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Linguistics and Nigerian Languages

Brief on the Department

The Department of Linguistics and Nigerian Languages was established as one of the foundation departments in the Faculty of Arts in 1976.  The department houses four programmes namely: Linguistics, Hausa and Igbo and Yoruba.           

The main objective of the Linguistics and Yoruba Programmes is to produce at the end of the stipulated period of study in the University, well trained graduates of Linguistics and Yoruba who have the academic expertise to contribute to the manpower needs of the nation

and the global community in the Public and private sectors of economy. 

Our goal is that our graduates, will not only be able to take jobs in teaching, translation, broadcasting, journalism, publishing houses and the civil service and effectively demonstrate their linguistic and literary skills, they will be able to generate some level of employment for themselves.

The Department was established on a sound academic level by the foundation head of department Professor Oladele Awobuluyi along with other distinguished professors and members of staff. Since then, the staff strength has variously grown and dropped to the present twenty-five lecturers. These staff members are engaged in the teaching of Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba and Linguistics to Undergraduates and Postgraduate students of both disciplines.  They also teach the Remedial and Sandwich students.

The Core undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Yoruba include Yoruba Syntax, Phonology, Yoruba literature - oral and written, culture, Yoruba in broadcasting and Advertising and the three genres of drama, prose and poetry while Linguistics programme covers such areas such as descriptive, historical, comparative, sociolinguistics and applied Linguistics and so on.

One of the main objectives of the Department is to help train the manpower needed for the successful implementation of the National Policy on Education (NPE), and wish that the other two major indigenous languages in the country be taught and learnt on a large scale outside their individual geographical zone. Hence, the Department, in addition to Yoruba that was one of the foundation programmes in the Department now runs degree programmes in Hausa and Igbo since 2015. It is also the intention of the Department that students that register for a degree in Yoruba be advised to select either Hausa or Igbo as one of their minors and vice versa.

Inaugural Lecture

University of Ilorin Ninetieth Inaugural Lecture delivered by Prof. Yekeen Ajíbádé Àjàyí on 19th March, 2009 “Yorùbá Cosmology and Aesthetics: The Cultural Confluence of Divination, Incantation and Drum-Talking

Past HODs to date

Prof. O. Awobuluyi

1979 – Sept. 1984

Prof. B. S. Chumbo

Oct. 1984 – Sept. 1986

Prof. Oludare Olajubu

Oct. 1986 – Feb. 1987

Dr. H. B. C. Capo

March 1987 – Feb. 1988

Dr. Yiwola Awoyale

March 1988 – Feb. 1990


March 1992 – Feb. 1994

Prof. Bisi Ogunsina

March 1990 – Feb. 1992


March 1998 – May 2001

Dr. Ore Yusuf

March 1994 – Feb. 1998

Prof. Y. A. Ajayi

March 1996 – Feb. 1998


July 2001 – July 2005


Aug. 2006 – July 2008

Prof. O. Adeyemi

Aug. 2005 – July 2006


Aug. 2008 – July 2009

Prof. A. S. Abdussalam

Aug. 2009 – July 2015

Dr. Issa O. Sanusi

Aug. 2015 – to date



Dr. Issa O. Sanusi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Nigerian Languages, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria. His areas of research interest include Syntax and Applied Linguistics. He has a flair for studies in Yorùbá and Bàtɔ̀nū linguistics. He has held various important academic and administrative positions in the University including the Acting Head of Department, the Sub-Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Departmental Postgraduate Programme Coordinator, Chairman, Campus Transportation Board (CTB.), Examination Commissioner, Managing Editor, Ilorin Journal of Linguistics Literature & Culture, Departmental Academic Staff Secretary, Academic Staff Adviser to Faculty of Arts Students’ Association, Staff Adviser to Linguistic Students’ Association, Member, Editorial Board of ALORE: Ilorin Journal of the Humanities, Member, Unilorin Strategic Plan Review Committee, Representative of the Faculty of Arts on the Boards of the Faculties of Law and Business & Social Sciences,   etc.


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