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Olukayode Ayooluwa Afolabi, Sir

Olukayode Ayooluwa Afolabi, Sir

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Dr. Olukayode Ayooluwa Afolabi, FRHD was born in Offa, Kwara State, Nigeria. He obtained his B.Sc., M.Sc and Ph.D from the Department of Psychology, Faculty of the Social Sciences, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Throughout the period of his studentship at Ibadan, Dr. Afolabi consistently ranked among the best students in his class. At the end of his participation in the mandatory National Youth Service in Oyo State, he became a recipient of the state National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) award for selfless and meritorious services in 1996. It was after this he enrolled for the M.Sc programme in Industrial/Organisational Psychology which he successfully completed with a convenient Ph.D grade and was asked to proceed. The Department of Psychology at the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, Nigeria offered Olu a Faculty position in 1999 which he accepted. Thus, he combined his teaching appointment with pursuit of a Ph.D, which he commenced in 2001 and completed in 2004.

Dr. Afolabi has taught courses that cut across different areas of Psychology. However, his core areas of research and teaching interests are Psychological Testing and Test Construction, Statistics, Personality Assessment and Organisational Behaviour. Others include Gender Issues, Prosocial Behaviour and Work Teams. Olu's numerous publications appear in reputable local and international journals. He has also attended workshops, seminars and conferences locally and internationally mostly in the UK, USA and some African countries.

Dr. Afolabi's numerous activities in his Department and the University include:

*Examination Officer, January 2002 to September 30, 2005
*Faculty representative on the Faculty Board of Basic Clinical Sciences, 2002 to 2004
*Faculty Representative on the Faculty Board of Education, November 2004 to September 2005
*Acting Head, Department of Psychology, October 1, 2005 to September 30, 2008
*Member, Senate, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Nigeria, October 1 2005 to September 30, 2008
*Member, University Academic Planning Commitee, November 2006 to date
*Member, University Committee on HIV/AIDS control and awareness, June 27 2007 to date
*Warden, Medical Halls of Residence, November 1, 2007 to date

He is a member of many academic societies such as Nigerian Psychological Association; International Affiliate, American Psychological Association, Editor, Ekpoma Journal of Behavioural Sciences and Editor-in-Chief, Nigerian Psycholoigcal Research. Dr. Afolabi also distinguishes himself as an excellent administrator and has brought great innovations to his Department. On August 14, 2008, he was given the "Pillar of Nation Building" award by the International Institute for Raw Materials and Human Development in Abuja, Nigeria. He was also made the Fellow of the same Institute.

Olu gets along with his colleagues and students. For this reason, on Thursday March 19, 2009, he was elected Vice-President of the Ambrose Alli University Senior Staff Club (AAUSSC). Later, he became the PRESIDENT of the club on June 22, 2011 till November 30. He was the Sub-Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences of the University between December 22, 2009 to October 31, 2010. Because of his hard work, tolerance, self-discipline, intelligence and innovative skills, immediately after his tenure he was re-appointed the the Acting Head, Department of Psychology, again on November 1, 2010 till November 30 when he withdrew his services from the University to Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, NIGERIA.

At the Adekunle Ajasin University in Nigeria, He was the Acting Head of Department between February 1, 2012 to August 31, 2015. During the same period, Afolabi became the 7th Dean of his Faculty (Social and Management Sciences) between August 18, 2014 and September 1, 2015. Thus, he combines the headship of his department with that of his Faculty. He voluntarily stepped down on August 31, 2015 because he believes that it is only a candidate that has failed in a class that repeats a class. He did not seek second term.

Olu is disciplined, humble, hardworking and a good disciplinarian who serves as a mentor to many of his and other students he teaches who nicknamed him "Daddy." Olukayode is happily married to Funmi, and they are blessed with lovely kids.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Ethics and Morality
  • Gender Psychology
  • Group Processes
  • Helping, Prosocial Behavior
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Research Methods, Assessment


  • Afolabi, A. O., & Aigbodion, A. (2006). Industrial and Personnel Psychology: A modern approach. Benin: Everblessed.

Journal Articles:

Other Publications:

  • Afolabi, A. O. (2011). Personality and gender type as factors in mentor- protégé relationship: A psychologist's insight. In A. A. Olowu (Ed.), Mentoring: A key issue in Human Resource Management. Ife: Ife Centre for Psychological Studies.

Courses Taught:

  • Group Dynamics
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Personality Assessment
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Social Psychology

Olukayode Ayooluwa Afolabi, Sir
Department of Pure & Applied Psychology, Adekunle Ajasin University
7 Okusa Quarters
Off Akungba-Owo Road, by Ramosa Filling Station

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