Tribute for Professor Tejumola Olaniyan

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In Praise of a Scholarly Editor: Tejumola Olaniyan, 1959-2019

In Praise of a Scholarly Editor: Tejumola Olaniyan, 1959-2019

By Adélékè Adéẹ̀kọ́

On Saturday, November 30, 2019 Tejumola Olaniyan died suddenly of an asymptomatic cardiac condition at his home in Madison, Wisconsin, as he was getting ready for a flight to Amsterdam to attend a meeting of the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development. At the time of his passing, Olaniyan, Editor-in-Chief of JALA: Journal of the African Literature Association, was Louis Durham Mead Professor in English and Wole Soyinka Humanities Professor at the University of Wisconsin.

During three decades of university teaching and research in Nigeria and the US, Olaniyan consistently produced matchless studies in diasporic African literatures, cultures performance traditions, and popular arts. He also mentored many scholars who have gone on to stellar careers. Olaniyan rendered exemplary service to institutions that sustain the creation and dissemination of ideas and knowledge on Black culture and literature. In addition to the two years he was Vice President and President, Olaniyan served on the executive committee the African Literature Association for several more. He worked on the governing board of African Studies Association for an extended period of time. He also gave exemplary service on the steering committee of Fagunwa Study Group and as faculty leader at Abiola Irele Seminar in Criticism & Theory at Nigeria’s Kwara State University.

Read the full tribute to Professor Olaniyan.

Photo courtesy of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, African Cultural Studies

The articles below are free-access via this page only up until December 31, 2020.

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The literary critic as political sociologist: Abiola Irele and the postcolonial state in AfricaJournal of the African Literature Association2019
ALA 2014 Presidential Address. Johannesburg, South AfricaJournal of the African Literature Association1012016
The affirmative, the interstitial: Biodun Jeyifo and an inventory of postcolonial theory and criticismJournal of the African Literature Association1212018
Philip Quaque's Letters to London, 1765–1811/Arts of Being Yorùbá: Divination, Allegory, Tragedy, Proverb, PanegyricJournal of the African Literature Association1332019
AfrocentrismSocial Dynamics2121995

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