MEJIUNI, Olutoyin



1. Name: MEJIUNI, Olutoyin

2. Date and Place of Birth: 27th September, 1962; Mopa, Kogi State, Nigeria

3 Job Description: Teaching, Research and Service to the Community

4) Faculty: Education

5) Department/Unit: Continuing Education

6) Present Position: Reader

7) E-mail:

8) Telephone: 234-803-333-4536

MY Qualifications

University of Ife, Ile-Ife; B. A. Education (Religious Studies), Second Class Honours Upper Division, 1980 – 1983

University of Ife, Ile-Ife; M. A. Adult Education, 1984 – 1985

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Ph. D. Education (Adult Education), 1987 – 1995

Coady International Institute, St Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada; Certificate in ‘Managing NGO Resource Centres’ May/June 2003


1. Work Experience in Other Universities

Department of Religion and Philosophy Ondo State University, Ado-Ekiti NYSC Graduate Assistant 1983 - 1984

2 Work Experience at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife Department of Continuing Education Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. Assistant Lecturer 1986 - 1988 Lecturer Grade II Lecturer Grade I Senior Lecturer Reader 2008 till date

3. Teaches undergraduate and post graduate courses in adult education. Courses cover areas such as: foundations of and curriculum development in adult education; teaching, learning and communications; methodology of adult teaching, including mass media and methods of distance learning.

Had supervised and is currently supervising students’ long essays in adult education; and three Masters Degree Theses in the areas of self-directed learning, styles/types and dynamics of learning in the market place, and the role of culture in the educational programmes of women oriented not-for-profit organizations.


Member, Phi Delta Kappa International (PDK) Since 1998

Volunteer, Co-founder, Women Against Rape, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Exploitation (WARSHE) Since 1998

Member, Nigerian National Council for Adult Education (NNCAE) (Recently Reactivated) Since 2004

Member, American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) Since 2006

Member, International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) Since 2006

Member, African Feminist Forum (AFF) Since 2006

Member, Nigerian Feminist Forum (NFF) Since 2008

MY Publications

1 An Investigation into the Training and Development Programmes for Workers in Private Establishments in Lagos and Oyo States, Nigeria. Ph.D. (Education) Adult Education Thesis, 1995, Submitted to Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; Supported by the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), Dakar, Senegal

2 Part of the team assembled by the Nigerian office of the Stockholm, Sweden based International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International-IDEA) to carry out an Assessment of the Problems and Prospects of Democracy in Nigeria, February 2000.

3 Was one of the researchers that worked on the project entitled: Politics of Ethnicity, Nationality and Identity: Restructuring State-Society Relations, between 2000 and 2001. Project was supported by the Ford Foundation. Worked on the chapter entitled: Engendering Political Power: Women and the struggle for Empowerment

4 Carried out the research entitled: The Dialectics of “Magic Consciousness”, the “Hidden Curriculum” and Formal Education in the Construction of the Identity of Nigerian Women, 2004/2005, under the Dakar, Senegal based Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa’s (CODESRIA’s) 2003 Advanced Research Fellowship Programme

5 Part of the team carrying out a Survey on the Incidence of Sexual Violence and Abuse Against Young Girls in High Schools and Tertiary Institutions in Two States (Osun and Oyo) in Nigeria, under the Umbrella of Women Against Rape, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Exploitation (WARSHE), with support from the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF), Accra, Ghana, 2011/2012

6 Will lead the team of researchers who will carry out a Gender Mapping Study of Nigeria under the Umbrella of Women Against Rape, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Exploitation (WARSHE), with support from the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF), Accra, Ghana, 2012


Include Among Others:

i. Mejiuni, C. O. (1991), "Educating Adults Against Socioculturally Induced Abuse and Neglect of Children in Nigeria." In Child Abuse and Neglect: The International Journal, Vol. 15, No. 1, Pgs 139-145.

ii Obilade, O. O. and Mejiuni, C. O. (1998), "The Need for, and Processes of Counselling Adult Learners in Adult Education." In Journal of Research in Counseling Psychology, Vol. 4, No. 1, 1998. Pgs 128-133.

iii Fashina, O. M. (2000), "Academic Freedom and Female Academics in Nigeria." In Women in Academia: Gender and Academic Freedom in Africa, Sall, E. (ed.), Dakar: Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa. Pgs 121-127

iv Mejiuni, O. and Obilade, O.O. (2004) “No Pains, No Gains – Exploring the Dimensions of Power in Poverty Reduction, through Transformational Learning” in Preece J. (ed.) Adult Education and Poverty Reduction: A Global Priority, Gaborone: Department of Adult Education, University of Botswana, Pgs 240 – 245.

v Mejiuni, O. (2005), “Identity.” In English, L. M.(ed.), International Encyclopedia of Adult Education, New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Pgs 295-299

vi Mejiuni, O. and Obilade, O. (2006), “The Dialectics of Poverty, Educational Opportunities and ICTs.” In Oduaran,A. and Bhola, H. (eds.), Widening Access to Education as Social Justice, Dordrecht: the UNESCO Institute for Education and Springer Pgs 139-148

vii Mejiuni, O. (2006) ““Women are Flexible and Better Managers”: the Paradox of Women’s Identities, their Educational Attainment and Political Power.” In JENDA: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies, Issue 9. Pgs 1-46 at

viii Mejiuni, O. (2008), Book Review: The Social Context of Adult Learning in Africa, by Sabo Indabawa and Stanley Mpofu, Hamburg, Germany: UNESCO Institute for Education, 2006, 174 pp. In Adult Education Quarterly, Vol. 58, Issue 4, Pgs 342-346 DOI: 10.1177/0741713608319766

ix Mejiuni, O. (2009), “Potential for Transformative Mentoring Relationships among Women in Academia in Nigeria.” In Cranton, P., Taylor, E. & Tyler, J. (eds) Proceedings of the 8th International Transformative Learning Conference (TLC). Columbia and Bermuda: Teachers College and Bermuda College, Pgs. 277 – 283.

x Mejiuni, O. (2011), “Editorial – Reducing the Scourge of Illiteracy: Intersections, Collaborations and Strategies.” In Adult Education in Nigeria – Journal of the Nigerian National Council for Adult Education, Vol. 18, Issue 1, Pgs. x - xxi

xi Mejiuni, O. (In Press) “International and Community Based Transformative Learning.” In Taylor, E. & Cranton, P. (eds.) Handbook of Transformative Learning: Theory, Research and Practice. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

xii Mejiuni, O. (….), Women and Power: Education, Religion and Identity. Dakar: CODESRIA (Forthcoming)

Research Interests

. PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: I am the National Editor (2010-2012) of the Nigerian National Council for Adult Education (NNCAE), the umbrella association of adult educators in Nigeria. I coordinate the peer review process for the association’s journal, Adult Education in Nigeria (ADEDNG), and lead the process of the publication of the proceedings of the associations’ annual conference, and her other publications

I am a Consulting Editor for Adult Education Quarterly (AEQ), one of the two journals of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE). I therefore review at least 3 articles per annum for publication in AEQ as a member of the Editorial Board since 2006.

I have, in cooperation with colleagues, successfully applied my knowledge, especially of the principles and methods of adult and non-formal education, and also concerns of women in teaching-learning interactions and contexts, to non-formal education provisions that address the concerns of women, and that target women on campuses of tertiary institutions, and in town.

I have therefore contributed to: 1) shaping the discourse in different areas of adult education and women’s studies; and 2) pushing the boundaries in the 2 fields, through a) the editorial work that I do for Adult Education Quarterly (AEQ) & Adult Education in Nigeria (ADEDNG), and b) the non-formal education programmes that I take part in, and presentations that I make on campuses of tertiary institutions (the gown) and in town.


My research focuses on: the political dimensions of education, especially adult education and also women’s learning and the concerns of women in teaching-learning interactions and contexts. They also address how powerful normative ideologies constrain the transformative and emancipatory potential of, even the best-intentioned formal and non-formal educational provisions and interactions.

My teaching, research, and publications have influenced the community service work that I do mainly through the not-for-profit organisations that I have been associated with. Undoubtedly too, the community development/social change work that I do also feeds into, and influences my teaching, research and publications in distinct ways.