C. Magbaily Fyle received his BA from Durham University in 1968, a Diploma in Education from the University of Sierra Leone in 1969, a Certificate in African Studies in 1972 from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, and a PhD from the same institution in 1976
Since 1991, Professor Fyle has been a professor of African History at the Ohio State University Department of African-American and African Studies. Formerly, he was the Director, Center of African Studies at the Ohio State University (1996-1997), Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone (1986-1988), Non-Executive Director, Central Bank of Sierra Leone (1980-1986), and a professor of African Studies, Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone.
His research interests are in African History, particularly, pre-colonial West Africa, material culture in Africa, and Diaspora communities.
Dr. Fyle’s major publications are Historical Dictionary of Sierra Leone. New Edition. Lanham, MD, Scarecrow Press, 2006; Introduction to the History of African Civilization, volumes 1&II. Lanham, MD, University Press of America, 1999 &2001; The State and the Provision of Social Services in Sierra Leone since Independence.1961 – 1991 (editor) Dakar, CODESRIA (Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa), 1993); The History of Sierra Leone: A Concise Introduction. London, Evans, 1981
Dr. Fyle has 19 years teaching experience in Sierra Leone. In 1996, he organized a conference on affirmative action at Fort Hare University, South Africa, and he has done research in Liberia, Guinea, and other countries, and currently has a research project on “Technological Capability in the Informal Sector Metal Working Industry,” for the International Development Research Center, Ottawa, Canada, 1986. In addition, he is engaged in a research project entitled, Transformations of in Sierra Leone History.