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Richard Olaniyan

EMAIL: raolaniyan@gmail.com
PHONE: 08033742235
ADDRESS: Road 7D, OAU Senior Staff Qtrs, Ile-Ife

INSTITUTIONAL AFFILIATION: Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife
APPOINTMENTS: Member, Governing Council, LAUTECH, Ogbomoso, 2013-2017
PARTICIPATION IN GRANTS AND INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATIONS/PROJECTS: US State Department Fulbright Alumni Initiative with Prof. Lillian Trager, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 2004-2006
COMMUNITY SERVICE: Chairman, Diocesan Pastoral Council, Catholic Diocese of Osogbo, 2016 to date.


Born at Osogbo, Osun State, on August 7, 1942, Professor Richard Adeboye Olaniyan attended St. Benedict Catholic School, Osogbo, and St. Peter’s Teachers College, Akure. He obtained the GCE in 1960 and went to US for further studies. He obtained his B.A. (Hons.) History from Regis University in Denver, Colorado, USA, where he was a Jesuit Education Scholar, graduating at the top of his class in 1965. Armed with the prestigious Danfort Fellowship, he received his M.A. in 1967, and PhD (with Distinctions) in February 1970, at Georgetown University, Washington DC.

Professor Olaniyan joined the services of the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) in February 1970 as a Lecturer and was promoted to the rank of Professor in 1983. He served as Dean, Faculty of Arts 1989-1991; foundation Dean of Student Affairs, September-December 1991; Provost, College of Arts and Education (when OAU was running the Collegiate system), Jan.1992-Dec.1993. He served as member or chairman of many committees in the OAU system. He was Coordinator, Obafemi Awolowo University/University of Wisconsin Exchange Programme 1991-1996; Chairman, Board of Directors, Obafemi Awolowo University Press 1988-1993; and University Orator (1987, 1992, 2003). He retired in June 2007.

Professor Olaniyan was a recipient of numerous distinctions, awards and grants at undergraduate, postgraduate and postdoctoral levels which included the Federal Government of Nigeria Special Research Grant (1987); and the US State Department Fulbright Alumni Initiative grant (with Professor Lillian Trager), 2004-2006.
Among Professor Olaniyan’s publications as Author/Editor are:
• The Catholic Chaplaincy at OAU, 1962-2019 (OAU Press, 2019);
• Contemporary Issues in Africa’s Development: Whither the African Renaissance? (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018);
• Nigeria’s Ungoverned Spaces: Studies in Security, Terrorism and Governance (OAU Press, 2016);
• The Amalgamation and Its Enemies: An Interpretive History of Modern Nigeria (OAU Press, 2003, 2013);
• The Servant of the Living God: Biography of Primate Emmanuel Adeleke Adejobi (Lagos: AAF, 2006);
• In the Service of God: The Catholic Church in Oyo Diocese (OAU Press, 1994);
• Nigerian Diplomacy: The Burden of History (OAU Press, 1990);
• Federalism in a Changing World (Lagos: MSD, 1988);
• Nigerian History and Culture (London: Longman, 1985);
• Guinea–Bissau in Anglo-Portuguese Relations, 1860-1870 (Ife Univ. Press, 1984);
• Ife: The Holy City of the Yoruba (Ife Univ. Press, 1984);
• African History and Culture (London: Longman, 1982).
• His most recent book, Transborder Nomadic Pastoralism and Human Security: Focus on West Africa (edited with: Kayode Faleye and Innocent Moyo) is being considered for publication by Routledge, London.
• His book-chapters and journal articles have appeared in reputable national and international outlets.

He has had summer fellowships at the University of Washington (Seattle) and Princeton University, and has been a Visiting Scholar at Cornell University, all in the United States, and the University of Bayreuth in Germany. He taught at Georgetown University (1968-1969), University of Wisconsin-Parkside (1994). He was Head of Department at Adekunle Ajasin University (2003-2005), and also at Niger Delta University (2007-2012); and Professor of International Relations and Dean, College of Humanities, at Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji, Osun State (2013-2016). A member of several professional bodies and a Fellow of the prestigious Nigerian Academy of Letters (NAL), Professor Olaniyan was a former member of the Governing Council of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, 2013-2017.

Professor Olaniyan has also served in national and international bodies. For example, he was a member of the Standing National Committee on GATT and UNCTAD (Ministry of Trade, Abuja), 1989-1991; member, Nigeria/Ghana Joint Commission, Committee of Experts (Ministry of Science and Technology, Lagos), 1990-1991; and member, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) where he was chairman of admissions into Law Faculties of all Nigerian universities, 1989-1991.

He has served as an Assessor for over 50 Professorial Appointments in History, Political Science, Education, and Public Administration in Federal and State Universities across Nigeria, and as an External Examiner for BA, MA and PhD examinations in many Nigerian universities. He has supervised several MA and PhD theses and dissertations. Married with children, Professor Olaniyan is the Chairman of the Diocesan Pastoral Council, Osogbo Catholic Diocese.

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