Ayodeji Oladimeji Olukoju (Yoruba: Ayọ̀ọ́dèjì Ọládiméjì Olúkòjú; born June 9, 1959, in Oka Akoko) is a Nigerian University distinguished professor of history at the University of Lagos, Nigeria.[1][2] He was a two-term vice chancellor of Caleb University, Imota between 2010 and 2016. Olukoju's research interests are in the area of maritime, transport, economic, social, corporate and urban history of Nigeria.[3]

Ayodeji Olukoju
Ayodeji Oladimeji Olukoju

(1959-06-09) June 9, 1959 (age 65)
OccupationProfessor of History
Academic background
EducationUniversity of Ibadan, University of Nigeria
Academic work
Sub-disciplinemaritime, transport, economic, social and urban history
InstitutionsUniversity of Lagos
Main interestsmaritime, transport, economic, and urban history of Nigeria

Education and career


Olukoju earned a bachelor's degree (with a First Class Honours) from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in June 1980, and master's and doctorate degrees in history from the University of Ibadan in 1982 and 1991 respectively. From 1984 to 1987, Olukoju lectured at Ogun State University (now Olabisi Onabanjo University). In September 1987, he joined the University of Lagos' department of history and strategic studies.[1] In 1998, Olukoju was appointed a substantive professor of history, and a university distinguished professor twenty years later. He served as the head of the history department from 2001 to 2004, and then as the dean of the faculty of arts from 2005 to 2009.[1] He was a DAAD Guest Professor of Economic History at University of Bayreuth, Germany from May to August 2022.[3]

At different times in his career, Olukoju has held postdoctoral visiting research fellowships of the Japan Foundation, the British Academy, DAAD, Institute of Developing Economies, as well as of the Henry Charles Chapman Foundation and the A. G. Leventis Foundation at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London. He also earned a West African Research Association (WARA) residency at Emory University, Atlanta. Olukoju was University of Lagos best researcher in the arts/humanities in 2006 and 2009.[4]

Olukoju is currently a member of the editorial advisory board of Journal of Global History.[5] At various time between 1998 and 2015, he has served on the editorial advisory boards of Journal of African History, African Economic History, Afrika Zamani: Journal of the Association of African Historians, and History in Africa. In 2008, he was elected as the first African on the executive committee of the International Maritime History Association.[4]

Olukoju was inducted Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters in 2011.[2] He is the incumbent pro-chancellor and chairman, governing council of Chrisland University.[6]



Olukoju is the sole author of five scholarly monographs. They are:

  • The Fourteenth Commissar of Works: The Life and Labour of Rauf Aregbesola (Lagos & Winnipeg: Bluesign, 2007)[7]
  • Culture and Customs of Liberia (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2006)[8]
  • The Liverpool of West Africa: The Dynamics and Impact of Maritime Trade in Lagos, 1900-1950 (Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2004)[9]
  • Infrastructure Development and Urban Facilities in Lagos, 1861-2000 (Ibadan: IFRA-Nigeria, 2003)[10] and
  • Maritime Trade, Port Development and Administration: The Japanese Experience and Lessons for Nigeria (Tokyo: Institute of Developing Economies, 1996)[11]

Olukoju has also edited, singly or jointly with others, six volumes, which include:

  • Nigerian Peoples and Cultures (1997)[12]
  • Fundamentals of Economic History (2003)[13]
  • Northeast Yorubaland: Studies in the History and Culture of a Frontier Zone (2003)[14]
  • Global Understanding in the Age of Terrorism (2008)[15]
  • Security Challenges and Management in Modern Nigeria (2018)[16] and
  • African Seaports and Maritime Economics in Historical Perspective (2020).[17]

He has also authored numerous scholarly publications in peer-reviewed academic journals such as African Affairs, African Studies Review, African Economic History, The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, Journal of Global History, Journal of Third World Studies, Journal of Transport History, International Journal of Maritime History, International Review of Social History, The Journal of African History, International Journal of African Historical Studies, Afrika Zamani, among others.[18][19][20][21][22][23][24][25][26][27][28][29][30]

Olukoju also contributes opinion essays about current socio-political issues in Nigeria, especially with regards to education and the university system, in different publishing medium such as The Conversation, among others.[4]

In 2013, in celebration of Olukoju's scholarship, Saheed Aderinto and Paul Osifodunrin published an edited festschrift titled The Third Wave of Historical Scholarship on Nigeria: Essays in Honor of Ayodeji Olukoju.[citation needed][31]


  1. ^ a b c "Distinguished Professor Ayodeji Olukoju | Staff Profile". University of Lagos. Retrieved 2022-08-07.
  2. ^ a b "Ayodeji Oladimeji Olukoju". Nigerian Academy of Letters. Retrieved 2022-08-07.
  3. ^ a b Bayreuth, Universität. "DAAD-Professor African Economic History". www.wirtschaftsgeschichte.uni-bayreuth.de. Retrieved 2022-08-07.
  4. ^ a b c "Ayodeji Olukoju". The Conversation. 3 April 2020. Retrieved 2022-08-07.
  5. ^ "Editorial Board | Journal of Global History". Cambridge Core. Retrieved 2022-08-07.
  6. ^ Atueyi, Ujunwa (2020-02-20). "JAMB and the quest to end admission fraud in varsities". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. Retrieved 2022-08-06.
  7. ^ Olukoju, Ayodeji (2007). The Fourteenth Commissar of Works: The Life and Labour of Rauf Aregbesola. Bluesign. ISBN 978-978-34175-1-9. OCLC 503299318.
  8. ^ Olukoju, Ayodeji (2006). Culture and Customs of Liberia. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. ISBN 9780313038457.
  9. ^ Olukoju, Ayodeji (2004). The "Liverpool" of West Africa : the dynamics and impact of maritime trade in Lagos, 1900-1950. Africa World Press. ISBN 1-59221-291-3. OCLC 694905194.
  10. ^ Olukoju, Ayodeji (2003), Infrastructure Development and Urban Facilities in Lagos, 1861-2000, IFRA-Nigeria, doi:10.4000/books.ifra.827, retrieved 2022-08-07
  11. ^ Olukoju, Ayodeji (1996). Maritime Trade, Port Development, and Administration: The Japanese experience and Lessons for Nigeria. Institute of Developing Economies. OCLC 43160623.
  12. ^ Akinjide, O., & Olukoju, A. (2005). Nigerian Peoples and Cultures. Lagos: University of Lagos.
  13. ^ Olukoju, A., Lawal, A. A., & Faluyi, E. K. (eds.). (2003). Fundamentals of Economic History. Lagos: First Academic Publishers.
  14. ^ Olukoju, A., Apata, Z. O., & Akinwumi, O. (Eds.). (2003). Northeast Yorubaland: Studies in the History and Culture of a Frontier Zone. Rex Charles Publication.
  15. ^ Olukoju, A., & Falaiye, M. (Eds.). (2008). Global Understanding in the Age of Terrorism. Lagos: University of Lagos Press.
  16. ^ Olukoju, A., Adesina, O., Adesoji, A. & Amusa, S. (2019, eds.). Security Challenges and Management in Modern Nigeria. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2019.
  17. ^ Olukoju, Ayodeji; Castillo Hidalgo, Daniel, eds. (2020). African Seaports and Maritime Economics in Historical Perspective. Palgrave Studies in Maritime Economics. Cham: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-41399-6. ISBN 978-3-030-41398-9. ISSN 2662-6551. S2CID 229265200.
  18. ^ Olukoju, A. (2004-01-01). "'Never Expect Power Always': Electricity consumers' response to monopoly, corruption and inefficient services in Nigeria". African Affairs. 103 (410): 51–71. doi:10.1093/afraf/adh004. ISSN 0001-9909.
  19. ^ Olukoju, Ayodeji (1992). "Elder Dempster and the Shipping Trade of Nigeria during the First World War". The Journal of African History. 33 (2): 255–271. doi:10.1017/s0021853700032230. ISSN 0021-8537. S2CID 162917972.
  20. ^ Olukoju, Ayodeji (1992). "Maritime Trade in Lagos in the Aftermath of the First World War". African Economic History (20): 119–135. doi:10.2307/3601633. ISSN 0145-2258. JSTOR 3601633.
  21. ^ Olukoju, Ayodeji (2009). "The United Kingdom and the political economy of the global oils and fats business during the 1930s". Journal of Global History. 4 (1): 105–125. doi:10.1017/s1740022809002976. ISSN 1740-0228. S2CID 154714568.
  22. ^ Olukoju, Ayodeji (1995). "Anatomy of Business-Government Relations: Fiscal Policy and Mercantile Pressure Group Activity in Nigeria, 1916-1933". African Studies Review. 38 (1): 23–50. doi:10.2307/525472. ISSN 0002-0206. JSTOR 525472. S2CID 145556484.
  23. ^ Olukoju, Ayodeji (1996). "Race and access to liquor: Prohibition as colonial policy in Northern Nigeria, 1919–45". The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History. 24 (2): 218–243. doi:10.1080/03086539608582977. ISSN 0308-6534.
  24. ^ Olukoju, Ayodeji (2002). ""Nigeria or Lever-ia?": Nationalist Reactions to Economic Depression and the "Menace of Mergers" in Colonial Nigeria". Journal of Third World Studies. 19 (1): 173–194. ISSN 8755-3449. JSTOR 45194016.
  25. ^ Olukoju, Ayodeji (2020). "African seaports and development in historical perspective". International Journal of Maritime History. 32 (1): 185–200. doi:10.1177/0843871419886806. ISSN 0843-8714. S2CID 216226717.
  26. ^ Olukoju, Ayodeji (2000). "Self-Help Criminality as Resistance?: Currency Counterfeiting in Colonial Nigeria". International Review of Social History. 45 (3): 385–407. doi:10.1017/s0020859000000225. ISSN 0020-8590. S2CID 146131595.
  27. ^ Olukoju, Ayodeji (1992). "Background to the Establishment of the Nigerian Ports Authority: The Politics of Port Administration in Nigeria, c. 1920–1954". International Journal of Maritime History. 4 (2): 155–173. doi:10.1177/084387149200400208. ISSN 0843-8714. S2CID 155614586.
  28. ^ Olukoju, Ayodeji (1992). "The Development of the Port of Lagos, c. 1892–1946". The Journal of Transport History. 13 (1): 59–78. doi:10.1177/002252669201300105. ISSN 0022-5266. S2CID 168506129.
  29. ^ Olukoju, Ayodeji (1997). "Nigeria's Colonial Government, Commercial Banks and the Currency Crisis of 1916-1920". The International Journal of African Historical Studies. 30 (2): 277–298. doi:10.2307/221229. ISSN 0361-7882. JSTOR 221229.
  30. ^ Olukoju, Ayodeji, "Desertion, Dereliction and Destitution", Navigating African Maritime History, Liverpool University Press, pp. 139–162, doi:10.2307/j.ctt21kk324.11, retrieved 2022-08-07
  31. ^ Aderinto, Saheed; Osifodunrin, Paul (eds.). The Third Wave of Historical Scholarship on Nigeria: Essays in Honor of Ayodeji Olukoju. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4438-3994-5.