Bio: Ọládùnńkẹ́ Ayọ̀ọlá Àránsí is Senior Lecturer and current Head of Department of Linguistics and African Languages, Kwara State University, Malete, Nigeria. She earned her B.A., M.A., Ph.D. in Yorùbá Language and Literature, all from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. At the same university, she obtained Certificate in Yorùbá Oral Literature. Àránsí worked as a member of the non-academic staff of Obafemi Awolowo University before joining Kwara State University as a lecturer in the Faculty of Humanities, Management, and Social Sciences in 2013.
Àránsí is committed to teaching and training students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She has supervised many students’ research projects in her department and has undertaken series of administrative duties both at the faculty and the university levels. Her teaching, research, and publications focus on Yorùbá language, Yorùbá traditional culture, oral and written literature. Àránsí currently has over 20 publications, peer-reviewed national and international articles in the areas of Yorùbá poetry, Yorùbá novels, and gender studies. She is a member to the following associations: Yorùbá Studies Association of Nigeria, Ẹgbẹ́ Akọ́mọlédè àti Àṣà Yorùbá, Nàìjíríà, American Association of Teachers of Yorùbá, the International Society for the Oral Literature of Africa, Creative Writers (Ẹgbẹ́ Òǹkọ̀wé Ede Yoruba), African Proverbs and Phraseology Society (AFRICAPPS), Nigerian Oral Literature Association (NOLA), National Council of Less Common Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) ALTA.
Àránsí has published creative and critical works in Yorùbá. She is the author of Ewi Omoluabi, Isetofabo Ninu Asayan Ewi Onkowe-Binrin Yoruba, Oju Amuwaye Yoruba ni Ilana Ere–Onise Ninu Odun Igogo ni Ilu Owo, and Ewi Feso Jaye, Obi Lo Jeso, among others. She serves as an external and internal examiner within and outside Kwara State University, and she has received many awards and distinctions. Àránsí has held many positions in Lions Club International, and currently, she is the president of District 404B2 for 2021. She is a prominent member of the Ile-Ife Chapter of the Obafemi Awolowo University Muslim Graduates Association (UNIGEMGA).