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The 4TH Substantive Vice-Chancellor of Osun State University, Osogbo Ọdúnayọ̀ Clement ADÉBỌ́ÓYÈ is a 2009 Professor of Plant Physiology/Food Chemistry and is the most senior full-time Professor in the Department of Crop Production and Protection, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. He is the third of the four children of Mr David Àlàó ADÉBỌ́ÓYÈ of Alágbẹ̀dẹ Family, Akiribọ́tọ́-Òkè, Ayédáadé Local Government, Gbọ̀ngán and Princess Gladys Nihinlola ADÉBỌ́ÓYÈ of Àdàgbá Royal Family, Ilé-Ifẹ̀.

He attended St. David’s Anglican Primary School, Akiribọ́tọ́-Gbọ̀ngán, from 1972-1978.He had his secondary education at the Gbọ̀ngán Community High School, Ifẹ Road, Gbọ̀ngán between 1979 and1984.This was made possible by the Free Education Programme of the Unity Party of Nigeria(UPN) in the then Ọyọ State under the Executive Governor, The Cicero of Ẹsa-Oke, Late Chief Bọla Ige (May his memory continue to be a blessing). He was admitted to the then University of Ifẹ (now Ọbafẹmi Awolowọ University) in 1985 and earned B. Agric (Upper Second Class Honours Division) Plant Science in 1990.He served in the NYSC programme in 1990/91 in the old Kano State. Immediately after the National Service in 1991, he enrolled for and earned MSc (Agronomy) from the University of Ibadan in 1992 with a 72% average.

He worked briefly as a Class Teacher at Ikorodu High School, Ikorodu-Lagos(1992-1993) and Lecturer II at the Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu (1993-1995).He returned to the Ọbafẹmi Awolowọ University as a Graduate Assistant in February 1995.He registered for PhD (Horticulture/Plant Physiology) at the University of Ibadan and earned a PhD degree in 2001.He also holds a Certificate in Tissue Culture from United Nations University (2000), and Certificate in Cytogenetics from IITA, Ibadan (2001) and another Certificate in Food Science from Central Food Technological Research Institute Mysore, India (2006).He is a holder of a Certificate in Communication (2013) from the Government of Canada’s IDRC and a Certificate in the German Language (2006) from Goethe Institute, Bonn, Germany.
He rose to the rank of Assistant Lecturer in 1996, Lecturer II in 1998, Lecturer I in 2001, Senior Lecturer in 2003, Associate Professor (Reader) in 2006 and Full Professor in 2009.Prof Adébọ́óyè transferred his services from Ọbafẹmi Awolowo University to Osun State University, Osogbo in January 2010.After spending ten full years working at Ọsun State University, he was re-appointed as a Professor (without re-assessment) by the Ọbafemi Awolowo University, where he resumed in April 2019.

He served meritoriously in University Governing Council and as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic, Research, Innovation and Partnership) of Osun State University, Osogbo. He also served as Provost/Dean (2015-2016), Director of Research and Linkages (2010-2013), Director of Quality Assurance (2015), Coordinator for Postgraduate and Undergraduate academic programmes (2007-2009) and Head of Department (2010-2011).He also served as Secretary, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU-OAU) in 2001-2004. He has served in about 35 statutory committees of Council and Senate within the University system in his academic career.

Adébọ́óyè is a respected winner of twenty-five (25) international research grants and about one hundred (100) travel grants, all valued at about US$11.0 million(~N5.5 billion).Other research grants on which he participated stand at about US$3.0m (~N1.6 billion).These grants are from Germany, Canada, India, United Nations, Pakistan, TWAS, CTA, CGIAR etc. He has attended over 100 conferences and meetings in about sixty-one (61) countries worldwide. He presented invited KEYNOTESat about 20 international scientific conferences, some of which are: Government of Canada (2014, 2018, 2019), African Green Revolution Forum, Ghana (2016), African Union in Ethiopia (2014), German Government Humboldt Colloquium in Nairobi (2013), African Crop Science Society in Mozambique (2012), German Government AvH Meeting in Ouidah (2016), United Nations Environment Programme in Kenya (2014), University of Manitoba, Winnipeg (2019) and United Nations Grantsmanship (2019, 2020).

At the international level, he was appointed by the German Government’s Humboldt Foundation as the Ambassador Scientist in Nigeria, a position in which he served meritoriously from 2014-2020. He was appointed as the first Nigerian to serve as Secretary-General and member of the Governing Board of the African-German Network of Excellence in Science (AGNES) (2016-2021), a funding agency of the Government of Germany Humboldt Foundation which awards grants and fellowships to scholars in sub-Sahara Africa. Again, he was appointed as the Regional Project Coordinator for the Government of Canada IDRC vegetable projects in West Africa (2011-2020), a position in which he demonstrated exceptional leadership and accountability. He also successfully coordinated the United Nations University (2000-2005). He was Visiting Professor at the Germany Research Center, Jülich, Germany (2021); University of Manitoba, Canada (2016-2021); the University of Bonn, Germany (various times 2006-2018); University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany (2011) and Cape Breton University, Sydney, Canada (2014).He was a United Nations Senior Research Fellow at CFTRI, Mysore, India (2005-2006).

He has undergone several international pieces of training in University governance. For example, in 2007-2009, the German Government sponsored him to attend three fully-funded University Leadership Courses in Germany and Ethiopia. The Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE) also trained him in University governance in 2015.He has provided professional services to the United Nations and governments in Nigeria, Canada and Germany. He was a member of the German Government team that developed the policy on Africa Development (2018-2019).He currently serves as Technical Advisor to the Government of Canada on techniques for scaling up research in the global Southern hemisphere.

In Nigeria, Adébọ́óyè was a member of the team that designed the O-Meals operational strategies for the Government of the State of Osun in 2012.He coordinated the training of the pioneer 3,200 food vendors employed by the State of Osun to serve the O-Meals programme. He also led the Osun State Cocoyam Rebirth Programme and trained 1,600 farmers for the State of Osun in 2014.He integrated the 2016-18 batch of 10,000 youth of the Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (O-YES) program into his project on the vegetable value chain. He supported them with free seeds and irrigation facilities; many are now successful vegetable producers. He was also a team member that designed the Federal Government of Nigeria Technology Development Policy in 2013.

He was a Member of VC Selection Panel, UNIOSUN (2016), External Examiner for PhD, University of Fort Hare, South Africa (2011-2013), External Examiner for Department of Agronomy, UNILORIN (2015-2017), External Project Assessor, Danish Government (2013), External Project Assessor for USAID (2012), External Examiner for MSc and PhD, FUNAAB (2015 to date), External Examiner for FUTA, Akure (2020 to date), External Assessor for Professorial appointment, University of Fort Hare, SA (2011), External Assessor for Professorial appointment, Universities in Ghana (2017), External Assessor for Professor, FUNAAB, Abeokuta (2018) and External Assessor for Professor, UNILORIN (2016)

He has utilized nine (9) fully-funded international research fellowships awarded by the United Nations University; the German Government Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, German Government DAAD fellowship and Government of Canada IDRC which he utilized at the United Nations University-Central Food Tech Research Institute, Mysore, India; University of Bonn, Germany; Centre of Excellence for Horticulture, Klein-Altendorf, Germany; University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany; Sechtem Agricultural Research Station, Bonn, Germany; Cape Breton University, Sydney, Canada; and German Government Research Centre, Jülich, Germany. He has the privilege to be well connected to over 50 international networks, which will benefit UNIOSUN immensely. He holds the distinguished fellowship of international organizations including, Fellow, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; Fellow, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD); Fellow, United Nations University (UNU) and Fellow, Obafemi Awolowo Order of Sustainable Education.

Adébọ́óyè has won some highly prestigious international and national awards. In 2009, he emerged as the first Nigerian to win the prestigious Humboldt Alumni Award of the German Government’s Humboldt Foundation, with a cash award of US$30,000.He also won the best presentation award at the under-utilized plants’ conference in Karachi, Pakistan, in 2001 with a cash award of US$1,000.Again, he won the best presentation award at the Food Quality conference at Central Food Technological Research Institute, India, in 2006 with a cash award of US$1,250.He has also been honoured with several local awards, including the Award of Excellence (2019) by the College of Agriculture, Ejigbo Campus; Award of Excellence and Service (2019) by the Nigerian Society of Engineers(COREN); Award of Excellence(2017) by the Law Students Association(National Open University, Nigeria); Award of Service and Excellence (2016) by the Olufi of Gbongan; Award of Service (2012) by the Osun State Students Association, Ejigbo Campus; Excellence Award (2003) by Osun State Government for his role in Economic Summit; Fellow of the Order of sustainable Education (2015) by the family of Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo and the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; Man of the Year Award for Southwest Nigeria (2014) by the Southwest Radio and TV Association (Excellence Media) for his work on the indigenous vegetables of Nigeria.

He has successfully supervised 10 Postdoc, three MSc, one PhD and currently supervising two PhD and one MSc. His grants provided total funding for nineteen (19) MSc and fifteen (15) PhD candidates in Nigeria, Benin Republic and Canada, and these candidates have all completed their degree programmes. He has served as a reviewer for several high impact international academic journals (Elsevier, Springer, Wiley, Taylor & Francis etc.).He has also served as an external examiner to Universities in Nigeria, South Africa and Europe. He belongs to many professional academic associations.

Adébọ́óyè has contributed to mentoring of young colleagues. He secured the German Government AGNES grant for 11 Nigerian lecturers between 2015 and 2020 and supervised their postdoc projects. Through his grants, between 2011 and 2017, he fully funded 10 UNIOSUN lecturers to Universities in Canada for three months of training each. Prof Adebooye also provided total funding for 13 Nigeria lecturers to attend academic conferences in Rwanda, Benin, Canada, Ethiopia, Kenya and USA between 2010 and 2020.In 2021, he fully sponsored 23 UNIOSUN lecturers to attend the German Government DAAD Alumni Event. Again in Nov 2021, he sponsored 251 scholars (with 63 academics from UNIOSUN) to attend the German Government’s Humboldt International Conference.

Prof Adébọ́óyè is contributing his quota locally. He is the Chairman of Logistics Committee of Akiribọ́tọ́-Òkè Progressive Element; Chairman of Board of Governors, Gbongan High School, Ife Road, Gbongan; Chairman, Gbongan land Education Committee; President of the 1984 Old Student Association of Gbongan Community High School; and member of Men’s Christian Fellowship, All Souls’ Chapel, OAU, Ile-Ife.

Adébọ́óyè’s research focus revolves around Plant Physiology and Food Chemistry. His research has provided significant insights into the utilization and physiology of the Nigerian Snake Tomato, food value and nutraceutical studies of indigenous vegetables of southwest Nigeria, protein science of indigenous vegetables and socio-economic studies of awareness creation on indigenous vegetables value chain. He has published four edited books and over 119 research articles in high impact scientific journals. His published works are ALL products of funded research. His research publications have made significant impacts on global science, and they have contributed to international development and are currently in use as global reference materials. His Research Gate score is 24.94, and the total article download is over 20,000, total Google Scholar citation is 1330, Google h-index is 20, and i10-index is 30.

Prof Adébọ́óyè is a believer in Almighty God, a democrat, a family and community man, a critical and seminal thinker, and a philosopher, who detests corruption and sharp practices in all ramifications. He belongs to the crew of radicals who hate oppression and suppression in whatever form. He is happily married to Rita. The marriage is blessed with very interesting children. He loves football and draught game.

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