The Leadership Research Cluster has as its main objective the establishment of a framework for leadership by way of analyzing the situation of leadership in Africa, giving direction to leadership tenets and development.

Professor Aize  Obayan is a Professor of Counselling, specializing in Multicultural aspects of Counselling. She has been involved in extensive work in developing curricula for Leadership Development Studies and Personal Development Programmes. She has also been involved in some Leadership Development projects. She currently convenes the Leadership Development Studies Programme in Covenant University and also a member of the Council of the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) and National Universities Commission (NUC) Strategic Advisory Committee established to drive the repositioning of University education in Nigeria. She has been involved in extensive research in the area of Maternal Acceptance/Rejection and Children’s Behavioural Dispositions. Her research also spans Family Systems with particular reference to the Extended/Extensive Family Systems and its impact on the Counselling Process.   Her other research involvements are in the area of Prevalence and Pattern of Substance Use / Psychosocial Correlates of Alcohol, Tobacco and Cannabis Use in Nigeria. She has supervised Doctoral Research in the area of HIV /AIDS. She is the second substantive Vice-Chancellor of Covenant University and  immediate past Vice- Chancellor of Landmark University, Nigeria and has served as a member of the Board of the Central Bank of Nigeria’s FSS 2020 Human Capital Development Committee. She has won several  awards and delivered Keynote Addresses, speaking to issues of Higher Education, Management, Leadership and Gender, on a number of platforms, nationally and internationally.

Dr. Dayo Odukoya is the Principal Investigator for the research group on ‘Situation Analysis of Leadership in Africa’.  He brings  into  the research   base tried and tested skills of over 11 years in Psychometrics in the university and West African Examinations Council platforms.  The exposure afforded him the opportunity to serve as Consultant to international organizations like UNICEF, UNESCO, ADEA, IDRC, ERNWACA and USAID/AED.  Dr. Odukoya is currently the National Coordinator of the Educational Research Network for West and Central Africa [ERNWACA] in Nigeria. His   wealth of experience in psychometrics and research would facilitate the development and standardization of instruments slated for this study.  He currently teaches ‘Psychological Aspects of Leadership’.

A University … is a factory that produces value and drives research; the real value of a University is only established by the problems it solves.”
-Dr. David O. Oyedepo

Dr. Iruonagbe, Tunde Charles is an Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology, Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria. He specializes in Development Studies, Rural/Community Studies, Gender and Cultural Studies. He is a member of the International Sociological Association (ISA) in Spain. Also, he is a member of the African Network for Internationalization of Higher Education in Africa (ANIE). He is a member of the Nigerian Anthropological and Sociological Association (NASA) and Nigerian Sociological Society (NSS). He is currently a Resource Person and Member Journal Review Team for the Global Partners in Education (GPE) Program anchored at East Carolina University, USA. He is an International Scholar with several publications some of which are in the area of leadership, good governance and sustainable development.

Dr. E. N. Abiodun-Eniayekan is a graduate of French up to Ph.D level. She had both her B.A. and M.A. (French) at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1986 and 1990 respectively, then her Ph.D in African Literature in French at Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State in 2013. Presently, she lectures French at Covenant University and is the Coordinator of GST 122: Communication in French, a University Wide Course, approved by the NUC. She is a very active member of UFTAN (University French Teachers Association of Nigeria) and has publications in renowned journals. She also serves as the Secretary of the Leadership Research Cluster.

Dr. Olusola Oyero (Ph.D) is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of postgraduate studies in the Department of Mass Communication, Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria. He obtained his B.A. and M.A. degrees from University of Ibadan, Nigeria and Ph.D. from Covenant University. He had his post-doctoral fellowship at North West University, South Africa and is a recipient of ABSA-Rhodes Journalism award. He is also a member of African Council for Communication (ACCE). Dr. Oyero teaches media theories, research, and development communication. His research interests include child rights and the media, media and democratic governance.

Dr. David O. Igbokwe is a Faculty, Clinical Psychologist, and Psychotherapist at Covenant University. Apart from teaching core Psychology undergraduate and postgraduate courses, he also teaches some Certificate and Diploma in Leadership Development (CLD & DLD) courses.

Mr. Ugochukwu David ABASILIM is a lecturer and a Doctoral candidate of Public Administration in the Department of Political Science and International Relations, Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria. His research interests include Public Administration, Public Personnel Management and Organisational Leadership. He is currently working on his thesis titled: Leadership Styles and Employees’ Commitment in Selected Public and Private Organisations in Nigeria. Prior to commencing his Ph.D, he completed a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from University of Uyo, Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State, Nigeria.

Dr. UBA Emmanuel lectures in the Department of Languages and General Studies, Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria. He teaches phonetics and phonology; Morphology; Nigerian English; and Basic Writing Skills. His research interests include: Applied phonology, Second Language Teaching and Learning; and Reading. He speaks Igbo, Hausa, English, and Fula. He plans to explore the phonological dimension of leadership by investigating the role of tone/intonation in leadership crisis and resolution in Nigeria and Africa. His editorial/proof reading skills are an added value to the research team.

Dr. Elizabeth Olowookere is a lecturer and Industrial/Organizational Psychologist in the Department of Psychology, Covenant University. Her research interest is on employee motivation, leadership and organizational effectiveness. She co-authored an article on “Transformational Leadership style as a catalyst for change in the Nigerian Academia”. Elizabeth Olowookere is passionate about expanding the body of knowledge and advancing organizational and national wellness through scientific research methods and the skilful application of knowledge.

Mrs. Nchekwube Excellence-Oluye is a lecturer in the department of Political Science and International Relations, Covenant University. She has research papers in the areas of Leadership, Good Governance and Social Identity. She has been a teacher and youth trainer on Leadership, Ethics, Self Development, Relationship and Purpose with a passion to see young people live meaningful lives for themselves and the society. She has been a guest speaker for Leap Africa, speaking on Managing Change. Her research areas are Poverty and African Development, Good Governance and Administrative Best Practices.