Welcome Message

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the homepage of  the Digital Humanities Research Unit (DIHRU), University of Lagos, Nigeria. 

At DIHRU we are committed to the investigation of  the different  ways  computers and new media technologies as well as other digital methods  are opening new avenues for research into the human experience,  and social phenomena that impact humanity.

The Research Unit is currently conducting a research project on the compilation of  the Corpus of  Nigeria New Media Discourse in English(CONNMDE).

We are determined to promote interdisciplinary research and conversation on the intersection between the humanities and computer sciences.

We invite you to explore our resources and join the conversation.

Professor Tunde Opeibi

Chair & Principal Investigator

Visiting Professor, Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany

Senior Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation


Digital Humanities Research Unit, University of Lagos is an interdisciplinary research and academic unit located in the Faculty of Arts, University of Lagos. We are interested in applying an interdisciplinary approach that explores the intersection of computer methodologies along with computer-based and interactive technologies and studies in the humanities. This research centre hopes to engage in individual and collaborative research projects that draw insights, principles and approaches from methodologies in Computer Sciences, Information Technologies, Social Sciences and the Humanities. The Unit will accommodate the varied research interests/programmes in the disciplines that are currently domiciled in the Faculty of Arts, University of Lagos. The Unit hopes to become an intellectually-stimulating international research hub that will encourage scholars and researchers willing to investigate different ways in which digital technologies, web-based resources and ICT are opening new ways for research projects in languages, literature, cultures, and historical, media studies, personal and social experiences of man in modern society.

Our Objectives: We

  • Promote computer-based approaches to research in Language & Literature as well as other disciplines in the humanities
  • Encourage and support research activities that will stimulate and drive computer-based studies in the humanities
  • Provide an enabling research climate and mentorship for upcoming scholars
  • Develop and Explore new theories and methods that will open new avenues
  • Adopt new technological tools to analyse and present results of research conducted from within the disciplines in the humanities
  • Unite the strengths of humanities research with those of computer and information sciences
  • Utilise computer methods to study digitized archives, audiovisual media and social media content to give new meaning to human experiences in their linguistic, social, historical and cultural contexts
  • Prepare and equip future generation of scholars and researchers in the humanities to adopt scientific approaches to their research through seminars, workshops that will complement classroom-based learning
  • Develop scientific-based principles and practices that expand the scope , enhance the quality and increase the visibility of humanistic research(Schnapp, ibid)
  • Make the various disciplines in the Faculty of Arts more relevant to current social realities in the digital age with the capacity to develop necessary scientific competencies to respond to these challenges.

What We Offer:

  • How to create a rich/big data base for a wide range of research in the humanities
  • How to construct and develop corpora</li style=”list-style-type: square;”>
  • How to handle big or digitized data
  • How to apply computer methodologies for research analyses in the humanities
  • How to utilise digital technologies to conduct humanities-related research and present empirically-verified results to a wider audience
  • How to adopt computer-based quantitative methodologies in research projects

Our Research Groups & Infrastructure:

  • Research Group in New Media & Society
  • Research Group in Corpus Linguistics & Academic Discourse
  • Digital Media Laboratory

Current Research:

Construction of the CORPUS OF NIGERIA NEW MEDIA DISCOURSE IN ENGLISH (CONNMDE) in conjunction with Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany.

Our Team:

Professor Tunde Opeibi – Dept. of English (Chair & Principal Investigator) (Humboldt Fellow)

Dr. Victor Odumuyiwa – Dept. of Computer Science (Technical Partner)

Dr. Moji Shodipe – Dept. of English

Ayodeji Adedara – Dept. of English

Our International Partners

Prof Dr Josef Schmied – Chair, English Language & Linguistics, Faculty of Humanities, Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany

Dr Presley Ifukor – DAAD Scholar & Researcher, Münster University, Germany

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany – ( International Collaborator)

Professor Øyvind Eide – Institute for Digital Humanities, Historical and Cultural Information, University of Cologne, Germany

Professor Dan O’Donnell – University of Lethbridge, Canada
Volkswagen Foundation, Germany