Partners and Advisors

This project relies on the support and collaboration from our advisors and various international partners: Bayero University, University of Lagos, and University of Wisconsin Madison.

The ArtoP Advisory Board Members



Prof. Abdalla Adamu

Prof. Abdalla Uba Adamu, holds double professorships in Science Education (1997) and Media and Cultural Communication (2012) from Bayero University Kano, Nigeria. His main research focus is on transnational media flows and their impact on the transformation of Muslim Hausa popular culture especially in literature, film, music and performing arts. He is the creator of the Foundation for Hausa Performing Arts(Kano, Nigeria) whose main focus is archiving traditional performing arts heritage of the Muslim Hausa. He has also developed courses on digital cultures and promotes netnography as a research methodology in documenting Hausa media ethnographies. He is the Chairman of a research cluster based in Bayero University Kano that discusses issues of Visual Anthropology.

His recent research focus is technology and the new media use among the urban Hausa, and transnational media flows and their impact on the transformation of Muslim Hausa popular culture especially in literature, film, music and performing arts. He is the creator of the Foundation for Hausa Performing Arts (Kano, Nigeria at ) whose main focus is archiving traditional performing arts heritage of the Muslim Hausa. He categorizes his research as falling in the domain of media anthropology.

His recent publications include ‘The Remediation of Events: 9/11 in Nigerian Videos.’ In H. Behrend & T. Wendl (Eds.), 9/11 and its Remediations in Popular Culture and Arts in Africa (pp. 39-57). Berlin: Lit.Verlag; and ‘The Beggar's Opera: Muslim Beggar-Minstrels and Street Oral Poetry Theatre in Northern Nigeria.’ In T. F. Deubel, S. M. Youngstedt & H. Tissières (Eds.), Saharan Crossroads: Exploring Historical, Cultural, and Artistic Linkages between North and West Africa (pp. 195-216). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.


Dr Ganiyu A. Jimoh  holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, specializing in African visual culture and politics with focus on political cartoons. His research has attracted significant awards including the prestigious University of Lagos Best Researcher Award in Arts and Humanities in 2011. He also received a research grant to conduct part of his Ph.D. research at the African Studies Centre and Special Cartoon Collection Unit, Michigan State University, USA in 2015. He teaches Graphics Design and Art History at the department of Creative Arts, University of Lagos, Nigeria. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Fine Art Department, Rhodes University, South Africa. Ganiyu, whose pen name is Jimga, is also a cartoonist with local and international exhibitions to his credit. He serves as the Secretary of Cartoonists Association of Nigeria (CARTAN).

Peter Limb

Peter Limb is emeritus professor, Michigan State University, where he was honoured as a University Distinguished Faculty, and is a Research Fellow at the Gender and Africa Studies Centre, University of the Free State. Dr Limb has published widely on African Studies, including satire and cartoons, South Africa, African journalism, history, digitization, archives and ethics, anti-apartheid movements, and Swaziland. His books include, Taking African Cartoons Seriously: Politics, Satire, and Culture, edited with Teju Olaniyan (East Lansing, Michigan, 2018), The People’s Paper: A Centenary History & Anthology of Abantu-Batho (Johannesburg, 2012), Autobiography & Selected Works of A.B. Xuma (Cape Town, 2012), The ANC’s Early Years (Pretoria, 2010), Grappling with the Beast: Indigenous South(ern) African Responses to Colonialism, 1840–1930 (Leiden, 2010) and Nelson Mandela (Westport, 2008). His articles appear in such journals as Journal of Southern African Studies. He serves on the board of the Oxford Online Encyclopedia of African History, Historia and (until recently) Review of African Political Economy. Current research includes a book on the political culture of the Free State. He served on the Herskovits Award Judging Committee of the African Studies Association (U.S.) for the best book in African Studies, co-chaired the Association of Concerned African Scholars, and coordinated the African Activist Archives. He co-hosts the popular scholarly podcast series ‘Africa Past & Present’ ( with leading Africanists. Since 2017, he has been President of the African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific.

Tejumola Olaniyan

Prof. Tejumola Olaniyan is the Louise Durham Mead Professor of English, African, and African Diaspora cultural studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He received his BA and MA from the Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria, and PhD from Cornell University. He taught at the University of Virginia from 1991 to 2001. He was chair of the Department of African Cultural Studies, UW Madison, from 2015-2018, and directs the African Diaspora and the Atlantic World Research Circle (ADAWRC). He is Editor in Chief of Journal of the African Literature Association (JALA). His publications include Scars of Conquest/Masks of Resistance: The Invention of Cultural Identities in African, African American and Caribbean Drama (Oxford UP, 1995), and Arrest the Music! Fela and His Rebel Art and Politics (Indiana UP, 2004). He is also editor or co-editor of Taking African Cartoons Seriously (MSU Press, 2018); State and Culture in Postcolonial Africa: Enchantings (Indiana UP, 2017); Audible Empire: Music, Global Politics, Critique (Duke UP, 2016); African Literature: An Anthology of Criticism and Theory (Blackwell, 2010); and African Drama and Performance (Indiana UP, 2004).  He runs the web encyclopedia,


David Pratten

Prof. David Pratten joined the African Studies Centre in 2005-06. He is a social anthropologist and his post is a joint appointment with the Institute of Social Anthropology. He studied at Oxford, Manchester and SOAS, and previously taught at the universities of Edinburgh and Sussex.

David's research is based on a long-term engagement with Annang villagers in south-eastern Nigeria and focuses on themes of history, violence and the state. The focus of his initial work was an historical ethnography of colonialism which focused on the events surrounding a series of mysterious deaths in south-eastern Nigeria during the late 1940s. More recently his research has examined issues of youth, democracy and disorder in post-colonial Nigeria with a particular focus on vigilantism and new masquerade performances.


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