Abegunrin, Olayiwola 1946-

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Abegunrin, Olayiwola 1946-


Born June 6, 1946, in Ikire, Osun State, Nigeria; son of Amuda (a farmer) and Ejiyola (a trader) Abegunrin; married; wife's name Funmilola A. (a nurse); children: Yetunde, Olayiwola, Jr., Oladimeji, Olayinka. Education: Dallas Baptist University, B.Sc., 1973; North Texas State University, M.A., 1975; Howard University, Ph.D., 1980. Politics: Democrat. Religion: Baptist. Hobbies and other interests: Gardening, reading.


Office—Department of Political Science, Howard University, Washington, DC 20059.


Writer and educator. Howard University, Washington, DC, professor of international relations, 1997—. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, senior lecturer in international relations and department chair, 1980-90; University of North Carolina at Charlotte, visiting professor, 1989-91. Consultant to Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defense.


International Studies Association, African Studies Association, Royal African Society (London, England), Phi Beta Delta.


(Editor, with Ralp Onwuka and D.N. Ghista) African Development: The OAU/ECA Lagos Plan of Action and Beyond, Brunswick Publishing (Lawrenceville, VA), 1985.

(Coauthor) United States Foreign Policy towards Southern Africa: Andrew Young and Beyond, St. Martin's Press (New York, NY), 1987.

Economic Dependence and Regional Cooperation in Southern Africa: SADCC and South Africa in Confrontation, Edwin Mellen Press (Lewiston, NY), 1990.

Nigeria and the Struggle for the Liberation of Zimbabwe: A Study of Foreign Policy Decision Making of an Emerging Nation, Bethany Books (Stockholm, Sweden), 1992.

(Editor, with Franklin Vivekananda) The Political Economy of South-South Cooperation: Towards a New International Economic Order, Bethany Books (Stockholm, Sweden), 1998.

Nigerian Foreign Policy under Military Rule, 19661999, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 2003.


Research on Nigeria and South Africa in global politics in the twenty-first century.


Olayiwola Abegunrin told CA: "My motivation for writing came out of my interest in research. I love reading, research, and writing. Most importantly, I feel that we African scholars must write our own history and stories, and not wait for the Europeans who have been writing our history for centuries. We African scholars must wake up and write our history. We should tell our stories to the young generation, encourage a new generation of Africans, and give them something to learn about our past and present contributions to humanity and the world. We must tell the world that African contributions are very important to world civilization and history."