Prof Adenike Temidayo Oladiji was born on 27th April 1968 and she attended Christ Anglican School, Ijomu-Oro, and Iludun Oro Nursery and Primary School between 1972 and 1977. She had her secondary education at St. Claire’s Anglican Grammar School, Offa, from 1977 to 1982.
Prof. Oladiji obtained B.Sc.; M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in Biochemistry from University of Ilorin, Nigeria in 1988, 1991 and 1997 respectively. She had further trainings at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel (MASHAV program), Canadian Institute for Innovation Development (CANDIDEV), Calgary Alberta, Canada and African Leadership Institute, Dayton Ohio, USA. She was exchange Scholar of Association of African Universities to University of Cape Coast, Ghana.
The erudite scholar joined the services of the University of Ilorin in July 1992 as an Assistant Lecturer and was appointed a Professor in September 2011. Prior to joining the University, she worked as Research and Development Officer at Kwara Breweries Limited, Offa.
With over 29 years of continuous service in the university system, Prof. Adenike Oladiji has mentored many doctoral students and supervised to completion many doctoral theses. She has held various positions and served on many University Committees as Chairman or Member. She was Head of Department; Sub Dean of Faculty; Deputy Director, Centre for International Education; Director, Centre for Research Development and In-House Training (CREDIT); Director, Central Research Laboratories; Coordinator, U6 Consortium (a consortium of six universities across Africa); Dean, School Of Basic Medical Sciences (Kwara State University, Malete); Coordinator, Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer office, University of Ilorin; Board Member, Technology Incubation Centre, Ilorin: Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences and Member, Governing Council, Federal Polytechnic, Nasarawa and Crown Hill University, Eiyenkorin, Ilorin.
A prolific researcher with over 100 publications, Prof. Oladiji has won many distinctions and awards, which include University’s Merit Award, Certificate of Merit, and scholarships, among others. She is a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Science and Fellow, Nigerian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
She has served as Chairman or Member of many accreditation panels of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Member, Research and Development Standing Committee of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), JAMB Committee on Internationalisation of Tertiary Education, and has been an external examiner in over 20 universities nationally and internationally. She is Advisory Board Member of C.G. Bhakta Institute of Biotechnology, Uka Tarsadia University, Maliba campus, Bardoli, India and Director of Administration, Association of West Africa Universities (AWAU). Professor Oladiji has attracted research grants for research, institutional development and capacity building. She has attended and presented many keynote/ lead papers in national and international conferences.
She is a Member of many professional bodies including West Africa Research and Innovation Management (WARIMA), American Society of Nutrition, Organization for Women in Science for Developing World (OSWD), Science Association of Nigeria and Nigerian Society for Experimental Biology.
Prof. Adenike Oladiji is a sports lover, an award winner in Badminton, serving as Captain, Unilorin Veteran Badminton club. She is happily married and blessed with children.