Remi Adekoya’s main research interests include the discursive strategies used to construct national and sub-national identities by political actors, the politics and emotions around identity in the 21st-century, and developmental issues affecting Africa.
Before joining academia, Remi was a political journalist who has written for Guardian, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, Washington Post, Politico, Spectator, The Times, and Standpoint among others. He has provided sociopolitical analysis and commentary for BBC, Sky News, Al Jazeera, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), African International Television (AIT), Radio France International (RFI), and Times Radio, among others. He is a former regular columnist for Business Day, a Nigerian daily, and a former political editor of Warsaw Business Journal. Remi holds a PhD from the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Sheffield as well as an MA in Law from the University of Warsaw.
He is currently not available to supervise PhD students.
Remi’s current research is focussed on trying to better understand the political, emotional and broader psychological processes involved with identity and identity constructions in the 21st-century, with a focus on racial and ethnic dynamics in multiracial Western societies and in Africa.
Remi has a long-standing interest in the links between identity, history, psychology and politics, specifically how these all interplay to influence popular social perceptions within specific identity groups today. His PhD investigated discursive constructions of sub-national identities in Nigeria by the country’s ‘Founding Fathers’ - Obafemi Awolowo, Nnamdi Azikiwe and Ahmadu Bello – in the decolonization period.
Remi’s publications include
Selected media articles:
• ‘Why Africans Worry About How Africa is Portrayed
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