R.O Sakariyahu(PhD)

Assist. Professor

Historical Background

Dr Rilwan Sakariyahu is a Visiting Research Fellow at Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, Nigeria. He
is also an Assistant Professor in Finance at Edinburgh Napier University, UK. Before now, he
worked as a Senior Lecturer in Banking and Finance at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.
He holds a PhD in Finance from Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University (UK), MSc
in Finance from University of Lagos (Nigeria) and BSc in Finance from University of Ilorin
(Nigeria). He is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), the
Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers in Nigeria (CIS) and the Chartered Institute for Securities and
Investment, United Kingdom (CISI). He is also an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education
Authority (UK). Prior to his PhD in the UK, Rilwan worked with Sterling Bank plc and United
Bank for Africa plc, both in Nigeria. He later joined University of Ilorin, Nigeria, as a Lecturer in
Finance, and gained more than five years of experience. Rilwan was a full recipient of HeriotWatt University PhD Scholarship (about £100,000) and American Finance Association (AFA) PhD
Grant ($1,500). His research focuses on corporate finance, behavioral finance, financial
technology, financial markets, and asset pricing.

Educational History

PhD in Finance Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University, UK
MSc in Finance University of Lagos, Nigeria
BSc in Finance University of Ilorin, Nigeria

Research Interest


i. Adamolekun, G., Sakariyahu, R., Lawal, R., & Ahmed, A. (2023). Electronic trading
and stock market participation in Africa: Does technology induce participation?
Economics Letters, 110991.
ii. Paterson, A., Sakariyahu, R., Lawal, R. & Alabi, A (2023). The impact of government
policy responses to the COVID‐19 pandemic and Brexit on the UK financial market: A
behavioral perspective. British Journal of Management.
iii. Sakariyahu, R., Sherif, M., Paterson, A. & Chatzivgeri, E. (2021). Sentiment-Apt
Investors and UK Sector Returns. International Journal of Finance and Economics (IJFE),
2021, 1-31. https://doi.org/10.1002/ijfe.1964 .
iv. Abdulmumin, B. A., Etudaiye-Muhtar, O. F., Jimoh, A. T. & Sakariyahu, R. (2019). An
investigation into the level of financial inclusion in Sub-Saharan Africa. Scientific
Annals of Economic and Business, 66(1), 1-23.