The bulk of my research is concerned with how the African urban future is portrayed in popular culture and imagined by urban dwellers, and politicians/policy makers. To this end, I am interested in the politics of identity, place-making, spatial inequality, and everyday resistance. My current ethnographic research explores the relationship between youth, labour and urban transformation in Ibadan and Lagos, Nigeria. I am intrigued by the role that the intersections of neoliberal urban change, technology, global consumer culture and labour play in (re)configuring youth identity and providing opportunities for youth to orientate themselves towards the future. My research focus on popular culture explores the issues of race and representation and the use of Afrofuturism in geographic projects that address the colonial politics of difference.
- Canada Research Chair in Youth and African Urban Futures, 2020
- Queen's National Scholar, Queen's University, 2019
- Adeniyi-Ogunyankin, G., & Peake, L. (2021). Tiwa’s Morning. In M. Lancione & C. McFarlane (Eds.), Global Urbanism: Knowledge, Power and the City (pp. 116–123). Routledge
- Adeniyi Ogunyankin, G. A. (2019). ‘The City of our Dream’: Owambe Urbanism and Low‐Income Women’s Resistance in Ibadan, Nigeria. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 43(3), 423–441. https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-2427.12732
- Adeniyi Ogunyankin, G. (2018). A “Scented Declaration of Progress”: Globalization, Afropolitan imagineering, and familiar orientations. Antipode, 50(5), 1145–1165. https://doi.org/10.1111/anti.12392
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