West African Migrants and Urban Space in Ibadan, Nigeria


African Humanities Program Postdoctoral Fellowships




This study examines the comparative socioeconomic experiences of West African migrants in Ibadan city to understand the role of inter-regional migration in urban development and power relations in the negotiation of identity. Using qualitative research methods, it analyzes a comparisons of Senegalese, Gambians, Ghanaians, Ivoriens, Malians, and Guineans in Ibadan from an identity-politics theoretical perspective to show the dynamics of mobility, livelihoods, citizenship, and identity within the urban space in the ECOWAS sub-region. As a social theory, the post-modern adoption of urban space explains migration across West African cities and how migrants influence identity processes in the city through diffusion of international standards or multi-cultural values, settlement patterns, interaction with one another, host community, and homeland and state authorities.