Kolapo-FemiCampus: Guelph
Office: 2019 MacKinnon Extension
Email: kolapof@uoguelph.ca

My current research explores the engagement of the Niger River Basin people of Nigeria with anti-slavery, abolition and emancipation of slaves in the few decades before and after 1830. I am interested in how the transition in social, economic, and ideological positions accompanying the supersession of slavery and the slave trades affected entire communities, sections of them, and how the dynamics that informed the social structures and agencies grappling with the changes compared with each other across the different cultural, geographical and micro-ecological zones. In the post-slavery era, I am also interested in studying the gray areas between free and unfree labour conditions. A second stream of my research interest, a spin-off from my intense interaction with primary written evidence relating to slavery and abolition in the Niger Delta, involves an examination of mission Christianity and Christian missions and their interrelationship with precolonial Nigerian societies. I have done major research and have published significant essays on these two fields.

Recent Publications

  • 2007. Kolapo, F. J. and Chima J. Korieh, “Introduction”, The Aftermath of Slavery: Transitions and Transformations in Southeastern Nigeria. Co-edited with Chima J Korieh. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press.: 1-12.
  • 2007. “Canoe Transport in Nineteenth Century Lower Niger and the Delta”, The Aftermath of Slavery: Transitions and Transformations in Southeastern Nigeria. Co-edited with Chima J Korieh. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press.: 69-94.
  • 2007. “Africans in A. S. Kanya-Forstner’s Study of French Colonialism in Africa”, in African Agency and European Colonialism: Latitudes of Negotiations and Containment. Edited by Femi J. Kolapo and K. Akurang-Parry. University Press of America: 213 -226.
  • 2007. Femi J. Kolapo and K. Akurang-Parry, “Introduction”, in African Agency and European Colonialism: Latitudes of Negotiations and Containment Edited by Femi J. Kolapo and K. Akurang-Parry. University Press of America: 1-16.
  • 2005. “Christian Missions and Religious Encounters at the Niger-Benue Confluence before Colonization”, in Precolonial Nigeria, Essays in Honour of Toyin Falola, ed. Akin Ogundiran, Africa World Press: Trenton New Jersey: 509-524.
  • 2005. “Making Favourable Impressions”: Bishop Crowther’s C.M.S. Upper Niger Mission in Jihadist Nupe Emirate, 1859-1879, in Chima J Korieh and Ugo G. Nwokeji, eds., Religion, History and Politics in Nigeria. University Press of America: 29-51.
  • 2004,”The Southward Military Campaigns of Nupe c.1830 – 1853″ in P. E. Lovejoy, (ed.) Slavery on the Frontiers of Islam, Markus Wiener Publisher, Princeton, 69-85.
  • 2004. “The CMS and the Failure of Christian Transition in Middle Nigeria,” paper presented during the 2004 VAD Conference (19th International Biennial Conference of the African Studies Association in Germany. June 2-5.) www.vad-ev.de also on CD Rom.
  • 2004 “The Igbo and their Neighbours During the Era of the Atlantic Slave Trade,” Slavery and Abolition. A Journal of Slave and Post -Slave Studies, Vol. 25, No.1, pp.1-20
  • 2007 Review of Farmers and Townspeople in a Changing Nigeria: Abakaliki during Colonial Times by Simon Ottenberg. Canadian Journal of African Studies/Revue canadienne des etudes africaines.
  • 2007 Review of Scotland and the Abolition of Black Slavery, 1756-1838. By Iain Whyte. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. International Review of Scottish Studies (summer)
  • 2006. Review of Creating the Creole Island: Slavery in Eighteenth-Century Mauritius, by Megan Vaughan. Canadian Journal of History. Spring-Summer/ printemps-ete, 174 -76.