About the Coordinators

Halimat Titilola Somotan is a doctoral candidate in the African History program at Columbia University. Her research interests are in urban, medical, newspaper, and nineteenth/twentieth century Nigerian history. Her masters’ thesis explored how advertisements of patent medicine or cure-all medicine in colonial Lagos newspapers shaped new meanings of health.

Her dissertation investigates the struggles to define national belonging through the processes of making and unmaking Lagos as the capital city from 1951, when the colonial government and Nigerian politicians declared Lagos as the federal capital of the Nigerian federation, to 1976, when the military government decided to shift the capital city to Abuja in Northern Nigeria.

In 2012, she received her B.A in History and Theatre Arts from Fairfield University, where she was awarded the Ella Baker Award for Excellence in Black Studies. During her undergraduate studies, Halimat spent a semester studying Kiswahili and East African History at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Born and raised in Ibadan, Nigeria, she enjoys traveling, visiting museums, reading fiction, and listening to juju music.

Mufutau Oluwasegun Jimoh was an Assistant lecturer in the Department of History, University of Ibadan before he joined the department of history and International Studies at Federal University Brinin-Kebbi, Kebbi State, Nigeria. He studies urban history, social history, and Islam in nineteenth and twentieth centuries Lagos. His dissertation examines the interplay of diseases, race, class, ethnicity, religion and the notion of progress in Nigeria’s colonial encounter.

Jimoh is a Fellow of American Council of Learned Societies/African Humanities Program (F17), Research Fellow at the French Institute for Research in Africa-Nigeria (IFRA) and a committee member of the Lagos Studies Association. He served as a member of Lagos state government history committee project from 2014 to 2016.


  • Jimoh M.O, “The British Mosquito Eradication Campaign in Colonial Lagos, 1902-1950” Canadian Journal of African Studies, Vol. 51. No.2, 2017
  • Jimoh M. Oluwasegun, Managing Epidemic: The British approach to 1918-1919 Influenza in Lagos, Journal of Africa and Asian Studies, Vol. 13, No.1, 2015
  • Jimoh M. Oluwasegun, “The growth of Islam in the coastal area of Lagos: The Epe Example.” Journal of Oriental and African Studies Vol.25, 2016.
  • T.G.O Gbadamosi, Habeeb Sanni, M.O Jimoh, et.al, A History of People of Lagos State, CLRN Q Books imprint, Lagos, 2016