Sophie Bọ́sẹ̀dé Olúwọlé

*fyi: this page is hosted within Juul van der Laan’s website

still from short film “Sophie”

You’ve come to the right place to start exploring more about Sophie Olúwọlé and her work on African philosophy. On this page you will find her bibliography, the short film in which she gives a thorough introduction to Ifá, more clips featuring things she said and future events where we (filmmaker Juul van der Laan and philosopher Renate Schepen) will be discussing her work live – in her cinematographic presence – again.

Short film (new!)

News (April ’23): After premiering at the University of Ibadan, The Lagos Book & Art Festival (Nov 2022) and being nominated for a Lions award (2022), short documentary “Sophie” is now available to stream online, from anywhere in the world.

You can watch the trailer above, and rent the short documentary (14 min).

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Oluwole, S. B. Socrates En Orunmila : Wat We Van Afrikaanse Filosofie Kunnen Leren; Werff, S. van der, Translator; Ten Have: Utrecht, 2017.

Oluwole, S. B. Katanfuru : Who Are (they/we) Africans? Some Memorable Quotes; Ark: Lagos, 2015.

Oluwole, S. B. Socrates and Ọ̀rúnmìlà : Two Patron Saints of Classical Philosophy, Revised.; Ark: Lagos, Nigeria, 2015.

Oluwole, S. B.; Sofoluwe, J. O. A. African Myths and Legends of Gender; Ark: Lagos, 2014.

Oluwole, S. B. African Philosophy on the Threshold of Modernisation : Valedictory Lecture; Occasional Publications / Faculty of Arts, University of Lagos; First Academic: Nigeria, 2007.

Oluwole, S. B.; University of Lagos. General African Studies Programme. The Essentials of African Studies; General African Studies Programme: Akoka, 1998; Vol. Vol. 2 /.

Oluwole, S. B. Philosophy and Oral Tradition; ARK Publications: Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria, 1997.

Oluwole, S. B.; Goethe-Institut (Lagos, Nigeria). Democratic Patterns and Paradigms : Nigerian Women’s Experience; Goethe Institute: Lagos, Nigeria, 1996.

Beier, U.; Oluwole, S. B. The Making of a Philosopher; Iwalewa-Haus: Bayreuth, 1994.

Oluwole, S. B. Womanhood in Yoruba Traditional Thought; Iwalewa-Haus: Bayreuth, 1993.

Oluwole, S. B. Witchcraft, Reincarnation, and the God-Head : (issues in African Philosophy); African Philosophy Series; Excel: Ikeja, Lagos, 1992.

Oluwole, S. B. Readings in African Philosophy : (an Anthology); African Philosophy Series; Masstech: Lagos, 1989.

Articles or chapters

Oluwole, S. B. Africa: This Is How Far We Have Come; a Quick Look at How Africans Were Seen in the Past through the Eyes of European Historians, Philosophers and Writers and How We Are Seen Today Proves a Huge Point: The World (outside Africa) Is Making Progress. This Compilation Was Done by Sophie B. Oluwole. New African 2006, 455 (455), 10.

Oluwole, S. B. The Cultural Dimensions of Development. West African Journal of Archaeology 2003, Vol. 33, No. 1, P. 15-25.

Oluwole, S. B. Womanhood in Yoruba Traditional Thought. Character Is Beauty : Redefining Yoruba Culture & Identity : (iwalewa-Haus, 1981-1996) 2001, P. 223-234.

Oluwole, S. B.; Beier, U. The Making of a Philosopher : Ulli Beier Talks to Dr. Sophie Oluwole. Character Is Beauty: Redefining Yoruba Culture and Identity (iwalewa-Haus, 1981-1996) 2001, Pages 357-372.

Oluwole, S. B. African Philosophy As Illustrated in Ifá Corpus. African Philosophy 1998, Vol. 11, No. 2, P. 151-159.

Oluwole, S. B.; Diagne, Souleymane Bachir. Temps Et Développement Dans La Pensée De L’afrique Subsaharienne. In The Labyrinth Conception of Time As Basis of Yoruba View of Development; Amsterdam – Atlanta, GA: Brill, 1998, 1998; pp 139–150.

Oluwole, S. B.; Kimmerle, Heinz. Philosophy and Democracy in Intercultural Perspective. In Culture, Nationalism and Philosophy; Amsterdam | Atlanta, GA: Brill | Rodopi, 1997, 1997; pp 23–42.

Oluwole, S. B. Culture, Gender, and Development Theories in Africa. Africa Development : A Quarterly Journal of the Council for the Development of Economic and Social Research in Africa : Revue Trimestrielle Du Conseil Pour Le Développement De La Recherche Économique Et Sociale En Afrique 1997, Vol. 22, No. 1, P. 95-121.

Oluwole, S. B. Chelewa, Chelewa the Dilemma of Teenage Girls. Africa Development / Afrique Et Développement 1995, 20 (3), 157–162.

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Online release of “Afùwàpẹ́” announced for summer 2023.

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07 April 2023


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