Diekara Oloruntoba-Oju is a doctoral student in the Department of African and African American Studies with a primary field in Anthropology. She did her undergraduate degree in German and French at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and her Masters in African Studies at Cambridge University.
Her research interests are around contemporary urban youth cultures and subcultures in Nigeria with specific attention to themes of resistance, textuality, embodiment, and intimacy. She has done research around the paradoxes of compliance and resistance in West Africa popular music as well as figurations of the queer self in contemporary Nigerian youth texts in which she examines how temporal texts and everyday performances of the body (pointedly, the young body) intimately and/or precariously relate with broader institutions of power such as the State, religion, and the economy.
Also interested in literature, Diekara writes fiction and works (now remotely) as an organiser for the Cambridge University African Literature Book Club, run by the Center of African Studies, Cambridge.