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Meet 45-year-old Lautech Female Professor Making Waves In Africa, Prof. Olagunju Funke Iyabo [PHOTOS]




Prof. (Mrs) Olagunju Funke Iyabo

Prof. (Mrs) Olagunju Funke Iyabo is a lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, LAUTECH. She had her BSc, MSc and PhD in Agricultural Economics.

Beautiful Prof. Olagunju Iyabo, born in 1971, lectures and supervises research work of university students from B.Sc. to Ph.D. levels, with passion to address issues relating towards enhancement of the quality of life of the rural farmers through gender sensitive poverty alleviation strategies, improvement of post – harvest processing as well as conscious awareness of good record keeping, access to loan and exploration of factors affecting market access to improve economic status of the poor rural household, for self – sufficiency with consequence of reduction in poverty.

Prof. (Mrs) Olagunju Funke Iyabo

Her research largely focused on the area of Agricultural Finance using Agribusiness, Cooperatives and Marketing activities to address poverty problems of rural community through improved farm productivity for financial empowerment. This was accomplished through her research work in production economics, agribusiness and finance as well as environmental resource economics.

Prof. Olagunju is a post-Doctoral fellow of highly competitive and prestigious African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) in 2013 and had a fellow mentee in 2014.

The 45-year-old elegant lecturer is very passionate and concerned towards achieving self- sufficiency with consequence of reducing poverty among the smallholder farmers, especially women.

She had physically demonstrated and trained female farmers on adding value to harvested cassava which was turned to a sustainable improved income via good record keeping thereby combating poverty and food insecurity with potential enhancement in the livelihood of small holder farmers and their families at both rural and urban centers.

Prof Olagunju, has served as External Examiner for postgraduate studies at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, assessed senior lecturers for readership positions at Ekiti and Ebonyi states Universities.

Prof. Olagunju is a registered member of African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), Nairobi, Kenya, , Nigerian Association of Agricultural Economist (NAAE,) and so on. She won a research grant of African Economic research Consortium in 2011 and won LAUTECH Tetfund research grant in 2015. She has software skills in STATA, SPSS, R-STUDIO, EXCEL and a bonafide member of both international and national professional bodies.

Prof. (Mrs) Olagunju is a team worker, working in a viable group and has produced a good number of academic studies and has imparted the skill to a number of graduate students. The quality, quantity and breath of her publications exemplified the synergistic benefit of collaborative research in agricultural economics and such efforts were responsible for her multiple scientific papers. The wide scope of her publications is a convincing evidence of a fertile and imaginative mind. Most of her works have appeared in print in reputable local and international outlets. Consequently, her ideas have been disseminated to the scientific community, especially her peers in and outside the country.

In addition to her scholarly publications, she has supervised and taught many courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She is presently involved in supervision and teaching of both undergraduate and postgraduate students. She is very committed and responsible to carry out assignments given to her and have respect for time and dates in delivering them.

She won an international grant from African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), an NFP Short Course fellowship held at Wageningen University and competitively won a career-changing two-year African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) for her Post- doctoral Fellowship, as a result of her outstanding research for rural communities.

She belongs to several committees within and outside the university such as the Business Manager of International Journal of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development (IJAERD), member of Faculty of Farm Management and Internship committee, former chairperson of Internship committee and presently representing the dean of the faculty at the Board of Pre-Degree Science Program, LAUTECH.

The elegant female Lautech female Professor hails from Ijebu Isiwo, Ijebu Ode local government, Ogun State.

Prof. Olagunju Funke Iyabo is happily married to Prince A.B.C Olagunju who hails from Otan Ayegbaju , Boluwaduro local government in Osun state.

You can contact Prof. Olagunju via these email addresses: [email protected]
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    June 17, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    I love you so much ma’am,keep up the good work. she can explain witH a matchstick just to let you understand.

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    June 17, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Seriously…..guess being pretty and a lecturer is extraordinary nowadays.
    Beauty & brains must be really scares in African. Not hating o, but what makes this news apart from cheap publicity.

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      June 18, 2016 at 7:13 am

      I don’t really understand some People nowadays with dere arrogancemust u comment ,go ahead and make ur own publicity ,like d world c see it.Learn to apprecaite little things and if u can’t just keep shut.

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      June 18, 2016 at 8:45 am

      Thank you for that. I was waiting to read something serious…. But, no. Just beautiful and brilliant.

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    June 17, 2016 at 8:12 pm


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    Babalola J Olaniyi

    June 18, 2016 at 4:12 am

    That is my Oga. Proud of you ma.

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    June 18, 2016 at 7:34 am

    yet to come to term on the need for such an explicit documentation about the person Of Prof Mrs Olagunju. The citation is rich and radiates encouragement. It was well crafted but yet see to see the need for it

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    oyebode Adeola

    June 18, 2016 at 8:15 am

    So so proud of you ma!!! Brain and pretty! Greater height.

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    niran Olusegun

    June 18, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    That is my olori, ori Ade agbe o, oya mi lotan afole. We are proud of you.

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    Komolafe Seun

    June 18, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    Really proud of you my Oga

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    Ogiri Deborah

    June 18, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    Am so proud of you ma, and I love the way you always smile ma.

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    olatunji olatunde

    June 18, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    Olori Prof you are celebrated.

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    June 18, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Very proud of you. Great LAUTECH. Keep yhe flag flying. Welldone. More success IJN.

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    Adeyinka Adedoyin Oluwadamilola

    June 18, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    You have just started ma…. Greater height ahead

    Best female lecturer so far…
    Much love ma

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    June 18, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    I am not surprised about your laudable achievements, right from your undergraduate days you genuinely demonstrated your commitments to academic work in all ramifications. Honesly speaking, as I use to advice you “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we don’t give up”..Galatians 6:9. You actually create a season of Success every time you complete an instruction from God. Continue trusting God for a good harvest, but keep on hoeing, the sky is your beginning. We are always proud of you on the premises that “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose…..Romans 8:28 NIV. Congratulations my darling wife, proud of you always. My regard to the media and people of mission, vision and accomplishments.

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    June 18, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    One of the media outfit in the world. Keep the flag flying, truly the best among equal

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    Falekulo Bayo

    June 19, 2016 at 5:01 am

    She supervise my undergraduate research project in university of Ilorin. Thank God! my prayers are being answered. Carry go

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    Olagunju Adenike Omobola

    June 19, 2016 at 5:11 am

    She is brilliant all way round, not only in the academia but in building sustainable family relationships. Lucky to have her in our family.

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      June 19, 2016 at 7:47 pm

      Thank you my sweet sister in law. Your coasts shall be expand beyond your expectations. I really appreciate you ma. You shall reap the beautiful fruits of your labour.

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    June 19, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    My HOD wonderful woman, God bless you ma congratulations.

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    June 19, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    More grease to your elbow as you continue to make the women race proud. May God continue to bless your career and your home.

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    June 19, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    My lecturer, patient & hardworking. Ur teaching method is simply d best. I hail U ma.

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    Jide Abimbola Jr.

    June 19, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    I knew great people like this female prof will start emanating from lautech. It’s a very great university. While I was the SUG PRO of the university 12 years ago, I predicted all these things in the national dailies. I’m proud of u prof. Olagunju. Keep the flag flying.

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    June 19, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    I appreciate you my darling husband, without you the story might not be a complete success. Thanks for being there always. We are just starting, we are soaring higher and higher.
    We appreciate everyone for your contributions in one way and the other. May we be celebrated at all times. One Love.

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    June 20, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Oku ni ibon un ro…. This is just the beginning ma… I love ur styles, i love ur courage… Kip flying cos d lord is ur strength…congrats mama

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      June 21, 2016 at 10:25 pm

      Thanks @Adebisi. You are blessed.

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    Awopetu Faith

    June 22, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    I am impressed by this rich profile
    Greater height In Jesus Name

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    Ajao Moses O

    June 22, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    To God be the Glory for the achievements!
    I know prof for uncommon HUMILITY .

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    Funmi Abioje

    July 10, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    We are proud of you ma, may the Lord bless the work of your hand.

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    adesina ademola

    July 26, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    Best supervisor

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Tony Elumelu Foundation Disburses First Tranche of $5m Partnership Commitment from African Development Bank

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Tony O. Elumelu, CON, has congratulated the African Development Bank (AfDB), and AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina, on their commitment to African entrepreneurship, with the disbursement of $2.5million seed capital to the AfDB-sponsored beneficiaries of the 2019 TEF Entrepreneurship Programme. $2.5m was released today, with the remainder expected to be disbursed to the entrepreneurs in Q12020.

The AfDB commitment follows the recent $8.5 million disbursements from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to 2,648 entrepreneurs in the Sahel region and Africa more broadly and further accelerates the economic empowerment generated by the Tony Elumelu Foundation. In 2019, the Foundation significantly increased the scale and reach of it impact, with the number of beneficiarieof its flagship Entrepreneurship Programme rising from its annual commitment of 1,000 to 5,150, in collaboration with global and African partners.

 With its commitment to strengthen small and medium-sized enterprises and develop young entrepreneurs, AfDB joined the growing list of global development institutions benefiting from the Tony Elumelu Foundation’s unique model of identifying, training, mentoring and funding entrepreneurs and start-ups across Africa. The partnership demonstrates the implementation of the AfDB’s ten-year “Jobs for Youth in Africa” strategy, launched in 2016, to support the creation of 25 million meaningful jobs across the continent.

The partnership illustrates TEF’s willingness to share its infrastructure and know-how, with others who share the mission to empower young African entrepreneurs and TEF’s goal of creating millions of jobs, as well as generating

 billions in revenue, to catalyse economic growth across the continent.

The Foundation is currently accepting applications to the 2020 cohort of its flagship Entrepreneurship Programme on, Africa’s digital hub for entrepreneurs.

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Dangote Farms Commissions Tomatoes Nursery To Provide Seedlings For Farmers




In a bid to make Nigeria self-sufficient in tomato production, Dangote Tomatoes Processing Limited, owned by the younger brother of Africa’s richest man, Sani Dangote, has unveiled a N2.8 billion greenhouse nursery in Kano to supply the best quality tomato seedlings to Nigerian farmers.

Speaking on the project, Sani Dangote said the nursery is designed to use the automated Pat Moose planting technology, the first of its kind in Nigeria and has the capacity to process 350 million tonnes of hybrid tomato seedlings per season enabling the planting of 12,000 hectares of tomato farm. The pat moose process takes three weeks before proceeding to the next stage reducing the whole process of growing tomatoes to just 3 months.

He stated that Nigeria consumes about 2.3 million tonnes of tomatoes annually and with the establishment of the nursery, “we have created a capacity to triple tomato production, attaining self-sufficiency in tomato production as well as a potentially exporting surplus to neighboring countries.

“Furthermore, this nursery will produce the highest quality tomato seedling available meaning that the farmers can grow the highest yield tomatoes. Currently, the yields produced by Nigerian farmers are less than the global standard. As a result, farmers will be able to earn more income from selling higher volumes of harvests each season.

“Nigeria is on a trajectory to becoming self-sufficient in rice, tomatoes and poultry production. This means that millions of jobs will be created for her citizens.”, Sani Dangote explained.

The African continent imports $40 billion of food annually despite having 65% of the world’s arable land. The public-private model on-going in Nigeria could be adopted by other African countries to also attain self-sufficiency in food production.

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Tony Elumelu Donates Technology Centre To AAU




Chairman of UBA Group, Tony O. Elumelu, has made the donation of a multipurpose information technology center to his alma mater, Ambrose Ali University.

Through the UBA Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of the United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA), Elumelu has championed the construction of a state-of-the-art multipurpose information technology building, which will benefit the students of Ambrose Alli University in Ekpoma, Edo State. The hall, to be named The Tony O. Elumelu multipurpose hall, is furnished with computers, desks, and chairs measure 839 square meters and have adjoining offices and conveniences.

Elumelu highlighted his motivation: “Education is crucial to Nigeria’s human capital – whether our young people join our national institutions, the private sector or, as I did, take the entrepreneurial path, no one can afford to be cut off from the digital world. It has been a personal mission to ensure that the hall was delivered to specification, for the benefit of the students at the AAU. Success brings with it the duty to give back, and I am just grateful that I am now in a position to meaningfully help the next generation”.

The multipurpose hall was formally handed over to the University, at a ceremony attended by members of the University’s governing council and staff, led by Vice-Chancellor, Prof Ignatius Onimawo.

Speaking at the commissioning, UBA’s Directorate Head, South Bank, Mr. Chris Ofikulu, who represented the UBA Group Chairman, highlighted the contribution of UBA, through its Foundation, to education and development across Africa.

‘As a pan-African bank, operating in 20 countries across our continent, UBA is committed to being a socially responsible institution, and a role model for businesses in Africa. The UBA Foundation actively promotes the socio-economic improvement of the communities in which UBA operates, with a particular emphasis on development in the areas of “Education, Environment, and Economic Empowerment”. We believe in intervening and building capacity within communities, facilitating projects that will act as catalysts for social and economic development’ he stated.

“Tony Elumelu is a product of this great university and is conscious of the need to give back and there is no substitute for world-class educational infrastructure, and this is what has informed the construction of these facilities, that will help equip the future leaders of our great nation Nigeria,” he said.

The AAU Vice-Chancellor, Prof Ignatius Onimawo, who expressed his heartfelt gratitude towards the gesture by the UBA Group Chairman, noted that one of the most pressing needs of the University for 2020 had been met, and thanked UBA and Mr Elumelu.

He challenged students to make proper use of the facilities provided by UBA and to ensure that they emerge great leaders and mentors like Elumelu, whose commitment to catalyzing entrepreneurial growth across Africa, through the Tony Elumelu Foundation, and institutionalizing African philanthropy, had created a strong positive role model. ‘We at Ambrose Ali university are so proud of our son Tony Elumelu and every time we see him doing good across Africa, we feel joy and accomplishment’ said Onimawo.

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