How To Develop the Nigerian Economy with Prof. Olutayo Adesina, University Of Ibadan, Nigeria

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In this episode of Obehi Podcast, we look into the old good conversation “development in Nigeria”. In 2010, I wrote a book that talked about the basics of this topic, and it was titled (Underdevelopment in Africa – my hands are clean). Claim Your Content Creation Checklist.

Today, I am privileged to talk about the same argument with a university professor, hoping to get better answers than I could get then. Prof. Olutayo Adesina is going to be joining us via skype from Ibadan, Nigeria.

Some Key Points In This Episode

  • The model of Nigerian/African development,
  • Some developmental models in pre-colonial Nigeria,
  • The potential for development in Nigeria.

The Full Interview With Prof. Olutayo Adesina

About The Guest: Prof. Olutayo Adesina

Professor Olutayo Charles Adesina is the current Head, Department of History, Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He is also a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters (FNAL), the apex organization of humanistic scholars in Nigeria. Between 2015 and 2018, he was the Director, Centre for General Studies, University of Ibadan. Prof. Adesina has carved a niche for himself as a scholar and historian.

In 1994, he was a Grantee of the United States Information Agency at the Boston College, Massachusetts, U.S.A. In 2008, he was Guest Editor, Journal of Global Initiatives (Special Edition on Globalization and the Unending Frontier, Vol.3 No.2, 2008), Institute for Global Initiatives, Kennesaw State University, Georgia, U.S.A

Prof. Adesina has been a recipient of several other distinguished international visiting Fellowship Awards, including the Fellowship of Salzburg Seminar, Austria; Atlantic History Seminar, Charles Warren Center, Harvard University; the African Visiting Fellow, Rhodes Chair of Race Relations, St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, U.K.; and, Fellow, Institute of Advanced Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.

He has also been a Visiting Professor at Kennesaw State University, Georgia, USA. In October 2019, Prof. Adesina was the Distinguished Visiting Guest Lecturer at the Centre for African Studies, Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai, China.

His publications include “A Terrain…Angels Would Fear to Tread”: Biographies and History in Nigeria”, Southern Journal of Contemporary History, Vol. 45 No. 1, June 2020; Oyo: History, Tradition, and Royalty. Essays in Honour of His Imperial Majesty the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba (Dr.) Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III. Ibadan, Ibadan University Press, 2021. 201pp (edited with Siyan Oyeweso).

His most current publication (with Martin Gutmann) is: ‘Historicizing Production, Innovation, and Infrastructure, from the Industrial Revolution to Contemporary African Strategies of Industrialization” in Martin Gutmann and Daniel Gorman, Before the UN Sustainable Development Goals: A Historical Companion (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2022).

Prof. Adesina is the current Editor of Africa Review; an interdisciplinary academic journal published by Brill, The Netherlands.

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