POSTPONED: Nigeria in the World Seminar (Hybrid)


Wednesday, November 9, 2022, 12:00pm to 2:00pm


Hybrid Event

Please note: This event has been rescheduled for November 16, 2022.

"A Conversation on Nigerian Youth Perspectives on the Future of Nigeria"

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Jacob K. OluponaFaculty Associate. Professor of African Religious Traditions, Harvard Divinity School; Professor of African and African American Studies, Department of African and African American Studies, Harvard University.


Jacob Olupona

Darren Kew

Co-sponsored by the Center for Peace, Democracy, and Development (CPDD), UMass Boston.

This is a hybrid event. Please click the "Read More" link for full instructions on how to attend this seminar.

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How are Harvard and UMASS Nigerian students viewing key trends back home, and how are they viewing the country’s future and their own place in it? Where do today’s Nigerian youths see the country going, and what role will they play? Prof. Olupona will act as discussant with several Harvard and UMASS graduate students from Nigeria, to get their perspectives on key social, political, economic, and cultural trends in the country.

Discussant Bio:

Jacob K. Olupona is Professor of African Religious Traditions, Harvard Divinity School, and Professor of African and African American Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. He studied at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and Boston University where he received his PhD in Comparative Religion. He is currently working on a new ground-breaking study of the explosive growth of evangelicalism across all branches of Christianity, expanding the current discourse that is largely focused on Pentecostalism by identifying its effecton, and place in the larger context of Nigerian Christianity and society.

Olupona received a honorary doctorate in divinity from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife and the University of Abuja, Nigeria. In 2008 he was awarded the highest distinction the Nigerian government bestows on civilians, the Nigerian National Order of Merit, and he was inducted into the Nigerian Academy of Letters in 2015. In October 2015, he was honored with the Reimar Lust Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany.

 He has authored and edited several books, including Kingship, Religion, and Rituals in a Nigerian Community: A Phenomenological Study of Ondo Yoruba Festivals, which has been used for ethnographic research among Yoruba-speaking communities.