Adedimeji, Mahfouz Adebola

Dr. Mahfouz A. Adedimeji is a language specialist with research interests in pragmatics, stylistics, sociolinguistics and applied linguistics.  He holds a B.A. (Honours), M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English Language from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria, where is a faculty member.

Dr. Adedimeji has undergone training in media and communications at Governors States University, Illinois, USA, and he holds the FLTA Certificate of the Institute of International Education (IIE), New York, United States.  He also holds the Education Certificates of the Virtual Institute for Higher Education Pedagogy (VIHEP) of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Nigeria.
A Fulbright scholar and cultural ambassador, Dr. Adedimeji had since 2000 acquired vast teaching and/or research experiences in such universities as Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, Nigeria; Governors State University, Illinois, USA; and the University of Cape-Coast, Cape-Coast, Ghana.

He has been a columnist at various times with a number of newspapers and periodicals in Nigeria since 2000. Since early 2008, apart from his teaching and research activities, he has been overseeing the Directorate of Information and Protocol of the University of Ilorin (now Directorate of Corporate Affairs), where he is responsible, among several other duties, for the production of the University weekly newsletter, Unilorin Bulletin, and the University annual magazine, Unilorin Star, both of which he mostly writes and edits. He has also served creditably in several University statutory and ad hoc committees.

Dr. Adedimeji has taught courses in the Use of English, Creative Writing, Applied Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, African Novel, Language and Culture, Syntax, Semantics and Semiotics in Nigerian and American universities. He has also attended and presented papers in several academic conferences in Nigeria, Ghana, United States and Australia.  He has about forty publications in reputable outlets across Nigeria and beyond to his credit.

He is a member of the Nigeria English Studies Association (NESA), Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Fulbright Alumni Association of Nigeria (FAAN), among others. He is a poet, author, information management practitioner and editorial/communication consultant.


PUBLICATIONS

Home Based Publications

Journal Articles in Print

  1. Adedimeji, M.A. (1999): Towards a functional ESP programme in Nigeria: an illustration with a Nigerian university. Centrepoint (9) 1; 15 - 26, Published by the Library and Publication Committee, University of Ilorin.
  2. Adedimeji, M.A. (2003): The semantics and pragmatics of Nigerian proverbs in Chinua Achebe’s Things fall apart and Ola Rotimi’s The gods are not to blame. Alore: Ilorin Journal of the Humanities. (13); 54 – 79, Published by the Faculty of Arts, University of Ilorin. Available at http://unilorin.edu.ng/publications/ADEDIMEJI/SEMANTICS&PRAGMATIC.htm.
  3. Adedimeji, M.A. (2006): Sexist language and the campus lingo of the University of Ilorin students: Implications for gender attitudes. Alore: Ilorin Journal of the Humanities. (16); 96-112, Published by the Faculty of Arts, University of Ilorin.
  4. Adedimeji, M. A. and Salawdeen, W. O. (2008): An appraisal of the language planning problems of the developing Nations. Al-Hikmah Journal of the Humanities     (1) 1& 2; 29-42, Published by the College of Humanities, Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, Nigeria.

 

Chapters in Books

  1. Adedimeji, M.A. (2005): Word structure in English. In Basic Communication Skills for Students of Science and Humanities. Ilorin. Alabi, V. A. and S.T. Babatunde (eds.) 1 – 21. Ilorin: Published by the Department of English, University of Ilorin. Available at http://unilorin.edu.ng/publications/ADEDIMEJI/WORD%20STRUCTURE%20IN%20ENGLISH.pdf.
  2.   Adedimeji, M.A. (2007): Semiotics: The science of signs. In Critical Perspectives on     English Language             and Literature. Olu, Obafemi, G. A. Ajadi    and V. A. Alabi  (eds.)            145 – 161. Ilorin: Published by the Department of English, University of Ilorin. Available at http://unilorin.edu.ng/publications/ADEDIMEJI/SEMIOTICS%20THE%20SCIENCE%20OF%20SIGNS%20now.pdf.
  3. Adedimeji, M. A. (2009): Basic principles of effective writing. In Use of English in Higher Education. V.A. Alabi and S.T. Babatunde (eds.) Ilorin: 135-154. Published by General Studies Division, University of Ilorin.
  4. Adedimeji, M. A. (2013): The interface of history, culture and language in Isiaka Aliagan’s Oba Mama: A stylistic analysis. In Ilorin: History, Culture and Lessons of Peaceful Coexistence. Oladosu, A.G.A.S., Z. I. Oseni, M. A. Adedimeji, A. L. Azeez, S. S. Abdulbaqi and G. A. Animashawun (eds.) 288 – 309. Ilorin: Published by Centre for Ilorin Studies, University of Ilorin.
  5.  Adedimeji, M. A. and A. L. Azeez (2015): Language and communication impact on harmonious industrial relations at the University of Ilorin. In Ilorin as a Beacon of Learning and Culture in West Africa. Oseni, Z. I., A. G. A. S. Oladosu, B. O. Yusuf and M. A. Adedimeji (eds.) 197 – 213. Ilorin: Published by Centre for Ilorin Studies, University of Ilorin.

 

National Publications

Journal Articles in Print

  1. Adedimeji, M.A. (2003): What the Nigerian drivers do with signs: A semiotic exploration. MAJAC Makurdi Journal of Arts and Culture (5); 117–126. Published by the Faculty of Arts, Benue State University, Makurdi.
  2. Adedimeji, M.A. (2005): Logical fallacies and thirty English proverbs: A truth conditional semantic approach. The Abuja Communicator. (2) 1; 122 – 143, Published by the Department of the Performing Arts, University of Abuja.
  3. Adedimeji, M.A. (2007): The linguistic features of Nigerian English and their implication for 21st Century English pedagogy. The Abuja Communicator (3) 1;157-174, Published by the Department of the Performing Arts, University of Abuja. Available at http://unilorin.edu.ng/publications/ADEDIMEJI/Ed.pdf.
  4. Adedimeji, M.A. (2007): The language of politics in Nigeria: conflicts and resolution. FAIS Journal of Humanities, (3) 6; 1-29, Published by the Faculty of Arts and Islamic Studies, Bayero University, Kano. Available at http://unilorin.edu.ng/publications/ADEDIMEJI/THE%20LANGUAGE%20OF%20POLITICS%20IN%20NIGERIA%20ReSubmitted.pdf.
  5. Adedimeji, M. A. (2007): A sociolinguistic study of the Nigerian proverbs in Zainab Alkali’s The stillborn and The virtuous woman. JOLAN: Journal of the Linguistic Association of Nigeria. (10); 87-108, Published by the Linguistic Association of Nigeria.
  6. Adedimeji, M. A. (2008): Teaching without tears: Applying pragmatics to second/foreign language teaching. Journal of Research in National Development. (6) 1; 102-112, Published by the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria. Available online at http://unilorin.edu.ng/publications/ADEDIMEJI/TEACHING%20WITHOUT%20TEARS%20edited.pdf.
  7. 16. Adedimeji, M.A. (2008): Culture and language in African literature: An appraisal of Chinua Achebe’s Arrow of God. Papers in English Linguistics, (9) 72-84, Published by the Linguistics Association, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Available at http://unilorin.edu.ng/publications/ADEDIMEJI/Culture%20and%20Language%20in%20African%20Literature%20ed.pdf.
  8. Adedimeji, M. A. (2010): Language question and the constitutional challenges of development in a multilingual country. Journal of Research in National Development. (8) 2b; 271-278, Published by the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria. Available online at http:ajol.info/journal/index.php/jorind…166801.
  9. Yusuf, B. O. and M. A. Adedimeji, (2011): Sustaining democracy and promoting peace in a multilingual country: The role of religion.  Maiduguri Journal of Arts and            Social Sciences: MAJAS. (9) 2;  192 – 207, Published by the Faculties of Arts and      Social Sciences, University of Maiduguri.
  10. Adedimeji, M. A. and T. A. Alabi (2011): The stylistics of African proverbs in T. M. Aluko’s Kinsman & foreman. Ibadan Journal of English Studies. (7); 123-135, Published by the Department of English, University of Ibadan.
  11. Adedimeji, M. A. (2012): Towards a formal variety differentiation of Nigerian English. JNESA: Journal of the Nigeria English Studies Association. (15) 2; 136-148, Published by the Nigeria English Studies Association.
  12. Adedimeji, M. A. (2012): Ten critical C’s of perspectivising the historicism of the English language in Nigeria. AJELLS: Awka Journal of English Language and Literary Studies. (3) 1; 178- 196, Published by the Department of English Language and Literature, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.

 

Chapters in Books

  1. Adedimeji, M. A. (2004): The unifying role of English in a multilingual Nation: The case of Nigeria. In Language and Culture in Nigeria: A Festchrift for Okon Essien. Ndimele, Ozo-mekuri (ed.) 67 – 75. Aba: Published by National Institute for Nigerian Languages. Available at http://unilorin.edu.ng/publications/ADEDIMEJI/SEMANTICS&PRAGMATIC.htm.
  2. Adedimeji, M. A. (2005): Language functions and conflict management in Nigeria: A functional linguistic approach. In Trends in the Study of Languages and Linguistics in Nigeria: A Festschrift for Philip Akujuoobi Nwachukwu. Ndimele, Ozo-mekuri (ed.) Port Harcourt: 187 – 198. Port Harcourt: Published by the Linguistics Association of Nigeria. Available at http://unilorin.edu.ng/publications/ADEDIMEJI/Language%20Functions%20and%20Conflict%20Management...pdf.
  3. Adedimeji, M. A. (2009): A universal pragmatic analysis of Nigerian proverbs in Ola Rotimi’s Kurunmi.  In Language, Gender and Society. Odebunmi, A.,          E. A. Arua      & Sailal Arimi (Eds.) 545 – 562. Ibadan: Published by Concept    Publications for           Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilisation.
  4. 25. Alabi, V. A. and A. Adedimeji (2010): Contributions of Nigerian universities to knowledge and development in linguistics and language studies. In 50 Years of University Education in Nigeria: Evolution, Achievements and Future Directions. Okojie, J., I. Oloyede & P.  Obanya (eds.) 311- 330. Ilorin and Abuja: Published by the University of Ilorin and National Universities Commission.
  5. Adedimeji, M. A. (2010): Language politics in Nigeria. In Language Policy, Planning and Management in Nigeria: A Festschrift for Ben O. Elugbe. Ndimele, Ozo-mekuri (ed.) 697 – 715. Port Harcourt: Published by the Linguistics Association of Nigeria.          
  6. Adedimeji, M. A., T. A. Alabi and M. S. Abdullahi-Idiagbon (2013): The implications of language skills for development in Nigeria. In Issues in Language and Linguistics: Perspectives from Nigeria. Kaduna: Language Study Group of Nigeria. Ayodabo, O. and N. Butari (eds.) 170 – 183. Kaduna: Published by the Department of English and Drama, Kaduna State University.

 

 Edited Conference Proceedings

  1. Adedimeji, M.A. (2009): The phenomenology of English in Nigeria and the challenges of globalization. In Reinventing the English Language in Nigeria in the Context of Globalization and Decolonization: Refreed           Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference of the Nigeria English         Studies Association     (NESA). Wale Adegbite and Billy Olajide (eds.) 35- 46. Published by the Nigeria English Studies Association.
  2. Alabi, V.A. and M. A. Adedimeji (2009): The nexus between stylistics and the language of poetry: An analysis of selected poems. In Reinventing the        English Language in Nigeria in the Context of Globalization and       Decolonization: Refreed Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference of the Nigeria English Studies Association (NESA). Wale Adegbite and Billy Olajide (eds.) 216 – 222, Published by the Nigeria English Studies Association. Available at http://unilorin.edu.ng/publications/ADEDIMEJI/http___www.unilorin.edu.pdf.

 

International Publications

Journal Articles in Print

  1. Babatunde, S.T. and Adedimeji, M.A. (2008): The theory and practice of politeness phenomena in a Nigerian university. Issues in Intercultural Communication. (2) 1 77-95, Published by Indiana University, Bloomington, USA. Available online at http://indiana.edu/~iic
  2. Adedimeji, M. A. (2009): Nigerian pidgin as a national language: A thematic appraisal of Segun Oyekunle’s Katakata for sofahead and Ola Rotimi’s Grip am. DRUMPEAK: International Journal of Research in the Humanities. (2) 3; 1 -27, Published by the Faculty of Arts, University of Cape Coast, Ghana. Available online at www.ucc.edu.gh/journal
  3. Adedimeji, M. A. and V. T. Alabi. (2014): A stylistic study of Bina Nengi-Ilagha’s Condolences. ANUJAT: Applied Journal of Thought. (3) 2; 126-148, Published by All Nations University, Koforidua, Ghana. Available at https://www.anuc.edu.gh/home/journal/20/journalmore.html.
  4. Adedimeji, M. A. (2016): An evaluation of the ‘Use of English’ examination questions at the University of Ilorin: A pilot study”. ANUJAT: Applied Journal of Thought (5) 1; 12-24, Published by All Nations University, Koforidua, Ghana. Available at https://www.anuc.edu.gh/home/journal/20/journalmore.html.

 

 

Chapters in Books

  1. Adedimeji, M.A. (2007): A speech act analysis of cigarette advertising in the Nigerian media. In Perspectives on Media Discourse. Taiwo, Rotimi, Akin Odebunmi and Akin Adetunji (Eds.) 267 – 679, Muenchen: Published by Lincom Europa.
  2. Adedimeji, M. A. (2009): Globalization and the survival of the Nigerian cultural and linguistic heritage: The American paradigm. In The Sociolinguistics of English and Nigerian Languages. Adeyanju, D. (ed.). 69 – 87. Muenchen, Germany: Published by Lincom Europa Academic Publications. Available at http://unilorin.edu.ng/publications/ADEDIMEJI/edited.pdf.
  3. Adedimeji, M. A. (2010): Sociological and historical contexts of number plate sloganeering in Nigeria. In Studies in Slang and Slogans. Babatunde, Sola, Akin   Odebunmi, Akin Adetunji and Mahfouz Adedimeji (eds.) 224 – 244. Published by      LINCOM GmbH Academic Publications.
  4. Adedimeji, M. A. (2011): Towards a pragma-integrative approach to the teaching of ‘use of English’ in Nigeria: A case for human development. In Culture, Science and Sustainable Development in Africa. Opoku-Agyemang, K. (ed.)178 -193. Cape Coast: Published by the University of Cape Coast Press. Available at http://unilorin.edu.ng/publications/ADEDIMEJI/TOWARDS%20AN%20INTEGRATIVE%20APPROACH%20TO%20THE%20TEACHING%20OF.pdf.
  5. Adedimeji, M. A. and J. O. Ojuade, (2011): A lexico-semantic study of Ola Rotimi’s   Kurunmi and Our husband has gone mad again.  In Cross-currents in Language, Literature & Translation: Festschrift for Prof. J. P. A. Ukoyen. Kuupole, D. D, I. Bariki and R. Yennah (eds.) 96-113. Porto-Novo: Published by SONOU d’Afrique – Universite bilingue.
  6. Adedimeji, M. A. (2012): Islamic education in Nigeria and Al-Ilory: The language question and the challenges ahead. Shaykh Adam Abdullahi Al-Ilory in the Tableau of Immortality. Abubakre, R. D. (ed.) 159 – 181. Riyadh: Published by Nigerian Centre for Arabic Research.
  7.    Adedimeji, M. A. and A. O. Ayuba, (2012): From text linguistics to text typology:  Towards a pragma-semiotic approach to the translation of Al-Ilory’s Arabic texts to   English. In Shaykh Adam Abdullahi Al-Ilory in the Tableau of Immortality. Abubakre, R. D. (ed.) 235 – 256. Riyadh: Published by the Nigerian Centre for Arabic Research.

 

Edited Conference Proceeding

  1. Adedimeji, M. A. (2013): A pragmatic study of media war against military rule in Nigeria (1989 – 1999). Proceedings of ILCC 2013: International Language for Communication Conference 2013 (23-25 August, 2013). Kuala Lumpur. 176-188. Published by International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) Press.