Trained as both historian and computer engineer, Ademide’s research into the history of African cities combines a set of interdisciplinary interests in African and urban history, technology, cartography and spatial humanities. She joined UCR’s History department in July 2015 and received her PhD in History from NYU in 2016.
Her current book project, “Imagine Lagos: Speculative Maps and the Making of a Nineteenth Century West African City,” is a spatial history of Lagos between 1845 and 1868, one that takes into account the city’s role as the economic, political and cultural focal point of the Bight of Benin. In particular, it analyzes how coastal West Africans imagined, manipulated and represented Lagos, how they built their homes, compounds, quarters and markets, and even how they destroyed them in tense competitions for political and economic power.
Accompanying this book project is a cartographic database, “New Maps of Old Lagos,” which comes out of her research as an Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Rice University’s Humanities Research Center. “New Maps” offers visual interpretations of intersecting historical vignettes of nineteenth-century Lagos. These maps narrate urban change in Lagos by documenting and illustrating the effects that civil wars, colonialism, slavery, emancipation and religion had on the city’s urban fabric.
“Mapping Old Lagos: Digital Histories & Maps about the Past.” The Historian 82, no. 1 (2020): 51–65.
“‘Africa for the Africans?’: Mapmaking, Lagos, and the Colonial Archive.” History in Africa 47, no. 1 (2020): 275–296.
“Historical Tours of ‘New’ Lagos: Performance, Place Making, and Cartography in the 1880s.” Special Issue of the Journal of Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. 38, no. 3 (2018): 443–54.
Recent Fellowships and Awards
UCHRI Junior Faculty Book Manuscript Workshop Award for "Imagine Lagos: Speculative Cartography and the Making of a 19th Century African City"
Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Career Enhancement Award for Junior Faculty. More info. *Please note that the foundation is in process of changing its name
Hellman Foundation Fellowship
UC Regents' Faculty Fellowship
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, Rice University.
African Studies Association (ASA), member.
Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD), member.
Lagos Studies Association, Founding Member
Urban History Association (UHA), member.
Nigerian Studies Association (NSA), member.
American Historical Association (AHA), member.