Babaláwo. Philosopher. Lawyer.

Ifá divination and Africana philosophy.

Logic and philosophy of science.

Evidence, forensic science, and proof.


  • Babaláwo 2000

    Ifá Literary Corpus

    Awo Aláàfin Ògeese, Ọ̀yọ́, Nigeria

  • Ph.D. 2000

    Ph.D. in Law of Evidence

    University of Birmingham, UK

  • Bachelor's 1996

    LLB in Law

    London School of Economics, UK

  • Ph.D. 1994

    Ph.D. in Philosophy of Science

    London School of Economics, UK

  • Bachelor's 1987

    B.A. in Philosophy

    Ọbáfẹ́mi Awólọ́wọ̀ University, Nigeria


  • Present2013

    Associate Professor

    Howard University, Washington, DC

  • 20132003

    Lecturer in Law & Forensic Science

    University of Leicester, UK

  • 20032002

    Assistant Professor

    Seattle University, Seattle, WA

Featured Publications

The Role of Stories in Forensic Reasoning

Journal Paper
Kọ́lá Abímbọ́lá
Journal of Forensic Research and Analysis. Vol 1 (1): 1-8.
Publication year: 2017

The Historical Nature of Evidential Inference

Journal Paper
Kọ́lá Abímbọ́lá
Forensic Studies, Vol. 1(2): 1-10.
Publication year: 2017

Police Culture

Book Chapter
Kọ́lá Abímbọ́lá
Kọ́lá Abímbọ́lá (2017), “Police Culture: A Socio-Epistemological View.” In: Daryl Taiwo Harris, ed. (2017), Newschaser: The Rhetoric of Trump in Essays and Commentaries. Universal Write Publications.
Publication year: 2017

Spirituality and Applied Ethics: An African Perspective

Journal Paper
Kọ́lá Abímbọ́lá
West Africa Review, 3(1): 1-29.
Publication year: 2001

Yorùbá Culture: A Philosophical Account.

Kọ́lá Abímbọ́lá
Iroko Academic Publishers
Publication year: 2006

Exploring the Ethics of Individualism and Communitarianism: Multidisciplinary Essays in Honor of Professor Segun Gbadegesin

Edited Book
Enoch Olujide Gbadegesin, Yunusa Kehinde Salami & Kọ́lá Abímbọ́lá
Harvest Day Publications
Publication year: 2016

My Awards

  • 2005
    Under the auspices of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, UNESCO award of $200,000 to the Global Forum for Yoruba Religion and Culture for the preservation of the Ifa Divination System of Nigeria, which was proclaimed by UNESCO as one of the “Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritages of Humanity.”
  • 2006
    Modern Law Review
    (With Jean McHale) Grant from the Modern Law Review Seminars for a Seminar on Health, Law, Faiths and Beliefs: New Dilemmas - New Perspectives (United Kingdom).
  • 2004
    Leicester City Council
    (With Dr. Margit Cohn) Grant from The Leicester City Council’s Community Cohesion Fund for a Conference on Law, Religion and Secularism (United Kingdom).
  • 2003
    Center for the Study of Justice in Society
    Research into Philosophy and Development from the Center for the Study of Justice in Society, Seattle, WA, USA.
  • 2000
    Copeland Research Fellow
    Copeland Research Fellow conducting research on the philosophical contributions of Africa to practical reasoning. Amherst College, MA, United States.
  • 1989
    The British Council
    Commonwealth Academic Scholarship for research in History and Philosophy of Science (United Kingdom).