Officers (2017-2022)

President: Saheed Aderinto (Western Carolina University, USA)
Vice President: Akeem Ayofe Akinwale (University of Lagos, Nigeria)
Secretary: Yetunde Abosede Zaid (University of Lagos, Nigeria)
Treasurer: Susan Rosenfeld (University of California – Los Angeles, USA)



Saheed Aderinto is Professor of History at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee NC. His book on the history of prostitution in colonial Lagos, When Sex Threatened the State: Illicit Sexuality, Nationalism, and Politics in Colonial Nigeria, 1900-1958 (University of Illinois Press, 2015) won the 2016 Nigerian Studies Association’s Book Award Prize for the “most important scholarly book on Nigeria.” His other books include, Animality and Colonial Subjecthood in Africa: The Human and Nonhuman Creatures of Nigeria (Ohio University Press/New African Hisories Series, 2021); Guns and Society in Colonial Nigeria: Firearms, Culture, and Public Order (Indiana University Press, January 2018); Children and Childhood in Colonial Nigerian Histories (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, edited); African Kingdoms: An Encyclopedia of Empires and Civilizations (ABC-CLIO, 2017, edited); Nigeria, Nationalism, and Writing History (University of Rochester Press, 2010, co-authored); and The Third Wave of Historical Scholarship on Nigeria: Essays in Honor of Ayodeji Olukoju (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012, co-edited). In addition, his works have appeared in leading Africanist and specialist journals including, the Canadian Journal of African Studies; Journal of the History of Sexuality; Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History; History in Africa: A Journal of Method; Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies; Africa: The Journal of the International African Institute; the Journal of Social History; and the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, among others. A Senior Research Fellow of the French Institute for Research in Africa, Aderinto has authored about thirty-five journal articles and book chapters, forty encyclopedia articles, and nineteen book reviews. He sits on the editorial boards of ten international journals and is a member of the “College of Senior Academic Mentors” of CODESRIA’s African Diaspora Support to African Universities Program. He received his B.A in History from University of Ibadan (2004) and Ph.D., in African History from University of Texas at Austin (2010). His on-going book-length project examines the place of animals or human-animal relations in Nigerian history. An avid lover of Apala and Fuji music, Aderinto lives in Waynesville North Carolina with Olamide his wife and two children.




Akeem Ayofe Akinwale is Professor and former Head of Department of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management, and former Sub-Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration, University of Lagos. He earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Lagos State University and doctorate from the University of Ibadan. Between 2002 and 2012, he held full-time and visiting teaching positions at the University of Ibadan, Covenant University, Landmark University, Bowen University, Lagos State University, and Olabisi Onabanjo University—all in Nigeria. He has attended notable conferences and workshops in Africa, Europe, South America, and North America. Akinwale is a peer reviewer and member of the editorial board of several journals, and editor of the Unilag Journal of Employment Relations. He has published journal articles in the fields of Industrial Relations, Human Resource Management, and Development Studies. Akinwale is also the Nigeria consultant for a research consortium comprising Wageningen University of Research (WUR), International Fertilizer Development Centre (IFDC), International Centre for Development-Oriented Research in Agriculture (ICRA), Base of the Pyramid Innovation Centre (BoP), and Association of African Business Schools (AABS).  In addition, Akinwale is a fellow of the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) based in Paris, France. He is a Laureate of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), Senior Research Fellow of the French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA), an Officer of the Nigerian Young Academy, a member of the International Sociological Association (ISA), and Acting Secretary of the Nigerian Industrial and Employment Relations Association.



Yetunde Abosede Zaid is Professor and University Librarian at the University of Lagos Library, Nigeria. She was a Senior Fulbright Fellow at the James S. Coleman Africa Studies Center, University of California-Los Angeles (2016/2017). Zaid earned her bachelor’s degree from Olabisi Onabanjo University and doctorate in library science from the University of Ibadan. Her research interests include information resource management, information service delivery, and gender studies. She is at work on a research project aimed at developing an inclusive tertiary educational and library services delivery policy to visually impaired students in Lagos and Nigeria as a whole. Zaid has over 14 years of professional practice of managing information services to both students and faculty at the University of Lagos. Her works have appeared in leading journals of library and information studies. Zaid is also a member of the  Nigerian Library Association, American Library Association, African Librarians Council, and African Studies Association Women’s Caucus.



Susan Rosenfeld teaches at the University of California-Los Angeles. She recently defended her doctoral research, which focuses on the on-the-ground interactions between Afro-Brazilian retornados and the local Yoruba community in Lagos, Nigeria. It examines how these interactions altered the landscape of Lagos as an urban hub on the Atlantic circuit.