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Ini Dele-Adedeji

Ini Dele-Adedeji
Dr Ini Dele-Adedeji
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
3.22 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
Research Interests
Nigeria, Northern Nigeria/Northeastern Nigeria, Trans-Saharan migration, Chad, Niger, Transitional justice, Islamic sectarianism, African Politics, Leftism in Nigeria

Ini Dele-Adedeji holds a doctorate  in Politics from the School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London (SOAS). His primary research interests focus on the intersection of politics and religion in northern Nigeria, and transitional justice.

Before joining the Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh, as a recipient of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Ini was employed as a Research Associate at the University of Bristol where he was part of a project investigating migration across the Sahara and also looking at the Tramadol opioid. Ini previously taught Politics & International Studies and Development Studies to undergraduate and postgraduate students at SOAS. He has also lectured at SOAS, Wellesley College, and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy in the past.

Selected Publications 

Dele-Adedeji, I. (2020) ‘Rationalising the Appeal of the Boko Haram Sect in Northern Nigeria before July 2009.’ Oxford Development Studies, 48(4):345-59.

Dele-Adedeji, I. (2020) ‘Liberating the Study of Boko Haram from the Limiting Comparative Frameworks of the Western Gaze.’ In Cooper-Knock, S.J. & Ndlovu, D. (eds.), Liberating Comparisons. York: York Tree. 110-19.

Dele-Adedeji, I. & Jeffreys, E. (13 July, 2020) ‘Face-Me-I-Face-You.’ Africa is a Country. (Available at:

Dele-Adedeji, I. (10 March, 2020) ‘Why a rise in Court Cases is bad for Democracy in Nigeria.’ The Conversation. (Available at:

Dele-Adedeji, I. (14 August, 2019) ‘Why Buhari’s long-awaited Cabinet leaves a lot to be desired.’ The Conversation. (Available at:  

Dele-Adedeji, I. (11 February, 2019) ‘Nigeria has a History of Dodgy Elections: will it be different this time?.’ The Conversation. (Available at:  

Dele-Adedeji, I. (2018) ‘The Science of Finding Room to Discuss Biafra.’ In Egbunike, L. (ed.), An Exhibition of Artists’ Response to the Legacies of Biafra. London: NASUK (Nigeria Art Society, UK). 13-5.

Dele-Adedeji, I. (2017) ‘The Adaptability of the Boko Haram Rebellion.’ In Boas, M. & Dunn, K. (eds.), African Insurgencies: The Evolving Landscape. Colorado: Lynne Rienner. 157-79.

Dele-Adedeji, I. (2017). ‘The Battle between Boko Haram and the Nigerian State for the Monopoly on Public Information.’ Interventionen: Zeitschrift fur Verantwortungspadagogik, 9/10: 21-6.

Dele-Adedeji, I. (14 July, 2015) ‘Lagos, the City of Divides.’ Africa is a Country. (Available at: