Obituary – Dr Olabanji Akinola

The Centre for Social Protection and Policy painfully announce the untimely death of one of the co-founders and Research Fellows, Dr Olabanji Akinola.

On Monday, January 10th, 2022, Banji passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at the Algoma Residential Community Hospice (ARCH) at the age of 37. His family includes his wife of 8 years, Abiola Bankole; two children, Anjolaoluwa (AJ) and Arinola; his parents, Mr. Olubayo and Mrs. Olufunlayo Akinola (née Aresa); as well as his siblings Mr. Seun Akinola, Dr. Olugbenga Akinola, Mr. Oluwole Akinola, and Mrs. Temitope Reid (née Akinola). Banji will be remembered by many other family members and friends in Canada, Nigeria and all over the world.

Dr. Akinola earned his BSc in Political Science at the University of Ibadan (Nigeria) in 2007, and an MA in International Studies (Political Science) from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva, Switzerland) in 2010. He went on to further graduate study at the University of Guelph, where he completed a second MA (2011) and his PhD in Political Science and International Development Studies (2017). He joined the faculty at Algoma University as Assistant Professor of Political Science in the Department of Law and Politics in 2018 in a limited-term position and was appointed on the tenure-track in 2021. He taught courses in comparative politics, global governance, and international relations in the Political Science program, as well as courses on international community development for the Community Economic and Social Development programme.

The funeral service was held at Gilbert MacIntyre and Son Funeral Home, 1099 Gordon St., Guelph on Saturday, January 15th, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. Interment followed at Woodlawn Memorial Park, 762 Woolwich St, Guelph.

May his precious soul rest in perfect peace.

CSPPS Members Win TETFUND Research Grant

The Centre for Social Protection and Policy Studies is pleased to announce that it has won a grant for the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) under the National Research Fund (NRF) Intervention Scheme (TETFund/DR&D/CE/NRF/HSS/14). The research team is led by Prof. Oludiran Akinleye and the grant will run for 24 months.

The other members of the research team are Dr Michael Odijie [CSPPS/University College London (UCL)], Dr Gbenga Shadare [CSPPS/University of Sheffield, UK], Dr Olabanji Akinola [CSPPS/Algoma University, Canada] and Prof. Risikat Dauda [CSPPS/University of Lagos].

The research will examine the implementation and coordination of the African regional free trade/the Common External Tariff (CET), which has been beset with challenges. The new trade agreement provides the foundation for revamping the African Union (AU) brokered Continental Free Trade Area.

The research study will assist researchers and policy makers, including the Nigerian government and the African Union officials, trade representatives and negotiators, and civil social society representatives to better understand how to address the prospective implementation and coordination challenges to the current African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). 

Building on the existing model of integration within regional economic communities (RECs) in Africa, the AfCFTA is planned as a free trade scheme/CET covering the entire African continent and leading to the liberalization of 90% of the trade in goods and services across the continent. This research will therefore be timely in its primary goal of enhancing the process of creating continental free trade in Africa.

Africa should focus on industrialisation

The African Continental Free Trade Area is a continental agreement which came into force in May 2019. It covers trade in goods and services, investment, intellectual property rights and competition policy. Of the 55 African Union member states, only Eritrea has yet to sign it. The immediate objective of the free trade area is principally to boost trade within Africa by eliminating up to 90% of the tariffs on goods and reducing non-tariff barriers to trade.

Co-Founder, Adebanke Akinrimisi Passes On

It is with a heavy heart that we notify you of the passing unto glory of our dear director and co-founder Mrs. Adebanke Funsho Akinrimisi on Thursday 11 February 2021. Mrs. Akinrinmisi was a model leader – passionate, determined, focused and diligent goal getter, an astute lawyer who commanded respect from all.

She was an embodiment of empathy, loyalty, support and trust. Totally committed to all she laid her hands upon. Until her passing, she was a Director at CEWHIN. Before co-founding CEWHIN, she worked as program officer (Reproductive Health), at the Empowerment and Research Centre (EMPARC); African Networker with the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (Amsterdam); Company Secretary, Optimal Strategy Investment Ltd and with the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) as a legal assistant.

She obtained LLB (Hons) from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State in 1986 and BL from the Nigerian Law School, Lagos in 1987. She obtained her Master of Law degree LLM in 2002 from the University of Lagos and Masters in Gender and Development in 2007 from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.

She was a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Fund for Leadership Development in the year 2000 and executed a research project on socio-cultural economic and legal dimensions to the sexual and reproductive health and rights of female adolescent domestic workers in municipal Lagos. An ardent crusader of gender equality and empowerment of women and girls. She was a member of the Transparency and Accountability Network (TAN) which she played a fundamental role starting. A member of the Feminist group (Womanifesto) and above all an ardent lover of God and Minister at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Garden of Peace, Falolu Parish, Surulere, Lagos.

Neoliberalism and the Paradox of Poverty Peduction

Neoliberalism and the paradox of poverty peduction: A synthesis of poverty reduction strategy paper (PRSP) Experience in Benin and Nigeria.

The paper interrogates the context within which PRSP as a development policy framework was implemented in Benin and Nigeria, and how this provides opportunities and constraints for the implementation.


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