This conversation will took place on Thursday 28 October 2021
- Duration: 1.5 Hours
- Format: online
Religious pluralism has long been a defining feature of African identity, nowhere more so than among the Yoruba of West Africa, where Ifa, Islam and Christianity have each contributed to the shaping of national consciousness.
However, in light of the rise of ethno-religious nationalist rhetoric across Africa, and particularly in Nigeria, as well as increasing participation in indigenous religion on the continent and in the diaspora, are we entering a post-tolerance age as Africa seeks to reconcile its multiple identities?
Join us for this highly topical conversation with esteemed Professor of History, Dr Olukoya Ogen of Osun State University, whose 2017 co-edited collection “Beyond Religious Tolerance: Muslim, Christian and Traditionalist Encounters in an African Town”, explores the realities of the pluralist paradigm in Yorubaland.
Dr Ogen will take us through the historic and contemporary relationship between Africa’s three religions; the impact of pluralism on indigenous epistemologies, pedagogies and identity; and his thoughts on the future of religious tolerance as a defining feature of African identity.
- Welcome and Introductions, Apeike Umolu
- Presentation, Dr Olukoya Ogen
- Discussion & Q&A, Dr Olukoya Ogen and Apeike Umolu
Dr Olukoya Ogen is a Professor of History at Osun State University and a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Department of African Studies and Anthropology at the University of Birmingham. He is the Nigerian Co-ordinator of the ‘Knowing Each Other’ ERC grant on ‘Everyday Religious Encounter in Southwest Yorubaland’. He has written extensively on African History including contributions to “Beyond Religious Tolerance – Muslim, Christian and Traditionalist Encounters in an African Town” (2017) and “Critical Perspectives on Peace, Conflict and Warfare in Africa” (2012).
Buy the book
“Beyond Religious Tolerance – Muslim, Christian and Traditionalist Encounters in an African Town” (2017). Insa Nolte, Olukoya Ogen and Rebecca Jones (eds)
Available on Amazon
Frequently Asked Questions
I am not a student or academic, can I still attend a seminar or conversation?
Yes absolutely! Our events are suitable for the general public.
I would like to attend but I may not be able to make the scheduled time, will the event be recorded?
Yes the event will be recorded and will be available to all registrants. Please go ahead and register ahead of the event to ensure you have access to the recording.
Do you have any funding available for those who want to attend events?
Unfortunately we don’t have any funding available at this time but we are actively working on securing funding to support people on low incomes to attend our events.
Where will this event take place?
The event will be on Zoom or a similar platform