Professor Sunday Olawale Okeniyi holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Chemistry, a Master of Science (M.Sc.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria - Nigeria. He was a Federal Government of Nigeria Postgraduate Scholar at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria - Nigeria. He is currently a Professor at the Chemistry Department of the Nigerian Defence Academy. He joined the services of the department in September 1995 as Lecturer II and worked tirelessly to rise to the enviable rank of Professor of Chemistry (Organic and Natural Product) in October 2008. He is a Fellow of the Chemical Society of Nigeria (FCSN), a Fellow of the Institute of Chattered Chemists of Nigeria (FICCON), Member, Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC), Member, American Chemical Society (MACS), Member and Former Secretary of Rotary Club of Kaduna – Tudun wada.
Professor Okeniyi has carried out extensive researches in the area of organic and natural product chemistry and published over 60 refereed journal articles and several chapters in different books, peer reviewed numerous books and journal articles, co-edited 2 books, and delivered several academic planning policy-oriented lectures to Registrars and Directors of Academic Planning in Nigerian Universities. His publications have received positive reviews and most of the articles were published in various journal houses and University Press in Nigeria, Pakistan, India, South Africa, the United States of America, United Kingdom and Canada. He has won a number of individual research grants, including those from the Third World Academy of Science (TWAS), the Nigerian Tertiary Education Trust Fund (Tetfund) and the Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship.
He is currently involved with an international essential oil research group in researching into systematic analysis of the essential oil profiles of some poorly studied Nigerian and African potent medicinal and aromatic plants and herbs. He has on-going research collaborations with institutions like Harvard University, Walter Sisulu University, Mthatha, South Africa, University of Johannesburg, South Africa, University of Ghana, Legon and the University of Manchester, England. His contribution to scholarship is mainly seen in his ability to break down disciplinary boundaries in explaining the complexities of the analytical potency, phytochemistry and essential oil profiles of poorly studied Nigerian and African medicinal and aromatic plants and herbs.
Professor Sunday Olawale Okeniyi served in various Administrative capacities at the Nigerian Defence Academy. He was one time Head of Chemistry Department (HOD) (2006 – 2008), Director, Academic Planning Unit (DAP) (2008 – 2012) and also served as the first and the only indigenous professor to rise to the position of Acting Academy Provost (2012 – 2015); a position equivalent to that of a Vice Chancellor in Conventional Universities). He has served the Chemical Society of Nigeria (CSN) in different capacities. He was at various times the Kaduna Chapter Assistant Secretary, (2000 – 2004), Publicity Secretary, (2004 – 2008), and the Chairman of the Chapter (2006 – 2011). He equally served the CSN at the National Executive Council, as National Publicity Secretary (2007 – 2011), Deputy Vice President, North West (2011 – 2014), National Vice President, (2014 – 2017). He is currently the 14th President of the Society (2017 – Date).
His hobbies include traveling, driving, reading, photography and computer games. He is happily married to his beautiful and amiable wife, Mrs. Joy Kikelomo Okeniyi and are both blessed with sons and daughters
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