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.


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