a Professor of Public Administration, is an Independent Scholar.
He is based in his hometown, Iju, Akure North, Ondo State, Nigeria where he has a private Public Affairs Library.
Between 2006 and 2015, he convened a Public Affairs Forum series in Iju (attended by academics, public servants and other professionals) – quarterly for the first four years and then, annually for five years – as a contribution to the promotion of knowledge. He was also engaged in consultancy assignments (within Nigeria and in several other African countries) focused on governance, public sector management, and development issues.
He was a part-time Professor of Management in the Federal University of Technology, Akure from 2005 to 2008. From January 1987 to July 2004, he worked at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the World Bank, he taught at one of Nigeria’s universities for about twenty years, the last ten as a Professor of Public Administration. He served there as Head, Department of Public Administration and Dean, Faculty of Administration. His other work experience includes a one-year stint as a Public Administration Officer in the United Nation’s Secretariat, New York (1975-76).
Professor Adamolekun holds a BA (French, First Class Honours), Ibadan, June 1968; MPhil (Public Administration) Ife, June 1970; and DPhil (Politics) Oxon, September 1972. He is the author or co-author of 36 books and monographs, and 111 journal articles and contributions to books on politics and public administration in Africa. His latest publication is I Remember. The Autobiography of LADIPO ADAMOLEKUN (2016).
He has won many honours and distinctions at home and abroad over the years. In December 2005, he was conferred with the Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM) award, the “highest national prize for academic and intellectual attainment”. He was awarded DSc (Public Policy and Governance, honoris causa), Lead City University, Ibadan, 2016.