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Department of Politics and International Studies

Mr Ini Dele-Adedeji

LLB Hons, MA (Buckingham)


Inioluwa Adeoluwa Nehmah Dele-Adedeji
Department of Development Studies

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Mr Ini Dele-Adedeji
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Thesis title:
The re-construction of Islamic identities within the mobilisation of the Boko Haram sect in Kano & Borno
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PhD Research

My thesis looks, primarily, at the construction of Islamic identities around particular religio-cultural symbols and concepts in northern Nigeria. It focuses on how these ‘identities’ function as frames, for the purpose of mobilisation, with particular reference to the latter-day Boko Haram sect. The data collated for this research has been ethnographic, for the most part, with the fieldwork conducted in the cities of Kano and Maiduguri.

PhD Publications

  • Dele-Adedeji, Ini (forthcoming 2016) ‘De-constructing Boko Haram: Islamic Identity in flux’. In Boas, Morten and Dunn, Kevin (eds.), African Insurgencies: The Evolving Landscape. Colorado. Lynne Rienner Publishers.  
  • Dele-Adedeji, Ini (July 14, 2015) ‘Lagos, the city of divides’. Africa is a country.

Book reviews

  • Dele-Adedeji, Ini (2015) ’Review of Shobana Shankar ‘Who Shall Enter Paradise: Christian Origins in Muslim Northern Nigeria, ca. 1890-1975’. Africa at LSE.
  • Dele-Adedeji, Ini (2015) ’Review of Virginia Comolli ‘Boko Haram: Nigeria’s Islamist Insurgency’. Africa at LSE.

PhD Conferences

  • September 27, 2015. Heinrich Boll Stiftung (East & Horn of Africa)/IFRA-Nairobi/Centre for Human Rights and Policy Studies (Challenging Radicalization: Youth, Violence, Religion and the State: An Academic and Civic Forum), Nairobi, Kenya: (Paper delivered) Situating religion within the mobilisation of Boko Haram sect’s members.  
  • July 9, 2015, 6th Biennial European Conference on African Studies (University of Paris, Pantheon Sorbonne) Paris, France. A Round table panel discussion, ’’Within and around Boko Haram in Nigeria’’.
  • July 2, 2015, Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies Annual Conference 2015 (Liverpool Hope University) (paper co-authored with C.J. Ojukwu) Roasted Yam, Palm Oil and Red Pepper: Telling stories of reconciliation in divided societies.
  • May 19, 2015, SOAS, University of London: (Co-convenor/Panelist) Pax Nigeriana: Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Reconciliation after Boko Haram.
  • April 25, 2015, Joint Conference of the Swiss Society Middle East and Islamic Cultures and the Swiss Society of African Studies (Universitat Bern), Bern, Switzerland: (Paper delivered) The educational sector in Northern Nigeria as a sphere of contestation between the Nigerian State & Boko Haram.
  • September 27, 2014, Nordic Africa Days 2014 (Nordiska Afrikainstitutet), Uppsala, Sweden: (Paper delivered) The State, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky’s Shi’ a movement and the Boko Haram sect’s ideological bearing.
  • June 24, 2014, 13th METU Conference on International Relations (Middle East Technical University), Ankara, Turkey: (Paper delivered) Iterations of the Shari’ a ideal within Islamist movements in northern Nigeria.
  • June 21, 2014, Researching Nigeria Workshop 2014 (SOAS & University College London): (Paper delivered) Iterations of the Shari’ a within Boko Haram’s discourse.
  • June 5th 2013, SOAS MPhil Politics Conference: (Paper delivered) The Transmogrification of the Boko Haram Sect: Islam, Islamic Identities, and Mobilisation.


  • Royal African Society
  • Nigerian Institute of International Affairs


Political Economy of Violence, Conflict and Development


Islamic philosophy, political Islam, social movements