Prof. Oladimeji Lateef Folorunsho


Historical Background

Prof. Lateef Folorunsho Oladimeji was born on 9th April, 1963 in Lagos to the family of Late Chief Imam Alh. Oseni Oladimeji and Alhaja Muneerat Oladimeji. He hails from Doyin Compound of Oko-Ode in Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State. The first son of his parents, Prof. Oladimeji is the 3rd of the thirteen children of his late father.

Educational History

Prof. Lateef Folorunsho Oladimeji had his Primary School Education at Local School Board (LSMB) Primary School Oko-Ode between 1969 and 1974. Afterwards, he left for Lagos Secondary Commercial Academy (LASCA) Obanikoro for his West African School Certificate (WASC) between 1975 and 1981. Lateef Oladimeji was the first pupil to register for and came out with A1 Distinction in Islamic Studies even without the school offering either Islamic Religious Knowledge nor IRK an teacher for the subject. This spectacular feat encouraged LASCA in 1981 to recruit IRK Teachers under a Christian Principal Mrs. Gbemiye Etta who felt proud of the young Lateef for doing the school proud while over 300 students who sat for Christian Religious Knowledge, CRK could only muster 141 students with C4 passes, 28 C5, 19 C6 and others p grades. He is one of the products of the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN). After Post-Primary Education, Lateef Oladimeji proceeded to the University of Ilorin in 1983 where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A. Hons.) with Second Class Honours (Upper Division) in Islamic Studies. Again, he was the best student in Islamic Studies during the 1987 Convocation and was thus given the Islamic Publications Bureau IPB Award for the year. For this feat, Lateef Folorunsho Oladimeji was retrained in his Department (Religions) Faculty of Arts for the mandatory National Youth Services (NYSC) Programme in 1987/88 service year. He also won the Unilorin Postgraduate Scholarship Award which enabled him pursued and successfully completed his Master of Arts degree (M.A.) in Islamic Studies, 1989. Furthermore, Lateef Folorunsho Oladimeji enrolled and successfully completed another Master degree in Public Administration (MPA), in 1995 for his organization and leadership qualities, he was the elected Pioneer Director-General (D.G.) of the Master of Public Administration Students (AMPAS) for the 1994/95 Academic year. In addition, he enrolled and successfully completed his Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) in 2000 and to cap it all, he bagged his Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.) in Islamic Studies in 2005, all from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria.


B.A., M.A., MPA., PGDE., Ph.D.

Research Interest

Da’wah and Contemporary Studies in Islam, Peace and Conflict Studies and Public Administration.



        1. THESIS:
        2. ‘’Da’wah Trends in Islam: A case study of the Jama’atut Tabligh in Nigeria’’, Ph.D Thesis submitted to the Department of Religions, University of Ilorin, 2005.


        1. ‘’The Multi-dimensional Themes in the story of Prophet Yusuf: Qur’anic and Biblical Accounts’’, M.A. Dissertation submitted to the Department Religions, University of Ilorin, 1989. 


        1. ‘’Life and works of Musa Ajibola Abdul’’, a Bachelor of Arts (BA Hons) Long Essay submitted to the Department of Religions, University of Ilorin, 1987. 



        1) Oladimeji, L.F. (2016).  “Muslim Youths as Vanguard Against Corruption in Nigeria”, Journal of University Scholars in Religions (JUSREL), University of Jos. Issue 6, PP. 89-100. 


        2) Oladimeji, L. F.  and Sanusi, H.B. (2014). “Islamic University Teachers as Role Models: Discourse on Duties and Responsibilities using Al-Hikmah University as case Study’’, Al-Ijtihad. The Journal of the Islamization of knowledge and contemporary issues, The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), PP. 94 – 110.


        3) Oladimeji, L. F.  (2012). “Jamacatut-Tabligh in Nigeria: A Historical Perspective” AD-DIRAYAH International Journal of Islamic Studies (DIJIS), Nassarawa State University, Keffi, Nigeria, Vol. 1, No. 1, PP. 67 – 88.  


        4) Oladimeji, L. F.  (2012). “From Visionary to Missionary: The Biography of Muhammad llyas, Founder of the Jama’atut Tabligh’’, AL-LAHW Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Madiguri,  Vol. 11, No. 10, pp 251-273. 


        5) Oladimeji, L. F. & B.A. Ajijola (2012). “An assessment of the Impact of Da’wah Through Electronic and Social Media Among Muslims in Nigeria’’, AL-HIKMAH JOURNAL OF THE HUMANITIES, Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin. Vol. 1, No. 1 & 2, PP. 119 – 133. 


        6) Oladimeji, L. F.  (2010) “Lessons from the Story of Prophet Yusuf to the Modern Times” Al-Asaalah Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, Vol. 1, No. 7, p. 1 – 13.


        7) Oladimeji, L. F. (2009), “Terrorism from Historical Perspective”. Springboard Journal, Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin. No. Vol 2, 2009 pp. 63-72. 


        8) Oladimeji, L. F.  (2008) “Women in Da’wah: Changes in Gender-Specific Spheres in the Propagation Efforts of the Jama’atut Tabligh in Nigeria” University of Maiduguri. Journal of Women Studies, University of Maiduguri, (UMAJOWS) Vol. 1, pp.68-75.


        9) Oladimeji, L. F.  (2007) “Roaming About for God’s Sake: The Upsurge of the Jam’atut Tabiligh in Nigeria”, DEGEL, Journal of Islamic Studies, Usmanu Dan Fodiyo University, Sokoto. Vol.VII, No.2, p. 52-73.


        10) Oladimeji, L. F. (2005) “An Exposition on the Multi-Dimensional Themes in the Qur’anic Story of Prophet Yusuf” Dacwah Highlights, Journal of Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan, Vol. XVI, Issue 8, pp.22-30.


        11) Oladimeji, L. F.  (2003) “Life and Contributions of Musa Abdul to the Growth and Development of Arabic and Islamic Education in Nigeria”, Journal of Department of Religious Studies (JARS), University of Ilorin, Nigeria, Vol. 15, September, pp.1-16.


        12) Oladimeji, L. F.  (2002). “The Arabic and Islamic Studies Teacher as a Role Model; His Role and Responsibilities Nigerian Association of Teachers of Arabic and Islamic Studies (NATAIS) Journal, M.A. Muhibbu-Din (ed) Vol. 6, No. 2, p. 79-84. 


        13) Oladimeji, L. F. (1999-2000) “Tabligh Movement in Nigeria: Conceptions and Misconceptions”, Journal of Faculty of Islamic Studies and Arabic (JOFISA), University of Peshawar, Pakistan, Vol. 5, Issue 1, pp.73-97.


        14) Oladimeji, L. F. (1998-99) “The Place of Myth and Legendary Accounts in the Understanding of the Qur’an: A Case Study of Surutul-Yusuf, Journal of Faculty of Islamic Studies and Arabic (JOFISA), University of Peshawar, Pakistan, Vol. 4 issue 11, pp. 92-105.



        15) Oladimeji, L.F. (2016).  “Analytical Review of Fada’il Acmal (The Magnum Opus of the Jamacatut-Tabligh), Y. O. Imam & others (ed), Dynamics of Revealed knowledge and Human Sciences, Essays in Honour of Professor Is-haq Oloyede, Lagos, Spectrum Book Limited, PP. 158 – 183.


        16) Oladimeji, L. F. (2016). “The Influence of Jamacatut Tabligh on the Gambian and Nigerian Youth”, Ibrahim A. Jawando & others (ed), Africa and other continents since the 19th Century (A Festschrift in Honour of Professor Rashid Oladoja Lasisi), Ghana, University of Cape Coast Press, PP. 645 – 663.


        17) Oladimeji, L. F. & Azeez, R.O. (2014). “An Exposition on the ‘Six Points’ of Tabligh as Islamic Recipe for National Security and Development in Nigeria’’, Bello-Imam (ed),  National Security and Development in Contemporary Nigeria, Vol. 1, Ibadan College Press, Pp. 77 – 95. 


        18) Oladimeji, L. F.  (2014). “Islam and Inter-Faith Relations in Ilorin: A case study of the Kwara State Committee on Religious Matters’’, AGAS Oladosu & others (ed),  Ilorin: History, Culture and Peaceful Co-existence, Ilorin, Centre for Ilorin Studies, Unilorin, Unilorin Press, PP. 63-87. 


        19) Oladimeji, L.F. & Suraju, S. B. (2014). “Violence, Social Disorder and Leadership Challenges in Nigeria: Islamic Perspectives’’, L. O. Salami & others (ed), The Humanities and Leadership in Nigeria, Faculty of Arts, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, PP 241 – 256.


        20) Oladimeji, L. F.  (2013). “A Discourse on the Education and Human Capital Development in Nigeria’’, in Femi Adedina et al (ed). Religion and National Development (Festschrift in Honour of Dr. L. O. Jimoh), Vol. 1, Lagos State University, Lagos, Gazelle Books, pp. 233-256.


        21) Oladimeji, L. F. (2013). “Introduction to Islamic Philosophy’’ in R.O. Lasisi & others (ed) Essential Topics in General Studies for Undergraduate, a publication of General Studies Unit (GNS), AL-Hikmah University, Ilorin, p. 20-33. 


        22) Oladimeji, L. F. (2013). “Religion as a Factor in the Transformation Agenda in Nigeria: Islamic Perspectives’’, Bello-Imam (ed) President Jonathan’s Transformation Agenda: An Assessment, Ibadan, College Press Ltd, P.424-441. 


        23) Oladimeji, L. F.  (2012). “Religious Experiences as a Recipe for Christian/Muslim Dialogue in Nigeria”, JAMIU S M and others (ed), Religious Experiences in a Multi-Religious State, Kwara State University, (KWASU) Malete, pp. 273-280.


        24) Oladimeji, L. F.  (2010). “Modern Trends and Challenges of Chieftaincy Titles among Muslims in Southwest Nigeria’’, Tunde Babawale & others (ed.). The Chieftaincy Institution in Africa, Lagos, Centre for Black and African Civilization (CBAAC), Lagos: Concept Publications, pp. 353-362.  


        25) Oladimeji, L. F.  (2009), “Shariah Practice in Nigeria: A re-Examination of its Appelate Jurisdiction” in Amidu, O. Sani & others (ed) Transformation in Arabic and Islamic Studies in Nigeria. Nigerian Association of Teachers of Arabic and Islamic Studies (NATAIS) Publication. P. 133 – 149.


        26) Oladimeji, L. F.  & Kareem O.R. (2009), “Food Security Policy and Implementation Strategy of the Musa Yar’adua Administration in Nigeria” in I.B. Bello – Imam & co. (ed), Yar’adua’s Seven-Point Agenda: An Assessment, Ibadan: College Press & Publishers Ltd., p. 81 – 98.


        27) Oladimeji, L. F.   (2009). “A Discourse on Islamic Solution to the spread of HIV/AIDS Scourge in Nigeria”, in Yahya O. Imam (ed) Religion and Health Sciences, Association for the study of the interplay between Religion and Science (ASIRS), University of Maiduguri, 99-108. 


        28) Oladimeji, L. F.  (2007) “The Tabligh Movement and Jehovah’s Witnesses in Nigeria: A Comparative Analysis of Propagation Strategy” in Z. I. Oseni (ed.) The Florescence of Arabic and Islamic Studies in Nigeria: Festschrift of Late Professor W. O. A. Nasiru, Ibadan, Heinemann Publications, pp. 90-91. 


        29) Oladimeji, L. F.  (2007), “The Impact of the Islamic Vacation Courses of the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN) on the Youths in Nigeria” in Adetona L. M. (ed.) Islamic Studies in Contemporary Nigeria; Problem and Prospects, Lagos State University, Lagos, Romio Concepts, pp. 79-92.


        30) Oladimeji, L. F.  (2007), “The Role of the Jama-catul Tabligh in the Promotion of Adult and Non-Formal Education among Muslims in Nigeria, “in M. A. Muhibbu-Din (ed.), Education Crisis in Nigeria Arabic and Islamic Studies Perspectives, NATAIS Publication, p.16-28.


        31) Oladimeji, L. F. (2006) “Globalisation as a Phenomenon from the Islamic Perspective”, M A Muhibbu-din (ed), Globalisation and Terrorism: The Response of Islamic Scholarship, Nigerian Association of Teachers of Arabic and Islamic Studies (NATAIS) Publication, pp. 74-82.


        32) Oladimeji, L. F.  (2006) “A Sociological Analysis of Experiences of Selected Jama’atul Tabligh in the Nigerian Society”, in Ade Dopamu (ed.) Religion and Science in the Service of Humanity, Local Societies Initiative (LSI), pp.390-400.


        33) Oladimeji, L. F.  (2006), “Introduction to Muslim Philosophy”, in Perspectives in Islamic Studies for Tertiary Institutions, A. S. I. Arikewuyo (ed.), Ilorin Department of Islamic Studies, Kwara State College of Education, Ilorin, pp. 186-197.

        34) Oladimeji, L. F.  (2005) “Girl-Child Maturity from the Islamic Perspective” in Religion and Child Development, M. A. Folorunsho et al Nigerian Association of Religions and Education ( NASRED) Publication, pp. 222-232.


        35) Oladimeji, L. F.  (2005) “An Appraisal of the Place of Shari-cah in the Nigeria Constitution” in Shari-cah in a Multi-Faith Nigeria, Nigerian Association of Teachers of Arabic and Islamic Studies (NATAIS), M. A. Muhibbu-Din (ed.), pp. 25-32.


        36) Oladimeji, L. F.  (2004) “Nigeria Muslim Leaders and Nation-Building: A Case Study of Sultan Sir Abubakar Sidiq III (1903-1988)”, in Religion, Leadership and Society, Ade Dopamu et al (ed.) NASR, pp. 149-159.


        37) Oladimeji, L. F.  (2004) “A Discourse on the Islamic Concept of Prophethood as an Instrument of Communal Development” in Religion and Community, M.A. Folorunsho et al (ed.) NASRED,  pp. 182-191.


        38) Oladimeji, L. F.  (1995) “Moral and Spiritual Lessons in the Story of Prophet Yusuf”: Perspective in Religious Studies, Vol. 1, R. A. Raji (ed.), Unilorin Press, p. 193-202.



        39) Oladimeji, L. F. (2008). “Introduction to Hadith”, Study Material (CA 103) for  Undergraduate Students of National Open University (NOUN), 53 pages.


        40) Oladimeji, L. F. (2007). “Government and Nigerian Legal System”, Study Pack on Foundation II, Diploma Students of Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPMN), 77 pages. 


        41) Oladimeji, L. F. (2006). “Introduction to the Qur’an”. Study Material (CA 101) for Undergraduate Students of National Open University (NOUN), 87 pages. 



        42) Oladimeji, L. F. and Fatimah A. Jimoh (2012). “Reflections on the Attitude of some Nigerian Pilgrims during Hajj Operations”. Being a Conference Proceedings at a 2-Day National Conference on Hajj, organized by the Cultural Attache office, Royal Embassy of Saudi-Arabia-Abuja, in Collaboration with Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (Islamic Studies Section). Theme: “Pilgrimage in Islam and Nigerian Pilgrims”. Pp 156-164