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What is it?

The Summer Institute is one of the first initiatives of the Olupona Foundation and served as a catalyst for its larger project to build and develop Nigeria’s first Institute of Advanced Studies.

In collaboration with the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria, the Foundation hosted the first Summer Institute in 2017; a two-week summer program on The Knowledge Society and the Challenges of Doing Research in Africa: Theoretical Perspectives and Methodological Approaches.

What are the goals of the Summer Institute

The main goal of the summer residential program is to facilitate and foster innovative research of young scholars in the academy, particularly those in the humanities and social sciences, by exposing them to relevant theoretical and methodological tools in their respective disciplines.

The program is also aimed at encouraging the participation of senior and junior scholars in interdisciplinary research and in various areas of knowledge by providing them with access to a strong infrastructure to carry on important research.

Finally, another objective of the Summer Institute is to foster deliberations about how to shape Nigeria’s future through scholarships and establishing a network of non-university intellectuals, Nigerian and African society thought-leaders and civil servants.

Information about the administrators:

The goal of the summer residential program is adminstered by the following indivuals:



  • Professor Jacob K. Olupona, Harvard University and senior scholars from Nigerian Universities.


Program Coordinators:

  • Professor David Ogungbile, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife

  • Professor Olutayo Adesina, University of Ibadan, Ibadan.

For more information, please feel free to contact us so we can put you in contact with the relevant individuals.

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