Professor Sheriff F. Folarin
Professor and Immediate-Past Head of Dept., Pol. Sc. & Int'l Relations
B.A., M.Sc., Ph.D
Nigerian Foreign Policy, African Politics, American and European Diplomacy, Health Diplomacy, Strategic and Conflict Studies, Democratic Governance, eGovernance
Awards & Honours
1. Recipient, Science Communication Award by The Conversation Africa as third best and most-read writer in Africa (December 2020).
2. Nomination into NUC Accreditation Panels to Ahmadu Bello University (Zaria),University of Maiduguri, Salem University (Lokoja) and University of Mkar, Gboko
(October- December, 2019) for Political Science, International Relations (undergraduate) and Public Administration/MPA (postgraduate0 programmes.
3. Nomination into United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) E4J Group.
4. Mentor/Faculty, Ife Institute of Advanced Studies, Obafemi Awolowo
University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, 2018-Date.
5. Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Programme Host Award, 2014.
6. Study of the United States Institute (SUSI) Fellowship Award, University of South Carolina,
7. Classroom Beyond Borders Partners Institute Grant, Ithaca College, USA, May-June, 2011.
8. Outstanding Service tor the Profession Award, Ithaca College, 2013.
9. Visiting Fellow, Walker Institute of International and Area Studies, University of South
Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, June-July 2007.
10. Best Graduating Student in History Award, University of Ibadan, 1997.
11. Oba Lipede Prize in History Award, University of Ibadan, 1994.
12.Nigerian Model United Nations Society (NigMUNS) Best Faculty Award, 2009.
13.. Lecturer of the Year (Blue Awards), Covenant University, 2014.
14.. Lecturer of the Year Award, College of Development Studies, Covenant Univ., 2008.
15.. Lecturer of the Year Award, Covenant Univ. Strategic Studies Students Assoc., 2007.
16. Lecturer of the Year Award, Covenant Univ. Strategic Studies Students Assoc., 2006.
17. Covenant Univ. Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research & Comm. Devt., 2005.
International Relations, Foreign Policy, African Politics, International Institutions, Diplomatic History
Current Postgraduate Supervision
1. Njoaguani, O. “Global Health Governance and the Management of the
Ebola Epidemic in West Africa: A Study in the Dynamics of Health
Diplomacy”, Department of Political Science & International
Relations, Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria (PhD awarded).
2.Ogungbade, G.O. “Operations of International Oil Corporations and
Women’s Livelihood in Ogulagha Island of Delta State, Nigeria”
Department of Political Science & International Relations, Covenant
University, Ota, Nigeria (Internal/External Assessment Stage).
3. Udoh, D.O., “International Conventions on Elimination of
Cultural Discrimination Against Women's Property Rights in Ogun
State, Nigeria” Department of Political Science and International
Relations, Covenant University.Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria
4. Betek, Mina Chelsea, Nigerian Refugees and Principle of Non- Refoulement in Cameroon (Field work).
5. Ayoldele, Olaniyi Trust, National ICT Policy Implementation in Selected Nigerian Universities. (Pre-field).
6. Ifaloye, Oluwatosin, Victim-Centred Justice in Africa: A Study of Oputa Panel in Nigeria (Post-field).
Selected Publications (16)
Nigerian Corruption Survey, UN House, Abuja, Nigeria, January
2. UNODC E4J Initiative Workshop, Lagos, Nigeria, May 8-9, 2019.
3. Babcock University International Model United Nations Conference,
Keynote Address Delivered: “Meeting the Target for SDGs: Building
Walls or Building Bridges?”,Tuesday August 1, 2017.
4. International Political Science Association (IPSA) Conference,
Poznan, Poland. Paper: "Insurgency and National Security of
Nigeria: Looking Back, Looking Ahead”. July 23-28, 2016.
5. International Conference on Bilingualism for Socio-Cultural
Integration, Scientific and Economic Development of Africa,
Bilingual University of Lome-Togo (BULT), Lome,Togo. Paper:
“Reconciling the Two West Africas: Managing Ethnic and Lingual
Diversity for Regional Integration”, September 9-12, 2015.
6. 3rd Covenant University Conference on eGovernance in Nigeria
(CUCEN), Facilitator of Workshop, June, 2016.
7. 2nd CU-ICADI International Conference on African Development Issues
Conference,Biotechnology, ICT, Materials and Renewable Energy:
Potential Catalyst for African Development, Chair, Breakout Session
Panel, May 11 – 13, 2015.
8. 2nd e-Governance Conference, Covenant University, Chair of Breakout
Session Panel,June 10-13, 2015.
9. International Conference on 100 Years of Nationhood in Nigeria:
Governance, Foreign Policy and Development, Obafemi Awolowo
University. Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Paper: “Making Foreign Policy
Intelligible: A Case for the Codification of Nigeria’s National
Interest”, November 9-12, 2014.
10. International Business Information Management Conference (24th
IBIMA), Milan, Italy. Paper: “Nigeria and the BRICS: Regional
Dynamics in Developing Economies’ Studies", November 6-7, 2014.
11. 14th European Conference on E-Government, ECEG 2014, Brasov,
Romania. Paper: “Challenges and Prospects of E-Elections in
Nigeria”, June 12-13, 2014.
12. Classroom Beyond Borders Partners Institute, Working Beyond
Borders Workshop, Ithaca College, New York. Paper: “Peace, Violence
and Struggle for Justice”, November 15-16, 2013.
13. Fourth Annual Conference of the Society for Peace Studies and
Practice (SPSP), Minna,Niger State, March 29-April 1, 2010. Paper:
“Democratizing Nigeria’s Foreign Policy: Lesson from the US”.
14. Seminar on American Foreign Policy, Walker Institute of
International and Area Studies, University of South Carolina,
Columbia, USA, June 9- 30, 2007. Paper: “Nigeria’s African Policy
15. International Conference on Globalization, organized by Kennesaw
State University, USA and University of Ibadan, Nigeria, November
2007. Paper: “Environment and the Economics of Nationalism:
Revisiting Oil and the Restless Run of Locusts in the Niger Delta”.
16. IFES-UK DfID Conference on 2007 Elections in Nigeria and the Way
Forward, Abuja Sheraton Hotel, August 21- August 24, 2007. Lead
17. Workshop on Changes Introduced by the Electoral Act 2006,
organized by United Kingdom Department for International
Development (DFID) and IFES-Nigeria, in Lagos,Monday October 9,
18. Seminar on Money and Politics in Nigeria, University of Ibadan,
Ibadan, June 1, 2006. Discussant.
19. National Conference on Cost of Governance in Nigeria, A.A.U.,
Ekpoma, July 2005. Paper: “White Elephants”, Multinationals and
Nigeria’s Stagnation: A Historical Enquiry.”
20. International Conference on Human Development, Covenant
University, Ota, June 2005. Rapporteur.
21. Electoral Geography in Nigeria (Southern Workshop) Electoral
Reform Network/Global Rights, Ibadan, Nov. 2003- Discussant.
22. American Studies Association of Nigeria (ASAN) Conference,
Calabar, July, 2002. Discussant.
23. State of the Arts Conference, University of Cape Coast (UCC)
Ghana, May 2002. Paper: “American Political History in Nigerian
Universities: Nature of its Teaching in the Post-Cold War era.”
24. Institute of Peace Conference on September 11 and the Future of
Asia, IPIS, Tehran, Iran, March, 2002. Paper Presentation “Impact
of September 11 on Power and Stability in Asia in the 21st
25. Historical Society of Nigeria (HSN) 45th National Congress,
University of Uyo,November, 2000- Paper Presentation “Conjugal
Dictatorship: Political Economy of Women Activism in Nigeria during
the Babangida Years.”
Summary of Profile
Professor Folarin was appointed Chairman of the Board of African Leadership Development Centre (ALDC) in 2019. He had been the pioneer Deputy Director (and later Ag. Director) of the same Centre from 2011-2012. During his two terms as Departmental Chair, he elevated the department to higher levels of global visibility, bringing it to the centre of the University’s vision accomplishment and raising the quality and status of colleagues. As HOD, he midwifed the production of twenty-one PhDs in his department between 2012/14 and 2018/2021, the highest ever in any single department in Covenant University. He is fondly called "PhD Producer". He has been privileged too, to examine doctoral candidates in other Nigerian universities and academic institutions within and outside Africa.
Folarin created in 2013, Covenant Journal of Politics and International Affairs, the first department-based journal, which is still in circulation and served as its editor from inception to 2019. In 2014 he formed Covenant University Literary and Debating Society (CULDS), which emerged as National and African Champions in debate and public speaking tournaments in 2018 and 2019; and had formed, in 2005, the Covenant University Tour Guides. All of these groups are still active and adding value to the system. Prof. Folarin is currently the President of All-Nigeria Universities Debating Council (ANUDC), the official body that oversees inter-university debate championships in Nigeria.
A cerebral and public intellectual, Folarin was the Conference Chair of the United Nations @ 75 International Conference in October 2020 and is leading editor of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals book being published by Palgrave (USA). He is co-editor of Religion and Global Politics: Soft Power in Africa (Lexington Books, USA) and is the author of Visibility and Relevance in International Politics: National Role Conceptions and Nigeria’s Policy in Africa. He had also co-edited Readings in Peace and Conflict Studies. His areas of research interest, in which he is widely published, include international politics, foreign policy, global governance, media and development, gender and health diplomacy. He is a Study of United States Institutes (formerly Fulbright American Studies Institutes) scholar and a former Visiting Fellow at the Walker Institute of International and Area Studies, University of South Carolina. He is also a Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Programme scholar; a two-time visiting scholar at Ithaca College, New York; a member of the elite Faculty of the Ife Institute of Advanced Studies, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria and a senior resource person for the Rwandan Defence Forces (military) and University of Rwanda' Center for Conflict Management. In May, 2019, Folarin was nominated into the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime group of Education for Justice (E4J) university scholars, with the responsibility to review, expand and improve on educational curriculum on crimes, drugs and so on.
An alumnus of the premier University of Ibadan, where he obtained his degrees in History and Political Science respectively, Professor Folarin was the best graduating student in his set in 1997 and had won the prestigious Oba Lipede Prize in History in 1993. His PhD is in International Relations, the first of its kind in the prestigious Covenant University. He has taught, been a visiting scholar, or has participated in research endeavours in different universities, which include University of Ibadan (where he started his lecturing career), Landmark University, Dominican University, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (South Africa), Ithaca College (USA), and University of South Carolina (USA). He is currently on the Editorial Board of Nigerian Tribune, was a member of the National Mirror editorial board and writes columns for various national newspapers. He has appeared on international television and radio programmes, including Scope (Texas), CNN, BBC Pidgin, Channels TV (Nigeria), Galaxy TV (Nigeria), Splash FM (Nigeria), NTA, Radio Nigeria, among several others. In December 2020, he won the Science Communication Award for the third best and most-read writer in Africa organised by The Conversation Africa, a global communication organisation based in UK and South Africa.
Professor Folarin loves music, football and enjoys travelling and touring with his family. He is a private spiritual person and is happily married to Dr. Funke Folarin of the University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG), with whom he has three very lovely children.