Abstract: A Chronology of Medieval Ife

Hello. My name is James Renton; I am a rising sophomore on the Joint Programme with St. Andrews. I am majoring in History and have enjoyed engaging with the differences between the two Universities. One such difference was the opportunity for me to take Professor Gerard Chouin’s class on Mediaeval Africa in the fall. I had not known what to expect from such a class, it turned out to be one of the most fascinating classes that I have taken to date. I found it fascinating to be able to study cultures that are so unique and untouched by colonial powers. The possibility to travel to Nigeria with Professor Gerard Chouin as part of a joint venture led by him and Dr. Adisa Ogunfolakan, director of the A. G. Leventis Natural History Museum of the Obafemi Awolowo University of Ile-Ife, could not be refuse.

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