African Studies, with a primary field in Religion
Ayodeji Ogunnaike is a doctoral student in the Department of African and African American Studies with a primary field in religion. He received his Bachelor's degree in African Studies and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard College in 2010. After graduating from the college, he served as an apprentice to an Ifá priest and diviner in Nigeria, and has worked with Prof. John Mugane to create an online Ifá library. His current research deals with traditional Òrìṣà worship, Islam, and Christianity in southwestern Nigeria with a special focus on religious identity and the interaction of these three traditions. Deji's other interests include education, Òrìṣà worship in the diaspora, mythology, and Ajami texts (African languages written in arabic script). He is also a resident tutor in Pforzheimer House.