Oladapo Ajayi

Junior Fellow


Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies
University of Bayreuth

95440 Bayreuth

(+49)(0) 1590 1468 398 (phone)

Email: dapoajayi2010@gmail.com

Current Project

Fuji Music and Everyday Life in the contemporary Yoruba Urban Space

Research Interests:

Yoruba Language and Literature, African Literature and Culture, Urban Studies, Popular Culture, Popular Music in Nigeria and Anglophone Africa, Poetry, Poetics

Research Country:


Conference Attendances and Paper Presentations

14-15 September 2020 Paper Presentation: “Who Thinks We are Vulgar? Contemporary Yoruba Female Musicians Performing in a Gendered Space” at Junges Forum at Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin, Germany.
June 2019 Paper presentation: “Performance, personhood and self-actualization in an urban social milieu” at the Materiality and spirit: exploring visuality, citizenship and power in urban Africa panel of The 8th European Conference on African Studies (ECAS), University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
June 2018 Conference attendance panels at Vereinigung für Afrikawissenchaften in Deutschland (VAD), Leipzig University, Germany.
May 2018 Paper presentation: “Fuji Music: Reflection on Interconnection in Yoruba’s Social Life at 31st Swahili Colloquium panelists at the BIGSAS Forum for literary scholars, University of Bayreuth, Germany.
12-14 September 2017 Participant at the Ife-Oxford International Early Career Workshop, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.
June 2017                            

Paper Presentation: “An Uncommon Preacher: Contemporary Female singers and Yoruba Christian Identity Transformations”, at the Mediations of Religious Narratives, Representatives and Performed Texts Workshop, Bayreuth, Germany.

April 2017 Conference Participation “G20 Conference’’, Berlin, Germany.
March 2017

35th AGGN Workshop “Intra-state conflict”, Bonn, Germany.

October 2016 Conference participation “Thinking through Concepts / Thinking through Data. Processes of Mediation and Pitfalls in Academic Dealings with African Lifeworlds", Bayreuth, Germany.
Feb-July 2016      

“Un-doing Images - Theory and Practice of Filmmaking” A Certificate Programme By Bayreuth Academy of Advanced Afican Studies and Medien Wissenschaft University of Bayreuth, Germany.

June 2016 Paper Presentation: “Yoruba Ifa Divination: Othello, Hamlet and Macbeth” at the Post-Colonial Shakespeare and Transcultural Knowledge Workshop “, Berlin, Germany.
June 2016 Participant in the African Good Governance Network (AGGN) Workshop “Migration, Refugees & Diaspora”, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
April 2016 Guest Speaker, “Workshop on Good Governance: Follow the Money Initiative” Model African Union (MAU) Conference, Bayreuth, Germany.
December 2015

Participant in the African Good Governance Network (AGGN) Workshop “Governance and Participation”, Stuttgart, Germany.

June 2015

Paper Presentation: "Gender In Motion: An analysis of St. Janet`s Blackberry” at the ALA Annual Conference, Bayreuth, Germany.

Summer School

July 23-August 5 2017

“Ife Summer Institute”, Institute of Advanced Studies, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.


December 2018

Concepts on the Move - In between Pasts, Presences, Absences - and the future.  A documentary-interview-film project by Mariam Popal & Team: Alice Mingqing Yuan, Zoe Dilan Smida, Oladapo Ajayi, Shirin Assa, Weeraya Donsomasakulkij, Elias Poya, Kevin Weiss, Mathias Meeh & Maxmilian Krogol. A production of Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies in cooperation with the Department of Media Studies, University of Bayreuth, Germany.