Professor Is-haq Oloyede – Scholar and Radical Reformer

Professor Is-haq Olanrewaju Oloyede is one of the most radical reformers in contemporary Nigeria. He leaves his footprints in the annals of the institutions he has passed through. Most remarkable is his tenure as Vice-Chancellor of University of Illorin, a tenure marked with momentous events that have not only made the university a centre of academic excellence but also stability in academic calendar. Except he scores another momentous goal elsewhere in the near future, Oloyede would perhaps be remembered for a very long time as one who turned the hitherto money-guzzling Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to a money-spinning venture for government.

A Professor of Islamics at the University of Ilorin, and a visiting Professor of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Oloyede was born in Lagos in 1954. He hails from Ake in Abeokuta, Ogun State of Nigeria. He is a thoroughbred product of the Univeristy of Illorin.

He holds a first-class degree in Arabic from the University of Ilorin from where he also obtained his Masters and Ph.D. degrees; as well as a Professional Post-graduate Diploma in Education, with Merit. He is a certified professional teacher. No doubts, he is an expert in strategic planning.

Professor Oloyede has held many leadership positions in the University system both in Nigeria and at the international level.

  • He was the Director of Academic Planning at the University of Ilorin
  • Chairman of Committee of Directors of Academic Planning in Nigerian Universities (CODAPNU),
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and later Administration) of the University of Ilorin, Nigeria (2003 and 2007)
  • He served as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Nigeria, between 2007 and 2012. His tenure was remarkable in the annals of the University for innovation, transparency, discipline, internationalization and resource mobilisation and management.
  • He was a consultant to numerous National and International agencies on developmental strategies. He served as a consultant on the restructuring of the National Universities Commission (NUC), a number of Public and Private Establishments and a member of the team on the restructuring of the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC).
  • During his tenure as Vice-Chancellor, he was elected a Board Member of the International Association of Universities (IAU), Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), the Association of African Universities (AAU) and Chairman Committee of Vice-Chancellors/Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (CVC &AVCNU). He also became the President of the Association of African Universities (AAU).


Professor Oloyede is an internationally acclaimed scholar and a fellow of many distinguished bodies of scholars. He is a fellow of:

  • Nigerian Academy of Letters.
  • Society for Peace Studies and Practice (SPSP),
  • Nigerian Academy of Entrepreneurial Studies (AES),
  • Islamic Academy of Cambridge, United Kingdom,
  • Nigerian Association of Teachers of Arabic and Islamic Studies (NATAIS).
  • National Association for the Study of Religions (NASR).


He has published extensively in the field of Islamic Jurisprudence, Higher Education and Strategic Planning, and Inter-religious harmony. He has successfully supervised many doctoral projects.

His voluntary services include the Presidency of the University of Ilorin Alumni Association, National Coordinator of Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) and serving as Secretary-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA).

In the course of his academic career, he has traveled extensively across all continents to deliver lectures, attend conferences, examine research projects, and served in International Assessment Panels.

Prof. Oloyede served as Co-Secretary of the National Political Reform Conference in Nigeria in 2005 and also represented the NSCIA at the 2014 National Conference.

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