Adéjoké Rafiat Adétòrò

Contact: adejokeiyabadan(at)

Adéjoké Rafiat Adétòrò is a REMOBOKO Junior Research Fellow at the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin, and a research fellow at the French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA-Nigeria). She is writing a PhD in History at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria on the topic “Religiosity and Higher Education at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, 1948–2010”.

Her PhD project examines religiosity and higher education at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria within the context of (re)emergence of religiosity on university campuses and the attempt to de-secularize higher education institutions. Through a study of the evolution and growth of religiosity at the University of Ibadan, this work will examine the reframing of the geographies of the university and the introduction of new religious cultural forms. It raises a fundamental question of how and why religiosity has become a significant part of the university culture. Specifically, the study will interrogate the nature of religious traditions on campus, how religiosity as a phenomenon evolved and has been institutionalized in this setting and what are the implications of these trends for the intellectual climate and social life of the university. The study will engage ethnographic and historical research methods for data collection and will also adopt a multidisciplinary approach to analyze and contextualize the research data.

Among her publications

Blog Posts

  • If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? Religiosity and the concept of Holistic Education in Higher Educational Institutions in Nigeria

    By Adéjoké Rafiat Adétòrò Introduction  From 1 – 3 of July 2019, I attended the 9th Toyin Falola Annual International Conference on Africa and the Africa Diaspora (TOFAC) held at the Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria. The theme of the conference was ‘Religion, the State and Global Politics’. Coincidentally, there was a particular panel session…

  • On the Tarmac, Waiting for Take-off

    By Adéjọkẹ́ Rafiat Adétòrò & Vincent Favier It is unclear why and when people started naming this unspectacular place at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, like this. The tarmac is a flat, large, tree-lined and well asphalted parking space, that officially belongs to the adjoining Chapel of the Resurrection, traditionally dominated by Anglican and Methodist denominations.…

  • Socially Distant, Spiritually Connected: Religious activities on the University of Ibadan campus amid the coronavirus pandemic

    By Adéjọkẹ́ Rafiat Adétòrò The outbreak of COVID-19 has caused many changes in various spheres of human life and institutions, including religious and educational ones, that are central to human and social relations around the world. Religious centres on many university campuses in Southwest Nigeria organize activities for the members of their immediate and host…


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