Dr. Bukola Oyeniyi is assistant professor of history at Missouri State University. His research expertise is on the social and cultural history of Africa, specifically internal migration and human development, social conflicts in composite societies, terrorism, and dress and identity in Yorubaland.
He is the author of Dress in the Making of African Identity: A Social and Cultural History of the Yoruba People and co-author of Africa in Focus: Nigeria.
Industry Expertise (2)
Areas of Expertise (6)
Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study (professional)
Samuel Nkoli Africanist Award, Integrated Regional Network (professional)
New York, NY
Leiden University (the Netherlands): Ph.D., History 2012
University of Ibadan (Nigeria): M.A., History 2003
University of Ibadan (Nigeria): B.A., Classics
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Nigerian Native, MSU Professor Offers New Way of Understanding Terrorism
When the term “terrorism” appears almost daily on TV, radio, or news updates on our phones, the stories are associated with almost-routine violent acts. An assistant history professor at Missouri State University professor asks if what we know about terrorism is the only way to perceive it.
What is dress and what does it say about culture?
Missouri State News online
What is dress? Though many people think of clothing when they hear the term, dress is actually considered, at least by social historians, to be any addition or supplement to the human body. Dr. Bukola Oyeniyi, assistant professor of history, recently published a book focused on how our dress establishes our identity...
Boko Haram: A Springfield Professor Speaks on How to “Tame the Monster”
The presence of Boko Haram in Nigeria and surrounding countries may seem fairly new to Westerners, but the group’s founding dates back to 2002. An MSU history professor will lead a discussion Thursday entitled Boko Haram: Taming the Monster.
Eye to eye or eye for an eye
Dr. Oyeniyi has spent the last 10 years researching the roots of terrorism in West Africa. Looking at the Latin root “terrorem,” which means to instill great fear or dread, and “terrere,” which means to fill with fear or to frighten, he defined terrorism to include individual, group and state activities.
Using “official” documents from the government and Boko Haram and other fundamentalist Islamic groups in Nigeria, this study examines the prognosis of the dialogue option between the Boko Haram fundamentalist Islamist group and the federal government of Nigeria. To ...
Policing the Naked Body, Fertility, and Sexuality in Yorubaland, Nigeria This paper interrogates how Yoruba people of western Nigeria have conceived and continue to conceive nudity, the sexual body, and patterns of deployment of sexual organs for non- ...
Drawing from two generally examples-Yan Daudu (gay) and Karuwai (prostitutes), this paper examines how the boundaries of sex and sexuality were policed in Kano City, Northern Nigeria. As these examples drawn from the City of Kano showed, gays (Yan ...