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.

Current Projects

She is at work on two projects. Her current book project, “Imagine Lagos: Mapmaking and Representation in Precolonial West Africa,” is a spatial history of pre-colonial Lagos. It maps the ways indigenous peoples in Lagos, Badagry, and Abeokuta shaped their cities, and even how they destroyed them in the tense competitions for political and economic power in the final decades of the transatlantic slave trade.

Her second project comes out of her research as an Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Rice University’s Humanities Research Center. This project, New Maps of Old Lagos, is a cartographic database that illustrates intersecting historical vignettes. 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. Visit: