Tejumola Olaniyan

Tejumola Olaniyan, scholar of African literature, has passed on.

Nigerian Scholar Tejumola Olaniyan died of heart failure in Madison, Wisconsin, the USA on Saturday, November 30, 2019.

Tejumola Olaniyan was an internationally-recognized scholar of African, African American, and Caribbean literatures, post-colonial studies, genre studies and popular culture studies, whose distinguished body of work serves as a foundation for other scholars around the world in African and Diasporic studies. Olaniyan’s academic homes at the University of Wisconsin–Madison included the departments of English and African Cultural Studies.

His works included Arrest the Music!: Fela and His Rebel Art and Politics (2004, 2009; nominated for Best Research in World Music by the Association for Recorded Sound Collections in 2005) and Scars of Conquest/Masks of Resistance: The Invention of Cultural Identities in African, African American and Caribbean Drama (1995). He was co-editor of African Literature: An Anthology of Criticism and Theory (2007, with Ato Quayson), African Drama and Performance (2004, with John Conteh-Morgan), and African Diaspora and the Disciplines (2010, with James H. Sweet).

“Teju was a brilliant scholar and an extraordinarily dedicated mentor to graduate students and junior colleagues. We are losing an adventurous interdisciplinary thinker and a colleague and friend revered for his humanity. His wisdom and intellectual generosity lifted us all,” said English Department Chair Anja Wanner at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

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