List Of Some Yoruba Intellects, Polymaths And Scholars You Probably Haven’t Heard Of;
1) Ladipo Adamolekun (born July 20, 1942) is a Nigerian public administration scholar, former dean of the Faculty of Administration at Obafemi Awolowo University and was a lead public sector management specialist at World Bank. He is one of the leading scholars on political and administrative management in Africa.
2) Anthony Afolabi Adegbola was a Nigerian Professor of Animal science and former President of the Nigerian Academy of Science. In 1993, he was elected President of the Nigerian Academy of Science to succeeded Professor Akpanoluo Ikpong Ikpong Ette.
3) Isaac Folorunso Adewole FAS (born 5 May 1954) is a Nigerian professor of gynaecology and obstetrics. Since November 2015 he has been the Minister of Health in the Cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari. He is a former vice-chancellor of the University of Ibadan and president of the African Organisation for Research and Training in Cancer. Prior to his appointment as the 11th substantive vice-chancellor of the university, he served as provost at the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, the largest and oldest medical school in Nigeria
4) Deborah Enilo Ajakaiye (born 1940) is a Nigerian geophysicist. She is the first female physics professor in Africa and her work in geophysics has played an important role in mining in Nigeria
5) Jacob Festus Adeniyi Ajayi, commonly known as J. F. Ade Ajayi, (26 May 1929 – 9 August 2014) was a Nigerian historian and a member of the Ibadan school, a group of scholars interested in introducing African perspectives to African history and focusing on the internal historical forces that shaped African lives
6) Oladele Adebayo Ajose (1907–1978) was a Lagos prince and Vice-Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University. He was an early advocate of primary health care in Nigeria and the first tenured African professor at the University of Ibadan and in Nigeria. He was one of the earliest Africans to hold a professorial chair.
7) Grace Alele-Williams (born December 16, 1932) made history as the first Nigerian woman to become the head (vice-chancellor) of a Nigerian university, the University of Benin.She was also the first Nigerian woman to receive a doctorate degree
8) Olajide Aluko was a Nigerian scholar who mostly favored Hans Morgenthau’s view of realistic foreign policy in his studies of Nigeria and Africa’s foreign policy. He was also a professor of International Relations at Obafemi Awolowo University and dean of the Faculty of Administration in the university.
9) Ayodele Oluwatuminu Awojobi (12 March 1937 – 23 September 1984), also known by the nicknames “Dead Easy”, “The Akoka Giant”, and “Macbeth”, was a Nigerian academic, author, inventor, social crusader and activist.He was considered a scholarly genius by his teachers and peers alike. He quickly advanced in his field to become the youngest professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Lagos, Nigeria in 1974. Earlier the same year, he became the first African to be awarded the degree of Doctor of Science (DSc) in Mechanical Engineering at the then Imperial College of Science and Technology, London (now Imperial College London) a degree only exceptionally and rarely awarded to a scholar under the age of 40.
10) Adeyinka Gladys Falusi, FAS NPOM, is a Nigerian Professor of haematology and former Director of the Institute for Advanced Medical Research and Training, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan. She specialize in human genetics, bioethics and molecular genetics related to hereditary blood diseases such as sickle-cell disease and alpha-thalassemia.
11) Akin Mabogunje is a Nigerian geographer. He was the first African president of the International Geographical Union. In 1999, he was the first African to be elected as a Foreign Associate of the United States National Academy of Sciences
12) Abel Idowu Olayinka FAS (born February 16, 1958) is a Nigerian Professor of Applied geophysics. He is a former Deputy Vice Chancellor and the current Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan. He is also the President of the West African Research and Innovation Management Association
13) Olufunmilayo I. Olopade (born 1957 Nigeria) is an hematology oncologist, Associate Dean for Global Health and Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service Professor in Medicine and Human genetics at the University of Chicago. She also serves as director of the University of Chicago Hospital’s Cancer Risk Clinic.
14) Oyekunle Ayinde (Kunle) Olukotun is a pioneer of multi-core processors, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Stanford University and director of the Pervasive Parallelism Laboratory at Stanford
15) Hezekiah Adedunmola Oluwasanmi was the Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University from 1966 to 1975. Born on 12 November 1919, educated at Morehouse and Harvard, Oluwasanmi was Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Ibadan prior to his appointment at Obafemi Awolowo University as the Great Ife. He died on 15 August 1983.
16) Akinyinka Omigbodun is a Nigerian professor of Gynecology, Obstetrics and former provost of the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan. He served as president of the West African College of Surgeons and chair of the management board of the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA)
17) Michael Abiola Omolewa is a Nigerian diplomat, scholar, education historian, and civil servant. From September 2003 to October 2005, he served as the 32nd president of the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). While president, Omolewa led UNESCO to adopt the International Declaration on Human Genetic Data and the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage. From January 2000 to August 2009, Omolewa served as permanent delegate and ambassador of Nigeria to UNESCO
18) Niyi Osundare (born in 1947 in Ikere-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria) is a prolific poet, dramatist and literary critic. He gained degrees at the University of Ibadan (BA), the University of Leeds (MA) and York University, Canada (PhD, 1979). Previously professor (from 1989) and Head of English (1993–97) at the University of Ibadan, he became professor of English at the University of New Orleans in 1997. Osundare has a wife, Kemi, and three children, two girls and a son who still lives in Nigeria. His deaf daughter is the real reason Niyi settled in the United States. She could not go to school in Nigeria so they found a school in the U.S. for her. They moved with her so as to be closer to her.As well as this he has been used in many schools as an example of a poet.
19) Lateef Akinola Salako NNOM, CON ( July 5, 1935) is a Nigerian Emeritus Professor of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the University of Ibadan. Professor Salako was born on July 1935 in Lagos State, southwestern Nigeria. He attended Methodist Boys High School, Victoria Island, Lagos where he obtained the West African Senior School Certificate in 1953. He trained at the University College Hospital, Ibadan before he proceeded to University of Sheffield where he received a doctorate degree in 1969
20) Professor Benjamin Oluwakayode Osuntokun (1935–1995), was a researcher and neurologist from Okemesi, Ekiti State, Nigeria.Known for discovering the cause of ataxic tropical neuropathy, he was a founding member of the Pan African Association of Neurological Sciences and an early advocate and researcher on tropical neurology