Dr Tunde Decker

Living the self: marginality to mainstream in Lagos colonial urbanity

Funding period: 1 October 2019 – 1 April 2020
Type of funding: International Fellowship

Dr Tunde Decker is a senior lecturer in the Department of History and International Studies, Osun State University, Nigeria. He is interested in social history, particularly the history of the underclass and the social dynamics that impact their patterns of livelihood. This includes the paradigms of development that affect the life trajectories of underdogs at the micro and macro levels.

He was Africa-Oxford (Af-Ox) Fellow of the Africa-Oxford Initiative, and Visiting Scholar at the African Studies Centre, School of Area and Global Studies, University of Oxford and Leventis Fellow and Visiting Scholar at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is Fellow of the Ife Institute of Advanced Studies and the Lagos Studies Association and has held travel grants of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council in Canada. He is author of Matrix of Inherited Identity: A Historical Exploration of the Underdog Phenomenon in Nigeria’s Relationship Strategies 1960 -2011 and A History of Aviation in Nigeria 1925-2005.

As a USF International Fellow, Dr Decker will spend six months working with Professor Wale Adebanwi at the African Studies Centre in the School of Global and Area Studies, University of Oxford.

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