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English Language and Linguistics

Taiwo Oloruntoba-Oju, PhD

09107 Chemnitz, Reichenhainer Strasse, zi. 208

Tel: +49 (0) 15216896428



Short Curriculum Vitae

Taiwo Oloruntoba-Oju is a Visiting Alexander von Humboldt Fellow based in the University of Ilorin in Nigeria. He holds a B.A. in English and Christian Studies, an MA in English (Applied Linguistics), an MA in TEFL, and a PhD in English (Stylistics and Semiotics). He has taught courses and supervised students in English Language, African Literature and Applied Linguistics for over two decades. He has also been a fellow of the British Council and of the Nordic Africa Institute.


Research Interests

His research interests include language, society and culture, with representations in language and gender; language, ideology and class relations; urban and youth languages. He has also been interested in communication skills pedagogy and contrastive rhetoric, with representations in writing and in comparative paroemiology. His research is generally rooted in Africanity and Applied Language, with a strong interdisciplinary perspective.


Selected Publications (see CV for full list of publications)


Schmied, J., Oloruntoba-Oju, T. and D. Jolayemi (Eds.) (2017). Pragmatics, linguistics, language and literature: Essays in honour of Professor E.E. Adegbija (forthcoming).

Oloruntoba-Oju, T. and Petersen, Kirsten (Eds.) (2013). Culture and the contemporary African. Sandared, Sweden: Recito Forlag AB/Nordic African Institute), pp. 452.

Oloruntoba-Oju, T. (1998). Language and style in Nigerian drama and theatre. Ibadan: BEN-EL Books, pp. 192.


Oloruntoba-Oju, T. (2017). “Contestant hybridities in African urban/youth languages.” In Hurst-Harosh, Ellen and Erastus, Fridah (Eds.). African Youth Languages: New media, performing arts and sociolinguistic development. London: Palgrave, pp. 151-170.

Oloruntoba-Oju, T. (2017). “Crisis of culture: Towards an African-European paroemiology.” In Sandten, Cecile, Gualtieri, Claudia, Pedretti, Roberto (Eds.). Crisis, Risks and New Regionalisms in Europe. Trier: WVT, pp. 195-218.

Oloruntoba-Oju, T. (2016). “Of revolutionary style and the Festus Iyayi debate.” In Raji, W. and Idaevor, B. (Eds.). An idea we must not forget: A celebration of Festus Iyayi. Ibadan: Kraftbooks, 371-384..

Oloruntoba-Oju, T. (2015). “Plagiarism and communication skills pedagogy.” AMU: Journal of the Humanities, Adekunle Ajasin University2 (1) 23-48.

Oloruntoba-Oju, T. (2015). “Invective in Western and Nigerian literary criticism” The Nasarawa Journal of the Humanities, 5/2:109-135.

Oloruntoba-Oju, T. (2014). “The African protoproverbial in a multipolar world.” African Dynamics in Multipolar World. Lisboa, Portugal: CEI, 2014. 978-989-732-364-5. pp.1698-1729.

Oloruntoba-Oju, T. (2014). “Location of African culture: Beyond Afroscepticism and the new cosmopolitan exotic. In Oloruntoba-Oju and Kirsten Holst Petersen (Eds.) Sandared, Sweden: RecitoForlag AB/Nordic African Institute), 44-61.

Oloruntoba-Oju, T. & Oloruntoba-Oju, O.O. (2013). “Conflicting tropes of gender, sexuality and sexual politics in Nigerian literature: A common ground and critical discourse appreciation.”Intel’Actuel. Revue de Lettres et Sciences Humaines l’Université de Dschang (Journal of Arts and Humanities of the University of Dschang).No 12, 165-196.

Oloruntoba-Oju, T. (2011). “Sexuality indices in Yoruba language and culture.” Sexuality in Africa Monographs (Africa Regional Sexuality Research Centre, Lagos), Vol. 7, Issue 2: 14-20. Nigeria.

Oloruntoba-Oju, T. (2009). “Language and gender performatives in the Nigerian context.” In Odebunmi et al (Eds.). Language, gender and politics. Lagos: Concept Publications, for Centre for Black and African Culture (CBAAC), 213-236.

Oloruntoba-Oju, T.  (2009). “Translation shifts in African Women writing: The example of Nigerian women writers.” Ed. Rudiger, Petra and Gross, Konrad (Eds.). Translation across cultures (Cross/Culture Series Vol 107). New York/Amsterdam: Rodopi, 273–290.

Oloruntoba-Oju, T. 2008. “Perspectives on rhetorical patterns in Nigeria: Contrastive rhetoric and the politics of culture.” Issues in intercultural communication, Vol 2, Issue 1: 41-61

Oloruntoba-Oju, T. (2007). “Body image, culture, beauty and language in the Nigerian African context.” Understanding human sexuality (2007 Series). African Regional Sexuality Research Centre.

(See CV for publication list)

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