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Omolade Adunbi

Director of the African Studies Center, Professor of Anthropology and Afroamerican and African Studies, Professor of Law (courtesy), Faculty Associate, Program in the Environment

Office Information:

4757 Haven Hall
phone: 734.615.4339
hours: Fall: Wednesdays 1-3PM Winter: Thursdays 10:00AM-12 Noon

Afroamerican and African Studies


Ph.D., Yale University
M.Phil, Yale
M.A. Yale (African Studies, Concentraion: Politics and Political Economy)
B.A. Philosophy, Ondo State University, Ado-Ekiti


Oil Wealth and Insurgency in Nigeria, Indiana University Press, (2015)

Oil Wealth and Insurgency in Nigeria investigates the myths behind competing claims to oil wealth in Nigeria's Niger Delta. Looking at ownership of natural resources, oil extraction practices, government control over oil resources, and discourse about oil, Adunbi shows how symbolic claims have created an "oil citizenship." He explores the ways NGOs, militant groups, and community organizers invoke an ancestral promise to defend land disputes, justify disruptive actions, or organize against oil corporations. Policies to control the abundant resources have increased contestations over wealth, transformed the relationship of people to their environment, and produced unique forms of power, governance, and belonging.