Author Archives: Omolade Adunbi

About Omolade Adunbi

Omolade Adunbi is an assistant professor in the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS) and faculty associate of the Program in the Environment (PitE) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His first book, Oil Wealth and Insurgency in Nigeria (Indiana, 2015), examines the relationship between oil as a mythic commodity and how the wealth it generates results in competing claims over its ownership in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. His current research focuses on China’s interest in oil and other resources in Africa.


Biafra . . . In our time it came again . . . Emboldened by half a millennium Of conquest, battering On new oil dividends, are now At its black throat squeezing . . . Must Africa have To come a third time? —Chinua Achebe, “Biafra, 1969”1 In his analysis of human rights languages and metaphors, Makau Mutua argues that the human rights project reproduces colonial imageries of Africa’s savagery and barbarism. In his early work, Mutua argued that human rights discourse is characterized by Continue reading → Continue reading →