Nigerian Scholar, Saheed Aderinto, Wins $300,000 History Prize

Saheed Aderinto, a Professor of History and African and African Diaspora Studies at Florida International University, USA is the first Nigerian to receive the Dan David Prize. The $300,000 award is the largest financial reward for excellence in the historical discipline in the world.

Professor Saheed is the author of Animality and Colonial Subjecthood in Africa: The Human and Nonhuman Creatures of Nigeria (Ohio University Press/New African Histories Series, 2022), Guns and Society in Colonial Nigeria: Firearms, Culture, and Public Order (Indiana University Press, January 2018), and When Sex Threatened the State: Illicit Sexuality, Nationalism, and Politics in Colonial Nigeria, 1900-1958 (University of Illinois Press, 2015), which won the 2016 Nigerian Studies Association’s Book Award Prize for the “most important scholarly book/work on Nigeria published in English language.”

Dr. Saheed is the Founding President of the Lagos Studies Association, is


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