Akeem Adagbada

Honorary PhD Scholar

PhD Candidate, Selwyn College, Cambridge


Akeem Adagbada is currently undertaking a PhD in the Faculty of Divinity under the supervision of Dr Joerg Haustein. As of March 2023, Akeem is an Ian Karten Honorary PhD Scholar at the Woolf Institute.

Akeem's ethnographic research focus is on the Edi Festival in Ile-Ife, Southwest Nigeria. This is an annual festival that celebrates and memorialises the heroic acts of the 12th Century Queen Moremi. His study will interrogate the questions of Yorùbá identity, ritual, politics, rupture and/or continuity as ways of exploring indigenous perceptions of change and their creativity more generally, with an aim of understanding how traditional Yorùbá Òrìṣà worship ("religion") continues to intersect and interact with the two Abrahamic Faiths: Christianity and Islam. Akeem's PhD research will bring together the following discipline: Theology, Anthropology of Religion and African Religious Studies.

Before studying for his PhD at Cambridge, Akeem completed an MA in Theology and Religion Studies (Distinction) from King's College London and won the Hanson Prize for Christian Ethics. He studied at the University of Oxford for the Bachelor of Civil Law on the Paul Hastings Scholarship. He was awarded an LLB in Law (First-Class) from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

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