Meet ONI-BURAIMOH OLAWUNMI OMOLARA, an Academic Staff of Lagos State University.


Pragmatics, Cultural And Youth Studies


Associate Professor / Reader


English Language


At the English Language department office

Visiting Hour

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Research Interest

Topic: Pragmatics, African Popular Culture And Youth Studies

Description: My research works are mostly in the area of Pragmatics, African popular culture and youth studies. I have published in the area of language in popular cartoons, social media, and Nigerian youth cultures. I have six 6 papers that interrogate one aspect of youth sexual discourse or the other. I also have a paper that examines the literary imagination of sex and sexual discourse in Lola Shoneyin s The Secret Lives of Baba Segi s Wives; a paper on the Language of sexting on the social media and its impact on spousal relationships in Nigeria. I have twelve 12 papers in one aspect of popular culture or the other. Two of my papers are on basic grammar and usage; two 2 in sociolinguistics and two 2 in Critical Discourse Analysis. Aside from using insights from pragmatics in most of my papers, I have a chapter on key concepts in Pragmatics and I co-authored a book on Trends in Semantics and Pragmatics a book of 40 chapters. In all, my research triangulates three separate fields of the humanistic sciences Linguistics, Sociology and Cultural Studies.


# Certificate SchoolYear
1. Ph.D (Language) English, University of Ibadan 2012

Current Research

Rape culture and Language enablers in Nigerian pop music

Research Details

Rape is not a new phenomenon but its upsurge during the Covid 19 period lockdown in Nigeria March 2020 May 2020 was alarming. Apart from the pandemic which made vulnerable people exposed to their predators, another observed causative factor is inherent in Nigerian pop music. The language used in some of the music act as enablers of rape and this cannot be continuously overlooked. In this project, one song each from three Nigerian pop artistes will be purposively selected for content analysis Olamide, Naira Marley and Slim case. Our aim is investigate the prevalence of sex and other related phenomena in the songs, propagation of erroneous assumptions about sex and other related phenomena, objectification of women s and men s bodies, metaphorisation of sexual activity as a conquest and encouragement of drug use for sexual activity. Pop music is a site for exhibiting counter hegemonic designs which provides us with the belief systems and ideologies of the ever adventurous youths. We hope the study through the findings can address issues of rape culture in the society. Key words: rape culture, language enablers, ideologies, Nigerian pop music, Covid-19


ONI-BURAIMOH OLAWUNMI is a Associate Professor / Reader at the Department of English Language

ONI-BURAIMOH has a Ph.D in Language from English, University of Ibadan

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