Joshua Adewale Thompson Ojo (PhD) was born in 1941 at Ikogosi-Ekiti in Ekiti State, Nigeria. He was educated at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) and graduated with a B.Sc. Hons degree in Economics in 1968. He proceeded for further studies at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom and obtained the M.A. degree in Development Economics and Finance in 1970. His insatiable hunger for learning took him further to the citadel of learning as he enrolled for his Ph.D at the University of Wales also in UK. He graduated with a Ph.D in Financial Economics in 1974. He obtained a professional qualification in Banking, clinching a Diploma of the London Institute of Bankers in 1968. He was a Western State of Nigeria Doctoral Scholar (1969-1974) and a British Council Scholar at the University of Leeds (1969-1970).


After a successful banking career at the former Barclays Bank (now Union Bank) from 1961 to 1965, Joshua Adewale Thompson Ojo had a stint in public service in the former Western State of Nigeria where he served as Government Auditor in the Audit Department, from 1968 to 1975. He was also a senior International Money and Financial Analyst at the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Secretariat in Vienna, Austria.


He joined the University of Lagos in 1975, and became the Head of Department of Finance (1981/1982 and 1987/1988), Dean of Business Administration (1988 – 1992 and 1994 – 1995), Director of Distance Learning Institute (1995-2001).


A Professor of Banking and Finance, Joshua Adewale Thompson Ojo, became a member of faculty of Covenant University in 2004. He was the Dean, College of Business and Social Sciences, in 2005/2006 session, and presently the Head of Department of Banking and Finance, an office he has held since 2004. Also, within the CU context, he has assisted in putting up the proposal for instituting the Centre for Wealth Creation. He is the Chair of the Senate Business Committee as well as Chair of the Board of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies.


Our distinguished lecturer was on three occasions a visiting Professor at the University of Bayreuth in Germany between July 1990 and August 1996. He has served as External Examiner for most Universities in Nigeria and Zimbabwe. He was a consultant, World Bank / Central Bank of Nigeria countrywide survey on Rural Financial Institutions in Nigeria 1996/1997; Consultant to various projects of the Central Bank of Nigeria, and Consultant to Community Banks in Lagos State. He was awarded the Association of Community Banks Merit Award in December 2001.


Professor Joshua Adewale Thompson Ojo is a member of the Nigerian Institute of Management; Nigerian Economic Society; West African Economic Association and President, Nigeria Finance Association (1987-1994). He is a Fellow of both the Institute of Management Consultants (FIMC) and Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (FCIB). He is also a member of the International Council of Small Business (ICSB). He is a child of God and Chairman of the Board of Deacons at shepherd Hill Baptist Church, Lagos. He is married and blessed with many children and grand children.