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Semiu Adegbenle

BA History & International Studies, Osun State University, Nigeria; MA History, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.


Semiu had his Bachelor in History and International Studies at the Osun State University, Osogbo, and Master's in History at University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. During his Master's program, he was an Erasmus+ exchange student in the Institute of African Studies, Leipzig University, Saxony, Germany. At Ibadan, he wrote a Master’s dissertation on the history of francophone immigrants in Ejigbo, southwestern Nigeria, 1930s-2004. Currently, he is exploring the interplay between ethnic politics, groupmaking, languaging, and diaspora/ migration histories in Togo, a French West African country. Semiu approaches this research interest through colonial archival records, oral history/texts, and materiality. His recent pre-dissertation research to southern Togo was funded by the Northwestern’s Program of African Studies’s (PAS) Panofsky Award, PAS Travel Award, Northwestern Graduate School’s Graduate Research Grant, and Institut Français de Recherche en Afrique (IFRA-Nigeria) Research Grant. He is the author of Living in Southwestern Nigeria: A Biography of Alh. Yekinni Akinlolu Kareem-Ojo.