Oluwakemi Abiodun Adesina

Oluwakemi Abiodun Adesina

Yang Visiting Scholar of World Christianity
Kemi Adesina


  • BA, MA, PhD, University of Ibadan


Oluwakemi Abiodun Adesina is an Associate Professor of History at Redeemer's University, Ede, Osun State, Nigeria. She attended the University of Ibadan (Nigeria), where she obtained her BA (Hons.), MA and PhD degrees in history. Oluwakemi Adesina is currently a Yang Visiting Scholar in World Christianity at the Harvard Divinity School. She is a 2013 Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). Her research interests are Social and Economic History, Youth and Pentecostalism, Gender and Women's History. She is a member of the Historical Society of Nigeria (HSN), the Women's Research and Documentation Centre (WORDOC), Ibadan, Nigeria, and a board member of the International Federation for Research in Women's History (IFRWH). She is currently researching "Christian Youthscapes: Polycentrism and the Shifting Configurations of Transnational Christian Songs in Sub-Saharan Africa." In this study, she attempts to understand the passion generated within the Christian fold in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in Nigeria, within the context of shifting borders in Christian songs and orientations. Youths have exhibited an assortment of indigenous responses to the Christian gospel in an age of great flux. She bases the work on the premise that World Christianity is polycentric. Nigerian Christian Youths have generally exploited this nature as they have expressed openness towards Nigerian cultures to get a meaningful understanding of Christianity and group behaviour in the current age. The work will significantly address and highlight approaches and experiences of World Christianity in a global age. For more information, see the Yang Visiting Scholars in World Christianity page.

See also

  • "Between Culture and Poverty: The Queen Mother Phenomenon and the Edo International Sex Trade," JENDA: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies, 2006.
  • "Modernity, Women Empowerment and Social Change in Ikaleland," African Notes, 2011.
  • "The Northern Nigerian Muslim woman: Between Economic Crisis and Religious Puritanism," African Traditions in the Study of Religion, Diaspora, and Gendered Societies, 2013.
  • "Invoking Gender: The Thoughts, Mission and Theology Of Mary Slessor In Southern Nigeria," Africa In Scotland, Scotland In Africa: Historical Legacies and Contemporary Hybridities, 2014.
  • "The 'Girl-Hawking' War in Colonial Lagos," A History of the Girl: Formation, Education, and Identity, 2018.
  • "Making Sense of Youth Subculture and Counterculture in Twenty-First Century Nigeria," Kaduna Journal of Humanities, 2019.
  • "State and cross-border sex trade in colonial and post-colonial Nigeria," Routledge International Handbook of Sex Industry Research, 2019.
  • "Women and Colonialism Across Africa," The Palgrave Handbook of African Women's Studies, 2020.
  • "A Historical Survey of the Traditional Royal Institution Among the Ikale of Southwestern Nigeria," The Royal Institution in Yoruba Tradition and Popular Culture, 2021.


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