US Based Nigerian Scholar, Oyeronke Oyewumi, Wins Distinguished Africanist Award

Aisha Abubakar

A Nigerian born gender scholar, Oyewunmi Oyeronke recently bagged the award of The Distinguished Africanist Award of the African Studies Association of the United States. This was contained in a congratulatory message posted on the Facebook page of Lagos Studies Association (LSA) by its president, Prof. Saheed Aderinto. Oyeronke, who is a Professor of Sociology at Stony Brook University in the US, received the notable award which recognizes and honours scholars who have contributed a lifetime record of outstanding achievements in their respective field of African Studies and service to the Africanist community. The writer of various books and articles on African vantage, Oyeronke was deemed fit for this distinguished award as her academic research and writings portray African experiences to illuminate theoretical questions which are important to various disciplines.

The Africanist Award of the African Studies Association of the United States was established in the 1980’s and has had various winners ranging from Ali Mazrui, Frederick Cooper, J.F Ade Ajayi, Sara Berry, Akin Mabogunje to Catherine Coquery-Vidrovitch and Thandika Mkandawire.

Oyeronke Oyewunmi had her undergraduate study at the University of Ibadan before she proceeded to the University of California at Berkeley for her post graduate studies. She has authored various books including Gender Epistemologies in Africa: Gendering Traditions, Spaces, Social Institutions and Identities; African Gender Studies Reader; African Women and Feminism: Reflecting on the Politics of Sisterhood amongst others and has written works on African Women and Feminism: Reflecting on the Politics of Sisterhood, What Gender is Motherhood? Changing Yorùbá Ideals of Power, Procreation, and Identity in the Age of Modernity and many more. She is also a recipient of various fellowships and awards including Rockefeller Fellowships, Ford Foundation grant as well as a Distinguished Book Award in the Gender and Sex Section of the American Sociological Association.

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