SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Ini Dele-Adedeji

LLB Hons, MA (Buckingham)
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Inioluwa Adeoluwa Nehmah Dele-Adedeji
Department of Development Studies

Teaching Fellow

Department of Politics and International Studies

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Dr Ini Dele-Adedeji
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Thesis title:
The Mobilisation of the Boko Haram Sect
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Ini Dele-Adedeji is a Teaching Fellow in the Politics and Development Studies departments. Ini’s Doctoral thesis, received from the Politics department at SOAS, was written on the mobilisation of the Boko Haram sect. Ini’s research focuses on Nigeria, with a particular interest in the intersection of politics and religion in northern Nigeria. His work also broadly explores the appeal that social movements hold in Nigeria.

PhD Research

My doctoral Thesis explores the relative success of the Boko Haram sect in gaining support from different sections of the Muslim public in northern Nigeria. Relying on the varying accounts collated during fieldwork conducted in Borno and Kano between 2013 and 2015, in which both members and victims of the Boko Haram sect were interviewed, I propose that the Boko Haram sect relies on its ability to derive legitimacy from its supporters in its insurgency. This has been achieved by the adroit ability of the sect to present itself as the panacea to the shortcomings of the Nigerian state, particularly to sections of the public in search of a religious alternative to the many failings of the state.


Journal Articles
  • Dele-Adedeji, I. (forthcoming; Autumn 2017) ‘Conducting Ethnographic Fieldwork Research on the Boko Haram Sect’, Sources, Volume 1, Issue 1 (Special Issue).
Book Chapters
  • Dele-Adedeji, I. (forthcoming; Winter 2017) ‘The Grey Zone of Engaging with the Boko Haram Sect’. In Goold, B.J. and L., Lazarus (eds.), Security and Human Rights (2nd edition). Oxford: Hart.
  • Dele-Adedeji, I. (forthcoming; Autumn 2017) ‘The Adaptability of the Boko Haram Rebellion’. In Boas, Morten and Dunn, Kevin (eds.), African Insurgencies: The Evolving Landscape. Colorado: Lynne Rienner. 
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.


  • September 7 – September 9, 2016. ASAUK Biennial Conference 2016 (Robinson College, University of Cambridge): (Paper delivered) Negotiating Religiosity inside ‘’Danfo’’ Buses in Lagos.
  • September 7 – September 9, 2016. ASAUK Biennial Conference 2016 (Robinson College, University of Cambridge): (Paper delivered) An Ethnographic Study of Selected IDP Camps in Borno.
  • April 1 – April 2, 2016. 5th Annual Igbo Conference (School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London): (Paper delivered) The Quest for Igbo Self-Identification and Self-Determination as a Facet of Nigeria’s Growing Pains. 
  • July 1- July 3, 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. 
  • April 23 - 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 26 - September 27, 2014, Nordic Africa Days 2014 (Nordiska Afrikainstitutet), Uppsala, Sweden: (Paper delivered) The State, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky’s Shi’i Movement, and the Boko Haram sect’s Ideological Bearing.
  • June 25 – June 27, 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 5th 2013, SOAS MPhil Politics Conference (School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London): (Paper delivered) The Transmogrification of the Boko Haram Sect: Islam, Islamic Identities, and Mobilisation
  • January 28, 2016. African Studies Centre ‘’Terrorism in Africa’’ Workshop (St. Antony's College, University of Oxford): (Paper delivered) Boko Haram in Borno & Kano communities: Symbols of Entry into the Religio-political Space.
  • September 28 – September 29, 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 the Boko Haram Sect’s Members.
  • June 21, 2014. Researching Nigeria Workshop 2014 (School of Oriental & African Studies & University College London): (Paper delivered) Iterations of the Shari’a within Boko Haram’s Discourse.
Other Activities
  • (March 8, 2017) Speaker, Africa Research Forum seminar (Centre of African Studies, University of Cambridge). Paper titled ‘’Re-imagining the Boko Haram Sect as a Purveyor of Public Services in Northern Nigeria’’.
  • (July 14 – July 20, 2016) Participant, ZMO Summer School: ‘’Christians and Muslims in Africa: Towards a Framework for the Study of Multi-Religious Settings’’ by the Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO), Berlin, Germany.
  • (May 26, 2016) Discussant, Chatham House event (Chatham House: Royal Institute of International Affairs, London): Boko Haram’s Impact on Education in North East Nigeria.
  • (April 1 – April 2, 2016) Roundtable Chair, 5th annual Igbo Conference (School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London). A Roundtable panel discussion, ‘The Music of William Onyeabor’.
  • (July 30, 2015) Participant, the UK Guardian’s ‘Global Development’ podcast series (titled 'Counting the Cost of the Boko Haram Crisis' - podcast).
  • (July 8 – July 10, 2015) Panelist, 6th Biennial European Conference on African Studies (University of Paris, Pantheon Sorbonne) Paris, France. A Roundtable panel discussion, ’’Within and around Boko Haram in Nigeria’’.
  • (May 19, 2015) Co-convenor/Panelist, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London: ‘Pax Nigeriana: Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Reconciliation after Boko Haram’.
  • (May 12, 2015) Panelist, Royal African Society event (London): ‘How to Fix Nigeria: Prospects for Change’.


  • Royal African Society
  • Nigerian Institute of International Affairs



  • Nigeria
  • Ghana
  • Political Anthropology
  • Identity Politics
  • Political Islam