Management Staff

The OAUCDL has a management team of versatile and dedicated officials who are distinctive for their multidisciplinary motivation and resourcefulness.

The team oversees the day-to-day activities of the Centre including decisions on matters of unusual significance.

Director Director
Professor M.S. Akanni

Sola Akanni is a professor of Chemistry in the Faculty of Science, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. He obtained his BSc. Hons degree in Chemistry from OAU in 1975 and Ph.D. Chemistry (Ife) in 1980.

He was appointed a Graduate Assistance in 1976 and rose through the ranks to become a professor in 1992. Sola Akanni was an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) scholar at the Texas A&M University, Texas, USA in 1981 – 1982.

He was on research visit to the University of Coimbra, Portugal in 1986, and a visiting professor to the University of Zambia, Lusaka in 1998-1999. Prior to his appointment, he had served as Acting Head of Chemistry Department, OAU in 1991 -1993 and as substantive Head in 2002-2004. Sola Akanni was a pioneer staff of Centre for Distance Learning (CDL) where he served as the first coordinator of the Pre-degree programme in 2003 – 2007.

He had consulted for industries such as Pfizer, International Paint of West Africa (IPWA) and others on environmental Monitoring and impact assessment. Sola Akanni had engaged in curriculum development in Chemistry in many Universities including former Ondo State University, Ado-Ekiti (1986), OAU, Ile-Ife (1992), University of Zambia, Lusaka (1998-1999), Benue State University, Makurdi (2008), Federal University of Lokoja (2013) and Federal University Otuoke (2017).

Sola Akanni teaches in all areas of Physical Chemistry and in particular, he has been teaching thermodynamics and electro-chemistry in OAU and some other universities since 1980.
His research interest is the study of the thermodynamic and transport properties of molten metal carbonxeflaters. He watches football with passion especially the professional football leagues in Europe and Africa.


Deputy Director Deputy Director
Professor O.K. Owolarafe

Engr. Prof. Oseni Kehinde Owolarafe obtained his B.Sc., M.Sc. and PhD degrees in Agricultural Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile-Ife. Before joining the service of OAU in 1995, he had worked with the Imo State Agricultural Development Project, Owerri, Nigeria, from 1989 to 1990 as an Engineer in training (during his National Youth Service). He also served at Ejigbo Local Government of Osun State, Nigeria, from 1992 to 1994 as an Agricultural Engineer/Agricultural Officer.

Professor Owolarafe served as a lecturer in the Department of Agriculture, Osun State College of Education, Ila-Orangun, from 1994 to 1995, from where he joined the service of OAU. in 1995 as a Graduate Assistant. He rose from this level to the position of a Professor in 2011. He specializes in Farm Machine Design and Agro-Process Engineering. He has contributed immensely to the development of appropriate process lines and machines for oil extraction for small scale of processors.

He has over eighty (80) publications in reputable national and international Journals, conference proceedings and technical reports to his credit. He is a reviewer for many international and local journals. He has successfully supervised many postgraduate students at M.Sc and Phd levels. He was a Visiting Scholar to University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, in 1999, Postgraduate Fellow of TWAS/CSIR I Regional Research Laboratory, India, in 2005 and Visiting Professor at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye from 2015 to 2016.

He has held many administrative positions both in and outside the University, among which are Head of Department, in the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering of OAU, from 2012 to 2014 and Pre-Degree Coordinator of OAU Centre for Distance Learning (OAUCDL), from 2016 to 2017. He is currently the Deputy Director of OAUCDL. He has been member/Chairman many committees from the Departmental level to the University level. He is very active in the University. For these services, he has received commendations in many occasions.

Professor Owolarafe was a Consultant to the United Nations Development Project (UNDP) (under the auspices of the Postharvest Technology Research Group of OAU) on the development of appropriate agro-processing technologies for palm oil processing in Osun and Ondo States of Nigeria from 1997 to 2000. He has also been a Consultant to the New Nigeria Foundation (an international NGO) on palm oil competitiveness programme in Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria since 2003. Moreover he was a Consultant to the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) on stakeholders programme on improvement of palm oil production in Nigeria in 2007. He was a Consultant to the World Bank Abia State Palm Oil Development Project (2008 -2011). He is currently a Consultant to the Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND).


Administrative Secretary Administrative Secretary
O.M. Ogunkoya (Mrs.)