Emmanuel Adeniyi

Emmanuel Adeniyi holds a PhD in African Diaspora Literature from the University of Ibadan. His research focus is on the imperativeness of interrogating the dependence of African researchers on Western paradigms and developing indigenous theories for reading cultural productions in Africa. Dr Adeniyi’s research examines the roles of Western paradigms in African Studies and instantiates how African indigenous knowledges can be systematised and adopted as analytic tools for reading cultural production in Africa. He advocates the application of indigenous thoughts and ideas as logical theoretical perspectives to navigate Africa out of its backwater of underdevelopment reinforced by inappropriate and conflicting foreign-derived paradigms. Dr Adeniyi teaches at the Department of English and Literary Studies, Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria. He received his PhD in African Diaspora Literature from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria, where he researched on the agencies of retention and transformation of continental African culture and correlates of African cultural images in the Americas. His research interest covers Postcolonial Literature, Diaspora/Migration Studies, Oral Literature, Gender Studies, Drag Studies, Literary Stylistics, Film and Media Studies, intersection between music and literature, Nigerian Hip-hop, Memory Studies, Sacred Texts, Social Media Studies, among others. His articles have been published in African Studies, Communicatio: South African Journal for Communication and Theory, Journal of Literary Studies, English Studies, Tydskrift vir Letterkunde, Anglo Saxonica, African Identities, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Afrika Focus, Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, Postcolonial Studies, University of Leeds African Studies Bulletin, ELOPE, and many others. He is also a fellow of Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin, Germany, and World Journalism Institute (WJI), New York, USA.

Dr Adeniyi has research interests in diaspora/migration/gender studies, postcolonial African literature, intersection between music and literature, sacred texts, literary theory and criticism, eco-criticism, oral literature, literary stylistics, among others.

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Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria