A view of Ede, Osun State

Photographing the Mosque in Ede

I have been working on the Knowing Each Other project as a field researcher since 2012. The last two years has been wonderful and enriching experience. I was responsible for organising survey responses for our survey on religious histories and attitudes, and I also conducted qualitative interviews with a large number of people we encountered. Travelling to new locations within Yorubaland has been one of the most exciting aspects of the research. Another interesting part of the experience has been coming into contact with believers from different faiths and learning about their beliefs.

 

 Ansaruddeen Mosque Ede, Osun State


Ansaruddeen Mosque Ede, Osun State

I want to mention one experience during our fieldwork in Ede, where we started work on the project and learned a lot. Worshippers from the mosque came to speak to us while we were taking a picture of the mosque which is situated beside Ifa shrine. Jimoh Oriyomi, a Muslim member of the team, quickly greeted them ‘salam aleikum’ and shook their hands. After he had explained the focus of the research project we were invited to come in and take more pictures of the mosque. This taught us that it was good to have a religiously mixed team, and that our own behaviour needed to be considerate and diplomatic in all circumstances. In many locations we were helped by this by local helpers, who joined our teams for the duration of our research in their town or village.

 

Ede Central Mosque, Ede Osun State

Ede Central Mosque, Ede Osun State

There have also been challenges when administering the questionnaires, in particular explaining to people in both rural and urban areas the focus of the research. In some locations people thought suspected of being government agents, and in one case people even suspected us of asking about their religious practices because we were affiliated with Boko Haram, a terrorist organisation. This has illustrated to me that there is no ‘neutral’ way of doing research. In most cases we could convince people that we were simply interested in learning more about their religious lives, and many people changed their minds and helped us after talking to us. I am very grateful to all the people who supported us and who contributed to the success of the project by sharing their time and experience with us.

Akinduro Kehinde

Akinduro Kehinde

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