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Oluwalanaire Aderemi

lanaire aderemi is an AHRC-funded PhD candidate in Literary Practice supervised jointly by Maureen Freely and Yvette Hutchison at the University of Warwick. She graduated from the University of Warwick with a BA in Sociology and an MA in Creative Writing. Her thesis is entitled ‘The Egba Revolt: recovering the Egba women’s strategies, stories and songs.’ lanaire’s doctoral research is a multi-modal project that investigates the strategies, stories and songs used by the 10,000 Egba women that resisted colonial apparatuses of policing and taxation by British colonial administrators in 1947.


This project has evolved from her academic and artistic interests; specifically, her Sociology dissertation at the University of Warwick, for which she was awarded the Peter Gutkind Prize for best dissertation, which included a chapter on the links between anti-colonial feminist movements and digital feminist activism in Nigeria via the history of the Egba revolt. As a poet, playwright and producer, lanaire has created work to amplify and archive untold stories. In 2019, her play ‘an evening with verse writer’ won the 2019 Shoot Festival Artist Development Award and was later commissioned by Warwick Arts Centre. In 2021, ‘an evening with verse writer’ was adapted into a documentary and screened at her Arts Council funded festival ‘story story’. lanaire’s work on memory and Black feminist history has appeared in the BBC, theatre absolute, Tate Modern, Birmingham Rep Theatre and Africa Writes.


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