room B212

Lagos, Nollywood Nationalism, and Globalization

Moderator: Babatunde Onikoyi (Elizade University, Nigeria)


Anthropology of the “Lagos Woman” in Nigerian Home Videos by Tayo Joan Adenuga

(Kwara State University, Nigeria)

Lagos and the Nollywood Imaginary: Nationalism and Neoliberalism by Jonathan Haynes

(Long Island University, USA)

Cultural Verisimilitude in Nigerian Historical Movie by Folakemi Ogungbe

(University of Ibadan, Nigeria)

Charity Begins at Home: Nollywood and the Challenges of Acceptance in Global South and

Global North by Cornelius Eze Onyekaba (University of Lagos, Nigeria)

Lagos, Nollywood, and the “Outposts” of Globalization by Connor Ryan (University of the West

Indies, Jamaica)


Session 2D: Room B311

Lagos in Nigeria’s Political Transformation

Moderator: Olly Owen (Oxford University, UK)


Electoral Politics in Lagos State: Whither Progressive Politics? By Lai Olurode, Rukayyat

Baderinwa, Zainab Olayinka, and Tunde Alabi (University of Lagos, Nigeria)

June-12 Crisis and the Radicalisation of the Yoruba Inhabitants of Lagos by Taiwo Olaiya (Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria)

“In the Wider Interests of Nigeria as a Whole”: Lagos and the Making of Federal Nigeria, 1951-

1967 by Halimat Somotan (Columbia University, USA)


Session 2E: Room B308

Political and Philosophical Foundation of Modern Lagos

Moderator:   Ademide   Adelusi-Adeluyi   (University   of   California-   Riverside/Rice

University, USA)


The Lagosian Concept: Legal and Identity Crises, and the Dilemma of a Megacity by Sola

Animasaun (Kwara State University, Nigeria)

The Philosophical and Political Foundations for a Cosmopolitan Lagos by Peter Osimiri

(University of Lagos, Nigeria)

Lagos, Democratic Leadership, and the Making of a New Nigeria, 1999-2017 by Soji

Oyeranmi (Olabisi Onabanjo University, Nigeria)


Session 2F: Room B307

Lagos in the Long Term Perspective

Moderator: Babatunde Babalola (Harvard University, USA)


The Economy of Lagos by 2022: An Econometric Approach by David Mautin Oke and Koye

Gerry Bokana (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)

Lagos and Megacity Status: A Survey of its Pattern of Change, 1999-2016 by Moses Ilo (Tai

Solarin University of Education, Nigeria)

Art and Design: Essential Elements for the Lagos of Our Dreams and the Reinvention of the

Ideal Nigerian Personality by Akinwale Onipede (University of Lagos, Nigeria)

Place-identities and Naming Practices in Metropolitan Lagos: Past and Present by Felix Oke and Israel Saibu (Anchor University, Nigeria)



5:00 – 6:00      Dinner: J.P. Clark Center










Day 2: June 16




8:30-9:30                                Breakfast: J.P. Clark Center




10:00-11:30            Session 3: Simultaneous Panels

Session 3A: Room B401

Decolonizing Knowledge: Appreciating Oyeronke Oyewumi’s Invention of Women @ 20

Moderator: Saheed Aderinto (Western Carolina University, USA)


Ademide Adelusi-Adeluyi (University of California–Riverside/Rice University, USA)

Oluwakemi Adesina (Redeemer’s University, Nigeria)

Mfon Ekpootu (University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria)

Abosede George (Barnard College–Columbia University, USA)

Mofeyisara Oluwatoyin Omobowale (University of Ibadan, Nigeria)

Oyeronke Oyewumi (Stony Brook University, USA)

Chinyere Ukpokolo (University of Ibadan, Nigeria)


Session 3B: Room B107

Ethics and Conflict Resolution in Lagos

Moderator: Emilie Guitard (The French Institute for Research in Africa, Nigeria)

Inter-Group Relations and Conflict Resolution in Lagos: The Takwa Bay and Abagbo

Experiences by David Aworawo (University of Lagos, Nigeria)

The Mega City of Lagos: A Scale of Balance between Individual Freedom and Common Good

by Augustine Akintunde Farinola (University of Lagos, Nigeria)

The Role of Ethics in Environmental Security of Mega-Cities in Developing Nations: Lagos as an Example by A.O. Ayeni and R. Omosulu (University of Lagos; Redeemer’s University, Nigeria)

Urban Expansion and Conflict Management: A Case of the Lekki-Epe Settlements in Lagos

Since the 1980s by Irene Osemeka (University of Lagos, Nigeria)


Session 3C: Room B212

From Street Hawkers to Techpreneurs: Work, Employment, and Entrepreneurship in the Megacity

Moderator: Omon Osiki (University of Lagos, Nigeria)


Socio-economic Factors Influencing the Coping Mechanisms of Street Traders in Lagos

State by Adebowale Ayobade and Waziri Babatunde Adisa

(University of Lagos, Nigeria)

Intersectionality and Workforce Diversity in Nigeria’s Mega City by Akeem Ayofe Akinwale

(University of Lagos, Nigeria)

Promoting Decent Employment through Diversification of the Economy by Dumebi Ideh

(University of Lagos, Nigeria)

Techpreneurs and the Economic Development of the New Lagos by Bamidele Wale-Oshinowo and Sorbarikor Lebura (University of Lagos; Rivers State University, Nigeria)

Competencies over Credentials: Rewiring the Education-to-employment System in Lagos by

Misan Rewane (WAVE- West Africa Vocational Education, Nigeria)


Session 3D: Room B311

Emerging Dimensions in Colonial Lagos History

Moderator: Tim Livsey (Leeds Beckett University, UK)


Patriotic Colonial Childhood, Imperial Spectacle, and Nationalism in Lagos, Nigeria, 1905-1960
by Saheed Aderinto (Western Carolina University, USA)

British Colonial Land Use Policies and Housing Development in Lagos by Felix Ajiola

(University of Lagos, Nigeria)

Urbanisation and Public Hygiene in Lagos, 1945- 1960 by Julius Oluyitan Akinyele (Ajayi

Crowther University, Nigeria)

Militarised Spaces in Lagos: 1939-1945 by Oliver Coates (Cambridge University, UK)

Gendered Authority, Gendered Violence: The Life and Death of a Brazilian Muslim Freed

Woman in Colonial Lagos by Kristin Mann (Emory University, USA)

Urban Poverty and Organised Begging in Colonial Lagos by T.E. Ilesanmi

(University of Lagos, Nigeria)


Session 3E: Room B308

Visuality, Literature, and Creative Imagination

Moderator: Carli Coetzee (School of Oriental and African Studies, UK)


The Discourse of the Nigerian Dream Ideals in Wole Soyinka’s Alapata Apata and The

Beatification of Area Boy by Nurayn Fola Alimi (University of Lagos, Nigeria)

Lagos: Crossroads of a Thousand Dystopias in Wole Soyinka’s The Beatification of Area Boy and Osofisan’s Once Upon Four Robbers by Christopher Anyokwu (University of Lagos, Nigeria)

Narrating Lagos: A Literary History of How Lagos Has Been Perceived, Conceptualised, Constructed and Codified from 1956 -2016 by Kayode G. Kofoworola (University of Lagos, Nigeria)




Session 3F: Room B307

Moving People, Creating Cultures: Linguistic and Artistic Experience of Transportation and Urban Mobility

Moderator: Stephen Olabanji Boluwaduro (University of Ibadan, Nigeria)


A Discourse Analysis of Commercial Transport Lingo in Lagos by Babatunji Hezekiah

Adepoju (University of Lagos, Nigeria)

Language Use of Danfo Bus Conductors in Lagos Metropolis by Esther Titilayo Ojo

(University of Lagos, Nigeria)

Danfo Bus: A Dialectics of Urban Mobilities in Lagos, Nigeria by Allen Xiao (University of

Wisconsin-Madison, USA)



1:30-11:45      Break



11: 45-1:15             Session 4: Simultaneous Panels




Session 4A: Room B401

Academic Journal Publishing Workshop

Facilitator: Carli Coetzee (Editor of the Journal of African Cultural Studies; School of Oriental and African Studies, UK)


This panel is an information session for early career researchers. Topics to be covered include, where should I send my article? What is the difference between a research article and a survey? Which journal should I choose? Why should I publish? What is peer review? May I submit to more than one journal at a time? How do I know what I am saying will be interesting enough? What does it mean to say a journal article needs to make an “intervention”? Why was my article turned down? These are some of the questions early career researchers often ask. In this workshop, the editor of an international journal, the Journal of African Cultural Studies, will give a presentation on these issues, and give you some insider perspectives from an editor’s desk. There will be time for questions.




Session 4B: Room B107

The Challenges of Urbanization in Lagos

Moderator: Hysaint Eiguedo-Okoeguale (University of Lagos, Nigeria)


Urbanization and Energy Crisis: The Case of Lagos State by Lai Olurode, Wakeel Atanda Isola, and Adebisi Ademola (University of Lagos, Nigeria)

Occupational Safety of Municipal Solid Waste Workers in Lagos by Damilola Daramola and

Felix Ajiola (University of Lagos, Nigeria)

Is Fire Outbreak Becoming Everyday Disaster? Emerging Trends in Lagos by Oluwasinaayomi

Faith Kasim (University of Ibadan, Nigeria)

Evaluating Female Crime in the Slums of Lagos by Adeola Lawrence-Badeji (University of

Lagos, Nigeria)

From Marketplace to No Man’s Land: An Existentialist Reflection on Identity in AJ City by Tony

Okeregbe (University of Lagos, Nigeria)


Session 4C: Room B212

Space and Human Bodies in History and Social Change

Moderator: Soji Oyeranmi (Olabisi Onabanjo University)


Mapping Lagos: Cycles of Destruction and Reconstruction, 1845-1852 by Ademide Adelusi- Adeluyi (University of California-Riverside/Rice University, USA)

Geographies of Prostitution: The Transformation of Sexual Trade and Urban Space in Lagos since 1914 by Mfon Ekpootu (University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria)

Grave Reservations: Ikoyi, Decolonisation and Nigerian Literature by Tim Livsey (Leeds

Beckett University, UK)

Animating Spaces: The Transformation of Colonial Prison to Freedom Park in Lagos by

Monsuru Muritala (University of Ibadan, Nigeria)

From Aftercare to Juvenile Labour Exchange: The Politics of Young School Leavers Unemployment Problem in Lagos, 1910s-1950s by Uyilawa Usuanlele (State University of New York, USA)


Session 4D: Room B311

Popular Culture and Orality: The City and Its Creative Energies

Moderator: Aduke Gomez (Independent Scholar; Aduke Gomez Consulting, Nigeria)


Un-African Moves: Dance and Inventiveness in Nigerian Hip-Hop by Dotun Ayobade

(University of Texas at Austin, USA)

Lagos: Music and the Postcolonial Metropolis by Stephen Olabanji Boluwaduro (University of

Ibadan, Nigeria)

A Linguistic Contextualisation of Songs as Meaning Potential in Lagos Culture by Adeyemi

Daramola (University of Lagos, Nigeria)

Utilisation of Ewi (Oral Chant) in the Political Civilisation of Yoruba People by Busayo

Anthony Olarotimi (Adekunle Ajasin University, Nigeria)


Session 4E: Room B308

Teaching and Writing History and International Relations in Lagos (Part I)

Moderator: Oliver Coates (University of Cambridge, UK)


Writing the City: A Review of the Works of Professor A. A. Lawal on Lagos from Pre-Colonial

Times by Edmund M. Chilaka (University of Lagos, Nigeria)

Ayodeji Olukoju on Colonial Lagos by Tunde Decker (Osun State University, Nigeria)

Rejigging Social History of Africa: Themes in Olufunke Adeboye’s     Historical Scholarship by

Mutiat Titilope Oladejo (University of Ibadan, Nigeria)


Session 4F Room B307

Cyberspace Lagos: Technology, Narratives, and Online Communities

Moderator: Kola Tubosun (YorubaName.com, Nigeria)

Using Public Art and Digital Media to Inspire Innovations in Teaching and Civic Engagement

by Shola Ajayi (UR4Africa.com, Nigeria)

Old Wine in New Bottles: The Tale of the ASIRI Brand by Damola Ogundele Oladele (ASIRI Magazine, Nigeria)

Mapping the Discourse of Lagos Megacity on Cyberspace: A Digital Technology Approach by

Tunde Opeibi (University of Lagos, Nigeria)

Future Lagos Online: Bridging the Gap Between Communities and Environments by Olamide

Udoma (Future Lagos, Nigeria)


1:30-2:30                                Lunch: J.P. Clark Center



3:00- 4:30               Session 5: Simultaneous Panels

Session 5A: Room B307

Religion and the Politics of Identity

Moderator: Danoye Oguntola-Laguda (Lagos State University, Nigeria)


Of Religious Rights and Secularity: The Hijab Contention in Lagos by Mustapha Adebayo Bello

(Lagos State University, Nigeria)

A Critical Examination of Government Intervention in Religious Practice(s) in Lagos by Festus

Funmi Daramola (Lagos State University, Nigeria)

Lagos: The Melting Point of African Traditional Religion and the Other Foreign Religions by

Philomena U. Ofuafo (University of Lagos, Nigeria)

Religious Expressions and Noise Pollution: The State as the Moral Arbiter by Adeolu Oluwaseyi

Oyekan (Lagos State University, Nigeria)


Session 5B: Room B308

The Transformation of Lagos Neighborhoods and Communities

Moderator: Taibat Lawanson (University of Lagos, Nigeria)


From Obscurity to a Transformed Community: Historicizing Continuity and Change in Transformation of Isawo Community, Lagos, 1904-2016 by Friday Aworawo (University of Lagos, Nigeria)

Mortality Patterns of the Working Age-group in Cosmopolitan Lagos by Olubusayo B.

Ogunsemoyin and Funke Fayehun (University of Ibadan, Nigeria)

Living History: How Landmarks Shape Our Perception of Cities by Kola Tubosun

(YorubaName.com, Nigeria)

Face-Me-I-Face-You and the Dual Land Regime: The Ordinary Urban Neighborhoods of Lagos

by Lindsay Sawyer (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)


Session 5C: Room B401

Nollywood and Theatre: Expressive Culture and Performance On Stage and On Screen (I)

Moderator: Jesse Weaver Shipley (Dartmouth College, USA)


Lagos Urban Growth and the Challenges of Behaviour Change: Theatre for Development to the

Rescue by Olusola Smith Adeyemi (University of Lagos, Nigeria)

Exploring Cinema Audience Experiences in Lagos by Añulika Agina

(Pan-Atlantic University, Nigeria)

“Mi Ò Ní Choice”: Performing the Arts of Citizenship in Lagos by Ying Cheng (Peking

University, China)


Session 5D: Room B107


Global Lagos: Seamen, Maritime, and Ports

Moderator: Olisa Godson Muojama (University of Ibadan, Nigeria)


From River Ports to Deep-Sea Ports: Transitions in the Lagos Ports Industry, 1913-2013 by

Edmund Chilaka (University of Lagos, Nigeria)

Historicising Space in Lagos: Conducting Oral History with Nigerian Seamen by Lynn Schler

(Ben Gurion University, Israel)

On the Eve of Independence: Labour Education, the Nigerian Seamen and the Future of the

Maritime Economy by Hakeem Ibikunle Tijani (Adeleke University, Nigeria)


Session 5E: Room B212

Digital Lagos: Media and Knowledge Production

Moderator: Tunde Opeibi (University of Lagos, Nigeria)

Digital Directing Trends in Lagos: An Examination of Bolanle Austen-Peters’ “Wakaa”: The

Musical by Damian Probity Enyaosah (University of Lagos, Nigeria)

Media Urbanism: Screen Media as an Archive of Lagos by Connor Ryan (University of the West

Indies, Jamaica)

From the Atlantis to Lagos: A Return Journey of Yoruba’s Indigenous Digital Artificial

Intelligence (Ifa) by J.O. Akin Sofoluwe (University of Lagos, Nigeria)




Session 5F: Room B311

Literature, Creativity, and Youth Literacy in Contemporary Lagos

Moderator: Ademide Adelusi-Adeluyi (University of California-Riverside/Rice University, USA)


Lagos Narratives: Children’s Literature in a Nation of Reluctant Readers by Adamma Okonkwo

(Golden Egg Academy Press, UK)

Creating a Literacy Culture in Urban Schools in Lagos through Interdisciplinary

Connections by Adetola Salau (Carisma4U Education Foundation, Nigeria)

Taking the Plunge – Running a Viable Publishing Business in a City that Does Not Read by

Eghosa Imasuen (Narrative Landscape Press, Nigeria)





5:00- 600        Dinner: J.P. Clark Center


Day 3: June 17


8:30-9:30                                Breakfast: J.P. Clark Center


10:00-11:30            Session 6: Simultaneous Panels


Session 6A: Room B307

Historical Transformation of Lagos Society, Economy, and Politics

Moderator: Jody Benjamin (University of California-Riverside, USA)


Monetary Policy and Usages in the Colony of Lagos 1880-1906 by Bamidélé Aly (Panthéon- Sorbonne University, France)

Press, Debates about Prestige and Shame by Lagosian Muslims in the Early 20th Century by

Sara Katz (University of Michigan, USA)

Planning Regulations and Implementation Mechanisms in Post- Colonial Lagos by Akeem

Oladiti (Ladoke Akintola University, Nigeria)

From Local Community to Modern Conurbation: The Development of Lekki Peninsula of

Lagos from 1950 to 1981 by Habeeb Sanni (Lagos State University, Nigeria)


Session 6B: Room B308

Literary Production, Linguistic Patterns, and Language Communities

Moderator: Allen Xiao (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)


The Child, Culture Shock in a Multicultural, Multilingual Context: A Case of Toni Kan’s Short

Stories by Bose Afolayan (University of Lagos, Nigeria)

Interrogating Urban Figuration in the African Novel: Binwell Sinyangwe’s A Cowrie of Hope and Amma Darko’s the Housemaid by Lola Akande (University of Lagos, Nigeria)

Lagos in Igbo Literature by Ebele Okafor and Ada Anyachebelu (University of Lagos, Nigeria)

Lagos in Achebe’s Novels/Achebe’s Novels in Lagos by Solomon Omatsola Azumurana

(University of Lagos, Nigeria)

Communicating Across Languages: Urban Interactional Patterns of Linguistic Communities in Lagos by Augustine Uzoma Nwagbara and Ayo Yusuff (University of Lagos, Nigeria)

Session 6C: Room B311

Religion: Global, Linguistic, and Literary Dimensions

Moderator: Olufunke Adeboye (University of Lagos, Nigeria)


Linguisicm: Investigating the Anglicisation of Catholic Worship in Lagos State by Carol

Anyagwa (University of Lagos, Nigeria)

Sango, the Dream of Lagos, and Contested Naija Modernities by Carli Coetzee and Rotimi

Fasan (School of Oriental and African Studies, UK; Osun State University, Nigeria)

Building Lagos State: The Role of Language in Commercial and Religious Discourse by

Beatrice Oreoluwa (University of Lagos, Nigeria)


Session 6D: Room B212

The Challenges of Urbanization

Moderator: Akeem Ayofe Akinwale (University of Lagos, Nigeria)


Health Policy Paralysis in Nigerian Cities: The Implications for the Health and Wellbeing of Children of the Poor in Lagos and Ibadan by Tunji Omotoso and Babatunde Amoo (Oyo State College of Education, Nigeria; UNISA, South Africa)

Urban Water Poverty in Lagos: Policy Gaps and Community Responses by Taibat Lawanson, Pascale Hofmann, and Adriana Allen (University of Lagos, Nigeria; University College, London, UK)

Reconstructing the Historical Land-Water Interphase and Impacts of Reclamation on the Island of Lagos by Mayowa Fasona (University of Lagos, Nigeria)

Working Conditions among Building Construction Workers in Lagos by Olasunmbo

Ayanfeoluwa Olusanya (University of Lagos, Nigeria)


Session 6E: Room B107

Art, Language, and Performance

Moderator: Erlend Paasche (University of Oslo, Norway)


Global Sublimation of Regional Specific: Lagos as Muse to the Nigerian Poets of all Traditions

by Charles Terseer Akwen (University of Lagos, Nigeria)

Space, Time and Diaspora Art: An Extension of Neo-Romanticism in Wole Lagunju’s Painting of

Gelede by Sola Ogunfuwa (University of Lagos, Nigeria)

Lagos and Romantic Behaviour: Through the Textual Analysis of Two European Plays by Wale

Tiamiyu (University of Lagos, Nigeria)




Session 6F: Room B401

Nollywood and Theatre: Expressive Culture and Performance On Stage and On Screen (2)

Moderator: Añulika Agina (Pan-Atlantic University, Nigeria)


A Theatre and A City: Evaluating the Impact of the Nigerian National Theatre Design on Lagos

by Titilayo Aminat Adebayo (University of Lagos, Nigeria)

Showcasing Lagos: New Nollywood’s Reinvention of the African Metropolis by Alessandro

Jedlowski (University of Liege, Belgium)

From the Farmhouse to the City: Inale and Igba Iwase in Nollywood by Felicia Ohwovoriole

(University of Lagos, Nigeria)


11:30- 11: 45   Break


11: 45-1:15             Session 7: Simultaneous Panels




Session 7A: Room B107

Space Management, Social Exclusion, and Public Justice

Moderator: Megan Chapman (Justice Empowerment Initiatives, Nigeria)


Vulnerability turns into Strength: New Forms of Local Governance in Poor, Urban and Informal

Communities and the Role of Architecture by Fabienne Hoelzel (State Academy of Fine

Arts Stuttgart, Germany)

On Forced Evictions, Urban Development and the Right to the City in Lagos: Revisiting the

1990 Maroko Evictions by Taibat Lawanson (University of Lagos, Nigeria)

Everyday Urban Practices Around A Series of Evictions Across Lagos by Eva-Maria Okonofua

(University of Vienna, Austria)

The Politics of Space and Environmental Justice in the City of Lagos by Peter Osimiri

(University of Lagos, Nigeria)




Session 7B: Room B212

Teaching and Writing History and International Relations in Lagos (Part II)

Moderator: Paul Osifodunrin (University of Lagos, Nigeria)


Michael. M Ogbeidi: Business History and the Lagos School of History 1960-2015 by Felix

Ajiola (University of Lagos, Nigeria)

That the Efforts of Our Hero is not In Vain: Professor Olajompo Abayomi Akinyeye’s Contributions to the Transformation of the Lagos School of History by Friday Aworawo (University of Lagos, Nigeria)

David Aworawo, Diplomacy and Development by Olubunmi Olawoyin (University of Lagos, Nigeria)

An Assessment of R.T. Akinyele’s Works by Irene N. Osemeka (University of Lagos, Nigeria)


Session 7C: Room B311

Contradiction and Complexities of Lagos Life

Moderator: Fabienne Hoelzel (State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart, Germany)


From Federal Allocation to Urban Rent: Money and Politics in Lagos State (1979-2016) by

Laurent Fourchard (Sciences Po, France)

The Other Property Ladder: Taxation and Property Rights in Lagos by Olly Owen and Tom

Goodfellow (Oxford University; Sheffield University)

Lagos and the Hermeneutics of Antagonistic Forces by Peter Oni (University of Lagos, Nigeria)

A Historical Study of Youth and Tout Culture in Shomolu Local Government Area, Lagos, 1976-

2015 by Jonah Uyieh (University of Lagos, Nigeria)


Session 7D: Room B401

Book Panel on Paul Ugor’s Nollywood: Popular Culture and Narratives of Youth Struggles in


Moderator: Jesse Weaver Shipley (Dartmouth College, USA)

Añulika Agina (Pan-Atlantic University, Nigeria)

Jonathan Haynes (Long Island University, USA)

Alessandro Jedlowski (University of Turin, Italy)

Chukwuma Okoye (University of Ibadan, Nigeria)

Babatunde Onikoyi (Elizade University, Nigeria)

Connor Ryan (University of the West Indies, Jamaica)

Paul Ugor (Illinois State University, USA)


Session 7E: Room B307


Filming and Designing the City: Lagos and Its Creative Professionals

Moderator: Seke Somolu (Film-maker and Director)


Kemi Adetiba (Producer and Director “The Wedding Party”)

Adeyinka Akingbade (painter, photographer, graphic designer)

Tola Akerele (Interior Designer and Boutique Hotelier)

Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju (Award-winning Actor and Producer)

Kenneth Uphopho (Creative Director of the Lagos Theatre Festival)




1:30-2:30       Lunch: J.P. Clark Center

2:45-4:00                                                  Closing Round-table: Room B401

Eko Akete: Lagos in Yoruba History, Social Life and Imagination

Moderator: Hakeem Ibikunle Tijani (Adeleke University, Nigeria)


Adekunle Alli (Independent Scholar, Nigeria)

Siyan Oyeweso (Osun State University, Nigeria)

Oyeronke Oyewumi (Stony Brook University, USA)

Habeeb Sanni (Lagos State University, Nigeria)

Olasupo Shasore SAN (Partner, Africa Law Practice, Nigeria)


4:00- 5:00       Room B401

Feedback and Synthesis

LSA General Business Meeting

Presentation of Distinguished Scholar Award

5:00-6:00       Dinner at J.P. Clark Center

June 18: Departure!

Thank You for Participating at the 2nd Annual Lagos Conference