60 years after its creation, the department of political science of the Nigerian university obtains its first woman at the head


For the first time since the establishment of the Department of Political Science in 1962 when Obafemi Awolowo University (OUA), Ile-Ife took off, a female head has been appointed.

The new director, Damilola Agbalajobi, holds a Ph.D. and is a senior lecturer specializing in gender studies, peace and conflict, and political economy.

The new appointment was announced via the department’s official website, which noted that Ms Agbalajobi took office on August 1, succeeding Olugbemiga Afolabi, whose term ended on July 31.

About Mrs. Agbalojobi

Ms. Agbalajobi joined the department in 2012 after a five-year stint at Redeemer University, Mowe, Ogun State. The private university has since moved to Ede in Osun State.

The new leader holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) and Masters in Political Science from the University of Ilorin in 1997 and 2006 respectively, and a PhD from the University of Lagos in 2017.

The university also noted that Ms. Agbalahobi is a member of LeidenASC in the Netherlands, the Nigerian Young Academy (NYA) and the Ife Institute of Advanced Studies (IIAS).

Damilola Agbalajobi, the appointed director of the OAU’s political science department.

As an expert on women’s political participation in (West) Africa, her book, “Promoting Gender Equality in Political Participation: New Perspectives on Nigeria”, was published in 2021.

“Dr. Agbalajobi has won numerous travel grants to attend and present papers at various conferences on various aspects of policy and development studies.”

She is also a member of many academic societies, including the Nigerian Political Science Association and the Nigeria Young Academy,” the university said.

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