Brief Profile of Professor Olayemi Durotimi Akinwumi
Professor Olayemi Akinwumi PhD,
FHSN, AvHF, MNAL is a Distinguished Professor of History at Nasarawa State
University, Keffi, Nigeria since 2005. He had his higher education at the
University of Ilorin where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in 1985 followed
by Master’s and PhD degrees in History in the same university. He is a Fellow of the Historical Society of
Nigeria (HSN), and former President of the Historical Society, the first
Academic Society in Nigeria.
Professor Olayemi Akinwumi began
his academic career at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria and rose to become a
senior Lecturer in 1996. He was at the Institut fur Ethonogie, Freie
Universitat, Berlin from 1999 to 2004. He joined and has been in the services
of the Nasarawa State University, Keffi since 2004.
He has won many international
and national academic awards. Among the awards are the Prof Ali Mazrui academic
awards for Academic Excellence in Kenya, the Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced
Study Award (South Africa), the prestigious German Alexander von Humboldt
award, Universitat Zurich (Switzerland) Nord-Sud-Kooperation Award, Europe
Research Award (in University College, London) the Institute of Commonwealth
Studies award (University of London), the German Deutscher Akademischer
Austauschdiendt (DAAD), UNESCO Scholar (Committee for the Pedagogical Use of
the General History of African Project in 2011) and the Council for the
Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) scholars at several
times. He also had the Bayo kuku award by the Nigeria Academy of Letters.
Professor Akinwumi has served in
various capacities in the University. He was the first substantive HOD History
(2004-2007). He was the Deputy Dean of Arts (2004-2006). He was the Dean of
Arts (2006-2010). In 2009, he was elected the Chairman, Committee of Deans and
Directors. The same year, he was elected Senate representative in the Governing
Council where he served in many committees.
In 2017, he was appointed as the
Director of Institute of Governance and Development Studies In 2018 he became the Dean, School of
Postgraduate Studies and in 2019, he was appointed for the second time, the
Chairman of the Committee of Deans and Directors.
He is an erudite scholar with
over 70 publications in national and international journals. Two of his major
works are Conflict and Crises in Nigeria: A Political history since 1960 and
the Colonial Contest for the Nigerian Region: A History of the German
Participation. Both books were published in Germany. He has attended conferences
in over 30 countries in the world.
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