The Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS) has awarded Professor Toyin Falola with the esteemed Lifetime Achievement Award for his exceptional contributions to the field of African Studies. This prestigious accolade recognizes Professor Falola’s unwavering dedication, profound impact, and outstanding accomplishments in African Studies in Canada and beyond.
Toronto, Canada – CAAS Lifetime Achievement Award for Contribution to African Studies is bestowed upon senior scholars who have demonstrated a lifetime of sound scholarship, made significant contributions to the field, and actively participated in CAAS activities. Professor Falola’s remarkable achievements as a renowned historian and esteemed member of the academic community perfectly align with these criteria. Throughout his illustrious career, he has consistently pushed the boundaries of African Studies, leaving an indelible mark on the discipline.
Professor Falola’s groundbreaking research, insightful publications, and commitment to mentoring have greatly enriched our understanding of Africa’s history, culture, and society. His profound influence extends beyond academia, as he has actively engaged in the academic community by serving as a keynote speaker at CAAS conferences and co-organizing the successful CAAS conference at York University in 1991. Additionally, his tireless efforts in reviewing scholarly works for the Canadian Journal of African Studies and his role on the editorial board of the Harriet Tubman Series on the African Diaspora at York University further exemplify his dedication to advancing the field.
Notably, Professor Falola has played a pivotal role in shaping the academic landscape of African Studies in Canada. His expertise has been sought as an external examiner at esteemed Canadian universities, including the University of Toronto, York University, Dalhousie, Trent University, and Queens University. Through his mentorship, he has nurtured and inspired a new generation of Africanist scholars, supervising over 100 Master’s and Doctoral dissertations in his areas of specialization.
Internationally, Professor Falola’s noteworthy achievements have garnered recognition and acclaim. He has been honored with numerous prestigious awards, including the 2011 Distinguished Africanist Award from the African Studies Association (ASA), and has received over 40 lifetime awards from various countries. His influence extends to his homeland, Nigeria, where he was recently conferred with the Member of the Order of the Niger (MON) by President Muhammadu Buhari.
On behalf of the Canadian Association of African Studies, Nduka Otiono, President of CAAS, extended heartfelt congratulations to Professor Falola for this well-deserved honor. His exceptional contributions, unwavering commitment, and outstanding achievements serve as an inspiration to Africanists and scholars in related fields in Canada and around the world.
The formal announcement of the award took place today May 31, 2023, at the CAAS Annual General Meeting, at Founders College, FC 152, York University.
Professor Toyin Falola’s lifetime dedication to African Studies has left an indelible mark on the field, inspiring countless scholars and advancing our understanding of Africa’s rich history and culture. This Lifetime Achievement Award from CAAS serves as a testament to his exceptional contributions and enduring legacy.