“Teju was a brilliant scholar and an extraordinarily dedicated mentor to graduate students and junior colleagues. We are losing an adventurous interdisciplinary thinker and a colleague and friend revered for his humanity. His wisdom and intellectual generosity lifted us all,” said English Department Chair Anja Wanner.
-University of Wisconsin-Madison
“During three decades of university teaching and research in Nigeria and the US, Olaniyan consistently produced matchless studies in diasporic African literatures, cultures performance traditions, and popular arts. He also mentored many scholars who have gone on to stellar careers. Olaniyan rendered exemplary service to institutions that sustain the creation and dissemination of ideas and knowledge on Black culture and literature.”