For any notable institution or for anyone to classify any citadel of learning as one of the best in any nation, the determining factors are the Notable Alumni that have been produced in such varsity. Invariably, there are many universities in Nigeria, but Obafemi Awolowo University stands out of the many numbers, not only by the academic standard but also by several successful Alumni the university has produced.

Only a few universities in Nigeria can contend with OAU when it comes to successful Alumni, the current leaders in the nations are graduates of Obafemi Awolowo University, most scholars who are doing well in the field of research and invention are the notable product of the great Ife, here in today article we will write on notable Alumni of OAU, stay tuned as we bring you the full list.

Obafemi Awolowo University Notable Alumni

We have stated this earlier, hardly will you get to any industries today in the world ranging from celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes, and many others without spotting an Alumni of the Great Ife. This list is based on the current relevance of individuals who find themselves on the list, and also how active and useful they are and have been in the history of Nigeria, so let us stop the talk and start the listing.

  • Awam Amkpa

This is one of the notable Playwright in Nigeria, a professor of Dramatic Arts, and double to be an actor. If you get to the entertainment and movie industry today, Amkpa is one of the most reckon with personality.

  • Olagunsoye Oyinlola

Oyinlola is one of the most influential politicians Nigeria is proud of today, he is from the famous people’s democratic party, his first election was won on May 2003 after successful four years he re-contested and was re-elected in the year 2007 but towards the end of his administration in the year 2010, a court appeal nullified his election.

  • Ola Rotimi

By full identity Olawale Gladstone Emmanuel Rotimi, but was popularly known as Ola Rotimi, also he happened to be one of the leading playwrights and theatre directors in Nigeria today, he is fondly called “a complete man of the theater” what brought about this was because he is into acting, directing, choreographing, designing and many other essential arms of the entertainment industry. He has influenced many personalities in the industry today and also one of the most reckon with forces in the industry.

  • Jimoh Ibrahim

This is one of the global tycoons in Nigeria, and he is from the South-western part of the country, he is a Lawyer come, politician, a businessman, and also a philanthropist. He is the current chairman and CEO of the Global Fleet Group, a company that is conglomerate based in Nigeria, the company also operates in other West African Countries. He once contested as a Governor in Ondo state but lost his bid to the first seat in the state.

  • Biyi Bandele

Bandele is one of the best novelist and playwright in Nigeria, he is a filmmaker and most versatile personality in the art industry, currently, he is based in the UK, he is into journalist, film, theater, television series radio et al, but what gave him the name is the Fiction he does well with, you cannot underplay him when it comes to fiction, he is a tycoon of fiction personified.

  • Francis Awe

Do you need to know about the best talking drummer? Yes, you have got to meet with Awe, he set the drum agog that no one could resist his tendencies, his talent was discovered by his grandmother when he was just two months old, that is mysterious right?

His talent was discovered when his grandmother notices that the moment he hears the sound of drum been played, Awe will start crying even as a baby, but her grandmother decided to do a test run, she took her to the village drummers on 3 different occasions, and there he is when the drum is being played, he will stop crying, after this was discovered, she had to enroll him with the village drummers so as mentor him. And in the year 1981 Francis Awe bagged his first Degree in Dramatic Arts from the Great Ife and from then, he has to keep repping Nigeria and the varsity.

  • Toyin Adewale

Toyin Adewale Gabriel who was born in the ancient city of Ibadan, she is a writer, and she received her first degree from the Great Obafemi Awolowo University, she has worked with various brands and newspaper in Nigeria, the likes of The Daily Times, Post Express, Guardian and many others, she was the co-founder of Nigeria Association of Writers. She has worked in different popular series that featured in world archives, and it includes the Naked Testimonies 1995.

  • Fatou Bensouda

Don’t be surprised to find the name of Fatou here, even though she is not a Nigeria; she is from Gambia. She read law in OAU and worked with the Gambia government as a civil servant, she studies international criminal law, she is a legal advisor. Fatou has held positions of Legal Adviser and Trial Attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, also she is currently serving as the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor since June 2012 which was her appointment after serving as the Deputy Prosecutor in charge of the Prosecutions Division of the ICC since 2004.

  • Dele Momodu

Dele Momodu who is the current CEO of Ovation and also the publisher, is a Nigerian Publisher/Journalist, he is an actor also and double to be a motivational speaker. He is one of the men that is reckoned with in terms of publicity in Nigeria. He is also a business tycoon, currently, he has a food restaurant in full operation in Ghana, he has been awarded on various occasion from the different organization all over the world for his works and publications.

  • Professor Oladapo Afolabi CFR

Prof. Oladapo who was once in the academic section in the country before he was inaugurated as the Head of the service of the federation under the Goodluck regime on November 18, 2010, he has done brilliantly in the various sphere he was opportune to lead, he is from the ancient city of Ibadan in Nigeria.

  • Colonel Dominic Obukadata Oneya

Colonel Dominic was once the military administrator in Kano State under the General Sani Abacha Regime in August 1996, also he was later appointed as the administrator in Benue state from August 1998 to May 1999 under the transitional tenure of General Abdusalami Abubakar which made him handed over the then Governor George Akume.

  • Olusegun Mimiko

The immediate past governor of the Ondo state the working Governor Olusegun Mimiko happened to be on the list of Notable Alumni of the Great Ife, his first election was worn in the court on April 14, 2007, against the then incumbent Governor Olusegun Agagu, but the result was manipulated, Mimiko reclaim his mandate after 2 years. He is also a medical doctor come, politician.

  • Rotimi Akeredolu

Rotimi Akeredolu who is the current governor of Ondo state is one of the Alumina of the Great Ife, he studies Law in the university and after many years of legal practice of his profession, he delves into politics, he once contested against the then immediate governor of Ondo state and he lost the election to Labor party because he was contesting under the APC platform, but in the year 2016, he contested against Eyitayo Jegede who is also a Legal practitioner but he won this time around.

Others are:

  • Seun Osewa
  • Femi Otedola
  • Lai Mohammed
  • Akinwumi Adesina
  • Babalola Borishade
  • Afeez Oyetoro
  • Ibiyinka Alao
  • Femi Branch
  • Sarah Alade
  • Dizzy K. Falola
  • Toyin Falola
  • Oluremi Tinubu
  • Abike Dabiri
  • Amal Pepple
  • Olusegun Oni
  • Lagbaja
  • Ibukun Awosika
  • Bolaji Aluko
  • Babafemi Ojudu
  • Funso Aiyejina
  • Jimi Ajagbje
  • Wole Okuntokun
  • Yusuf Olaolu Ali
  • Demola Aldekomo
  • Osonye Tess Onwueme
  • Gbenga Oyebode
  • Olajumoke Adenowo
  • Francisca Oboh Ikuenobe
  • Karin Barber
  • And Many Others



So far so good, we have given the list of notable Alumni of Obafemi Awolowo University who are one of the ruling power in the federation today, they are not limited to the list we drop above, but those are the ones we can set our hands on if there are other ones, we will update this thread.

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