The current Director of the Institute is Félix Ayoh’OMIDIRE, he is an Associate Professor of Brazilian and Afro-Latin-American Literary and Cultural Studies. He teaches at the Department of Foreign Languages of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife. He has taught as Exchange and Visiting Professor of Yoruba and Afro-Latin-American and Caribbean Identity studies in different universities including the Universidade Federal da Bahia, Salvador in Brazil and the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, in Germany. His research interest and focus centres on the Yoruba worldview and the Construction of Cultural Identities in Afro-Latin-American and Caribbean Societies such as Brazil, Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago, Colombia, Haiti, Santo Domingo, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Venezuela and the USA.
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Curator, Martin Aworinlewo Odeyemi Museum of Antiquities and Contemporary African Art.
Akin Adejuwon has been the Curator of the Martin Aworinlewo Odeyemi Museum of Antiquities and Contemporary African Art, an integral component of the Institute of Cultural Studies since 2007. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Arts from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, an M.A. in African Studies from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and an M. Phil. in Cultural History from the same institution. The core of his research is in the interpretation of pre- colonial Yoruba history through the visual and performative arts of the Yoruba palaces. He is currently working on his P.HD thesis. His area of studio specialization is Graphic Design and Production of 2-D (Disney type) Cartoon Animation.
Between 2014 and 2017, Akin Adejuwon was on national assignment in Abuja where he served meritoriously as the Artistic Director / C.E.O. (Director-General) of the National Troupe of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
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Dr. Seyi Ogunjobi is the current Artiste-in-Residence and Research Fellow of the Institute of Cultural Studies. He is a multi-talented artist: story teller, painter, textile artist, stage designer and theatre practitioner. He earned his PhD from the University of Leeds with a specialization in theatre. He has worked as a teacher, translator, curator, arts consultant and facilitator of education programs. He has to his credit, many solo and collaborative art exhibitions in the U.K. (Leeds, Banbury, Azlesbury, Leicester, London, etc) as well as other parts of Europe and America.
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Mr. Oladimeji Awelewa, an Artist Grade I, holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dramatic Arts, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife. He specialises in Technical Theatre and is currently in charge of technical matters in the Institute.