Prof. A. O. Y. Raji


Historical Background

Born in 1966; started his teaching career as an Assistant Lecturer at University of Ilorin in 1992; joined Al-Hikmah University Ilorin as Senior Lecturer & HOD, History & Int’l. Studies in 2006: Director Academic Planning, 2006-2011; Deputy Vice-Chancellor Al-Hikmah University Ilorin 2011-2015; rose by 2015 promotion to the rank of Professor; Senate Representative on the Governing Council of Al-Hikmah University, 2016 to Date; Director, CSS 2016-2020; Dean, Postgraduate School 2020-Date.


Primary education at United School, Aran-Orin;
ECWA Secondary School Igbaja, 1980;
HSC, Cambridge, 1982; University of Ilorin for B.A., 1988;
M.A. 1991; 
Ph.D, 2003.


B.A., M.A., Ph.D

Research Interest

Economic and Social History, Inter-state Relations.



  • Theses: 
  1. A.O.Y Raji (1988) “Resistance to Islam and its Survival in Aran-Orin, c.1870-1987” B.A. Long Essay, Dept. of History, Faculty of Arts, University of Ilorin, Ilorin.


  1. A.O.Y Raji (1990) “Demystifying the Proselytizing Mission: A Study of Ilorin Over-Rule in Igbominaland, c.1835-1968” M.A. Dissertation, University of Ilorin, Ilorin.


  1. A.O.Y Raji (2002) “Islam and Society in Igbominaland, c. 1835-1968” Ph.D Thesis, University of Ilorin, Ilorin.


  1. Authored and Co-authored Books: Nil

  • Edited and Co-edited Books:
  1. R.O. Lasisi, A.O.Y Raji & R.K. Omoloso (Eds.) (2012) Essential Topics in General Studies for Undergraduates (A Publication of the General Studies Unit, Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin-Nigeria), Takbir Press, Ilorin (11 Chapters; pp.1-127).

  • Published Chapters in Edited Books (Not more than two in a book):


  1. R.O Lasisi, J. Ige & A.O.Y Raji (1999)“British Conquest & Colonial Administration

of Nigeria of Nigeria” in H.A. Saliu (ed.) Issues in Contemporary Political Economy of Nigeria, Sally Associates, Ilorin (pp.36-52).


  1. A.O.Y Raji & H.O Danmole (2004) ‘Yoruba Traditional Government’ in N. Lawal et. al (Eds.), Understanding Yoruba Life and Culture Africa World Press, Trenton, U.S.A. (pp. 259-270).


  1. A.O.Y Raji (2009) “The Agriculture and Food Security Agenda of President Umaru 

Musa Yar’Adua: How Realistic?” in I.B Bello-Imam & R.D Abubakre (eds.)             Yar’Adua’s Seven-Point Agenda: An Assessment College Press, Ibadan (pp. 63- 80).


  1. A.O.Y Raji (2012) “Stages of Human Development in Pre-Historic Africa” in R.O. Lasisi, et al. (Eds) Essential Topics in General Studies for Undergraduates Takbir Press, Ilorin (pp.1-8).


     (vi)   A.O.Y Raji (2012) “The Forms & Significance of ancient African Civilizations “ in R.O.

           Lasisi, et al. (Eds.) Essential Topics in General Studies for Undergraduates Takbir Press,

           Ilorin (pp. 42-53).


  1. A.O.Y Raji & O.W. Raji (2012) “The Impact of the Fuel Subsidy Removal in the Downstream Sector of the Oil Industry on Nigeria’s Development” I.B. Bello-Imam                (ed.) Deregulation of the Downstream Sector of the Oil Industry in Nigeria 

Ibadan: College Press Ltd. (pp. 45-58).


  1. A.O.Y Raji (2013) “Nigeria’s Transformation Agenda: The Role of Agriculture” in I.B. Bello-Imam (Ed.) President Jonathan’s Transformation Agenda: An Assessment College Press, Ibadan (pp. 72-95).


  1. A.O.Y Raji & T,S. Abejide (2014) “Agriculture and Food Security Situation in Nigeria” in I.B Bello-Imam (Ed.) National Security & Development in Contemporary Nigeria (A Publication of College of The Humanities & Social Sciences, Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin), College Press, Ibadan (pp.210-223).


  1. A.O.Y Raji & T.S. Abejide (2015) “Agriculture & Food Insecurity in a Developing               Economy: A Study of the crises in Nigeria’s agricultural sector” in Alao, D.O. (Ed)                Issues in Conflict, Peace & Governance, (Dept. of Pol. Science, Babcock University,                Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State), Fodnab Ventures, Ibadan, pp. 338-354.


(xi) A.O.Y Raji & T.S. Abejide (2016) “Nigerian Petroleum Resources Management and its 

                Impact on the Economy” in Jawondo, I.A. & Ojakorotu, V.(Eds.) Africa and other 

                Continents since the 19th Century: A Festschrift in Honour of Professor R.O.Lasisi,

                University of Cape Coast Press, Cape Coast., pp.159-188.


(xii) A.O.Y Raji & T.S. Abejide (2016) “The British Mining and Oil Regulations in Colonial

                Nigeria, c.1914-1960: An Assessment” in Wuam, T. & Egwemi, V.(Eds.) The 1914

               Amalgamation & a Century of Nigerian Nationhood (Publication of I.B.B. University, 

               Lapai and Kaduna State University, Kaduna), Bahiti & Dalila Publishers, London, 

               United Kingdom, pp.435-453.

  • Published Journal Articles:


  1. O. Akinwumi & A.O.Y Raji (1990), ‘The Wangarawa Factor in the History of

Nigerian Islam: The Example of Kano and Borgu’ Islamic Studies, Journal of Islamic Research Institute, International Islamic University, Pakistan Vol.29 (4) (pp. 375-385)

  • A.O.Y Raji (1997), ‘Aspects of the Early History of the North-Central Yoruba’ West 

 African Journal of Archaeology, University of Ibadan, Vol.27, No.1 (pp. 41-50).


  1. A.O.Y Raji (1998), ‘Women in Pre-colonial Yorubaland, West Africa’ Africa Update, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Vol.5, No.2 (pp. 1-6).


  1. A.O.Y Raji (1999), ‘The Growth of Islam in Pre-colonial Igbomina’ Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs, London, Vol.19, No.2         (pp. 211-221).


  1. A.O.Y Raji (1999), ‘Igbomina-Nupe Relations up to 1900’ Nigerian Journal of Inter-Group Relations, University of Lagos, Vol. 3, July (pp. 29-37).


  1. A.O.Y Raji & P.F Adebayo (2008) ‘Yoruba Traders in Cote D’Ivoire since 1960: A 

Study of Economic Relations in the West African Sub-region’ African Research Review A Multidisciplinary Journal, Haramaya University, Dire Dawa, Ethiopia, Vol.3, No.2 (pp.134-147).


  1. A.O.Y Raji (2012)‘The State of Israel: Reflections on why the Arabs could not prevent its Creation in 1948’ Springboard Journal of Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin-Nigeria, Vol. 4, No.1(pp.41-52).


  1. A.O.Y Raji (2012) ‘Clerical Insurgence as Catalyst: The Significance of 1817 Muslim Rebellion in the Establishment of Ilorin Emirate’ Al-Hikmah Journal of Humanities, Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin-Nigeria, Vol. 2, pp. 104-119.


  1. A.O.Y Raji (2014) ‘Nigeria’s Economic Resource Potentials in Agriculture and Agro-allied Industries: An Assessment’ in Entrepreneurial Journal of Management             Sciences, Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin-Nigeria Vol.3, No.1 (June), pp. 91-107. 


  1. A.O.Y Raji & T.S. Abejide (2014) ‘Shell Nigeria’s Corporate Social Responsibility

towards provision of Quality Education in the Niger Delta: An Assessment’ Al-Hikmah Journal of Education Al-Hikmah Univ., Ilorin, Vol.1, No.1(June), pp. 41-57.


  1. A.O.Y Raji & A.O Olumoh (2014) ‘Women and the Production Process in the Economy of Pre-Colonial Yorubaland, South-Western Nigeria’ Al-Hikmah Journal of History and International Relations,  Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin-Nigeria, Vol.1, No.1 (December), pp. 38-60.


  1.  T.S Abejide,  L. Grundlingh & A.O.Y Raji (2014) ‘Compliance with Oil and Gas

 Regulations in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria, 1960s-2000: An Assessment’

 Al-Hkmah Journal of History and International Relations,  Al-Hikmah University,


  1. A.O.Y Raji (2014) ‘Legal Instruments for Establishment of Private Universities: The

Experience of Nigerian Muslims’ Al-Hikmah Journal of Education Al-Hikmah            University, Ilorin-Nigeria, Vol.1, No.2 (December), pp. 197-210.


  1. T.S Abejide, A.O.Y Raji & L. Grundlingh (2015) ‘The Politics of Resource Control in Nigeria: Example of Niger-Delta Region, 1990s-2010’ Babcock Journal of History & International Studies, Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Vol. 2, No.1 , pp. 190-210.


  1.  A.O.Y Raji (2015) ‘Occupational Guild System and the Economy of Pre-Colonial

Yorubaland’ in Osun Sociological Review, Dept. of Sociology, Osun State University, Okuku Campus, Nigeria, Vol.2, No. 1 (September), pp. 109-118.


(xxviii) A.O.Y Raji (2015) ‘Agricultural sector’s performance in an emerging Democracy:

             Power Relations and Food Security situation in Contemporary Nigeria’ Journal of 

            International Centre for Science, Humanities & Educ. Research ICSHER, Benue

            State University, Makurdi, Vol. 1 (3), (December), pp.66-78.


(xxix) A.O.Y Raji (2015) ‘Production and Distribution Mechanisms of the Blacksmithing 

              Industry in Pre-Colonial Ilorin Economy: An Assessment of the Role of Women’ in

              Ilorin Journal of Marketing University of Ilorin, Vol.2, No.1 (Dec.), pp.87-98.


(xxx) T.S Abejide, A.O.Y Raji & L. Grundlingh (2016) ‘Environmental Oil-Related Conflicts

              in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria, 1990-2010’ Osun Sociological Review, Dept. of

              Sociology, Osun State University, Okuku Campus, Nigeria, Vol.3, No.1(Jan.), pp.83-98.


(xxxi) A.O.Y Raji (2016) ‘The Missionary Factor in the Growth of Lagos, Nigeria in the 19th   

              Century’ Journal of University Scholars in Religions, Department of Religion and 

              Philosophy, University of Jos, Vol.1, Issue 6 (September), pp. 368-386.

  • Monographs: Nil

  • Technical Reports: N/A

  • Journal Articles Accepted for Publication:


  1. A.O.Y Raji (2017) ‘British Colonial Economic Policy in Northern Nigeria: The 

Example of Ilorin Province, 1897-1960’ Al-Hikmah Journal of the Humanities,            Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin – Nigeria, Vol. 3 (Accepted).


  1. A.O.Y Raji, & A.O Olumoh (2018) ‘Women & their Role in the Economy of Pre-

Colonial Ilorin, Northern Nigeria’ African Research Review A Multidisciplinary             Journal, Haramaya University, Dire Dawa, Ethiopia (Accepted).


  1. A.O.Y Raji (2019) ‘Women and their Mercantile exploits in Yorubaland before 1900:The Gender Factor in the Distributive sector of the Economy in Pre-colonial South-West Nigeria’ Al-Hikmah Journal of the Humanities Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin – Nigeria, Vol. 3 (Accepted). 


  1.   A.O.Y Raji (2020) “Ilorin-Igbomina Relations in the Pre-Colonial Period” H.O Danmole (ed), Studies in the History of Ilorin Emirate (Accepted).

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