Sola Adeyemi

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Sola Adeyemi

Dr Sola Adeyemi holds a BA, MA and PhD in Theatre Arts, Drama and English from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, University of Natal, South Africa and the University of Leeds respectively. He has taught Contemporary British Theatre, African Theatre, Performance Studies and Film Studies and Contextual Shakespeare at Loughborough and Regents Universities, and at the universities of Natal and Greenwich. At Goldsmiths, he teaches on African Theatre History, Postcolonial Theatre, and Culture and Performance.

Academic Qualifications

  • PG Certificate of Higher Education, University of Greenwich, London, 2014
  • PhD English (Theatre Studies), University of Leeds, 2009
  • MA Drama Studies, University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, 1999
  • BA (Hons) Theatre Arts, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, 1994
  • Diploma, Theatre Arts, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, 1989


Sola has previously taught at the Universities of Loughborough and Greenwich. He teaches across a broad spectrum of undergraduate and postgraduate modules which include African Drama and Theatre, (aspects of) Culture and Representation (Critical Cultural Theory), Modern Black British and American Drama from 1910, Postcolonial Drama, African Theatre History, Contemporary British Theatre, Contextual Shakespeare, Performance Studies, Acting for Film, Modernist and Avant Garde Performance, and performance workshops. One of Sola’s teaching values, based on his specialism as an African performance scholar and artist, with a vast knowledge of European and World performance cultures, is in the diversification of the curriculum to reflect the different world performance traditions.

Professional Activities 

Sola is the Editor of Opon Ifa Review Literary Journal; Editor, Alpha Crownes Publishers; and Contributing Editor to 3P+ International Journal of the Arts. He is also on the Editorial Board of Africa Book Link (New African Literature, Drama and Criticism). Sola is the General Secretary of African Theatre Association (AfTA), UK, an international non-profit society open to scholars and practitioners of African performance and theatre. 

Symposia and Lead papers

Sola is a regular speaker at international conferences and seminars. Recent addresses include “Through a Spectral Frame: From Africa and Its Literature to the Empire Stage”, Afrikakolloquium, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany (2019); “Re-reading Adaptations by Femi Osofisan: Wesoo Hamlet!”, seminar at Leiden University, the Netherlands (2018); “Re-reading / Adaptations: Interweaving Sensibilities and Versing Shakespeare”, at the Quorum at Queen Mary University of London, UK (2018); “Interpreting the colonial narratives in Women of Owu & Richard Lander and the Travelling Polygamist”, at Performing Tangiers: Theatre Forms in Motion, International Conference, Morocco (2018); “Of Roses and Bullets: Re-reading Reality and Illusion in Post Biafra Literature”, at the 6th African Popular Cultures Workshop: Biafra 50 Years On, African Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK (2017); “Femi Osofisan in the Postcolony”, Lead Paper at Femi Osofisan, Post-Negritude Tradition and 50 Years of Nigerian Literary Drama conference, University of Ibadan, Nigeria (2016); and “Encounters with Mr B: The Dramatic Mind of a Cultural Activist”, at the Symposium on Ken Saro-Wiwa, Department of English, Oxford University (2015).

Research Interests

Sola Adeyemi’s research interests include World Theatre/s; Postcolonial Theatre and Literary Studies; African Theatre and Performance (with special emphasis on West Africa and South Africa); Film and Media Studies; Postcolonial Literature; Theatre History / History of the Theatre; Contemporary British and Black British Theatre; Performance Cultures; Intercultural Performance; and works of Bertolt Brecht.

Areas of supervision

Sola has wide experience of postgraduate and undergraduate supervision, having supervised numerous students to successful completion. He welcomes dissertations and theses supervision in the following areas: any aspect of modern and contemporary African Theatre and Performance; any aspect of World Theatres; Postcolonial Theatre; Performance Cultures and Critical Theory.

Publications and research outputs


Adeyemi, Sola. 2020. Aspects of Intercultural Performance Aesthetics in Femi Òsófisán’s Drama. African Performance Review, 11(2), ISSN 1750-4848

Adeyemi, Sola. 2018. Review of Iyunolu Osagie, "African Modernity and the Philosophy of Culture in the Works of Femi Euba". African Theatre 17: Contemporary Dance, pp. 223-225.

Adeyemi, Sola. 2018. I write as a pan-African: A Conversation with Oladipo Agboluaje. African Performance Review, 10(1), pp. 8-30. ISSN 1750-4848

Adeyemi, Sola. 2017. Many Colours of an African Performative Ritual. Alarinjo: Oye Journal of Theatre and Media Arts, 1(2), pp. 16-30. ISSN 2636-7238

Adeyemi, Sola. 2017. Mitlerin Sahnelenmesi, Cagdsligin Rituellesmesil: Performing Myths, Ritualising Modernity. HECE Ozel Sayi:34 – Africa: Beyond 500 Years of Colonialism and Conflicts 246/247/248, 246, pp. 647-657. ISSN 1301-210X

Adeyemi, Sola. 2014. Working with Wole Soyinka [Tunji Oyelana in conversation with Sola Adeyemi],. African Theatre 13: Ngugi wa Thiong'o and Wole Soyinka(13), pp. 17-23.

Adeyemi, Sola. 2013. Colonial Alienation and the Ideology of Resistance: Femi Osofisan's Tegonni (An African Antigone). African Performance Review, 7(2), pp. 18-34. ISSN 1750-4848

Adeyemi, Sola and Olasope, Olakunbi. 2011. Fracturing the Insularity of the Global State: War and Conflict in Moira Buffini's Welcome to Thebes. Lagos Notes and Records, 17, pp. 99-110. ISSN 0075-7640

Adeyemi, Sola. 2007. Agony, Antigone and the Dialectics of Resistance in African Performance. African Performance Review, pp. 25-37. ISSN 1750-4848

Adeyemi, Sola. 2004. Making Colours, Remaking Life: Subversion in the Writing of Femi Osofisan. Africa e Mediterraneo: Cultura e Società, 46, pp. 69-73. ISSN 1121-8495


Adeyemi, Sola. 2019. Vision of Change in African Drama: Fémi Osófisan's Dialectical Reading of History and Politics. UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN 9781527536371

Book Section

Adeyemi, Sola. 2021. Representing and Re-presenting Others in Yorùbá Performance. In: Tiziana Morosetti and Osita Okagbue, eds. The Palgrave Handbook of Theatre and Race. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 425-442. ISBN 9783030439569

Adeyemi, Sola. 2017. Performing Arts. In: Toyin Falola and Akintunde Akinyemi, eds. Culture and Customs of the Yoruba. Austin, Texas: Pan-African University Press, pp. 249-258. ISBN 9781943533183

Adeyemi, Sola. 2013. Itàn Ogìnìntìn, the winter's tale: Shakespeare meets Yoruba gods. In: Jane Plastow and Martin Banham, eds. African Theatre 12: Shakespeare in & out of Africa. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, pp. 48-60. ISBN 9781847010803

Adeyemi, Sola. 2013. Interpreting the Interpreters: The Narratives of the Postcolony in Wole Soyinka's The Interpreters. In: Bernth Lindfors and Geoffrey Davis, eds. African Literatures and Beyond. Brill, pp. 29-38. ISBN 9789042037380

Adeyemi, Sola. 2013. When Drama Comes A-Calling: Re-assessing Femi Osofisan’s Dramatic Ideology. In: Kene Igweonu and Osita Okagbue, eds. Performative Inter-Actions in African Theatre 3: Making Space, Rethinking Drama & Theatre in Africa. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 144-157. ISBN 9781443856119

Adeyemi, Sola. 2011. Language and Accessibility in Femi Osofisan’s Drama. In: Sola Adeyemi and Duro Oni, eds. Developments in the Theory and Practice of Contemporary Nigerian Drama and Theatre: A Festschrift in Honour of Dapo Adelugba. Rochester, UK: Alpha Crownes Publishers, pp. 187-202. ISBN 9780956683700

Adeyemi, Sola. 2002. The Dictating Currents and the Questioning of Tyranny in Africa: An Intertextual Study of Fémi Osófisan's Yungba-Yungba and the Dance Contest. In: Sue Kossew and Dianne Schwerdt, eds. Re-Imagining Africa: New Critical Perspectives (Horizons in Post-Colonial Studies). New York: Nova Science, pp. 43-56. ISBN 9781590331002

Edited Book

Adeyemi, Sola; Omoera, Osaku and Binebai, Benedict, eds. 2012. A gazelle of the Savannah: Sunday Ododo and the framing of techno-cultural performance in Nigeria : theatre, culture, literature, art. Rochester: Alpha Crownes Publishers. ISBN 9780956683731

Adeyemi, Sola and Oni, Duro, eds. 2011. Developments in the theory and practice of contemporary Nigerian drama and theatre: a festschrift in honour of Dapo Adelugba. Rochester: Alpha Crownes Publishers. ISBN 9780956683700

Adeyemi, Sola, ed. 2006. Portraits for an eagle: a festschrift in honour of Femi Osofisan. Bayreuth: Bayreuth African Studies Series, 258 p., 8 p. of plates. ISBN 9783927510951

Adeyemi, Sola, ed. 1999. Goddess of the storm and other stories: — a compilation of short stories by Nigerian authors Vol. 1. London: Smart Image. ISBN 9780953573509