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UI Doctoral Student Emerges Winner of 2020 IADS Best PhD Thesis

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University of Ibadan Doctoral student, Kudus Oluwatoyin Adebayo, has emerged winner of the 2020 Institute of African and Diaspora Studies (IADS) best PhD thesis in African and Diaspora studies.

Director, Institute of African and Diaspora Studies (IADS), University of Lagos, Professor Muyiwa Falaiye, who announced the award on Monday November 30, 2020, in a Zoom meeting stated that the selection committee was impressed by the quality of the thesis submitted which made it difficult for them to prune down to the best three.

Professor Falaiye also announced that the awardees are expected at the University of Lagos for award presentations on December 8, 2020.

He advised current doctoral students across the continent to ensure that they conduct quality researches that will impact the knowledge economy and expand the frontier of knowledge.

Kudus graduated from the Department of Sociology and is a Research Fellow at Diaspora and Transnational Studies Unit of the Institute of African Studies (IAS) University of Ibadan.

Earlier in the year, Kudus won the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) post-doctoral research fellowship award to investigate ‘Transnational livelihood, masculinity and family dynamics of Nigerian deportees from China’.

His thesis ‘Migration and Settlement experiences of Nigerians in Guangzhou, China’ won $1000 dollars beating Dr Abiodun Bello of University of Lagos’s submission ‘Stylistics of identity and ideology in alter-native Yoruba music textuality’ to the second position.

The third runner-up is Dr Nonzuzo Mbakazi of the University of Cape Town, South Africa with a thesis title ‘Understanding child care choices among low income employed mothers in urban and rural Kwazulu-Natal’.

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