Dasylva Ademola Omobewaji
University of Ibadan
Department of English

Professor of African literature and Oral literature, poet, biographer, literary theorist and critic; coordinator of Ibadan Cultural Studies Group, (a study group for the promotion of excellence in African and African American cultural studies); convener, 2008 Ibadan International Conference on African Literature (IICAL); convener of The Toyin Falola Annual International Conference on Africa and The African Diaspora (TOFAC); Fellow, Salzburg Seminar, Session 374, Austria, 2000. Prof. Dasylva is a native of Ado-Ekiti (Aduloju family), Ekiti State; attended Our Lady & St. Kizito's Catholic Seminary, Ede, Osun State. B.A. Hons, (English) and M.A. (African Literature), University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) Ile-Ife; Ph.D in African Literature, from Nigeria’s premier University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Prof. Dasylva teaches Drama, Poetry, the African Novel, and Oral Literature/Folklore Studies at the Department of English, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. His scholarly publications include, Understanding Wole Soyinka: Death and the King’s Horseman; Studies in Drama; Classificatory Paradigms in African Oral Narrative (a monograph), and co-edited with Prof. Kola Owolabi Forms and Functions of English and Indigenous Languages in Nigeria; co-author (with Dr. Toyin Jegede), Studies in Poetry. His collection of poems, Songs of Odamolugbe won the 2006 ANA/Cadbury National Award for Poetry, and one of the finalists in the 2009 NLNG Literature Award. In March 2009, at the Africa Conference, Professor Ademola Dasylva won the 2009 Distinguished Africanist Award for Research Excellence, University of Texas at Austin, USA. He is well traveled and widely published in local and international scholarly journals.
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