university leadership

The Vice Chancellor

Joshua Olalekan Ogunwole

Joshua O. Ogunwole is a soil scientist with a broad background in sustainable agriculture, soil ecology, soil and water conservation, nutrient cycling and soil carbon sequestration. A professor of soil science since 2007, Joshua Ogunwole has more than 20 years’ experience in dryland farming, irrigation, and agroecology with research and expertise in soil quality improvement for raising ecosystem productivity and strengthening resilience of rural agrarian communities in North, East and West Africa. He has a B.S (Agriculture), M.S and PhD in Soil Science; a trinity of degrees from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria.

He has served as faculty, researcher and administrator at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria (both as Head of Department & Research Programme Leader); Adamawa State University Mubi, Federal University Dutsinma, where he served as Director of University Advancement and Linkages and recently; Federal University Oye-Ekiti in Nigeria where he was the head of the Department of Water Resources and Agrometeorology.

Joshua received in 2004, a Research Merit Award for Sustainable Agriculture from the Schweisfurth Foundation and Support Africa International of Germany. He was a recipient of the CSIR/TWAS Postdoctoral Award to Central Salt Marine Chemical Research Institute (CSMCRI), Bhavanagar, India in 2006/2007; the prestigious J. Williams Fulbright Research Scholar Award in 2009-2010 at Pennsylvania State University, USA. Joshua Ogunwole also secured a TWAS-UNESCO Associate-ship Award (2010-2013) to co-study soil quality changes under the Nile River Basin Challenge Programme at the International Water Management Institute in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He was a Regular Associate of the revered Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste-Italy (several visits between year 2010-2017). He recently concluded an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship at the Leibniz University Hanover, Germany (2014-2015).  He was admitted in 2015 into the College of Research Associates of the United Nations University-Institute for Natural Resource for Africa.

Joshua has extensive experience in providing academic inputs for the in-Africa delivery of eight Australia Awards Africa Fellowships and Short Courses.

He has published over 60 research papers in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings in the area of soil & water agriculture, biofuel feedstock agriculture, irrigation and structural stability assessment in soils. He has also taught several courses and led research on legumes and oilseeds-based crops in the drylands.

Joshua married Esther Adebimpe in October 1997 and the union has been blessed with beautiful children.

A basket-baller and promoter of education, Joshua loves reading, traveling and socializing.


• Professor J. T. Okedara (2002 – 2003)

• Professor T. O. Olagbemiro (August, 2003 – July, 2013)

• Professor M. A. Ojo (August, 2013 – July, 2018)

Our Vice Chancellor

” Together, We Are Stronger”

Prof. Joshua Ogunwole