Foremost Nigerian professor dies in America

Tejumola Olaniyan, a professor of African Languages and Literature, died Saturday at his home in Wisconsin-Madison, USA.

He just turned 60 years last April.

TJ, as he was known to friends and colleagues, got his Bachelor and Master degrees from University of Ife (Obafemi Awolowo University) in 1982 and 1985 respectively. He got a second Master degree and his PhD from the University of Cornell in 1989 and 1991.

His teaching career spread through many universities from Ife through University of Virginia to University of Wisconsin-Madison where he was the Louise Durham Mead Professor of English & Wole Soyinka Professor of the Humanities.

A consummate scholar of African Literary and Cultural Studies, TJ’s research interests spanned African American and Caribbean literatures, genre…

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