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Olajumoke Morenikeji

Professor Department of Zoology, University of Ibadan

Olajumoke Abimbola Morenikeji completed her BSc in zoology at the University of Ibadan in 1990 and went on to obtain an MSc and a PhD in zoology (parasitology) in 1991 and 1998 respectively from the University of Ibadan.

Following her doctoral studies, she was awarded a MIM/TDR postdoctoral fellowship for training at the Division of Parasitology, National Institute of Medical Research in London, as well as a TWAS-DBT postdoctoral fellowship for training at the National Institute of Malaria Research in Delhi, India. She has a Certificate in International Health Research Ethics from the Harvard School of Public Health, United States.

She is an accomplished academic with a wealth of experience and expertise. Her impressive body of work includes over 100 published papers in local and international journals and four books. She has obtained support, sponsorships, scholarships, fellowships, and grants from a diverse range of institutions and organisations.

She is passionate about the environment and biodiversity conservation. She is the founder and chair of the Pangolin Conservation Guild Nigeria. This is an organisation that educates and creates awareness on pangolin conservation, conducts scientific research, collaborates with relevant organisations, advises policymakers, and facilitates pangolin rescue, rehabilitation and release into protected forest areas. She also chairs the West Africa, IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group.


  • –present
    Professor of Parasitology , University of Ibadan