came to Nigeria in October 1967 as a lecturer in the Department of
Electronics of the University of Ife (today Obafemi Awolowo University).
As the first lecturer in the newly created department, he was involved
in curricula design and in the setting up of engineering laboratories.
1971 he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering of the
University of Lagos, where, in addition to his teaching assignments, he
was actively engaged in research and consulting activities for industry.
The Control Engineering laboratory he helped to set up was known at
that time as one of the best in Nigerian universities. As a result of
his extensive research and numerous publications he was appointed
Professor of Electrical Engineering in 1983. He moved to University of
Ibadan as Professor and Head of Department of Electrical Engineering. He
was responsible for the establishment of this department within the
newly created Faculty of Technology, and developed the Electrical
Engineering programme to the level of accreditation by COREN. He retired
from university services in 1992.
During his 25 years in the
university system, he combined “gown and town”, dedicating some of his
time to the promotion of educational projects that could contribute to
the development of the youth. His concern for quality education led him
to join other individuals who shared the same concern in registering the
Educational Co-operation Society, a Nigerian not-for-profit NGO that
promotes projects for the advancement of education. Under the umbrella
of this NGO he was involved in managing and raising funds for the
establishment of Helmbridge Study Centre in Surulere, which provided an
environment conducive to learning and personal development for secondary
school students in Lagos. During his years at Ibadan, he pioneered the
project of Irawo University Centre, a private hall of residence for
students of the University of Ibadan. Both of these projects are today
vibrant centres that provide an integral education to large numbers of
He retired from the university system to help start a
new project, this time on a full-time basis: the Lagos Business School.
He was appointed Director General of the school in 1993 and was given
responsibility for the creation of a business school of international
standard that would provide management education relevant to the
business environment. Together with his management team, he was involved
in the development of a variety of executive programmes and seminars
designed to meet the needs of industry. He taught operations management
and strategy and wrote several articles and case studies in these areas.
He was an active consultant to industry on strategic management issues.
His recent book “The Pains and Gains of Growth” is a result of several
years of studying and working with new business ventures in their growth
In 1996 he led the process of raising the status of the
school to that of a private university working closely with government.
After government’s approval to operate as a private university in
January 2002, Lagos Business School became the first school of
Pan-African University, and he was appointed the University’s
Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for developing the organisational
structure of the new university and the growth of its programmes.
he is a COREN-registered engineer, a member of the Nigerian Society of
Engineers, a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Engineers, a Fellow of
the International Academy of Management and a Fellow of the Institute of
Directors. He was a member of the Vision 2010 Committee and served as a
Vice-Chairman of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group for six years. He
is a member of the Advisory Board of Business Day (a daily financial
newspaper) and a Trustee of the IOD Corporate Governance Centre.
has been given several awards in recognition of his contributions to
the university system, professional institutions and the Nation. He
valued specially the awards from those who shared in his efforts to
improve the quality of education in Nigeria, particularly:
Appreciation Award for commitment, dedication to duty and exemplary
leadership, and for sharing the vision of quality service to the
Nigerian University System, by the National Universities Commission
• Award for outstanding dedication to the growth and
development of the Lagos Business School and contribution to management
education in Nigeria, by the Lagos Business School Alumni Association
• Award for contributions to the development of
Private Universities in Nigeria, by the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of
Private Universities (2011)
Other awards were:
in recognition of services and contributions towards the advancement of
engineering, by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
• Director Development Award, by the Institute of Directors Nigeria (IOD) (2003)
• Distinguished Lecturer Award, by the Nigerian Society of Engineers (2005)
• Award as a great alumnus of the University of Ibadan, by the University of Ibadan (2009)
A study of the entrepreneurial process in the Nigerian environment. The
challenges of managing growth of new ventures in uncertain and unstable
environments are highlighted through the discussion of 12 case studies
on entrepreneurship. Research led to the publication of a book entitled
“The Pains and Gains of Growth”.
2. Survey of the Applications
software industry in Nigeria; sponsored by IFC. The survey analyzed the
current uses of Application packages in the various sectors of the
economy, implementation challenges, level of investment in IT, emergence
of local software developers, and government’s policy on ICT. Research
led to the publication of the survey.
3. Lead researcher for the
study of support policies for SME growth; research sponsored by the
World Bank. The study focused on three major areas of relevance in the
SME sector: transitioning from the informal to the formal sector; access
to finance; and business support to SME. Recommendations for policy
reform were made and presented at SME Conference and the Nigerian
Research in progress
1. Strategies for
growth: Moving to the next level, with special emphasis on
sustainability and innovation. Writing case studies on companies in the
stage of growth.
2. The evolution of creative ideas into business
ventures: Writing case studies on creative ideas and creative
enterprises with particular relevance to the media industry. View publications