Toyin Falola, Ph.D., Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters and Fellow of the Historical Society of Nigeria is a Distinguished Teaching Professor and the Frances Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professor in History at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also the Julius Nwalimu Chair of Modern African History At-Large, Benue State University, Makurdi.
Author and editor of over a hundred books including Awolowo: The End of An Era?, he is the Series Editor of Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora, Series Editor of the Culture and Customs of Africa by Greenwood Press, Series Editor of Classic Authors and Texts on Africa by Africa World Press, and Series Editor of Carolina Studies on Africa and the Black World. He was the recipient of the Cecil B Currey Award for his book, Economic Reforms and Modernization in Nigeria, the Herskovits' finalist award for A Mouth Sweeter Than Salt, the Nigerian Studies Association's Best Book Award for Colonialism and Violence in Nigeria, and the Conover-Porter's Finalist Certificate for Key Events in African History: A Reference Guide. He is the current Chair of the Herskovits Prize for the ASA, a member of the M, Klein Book prize for the AHA, and the Joel Gregory Prize for the Canadian Association of African Studies.
He has received various awards and honors at the University of Texas at Austin, including the Jean Holloway Award for Teaching Excellence, The Texas Exes Teaching Award, the Chancellor's Council Outstanding Teaching Award, Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, and the Career Research Excellence Award.
His life time career awards include the Nigerian Diaspora Academic Prize, the Felix E. Udogu Africa Award, the Cheikh Anta Diop Award, the Amistad Award, and the SIRAS Award for Outstanding Contribution to African Studies, Africana Studies Distinguished Global Scholar Lifetime Achievement Award, and the 2011 Distinguished Africanist by the African Studies Association.
For his distinguished contribution to the study of Africa, his students and colleagues have presented him with a set of three Festschriften, two edited by Adebayo Oyebade, The Transformation of Nigeria: Essays in Honor of Toyin Falola and The Foundation of Nigeria: Essays in Honor of Toyin Falola, and one by Akin Ogundiran, Precolonial Nigeria: Essays in Honor of Toyin Falola. A recent book, Toyin Falola: The Man, Mask and Muse presents bio-critical studies in a thousand pages.
His memoir, A Mouth Sweeter Than Salt, captures his childhood and received various awards. He has an honorary doctorate from Monmouth University, USA.