Additions to the Lovejoy-Adesiyun Collection
In 1975, Otolirin Adesiyun interviewed elderly Ilorin men, as part of a project organised by Paul E. Lovejoy, whose results were deposited in the Lovejoy Collection, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, and in the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Africa and its Diasporas at York University, Toronto, Canada. Ann O’Hear utilised these interviews in her research on Ilorin, Nigeria, in the 1980s. She arranged for detailed re-translations of six of the original interviews to be made and for six follow-up interviews to be conducted. She conducted additional research on one specific interviewee, a master weaver.
Provided in this collection are the following:
Contents and explanatory notes
Transcripts of re-translations made by two of O’Hear’s research assistants of the tapes of six of Adesiyun’s 1975 interviews, supplementing the summary translations in his Oral Data Index.
Questionnaire and transcripts of follow-up interviews (1981) conducted by one of O’Hear’s research assistants with five of Adesiyun’s 1975 interviewees and one successor to an interviewee.
Further information on Alh. Yahaya Kalu Olabintan, master weaver (Adesiyun interviewee # 11): notes on interviews conducted by Ann O’Hear with Alh. Yahaya Kalu, 1981, and with members of his family, 1981 and 1984‒1985; extracts from correspondence on Alh. Yahaya Kalu; a research note by O’Hear on this weaver and his cloth, with bibliographical details; a list of images relating to this weaver and his cloth; and digitised copies of the images.
Ann O’Hear specialised in African history as an undergraduate. Following this, she spent two years as a graduate volunteer teacher in what was then the Mid West of Nigeria (1965‒1967). She received an MA in African Studies from the Centre of West African Studies, University of Birmingham, UK, in 1969. In 1976, she returned to Nigeria, working as a lecturer in the (then) Kwara State College of Technology, Ilorin, and researching the economic history of the city of Ilorin and its environs. She received her PhD in History/African Studies in 1984 from the University of Birmingham, being one of the last students to be supervised by the late Professor J. D. Fage. She left Kwara State College of Technology in 1985, and spent the following 25 years in the USA, where she became Coordinator of Intercultural Studies at Niagara University and also worked in publishing. For a number of years, she was a co-editor of the journal African Economic History.
Since the mid-1980s, she has specialised in research on slavery and other forms of dependency in and around Ilorin, on the weaving, pottery, and stone bead industries of that city, and on historiography. She published a monograph, Power Relations in Nigeria: Ilorin Slaves and Their Successors, in 1997, and a new edition of the Letters from Nigeria, 1899‒1900 of David Wynford Carnegie in 1992. She has also published numerous articles and chapters on slavery, craft industries, and historiography and given many seminar papers on these topics. She is now living in England, preparing her various research collections for deposit in archives, and planning to follow up her research interests in the Niger-Benue confluence area.
- The Harriet Tubman Resource Centre