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The Yoruba of Nigeria

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The Yoruba are one of Nigeria's and Africa's largest cultural and language groups. Listen and join in the converstaion with Dr. Akinwumi Ogundiran. Dr. Ogundiran is an archaeologist and historian. We will discuss his forthcoming book, The Yoruba: A New History, set to be released November 2020 by Indiana University Press.

Dr. Akin Ogundiran is Chancellor’s Professor, and Professor of Africana Studies, Anthropology & History at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte where he also served as chair of the Africana Studies Department from 2008 to 2018. He previously taught in the Department of History at Florida International University, Miami and served as director of the institution’s African-New World Studies, 2006-2008. His teaching career began in Nigeria where he taught at the University of Benin, among others.

Dr. Ogundiran is currently leading a long-term research project on the archaeology and historical legacies of the Oyo Empire, one of the largest political formations in West African history.