Professor Sheriff F. Folarin
Professor and Head, Department of Political Science and International 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. 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.
2. Nomination into United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) E4J Group.
3. Mentor/Faculty, Ife Institute of Advanced Studies, Obafemi Awolowo
University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, 2018-Date.
4. Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Programme Host Award, 2014.
5. Study of the United States Institute (SUSI) Fellowship Award, University of South Carolina,
6. Classroom Beyond Borders Partners Institute Grant, Ithaca College, USA, May-June, 2011.
7. Outstanding Service tor the Profession Award, Ithaca College, 2013.
8. Visiting Fellow, Walker Institute of International and Area Studies, University of South
Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, June-July 2007.
9. Best Graduating Student in History Award, University of Ibadan, 1997.
10. Oba Lipede Prize in History Award, University of Ibadan, 1994.
11.Nigerian Model United Nations Society (NigMUNS) Best Faculty Award, 2009.
12.. Lecturer of the Year (Blue Awards), Covenant University, 2014.
13.. Lecturer of the Year Award, College of Development Studies, Covenant Univ., 2008.
14.. Lecturer of the Year Award, Covenant Univ. Strategic Studies Students Assoc., 2007.
15. Lecturer of the Year Award, Covenant Univ. Strategic Studies Students Assoc., 2006.
16. 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 (Post-Field Report
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).
5. 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
(Internal/External Assessment Stage)
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, who is currently the Chairman of the Board of African Leadership Development Centre (ALDC) was also the pioneer Deputy Director and later Ag. Director of the same Centre from 2011-2012. He is a two-time Head of Department of Political Science and International Relations, during which 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. He created in 2013, Covenant Journal of Politics and International Affairs; midwifed or supervised sixteen Doctors of Philosophy in Political Science, International Relations, Policy and Strategic Studies and Public Administration in Covenant and other universities; created in 2014 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 formed, in 2005, the Covenant University Tour Guides. He is currently the President of the All-Nigeria Universities Debating Council (ANUDC).
Professor Folarin is the author of Visibility and Relevance in International Politics: National Role Conceptions and Nigeria’s Policy in Africa and co-editor of 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 host/scholar; a two-time visiting scholar at Ithaca College, New York. He is currently a member of the elite Faculty of the Ife Institute of Advanced Studies, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. In May, 2019, he was nominated into the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime group of Education for Justice (E4J) scholars.
An alumnus of the premier University of Ibadan, where he obtained his first two degrees, Professor Folarin has degrees in History, Political Science and International Relations and was in fact, the best graduating student of History in Ibadan in 1997 and a recipient of the Oba Lipede Prize in History in 1993. 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 and writes columns for various national newspapers. Just this February (2020), Folarin, who also features a guest on major television networks, was appointed Visiting Professor to University of Rwanda, where he will be engaging Officers of the Rwandan and other African Armed Forces in the Master of Strategic Studies programme.
Professor Folarin loves music, football and enjoys travelling and touring with his family. He is happily married to Dr. Funke Folarin of the North Carolina A&T State University, with whom he has three very lovely children.