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Faculty of Arts

Faculty History

The Faculty of Arts is one of the oldest academic divisions in the Obafemi Awolowo University. It is one of the Faculties established at the inception of the University in 1962.

The Faculty started with four academic 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 Department of Modern Languages was changed to Modern European Languages.

In 1990, the Department again changed its name to Department of Foreign Languages. Between 1975 and 1976, the following new Departments were created: African Languages and Literatures, Fine Arts, Dramatic Arts, and Music. The Department of Fine Arts was relocated to the Faculty of Environmental Design and Management in 1990.

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. The Department of Foreign Languages runs three BA programmes – one each for French, German and Portuguese. Many Departments including African Languages and Literatures, Dramatic Arts, Foreign Languages and Music run sub-degree certificate and diploma programmes. All Departments run 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

Prof. G.A. Adeoti - Dean, Faculty of Art

Prof. G.A. Adeoti

Dean, Faculty of Art

Gbemisola Aderemi Adeoti obtained B. A. Dramatic Arts and M. A. Literature in English degrees from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria. He later bagged a Ph D in English from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria.

He was once a Reporter/Researcher with The News Magazine, Lagos, before joining the English Department of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife as a Graduate Assistant where he rose to become a Professor of Literature with effect from Ist October, 2010. His areas of teaching and research include: Dramatic Literature, Poetry, Literary History/Theory and Popular Culture.

Adeoti is the author of Naked Soles (poems), Voices Offstage: Nigerian Dramatists on Drama and Politics, Aesthetics of Adaptation in Contemporary Nigerian Drama, Nigerian Video Film in Yoruba; Co-editor (with Bjorn Beckman) of Intellectuals and African Development: Pretension and Resistance in African Politics, Playwriting in Nigeria Today (with Femi Osofisan); Editor of Muse and Mimesis: Critical Perspectives on Ahmed Yerima’s Drama and African Literature and the Future.

Among his academic awards, Adeoti was a British Academy Visiting Fellow at the Workshop Theatre, School of English, University of Leeds, United Kingdom in 2008 and a Postdoctoral Fellow of the African Humanities Program in residence at the International Institute for Advanced Studies of Culture, Institutions and Economic Enterprises (IIAS), Accra, Ghana from 2009-2010. In 2012, he was awarded the Presidential Fellowship of the African Studies Association (ASA), Philadelphia, in USA.

Adeoti is a member of professional associations such as the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), English Scholars Association of Nigeria (ESAN) and Society of Nigerian Theatre Artistes (SONTA). He served as the Director, Institute of Cultural Studies, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, from 2011 to 2015. He is currently the Dean, Faculty of Arts of the same University.

Vice Dean's Profile

Dr. Famakinwa is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department Philosophy. Before his new Faculty responsibility, he had served as the Head of Department of Philosophy in the 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 academic sessions. He teaches normative issues in ethics and political philosophy. Dr. Famakinwa’s PhD research focused on the debate in Western liberalism and communitarianism. He is the author of ‘The Liberal Common Good’ (Diametros 2007), ‘The Moderate Communitarian Individual and the Primacy of Duties’ (Blackwell 2010), ‘Is the Unexamined Life worth Living or Not?’ (Cambridge University Press 2012), ‘The Communitarian Community Membership and the Support for an Entry Visa’ (Taylor and Francis 2015), ‘Revisiting Community Membership in the New Communitarian Global Community’ (International Association of Greek Philosophy 2016). In 2007-2009, Dr. Famakinwa was a visiting scholar in the Department of Philosophy and Classics, University of Ghana, Legon. In 2013-2014 academic session, he was appointed to serve in the same capacity at the Department of Classics and Philosophy, University of Cape Coast, Ghana. He is a product of IFE School of Analytic Philosophy and a member of several International Philosophical Associations.

Faculty Secretary's Profile

Mr. Kehinde S. O. is the current Faculty Secretary, Faculty of Arts. Before his re-deployment to Faculty of Arts in August, 2016, he was a Deputy Registrar and the University Admissions Officer, the position he held for more than 8 years.

Mr. Kehinde is a product of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile - Ife. He holds a B.A. Degree in Yoruba in 1988, Postgraduate Diploma in Public Administration (PGDPA) and Masters in Public Administration (MPA) in 1992 and 1995 respectively. He is a member of many Professional Organisations, such as Institute of Management (NIM), Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (IPM), Association of Nigeria University Professional Administrators (ANUPA) and Fellow, Institute of Corporate Administrators of Nigeria (ICAN) among others.

Mr. Kehinde, is a seasoned Administrator, he has worked in various Units of the University. He has worked as the Acting Registrar of Crawford University, Igbesa, Ogun State during his one year Sabbatical leave in 2007.

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