Publications

Books (Authored and Edited)

  • Wande Abimbola, Ifa Will Mend Our Broken World (Aim Books, Boston, 1997).
  • Wande Abimbola, Ifa Divination Poetry (NOK Publishers, New York, 1977).
  • Wande Abimbola, Ifa: An Exposition of Ifa Literary Corpus (Oxford University Press, Ibadan, 1977).
  • Wande Abimbola, Awon Oju Odu Mereerindinlogun (University Press Limited, Ibadan, 1977).
  • Wande Abimbola, Sixteen Great Poems of Ifa (UNESCO, Niamey, 1975).
  • Wande Abimbola (ed), Yoruba Oral Tradition (University Press Limited, Ibadan, 1975).
  • Wande Abimbola, (ed) Yoruba Idioms (Pilgrim Books, Lagos, 1969).
  • Wande Abimbola, Ijinle Ohun Enu If, Apa Keji (Collins, Glasgow, 1969; reprinted, University Press Limited, Ibadan, 1976 and 2006.)
  • Wande Abimbola, Ijinle Ohun Enu Ifa Apa Kini (Collins, Glasgow, 1968; reprinted, University Press Limited, Ibadan, 2006).
Journal Articles and Chapters in Books
  • Wande Abimbola, “Religion, World Order and Peace: an Indigenous African Perspective”, in Crosscurrents, Religion and the United Nations, Vol. 60, Issue 3, 2010, (pp. 307-309).
  • Wande Abimbola, “Mestre Didi, Alapini, and the Future of Afro-Atlantic Civilization”, in Criatividade Amago Das Diversidades Culturais: A Estética Do Sagrado, Juana Elbein Santos (ed.), Communitatis Mundi/SECNEB, Salvador, Bahia, 2010.
  • Wande Abimbola, “The Bag of Wisdom:  Osun and the Origins of Ifa Divination”, in Osun Across the Waters, J. Murphy and M. Sanford (ed.), Indiana University Press, Bloomington, Indiana, 2001.
  • Wande Abimbola, “The Contribution of Ancient Africa to Religious, Literary and Philosophical Thought:  The Ifa Divination Corpus of West Africa as a Case Study”, Inaugural Lecture, Boston University, Boston, November 1997.
  • Wande Abimbola, “Images of Women in the Ifa Literary Corpus”, in Queens, Queen Mothers, Priestesses and Power:  Case Studies In African Gender, Flora E.S. Kaplan (ed.), Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Vol. 8, 1997, (pp. 401-413).
  • Wande Abimbola, “Ifa:  A West African Cosmological System”, Religion in Africa:  Experience and Expression, Thomas D. Blakey, et. al. (eds.), James Currey, London and Heinemann, Portsmouth, Vol. 4, Monograph Series of the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies, 1994, (pp. 100-117).
  • Wande Abimbola, “Lagbayi, the Itinerant Woodcarver of Ojowon,” The Yoruba Artist, Rowland Abiodun et. al. (eds.), Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington and London, 1994, (pp.137-142).
  • Wande Abimbola, “Secrecy and Objectivity in the Methodology of Ifa Divination”, (with Barry Hallen), in Secrecy: African Art that  Conceals and Reaveals, Museum of African Art, New York, 1993.
  • Wande Abimbola, “Decolonizing African Thought”, in Tradition and Development in Africa Today, Introduction to African Culture: 8, UNESCO, Paris, 1990, (pp. 15-22); reprinted 2004 and 2006.
  • Wande Abimbola, “The Concept of Destiny in African Traditional Religion”, Ogun State Public Service Forum, Abeokuta, Nigeria, March, 1988.
  • Wande Abimbola, “Unification of the World’s Religions: The African View Point”, in Essays in Honour of S. C. Kim, Andrew Wilson (ed.), The Edwin Mellen Press, Lewinton and Queenston, U.S.A., 1987.
  • Wande Abimbola, “An Appraisal of African Systems of Thought”, The Arts and Civilization of Black and African Peoples, Vol. 2, Black Civilization and Philosophy, Third Press International, Lagos, Nigeria, 1986, (pp. 11-30).
  • Wande Abimbola, “The Notion of Sacrifice in Yoruba Religion”, in Restoring the Kingdom, Dean Williams Ferm (ed.), Paragon House, New York, 1984.
  • Wande Abimbola, “The Contribution of Diaspora Blacks to the Development and Preservation of Traditional African Religion in the Americas”, in Cultures Africaines, Documents de la Reunion d’Experts sur les Apports Cultures des Noirs de La Diaspora a l’Afrique, (UNESCO), 1983, (pp. 79-89).
  • Wande Abimbola, “Notes on Collection, Transcription, Translation and Analysis of Yoruba Oral Literature”, Yoruba Language and Literature, A. Afolayan (ed.), U.P.L., Ibadan, 1982.
  • Wande Abimbola, “Two Lineages of Yoruba Wood Carvers: Evidence from Oral Literature on the Visual Arts of Africa”, The Role of Afro-American Folklore in the Teaching of the Arts and Humanities, A. L. Seward (ed.), Indiana University Press, Bloomington, IN, 1978, (pp. 283-293).
  • Wande Abimbola, “Yoruba Traditional Religion”, Contemplation and Action in World Religions, Yusuf Ibish and Ileana Marculescu (ed.), University of Washington Press, Seattle and London, 1978, (pp. 218-243).
  • Wande Abimbola, “The Study of Yoruba Literature”, Inaugural lecture, Series 24, University of Ife, Ile-Ife, 1977.
  • Wande Abimbola, “The Ifa Divination System”, Nigeria Magazine: Special Festac Edition, Nos. 122-123, Lagos, 1977.
  • Wande Abimbola, “The Yoruba Thought System”, The Theosophist, Vol. 38, nos. 8-9, May and June 1977, Adyar Madras, India, (pp. 54-61, 83-90).
  • Wande Abimbola, “Yoruba Traditional Religion in Brazil: Problems and Prospects”, Actes du Congress International Des Americanistes, Paris, 1976, (pp. 620-639).
  • Wande Abimbola, “Consonant Elision in Yoruba” (with Olasope Oyelaran), African Language Studies 16, 1975, (pp. 37-60).
  • Wande Abimbola, “Iwapele: The Yoruba Concept of Good Character” in Yoruba Oral Literature, Wande Abimbola (ed.), University of Ibadan Press, Ibadan, 1975.
  • Wande Abimbola, “The Yoruba Concept of Human Personality”, in La Notion de Personne en  Afrique Noir, C.N.R.S., Paris, 1073, (pp. 41-62).
  • Wande Abimbola, “The Literature of the Ifa Cult”, Sources of Yoruba History, S. O. Biobaku (ed.), Oxford Universty Press, Ibadan, 1973, (pp. 41-62).
  • Wande Abimbola, “Ifa Divination Poems and the Coming of Islam to Yorubaland”, Pan-African Journal, iv/4, New York, 1972.
  • Wande Abimbola, “Stylistic Repetition in Ifa Divination Poetry”, Lagos Notes and Records, 3/1, 1971, (pp. 38-53).
  • Wande Abimbola, “Yoruba Oral Poetry”, Introduction to Nigerian Literature, Bruce King (ed.), Evans, Ibadan, 1971, (pp. 12-23).
  • Wande Abimbola, “Burial of the Dead Among the Yoruba”, Proceedings of the African Studies Staff Seminar, University of Lagos, 1970, (pp. 98-144).
  • Wande Abimbola, “A Chapter from the Second Odu of Ifa”, Black Orpheus, 2/2, 1969, (pp.7-12).
  • Wande Abimbola, “Ifa as a Body of Knowledge and As An Academic Discipline”, Lagos Notes and Records, 2/2, 1968, (pp. 30-40).
  • Wande Abimbola, “Ifa Divination Poems as Sources of Historical Evidence”, Lagos Notes and Records, 1/1, June, 1970, (pp.11-20).
  • Wande Abimbola, “The Ese of Ifa”, African Notes, 2/3, Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, 1965, (pp.12-17).
  • Wande Abimbola, “The Place of Ifa in Yoruba Traditional Religion”, African Notes, 2/2, January, 1965.
  • Wande Abimbola, “The Ruins of Oyo Division”, African Notes, 2/1, October, 1964.
  • Wande Abimbola, “The Odu of Ifa”, African Notes, 1/3, 1964, (pp.6-12).