Meet ADELEKE JOSEPH AJIBOLA, an Academic Staff of Lagos State University.


African Literature In French And Applied Linguistics


Associate Professor / Reader


Foreign Languages


At the Foreign Languages department office

Visiting Hour

Appointment on Visitation important

Research Interest

Topic: A Comparative Study Of Francophone And Anglophone Literary Writers' Use Of Language


Although the bulk of my publications are on francophone African literature and applied linguistics, how writers use language to present their (that is, the writers’) preoccupations, both from the Francophone as well as Anglophone countries, and across genders, has been for me an area of interest worth of research. Among the findings is the influence of African languages on both French and English literary texts written by Africans, in poetry, prose and drama. In addition, I have also delved into French language study, which made me write a book each on basic French grammar and phonetics respectively. I also have a story book which is useful for written French, as each chapter contains questions for the reader to answer, to show to what extent he or she has understood the content. My interest in how language is used, which is the stylistic or applied linguistic perspective, is made explicit in the analysis of majority of my articles.


# Certificate SchoolYear
1. Ph.D (French Studies) Department of Modern European Languages, University of Ibadan, Ibadan 2005

Current Research

A Diachronic Study of Nigerian Literature in French (1970-2020)

Research Details

Although Nigeria is an Anglophone country, she shares her borders with francophone nations including the Republic of Benin (on the western side), Cameroun (on the eastern side) and Niger Republic and Chad (on the northern side). Since the attainment of independence in 1960, the teaching, learning and use of French language has become very important to Nigerians and several literary writers in French have emerged and produced notable works. Among them are Femi Ojo-Ade, Adiyi Martin Bestman, Anthony Biakolo, Tunde Ajiboye, Tunde Fatunde, Ramonu Sanusi, Mabel Onyemelukwe, Unimna Angrey, Lynn Mbuko, Beatrice Okpala, Stella Omonigho and Leo Iyanda Balogun, to mention a few. The research project I wish to work on shall focus mainly on each of the three genres: poetry, drama and prose. A diachronic study of fifty years of writing in French shall be done, from 1970-2020, to find the evolutionary trend in the literary writings of Nigerians who use French language as medium of communication. The critical literary approach to be used shall be comparative and the literary theory of socio-criticism, among others, shall be adopted. This is to enable us see to what extent the writers have  preoccupied themselves with the problems within their society. In other words, through their works we intend to show how committed they are vis-à-vis the analysis of those social problems and what solutions they proffer the readers/public.   


ADELEKE JOSEPH is a Associate Professor / Reader at the Department of Foreign Languages

ADELEKE has a Ph.D in French Studies from Department of Modern European Languages, University of Ibadan, Ibadan

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