Immediately after my secondary education, I enrolled for a Diploma programme in Computer Studies at the Obafemi Awolowo University Consultancy Services Centre and successfully completed the course between 1997 and 1998.
From 1999 to 2003 I studied Geography and Planning Sciences at the University of Ado-Ekiti (UNAD) and graduated top of my class. During this time, I was also actively involved in several non-academic departmental activities. I was elected Public Relations Officer in my second year. In my third year I was elected Director of Finance and emerged as President of the departmental student body association in my final year. My activities during this time also led to collaborations with experts like the first female Town Planner in Nigeria - Mrs C. K. George and the Department for International Development (DFID) during their development projects in Ekiti State in the earlier years of the current millennium.
In 2004, I became the first graduate of the University of Ado-Ekiti to receive the Shell Centenary Scholarship Award at the University College London (UCL). Between 2004 and 2005, I studied for a master’s degree in Geographic Information Science (GIS) at UCL. It was during this time that I became more interested in quantitative spatial analysis and modelling of social and spatial inequalities at small geographic scales.
From 2006 to 2010, I completed a PhD in Human Geography at the University of Sheffield. My PhD thesis is entitled Geodemographic Classification Systems for the Developing World: The Case of Nigeria and the Philippines. My work represents the first attempt to embark on the development of small area segmentations that address policy specific needs of developing countries with a view to tackling and reducing spatial inequalities.
I am and have been at various times Principal Investigator, Co-Principal Investigator, Named Researcher and Consultant on grants from sources including the Deutsche Bank, The Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnership (RIEP), The Yorkshire and Humber Public Health Observatory (YHPHO), The University of Sheffield and a host of others.
At the London School of Economics and Political Science, I worked on the Urban Age Project. I was also Research Consultant at the Yorkshire and Humber Public Health Observatory based at the University of York. I was an active member of the steering group that delivered the very popular Local Area Statistics Online Service (LASOS) for the South Yorkshire sub-region. I was also Research Consultant on the Inspire-Aspire South Yorkshire partnership programme.
I am presently paper reviewer for the Journal of Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy (ASAP), the Global Journal for Economics and Finance and a member of various academic and professional bodies.
Outside my academic and research activities, I continue to involve myself in voluntary and charity work with organisations based within and outside Sheffield. I also enjoy cooking, learning about new dishes, making new friends and going on adventures.
Africa's first interactive, open-source and peer reviewed small area segmentation system developed for all Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Nigeria. NIGECS has been used to illustrate how developing countries can gain insight into social and spatial disparities within their local communities and make more intelligent policy decisions. More information is available on this flyer.