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New faculty member in 2021: Prof. Ifeoluwa Adeniyi

Tue. Dec. 21, 2021

The Faculty of Arts is pleased to welcome new faculty members in several departments this year including: Criminal Justice; English; History; Political Science; Psychology; Religion and Culture; Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications; Sociology; Theatre and Film; and Urban and Inner-City Studies.

We're asking each of our new faculty members to introduce themselves by providing us with a brief profile highlighting their research, a list of courses they'll teach, and a photo. That way we'll recognize them when we meet them in the halls on campus or in Zoom meetings online.

Dr. Ifeoluwa Adeniyi (English)

Prof. Ifeoluwa AdeniyiDr. Brandon Christopher, Chair of the English Department, says "[Professor Adeniyi] has a wealth of experience and knowledge to share with our students."
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Today we highlight Prof. Ifeoluwa Adeniyi, Lecturer in the English Department. Prof. Adeniyi is completing her PhD in English at the University of Manitoba and she has MAs in creative writing and literature. As you will read, Prof. Adeniyi has also published a much-celebrated novel, On the Bank of the River (2015) as well as four books for children.

Speaking on behalf of the English Department, Chair Dr. Brandon Christopher enthuses "We're very excited to have Professor Adeniyi join us this year. Between her success as a creative writer and her fascinating research in Afrofuturist fiction, she has a wealth of experience and knowledge to share with our students."

Please join us all in welcoming Prof. Adeniyi to the Faculty of Arts. And thank you to her for providing her profile info and photo.


PhD English – University of Manitoba, Canada (in view)

MA Creative Writing – Kingston University, London, UK

MA Literature-in-English – Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

BA Literature-in-English – Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria


Ifeoluwa Adeniyi is completing her PhD in English at the University of Manitoba. Her scholarly interests are wide-ranging and encompass creative writing, African/Black diaspora literatures, Afrofuturism/black speculative fiction, and black women’s writing. Her doctoral dissertation research explores the politics of death in feminist Afrofuturist works of black women writers in Africa, the Caribbean, and North America. Ifeoluwa is also a creative writer and the author of 4 children’s books (both in English and Yoruba). She published her first full-length novel, titled On the Bank of the River, in 2015 in Nigeria. Her novel received critical acclaim including making the longlist of the Etisalat Prize for African Literature (2015) and the shortlist of the Nigerian Prize for Literature (NLNG 2016). Ifeoluwa worked as a radio presenter and producer at Splash105.5FM for five years before leaving Nigeria for the UK in 2016. Ifeoluwa is excited to be teaching creative writing and literature at The University of Winnipeg and hopes to connect her students to the fascinating worlds that the human imagination has created, particularly those fashioned by black peoples.


• Introduction to Creative Writing – ENGL-2102-002, -004
• Reading to Write – ENGL-1005-001
• Writing Short Fiction – ENGL-3113-001

Most recent publication

"Speculative World-Building as a Refracting Prism: An Interview with Rebecca F. Kuang," Special Issue of American Studies, vol. 60 nos. 3&4, Nov. 2021.

See also: Asking the What Ifs About the World: Notes from the Classroom with Ifeoluwa Adeniyi, an interview feature on the English Department website, October 20, 2021