This collection of the essays and books of the late Professor J. A. Atanda covers the broad spectrum of his work on the Yoruba, the Old and New Oyo Empire, colonial Nigeria and Buganda, and reflective essays on a newly independent Nigeria. Divided into five parts according to each of these themes, The Collected Works of J. A. Atanda is unique for encompassing the scope, breadth and depth Of the scholarship of Professor Atanda over the course of some thirty years. The collection definitively represents the contributions of Professor Atanda to African scholarship in general and fortifies our memory of the meaning of that scholarship.
Thank God, someone has finally noticed the pivotal contribution of a mega-intellectual. This book by Professor Toyin Falola is the megaphone that sounds the trumpet of the essential works of the late Professor J. A. Atanda, perhaps the greatest chroniclers of Yoruba history. No doubt, The Collected Works Of J A. Atanda is another notable work that celebrates one of our unsung intellectual generals, an essential read for any lover of Yoruba history.
Dr Michael O. Afolayan, Founder & Lead, M&P Educational Consulting International
This is a beautiful and excellent collection in remembrance of a renowned and worthy Yoruba historian.
Julius O. Adekunle, Professor of African History, Monmouth University
Professor Atanda’s intellectual legacy is not just his painstaking reconstruction and penetrating analyses of the Yoruba past, but also his unique presentation style. The dexterity with which he simultaneously juggles political and social themes marks him out as the quintessential historian.
Professor Olufunke Adeboge, Department of History and Strategic Studies, University of Lagos
Toyin Falola is a historian of the Yoruba and Nigeria, founder and co-editor of Yoruba Studies Review. He has produced over 160 books, and honored globally –including seven honorary doctorates– for his scholarship and service. He is a University Distinguished Teaching Professor and Frances and Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University Of Texas at Austin.