The current Director of the Institute is Félix Ayoh’OMIDIRE, He is a Professor of Yoruba Diaspora, 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 centre 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. He is the author of YoruBaianidade: oralitura e matriz epistêmica nagô na construção construção de uma identidade afro-cultural nas Américas (Salvador: Editora Segundo Selo, 2020).
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Carnegie/CODESTRIA Visiting Professor
Professor John Ayotunde Isola Bewaji, FJIM, MNAL, is the Carnegie/CODESTRIA African Academic Diaspora Visiting Professor at the Institute of Cultural Studies since June 2021. He is a retired professor of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Department of Language, Linguistics and Philosophy, Faculty of Humanities and Education, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Kingston 7, Jamaica. His principal focus as a Fellow of the Institute of Cultural Studies (Ile-Irúnmole) is to nurture into full operational adulthood the Research Group and Laboratory for African Indigenous Religions, Music and Knowledge – AIRMK conceived as a theoretic and practical effort at salvaging the declining rate of knowledge transfer within a growing competitive artistic, scientific and technological environment through inter- and transdisciplinary research and output dissemination.
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Ag. Curator, Martin Aworinlewo Odeyemi Museum of Antiquities and Contemporary African Art, and The Wole Soyinka Museum
Akin Adejuwon has been the Ag. 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 his also the Curator of the Wole Soyinka Museum since its inception in 2018. 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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Chief Oladimeji Awelewa is a Principal Artist in the Institute. He 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. An experienced technician, he has been very instrumental towards the operationalization and success of the many exhibitions and documentation undertaken by the Institute. Since its inception in 2018, Chief Awelewa has been in charge of the Alagba Adebayo Faleti Library and Documentation Archive domiciled in the Institute. As a man of culture per excellence, Chief Awelewa, who is the Obanurin of Ejiyan-Ekiti, has always acted as a major link between the Institute and traditional institutions.
Chief Olaposi Ogunremi is an accomplished ewi poet, literary historian and dramatist. He was the founder of the famous Olaposi Theatre, an outfit that took many great plays around the major towns of Yorubaland in the 1980s and 90s in the tradition of the Alarinjo Travelling Theatre. He is the author of many novels based on the life and feats of Yoruba heroic figures such as Odùduwà, Oranmiyan, and Moremi Àjàsoro. His other productions include the book: Oriki Ile-Ife ati ti Ogoji Ilú, and the recently launched CD titled Oríkì Agbo-Ilé Ilé-Ife (2021) produced for the Institute of Cultural Studies.
Wole Alade is an accomplished jazz musician who has brought to the Institute a wealth of experience covering over three decades of sojourn and artistic productivity in the USA. A graduate of the then University of Ife before he left the shores of Nigeria for the USA, Wole Alade is a songwriter, singer and multi-talented instrumentalist with a vast exposure to most classical and popular musical genres. As an Artiste-in-Residence at the Institute of Cultural Studies, Wole Alade has deployed his vast experience with notable names in Nigerian popular music such as Lagbaja and Uncle Jimi Solanke to create a blend of afro-jazz performance for the band he has put together for the Institute. He has also recruited talented students of the Department of Music to form a band he calls the ORIsun KONsort. His dream project is to harness his highly diversified repertoire towards the eventual creation and recording of major chants and songs of the principal orisas of the Yoruba pantheon of deities such as Obatala, Osun, Ogun, Oya, Sango, etc. which he has been collecting with different exponents in the course of his residency at the Institute.
Past Research Fellows and Artistes-in-Residence:
Some notable past Research Fellows and Artistes-in-Residence include::
Professor Akinwumi Isola,
Chief Ifayemi Elebuibon (Araba Awo of Osogbo),
Alagba Adebayo Faleti,
Uncle Jimi Solanke,
Alagba Supo Koseemani,
Dr. Oluseyi Ogunjobi.