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Faculty History

The Faculty of Arts is one of the oldest academic divisions in the. It is one of the first Faculties established at the inception of the University in 1962. Up till 1975, there were only four Departments - Religious Studies and Philosophy; English, History and Modern European Languages. In 1975, the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy was broken into two Departments: Religious Studies and Philosophy. In the same year, the name of the Department of Modern Languages was changed to Modern European Languages.

Between 1975 and 1976, the following new Departments were created: African Languages and Literatures, Fine Arts, Dramatic Arts, and Music, while the Department of English was broken into three new Departments namely, Literature in English, Language Arts, and Linguistics. Later the name of the Department of Language Arts was changed to Department of English Language, while a new department of Archaeology was created from the Department of History.

Further reorganizations in the 1990s saw the reemergence of the Department of English as in the pre-1975 period. The Department of Fine Arts was relocated to the Faculty of Environmental Design and Management in 1990 while the Department of Archaeology was merged with the Leventis Museum of Natural History. The name of the Department of Modern European Languages was also changed to Department of Foreign Languages. The Institute of Cultural Studies emerged as a centre of intensive research on culture-related topics. In 2007, the name of the Department of African Languages and Literatures was changed to Department of Linguistics and African Languages.

With eight academic Departments and the Institute of Cultural Studies, the Faculty of Arts is one of the largest in the University. Each of the eight Departments runs B.A. degree programmes, Single and Combined Honours. The Department of Foreign Languages runs three B.A programmes (one each for French, German and Portuguese), the Department of Linguistics and African Languages runs two B.A. Programmes (Yoruba, and Linguistics), while the other departments run one B.A. Programme each. Many Departments, including Linguistics and African Languages, Dramatic Arts, Foreign Languages, and Music run sub-degree certificate and diploma programmes. All Departments have viable postgraduate programmes.

The Faculty of Arts started operating the course unit system during the 1978/79 academic year. This led to a total revision of the scope and content of courses in the Faculty at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Our courses continue to benefit from constant review in order to respond to changes and development in the various disciplines.


The faculty houses eight degree programmes. It runs both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in these programmes.

The faculty consisted of the following Departments and Institute:

Dean's Profile

Professor O.M.A. Daramola

Professor O.M.A. Daramola, one of the Nigerian trained Musicologists/Ethnomusicologists and Performers, started his music career at the Oyo State College of Education (now Osun State College of Education) Ilesa. He later joined the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) as a student in the Department of Music and became the first student of the Department to graduate with a First Class Honours in Music and was given the Outstanding Student’s Award by the University. Professor Daramola had all his Degrees from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, and has participated in academic music conferences, symposia, workshops and several other colloquia in Europe, America and other parts of Africa. His scholarship has been influenced by seasoned African and Western scholars and performers of music

Professor Daramola, who is the protagonist of the Performative Musicology theory, is the first Fulbright Scholar from the Department of Music Obafemi Awolowo University. During his Fulbright year at the University of Texas, Arlington, U.S.A., Professor Daramola facilitated a linkage programme between Obafemi Awolowo University and University of Texas, Arlington through which a Professor of music was brought to the Department of Music  O.AU. in 2008  to study Yoruba traditional music. Professor Daramola, apart from being a visiting lecturer and examiner to some Nigerian Public and Private Universities and reviewer to some National and International Music Journals, belong to several professional national and international bodies. Some of these are:

  • United States of America International Alumni Association
  • The Institute of the Study of Islamic Thought in Africa (ISITA), Northwestern University, USA.
  • American Studies Association of Nigeria (ASAN)
  • African Proverbs and Phraseological Society (AFRICAPPS)
  • Pan African Society for Musical Arts Education (PASMAE)
  • Association of Nigerian Musicologists (ANIM)
  • National Association for the Advancement of Knowledge (NAFAK)

Professor Daramola has to his credit forty-one journal articles, one authored and two co-authored books and fifteen creative art works published in reputable national and international outlets. He has supervised Ten Masters and Four PhD candidates with two of them lecturers in Nigerian higher Institutions, one of them a soldier in Nigerian army, and one in the electronic media (TVC Nigeria).

Within and outside the University, Professor Daramola had served and contributed significantly to so many committees. He was a member of the technocrat committee for the compilation and editing of the Hymn Book for Christ Apostolic Church Worldwide – 2005-2008. He led the team for the development of materials for teaching African Music Courses at the University of Texas, Arlington. On invitation by the Director of the Public Library System for the city of Arlington, he presented a public lecture on African and Islamic Musical cultures and traditions at the main Library of the City of Arlington, Texas, U.S.A. Furthermore, Professor Daramola served as the Chairman, Faculty of Arts ’Guest Lecture Committee 2007 to 2019; Acting Head, Department of Music, 2009/2010 Session; a two-term Vice-Dean for 2009/2010 and 2010/2011 Sessions; Head, Department of Music, 2018/2019 Session; member, Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTUs), Obafemi Awolowo University, 2018 till date, a member Ad-Hoc (Senate Special Task Force) Committee on Students’ Examination Results 2012 and 2018 to date; Secretary, African Proverbs and Phraseological Society (AFRICAPPS); and a Staff Adviser to the Federation of Ekiti State Students’ Union and Christ Apostolic Church Youth Fellowship, O.A.U. Branch respectively.

Professor Daramola assumed office as Dean, Faculty of Arts, on 1st August, 2019.

Vice Dean's Profile

Dr Adeniyi, Kolawole, Linguist, poet, and novelist, is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Linguistics and African Languages, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. He teaches Phonetics and Phonology and his research interests include the phonologies of West Benue-Congo Languages, tone systems, and Yoruba language. He has to his credit several articles published in reputable journals within and outside Africa. Dr Adeniyi has won several career awards. These include the Federal Government (of Nigeria) Scholarship Award (2002), the Nigerian Media Merits Awards’ (NMMA) Prize for the Best Money Market Reporter (2007), and Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Scholarship Award (2013-2014 and 2019).
Before joining the services of O.A.U., Dr. Adeniyi worked as a Business Reporter with TELL/Broad Street Journal from 2006 to 2007, Tutorial Assistant for GES 101 – Use of English – at the University of Ibadan from 2007 to 2010, and also as Humanities Editor with BookBuilders/Editions Africa from 2010 to 2011.
Dr Adeniyi’s creative endeavors have also yielded many published titles, which include The Reporter (a novel published by Spectrum Publishers, Ibadan, 2007), The Stranger (a poem published by Litmag at http://nigerianstalk.org/2013/08/11/two-poems-5/, 2013), Somewhere in the Dark (a novel published by New Generation Publishing, London, 2014), and A Voyage into the Street, a short story published in The Quint vol. 10 no. 13, a publication of the University College of the North, Canada, 2018).
Dr. K. Adeniyi assumed office as Vice Dean of the Faculty of Arts on 1st June, 2019 and was returned with effect from 1st July 2020.

Faculty Secretary's Profile

Mrs. Tosan Erero, born on 27th January, 1963 Delta State, Nigeria holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education (English Language, 1991) from the Obafemi Awolowo University. She also has a Master of Business Administration (MBA, 2000) with specialization in Human Resource Management.

Mrs Erero joined the services of the University as an Administrative Officer I on 27th June, 2000 and rose through the ranks to the post of Principal Assistant Registrar on 1st October, 2012. She has worked in the Faculties of Social Sciences, Dentistry, the Bursar’s Office, Directorate of Council Affairs and she is currently the Faculty Secretary, Faculty of Arts.

She is a seasoned administrator and is an Associate Member, Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM). She is also a member of the Association of Nigerian Universities Professional Administration (ANUPA), Member, Corporate Administration Institute, and Member, Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU)

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