Olukoya Ogen is an Alumnus of Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, Nigeria and the former Provost of the College. He obtained his M.A. and PhD degrees in History from the University of Lagos and a Certificate in Trade, Growth and Poverty from the World Bank Institute, Washington DC in 2006. He was a Leventis Scholar at SOAS, University of London in 2008, a British Academy Visiting Fellow at the University of Birmingham in 2009, a Cadbury Visiting Fellow in 2010, an American Council of Learned Societies (AHP) Postdoctoral Fellow in 2011, and a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at CWAS, University of Birmingham, 2012-17. He is currently the Country Director of a €1.5 million European Research Council Grant on ‘‘Everyday Religious Encounter in Southwest Yorubaland.’’ A widely travelled scholar, Olukoya has won over 25 foreign travel fellowships / grants for paper presentations at academic conferences and for research visits to several universities across the globe.
He co-founded African Nebula with Prof. Samar Habib in 2010. One of his most recent publications which is a useful addition to the debate on higher education in Nigeria was co-authored with Insa Nolte and published in 2016 in Africa: Journal of the International Africa Institute, Edinburgh University Press. He currently has over 85 publications to his credit. Olukoya started off his academic career as a Graduate Fellow at the University of Lagos before moving to Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko in 2001. He was also a member of Faculty at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife from 2006-2009, and was pronounced Professor of History by Osun State University in 2012. He had a stint as a Guest Researcher at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone in 2011, and was an ACLS Scholar-in-Residence at the Office of International Programmes, University of Ibadan in 2012. He was the Pioneer Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and a Senate elected representative on the Governing Council of Osun State University between 2012 and 2014. He served as an Associate Expert at the UNESCO Category 2 Institute of African Culture and International Understanding, Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta from 2013-2016. He is currently a member of the Governing Council of Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro as well as a member of the TETfund National Research Fund Committee.