Professor Kolawole Oluseyi AJANAKU was born on 24th September 1968 in Obokun Local Government, Ilesa, Osun State to the family of Late Elder & Deaconess Olusola Ajanaku. He attended Ibadan Municipal Government Primary School at NTC road, Ibadan and had his School Leaving Certificate in the year 1979. He started his secondary school education at Ijebu-Jesa Grammar School, Ijebu-Jesa in 1980 and later moved to Ibadan Grammar School, Molete in 1982 to complete his Secondary School education in the year 1985 and had his WAEC result from the same school.
He received his B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D degrees in Industrial Chemistry from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria in 1992, 1995 and 2009 respectively having being mentored by Professor F. A. Dawodu of Chemistry Department, University of Ibadan. He had his NYSC primary assignment in Winners’ Chapel, Owerri, Imo State as the Personal Assistant to the then Resident Pastor of the Church (Rev. Simeon Afolabi). He had so much impact in the Owerri Choir then that the Church retained him in Owerri by getting him a Production Manager’s job which he later resigned to continue his Master’s programme at the University of Ibadan because of his passion to be in academics.
He has thus far acquired 24 years of teaching and research experience in a University system. He started his academic carrier as Graduate Assistant at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH, Ogbomoso in the year 1995. He was very dynamic and active in his duties to the extent that every Head of Department in his Department at LAUTECH, Ogbomoso will always want Ajanaku to be on board of his/her administration. He moved to Covenant University on 1st of February, 2007 as Lecturer I by divine instruction from Bishop Mike Afolabi, where he continued his active teaching and research endeavour.
Between that 2007 till now in Covenant University, Professor Ajanaku had served in various capacities within Covenant University system just to mention few:
- Departmental Seminar Coordinator; February 2007 to September 2011.
- Member, CUSAT Panel (2007-2009)
- Chairman, Departmental NUC Accreditation Committee, 2008 – 2011.
- Member, Quality Assurance and Academic Standards Committee, 2008 – 2011.
- Member, Covenant University Community Development Impact Initiative Committee (CDIIC); 2009 – 2010.
- Facilitator, Covenant University Entrepreneurship Development Studies (EDS); 2007 – 2009.
- Member, CST Curriculum Development Committee; 2009 – 2011.
- Member, Covenant University Budget Planning Committee; 2009 – 2011.
- Coordinator/Acting Head, Chemistry Department, Covenant University, March 2009 – May 2009.
- Member, 2010 TECH week College Committee.
- Member, Convocation Planning Committee, 2010/2011; 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 academic sessions.
- Member, Raw material exploration and refining and Precipitated carbonate clusters, CU/RMRDC collaboration project, March 2011.
- Acting Head, Chemistry Department, College of Science and Technology, Covenant University, September 2011 to September 2012.
- Acting Head, Chemistry Department, College of Science and Technology, Covenant University, September 2013 – 2015.
- Member, Covenant University Waste Management Team, July 2013 – December 2014.
- Head, Chemistry Department, College of Science and Technology, Covenant University, September 2015 – July 2016.
- Chair, CU/Honeywell Research Cluster, October 2016.
- Member, Covenant University Curriculum Committee (CST Representative), August 2016.
- Chair, Department of Chemistry Curriculum Committee, August 2016.
- Chair, Department of Chemistry Quality and Academic Standard Committee, August 2016.
- Deputy Chair, CUSAS Committee on admission for 2017/2018 academic session.
- Chair, Covenant University Waste Management Committee, January 2015 till date.
- Dean, College of Science & Technology, Covenant University, August 2017 – August 2019; and
- A Senate Member of Covenant University since September 2011 when he was Acting Head of Chemistry Department till date.
Kolawole has been an outstanding lecturer in the field of Chemistry since the beginning of his teaching profession with several awards to confirm this. He won the Outstanding Lecturer Award for 2008/2009 academic session and also the Exceptional Lecturer award 2010/2011 academic session. In 2010, he won a total of 700 USD as the Covenant University Chancellor’s Award for authors with publications in High Impact Journals. In 2011, Ajanaku won the prestigious TWAS-CSIR postdoctoral fellowship to undertake research in developing a Glass-Ceramic Matrix Composite using Industrial wastes (FR No: 3240255092). He completed the post-doc programme at Central Glass and Ceramics Research Institute, Kolkata, India, under the host Supervisor, Professor S. K. Das in 2013. Oluseyi also won the outstanding HOD award for Best Department in the CST and in Covenant University for 2014/2015 academic session. These two awards fetched him a brand new Tab and a brand new HP laptop. In September 2017, he became a Professional FELLOW, which is an award given by the Chemical Society of Nigeria.
Ajanaku Kolawole is also a good researcher with collaborators in India, South Africa, China and Germany. He is a member and has been involved in two (2) research clusters activities in Covenant University. His research fields cover Waste Management; Food Chemistry; Energy and Materials. He brought on board two (2) MoU signing on waste recycling under his Chairmanship as CU Waste to Wealth initiative in Covenant University.
Professor Ajanaku has attended and chair several conferences both at the local and international platform. He has supervised several undergraduate students; graduated four (4) MSc. and four (4) Ph.D students in Covenant University and his three (3) current Ph.D students are at various stages of their research work.
He has co-authored quite a number of peer-reviewed publications; some of which are published in local and international journals with visibility in Google Scholar, Scopus and Research Gate. He has Seventy Nine (79) published articles with forty (40) indexed in Scopus (H-index of 9). He has attended several conferences with both local and international paper presentations. The most recent is at the University of Johannesburg Faculty of Science Public Lecture on the topic “Harnessing Collaboration between University of Johannesburg and Covenant University”. He is also an active reviewer of High Impact Journals such as:
- Reviewer for Cereal Chemistry (Scopus);
- Reviewer for Current Research in Nutrition and Food Science (Scopus);
- Reviewer for Cogent Engineering (Scopus);
- Reviewer for Alexandria Engineering Journal (Scopus);
- Reviewer for Silicon (Scopus);
- Reviewer for Journal of Heterocyclic Chemistry (Wiley);
- Reviewer for Journal of Scientific Research & Essay;
- Reviewer for African Journal of Agricultural Research;
- Reviewer for African Journal of Food Science; and
- Editorial Board for Covenant Journal of Physical & Life Sciences.
Kolawole is also engaged with other academic activities such as External Examiner, Chief Examiner/Assessor to Ph.D students, Professorial Assessor in Universities within Nigeria and abroad. He is also a member of several professional bodies such as Chemical Society of Nigeria; Science Teacher Association of Nigeria; American Chemical Society and Indian Ceramic Society.
Professor Ajanaku was born into a Christian home and he gave his life to Christ at the age of eighteen (18) in August 1986 and received the baptism of the Holy Ghost the same month. He is a Deacon in the Winner’s Church. He was ordained by Bishop Thomas Aremu at Ibadan Church in the year 1997. He has since then been an active member of the Choir serving God by playing musical instruments (keyboard, Drums, Bass & Lead Guitars). He is currently a lead guitarist in the Faith Tabernacle Choir, Canaanland, Ota. He served as Assistant Choirmaster in Ibadan Church for three (3) years and then as Choirmaster for four (4) years. He later moved to Faith Tabernacle Choir here in Canaanland in 2010 and has also served as Assistant Choir Master for two (2) years and currently a member of the Music Team of the Church.
Ajanaku became the first Professor of Industrial Chemistry of Covenant University in August 2015; and as at last academic session served as the Dean of College of Science & Technology, Covenant University and also Chair of the University “Waste to Wealth Project”. Travelling and driving himself is one of his hobbies with good listening attitude to good Music.
Professor Ajanaku is married to Dr. Christiana, who is also a Chemist and are both blessed with Children.