Babafemi Adesina BADEJO, Professor of Political Science is the pioneer professorial appointee at Chrisland University, Owode, Abeokuta, Nigeria. He joined Chrisland University in March 2021. Aside from research and teaching, he is working on establishing the Chrisland Institute of Security, Development and Diplomacy (CISDD).
Professor Badejo is an academic who combines vast research on comparative and international political economy with vast hands-on praxis on peace & security and humanitarian affairs. Prior to Chrisland University, he had extensive experience in academics at the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria and briefly with the University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri, Nigeria. With about 17 years at the University of Lagos, he taught and mentored many successful students and undertook research on many issues that resulted in several publications, including a best seller biographical analytical book on politics in Kenya.
He is a lawyer, with certifications in mediation and arbitration, aside from on-the-job mediation experience with the United Nations. He is a member of the Lagos State Panel of Neutrals.
He is also a public speaker of international repute. In 2019, he spoke in Addis Ababa, Dakar, Johannesburg and Lagos at AU and/or UN fora on either the African Continental Free Trade Area or the African Humanitarian Agency. He spoke at the Oslo Peace Center, Norway in June 2019 and the Bled Strategic Forum in Slovenia in September 2019. In the previous year, he had spoken at the Bahrain Visions Forum at the United Nations General Assembly.
For almost two and a half decades, he served the United Nations in Somalia, Kenya, Liberia, Guinea-Bissau and Sudan. He was Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General at the UN Political Office for Somalia, Chief of Staff of complex UN Peace Operations, in Guinea-Bissau and Sudan and Head of Political Affairs at UN Missions in Liberia and Sudan. These responsibilities saw him give major advisory support to the United Nations on the pursuit of peace through dialogue on many mediation efforts and reconciliation conferences in many countries as well as support post-conflict peacebuilding in Liberia and Guinea-Bissau. He retired from the United Nations on March 31, 2017 after a meritorious service of 23 years and 10 months.
On April 1, 2017, Dr. Badejo assumed office as the Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Yintab Strategy Consults (YSC). Through the platform of YSC, he was motivated to embrace innovative means of knowledge sharing, research and supporting impact driven ideas, with no limitation to boundaries.
While at YSC, Prof. Badejo concluded a consultancy for the African Union on providing the operational framework for the setting up of the African Union Humanitarian Agency (AUHA) and for the UN ECA on an interlinkages project surveying west and central Africa.
Prof. Badejo enjoys excellent relationships with many world leaders including as Senior Advisers to former Timor Leste President and Nobel Laureate, Jose Ramos-Horta, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, as well as Shaikh Hussam Al-Khalifa, immediate past President of the Court of the Prime Minister of Bahrain.
Babafemi Badejo has a Ph.D in Political Science (with a field work and dissertation on the political economy of Pakistan), from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1982. He obtained a Bachelors of Law from the University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria in January 1990. He became a professional Attorney in December 1990 after attending the Nigerian Law School. In between, he found time to contribute to policy debates for Nigeria’s foreign policy while on sabbatical at the Nigerian Institute for International Affairs (NIIA), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), including being part of the team that put together the international Human Development Reports for 1993 and 1994 and consulted on the South African Human Development Report in April 1995. He also found time to support the anti-apartheid campaign in the 1980s.
He served as the Federal Government of Nigeria appointed Special Assistant to General Olusegun Obasanjo on his failed contest to become the United Nations Secretary-General in 1991. He is currently undertaking research towards a book on this experience as well other research efforts on the peace and security mediation in Somalia before the rise of Al-Shabab as well as research on developmental issues in Africa, (especially Nigeria), leveraging on a multidisciplinary approach. With a close followership of current socio-political realities, he shares his thoughts across media platforms and grants interviews in print and electronic media, including on the e-publication platform of Yintab Strategy Consults: www.yintabstrategyconsults.com.
Professor Badejo is married to Adejumoke Badejo (nee Odusanya), the proprietress of Yintab Private Academy, Sogunle and Ikorodu, Nigeria. They have children and grandchildren.