Kayode Fayemi John
DOB / POB
February 9, 1965 (50) / Isan-Ekiti
Married to Bisi Adeyele-Fayemi
Native of Isan -Ekiti in Oye Local Government of Ekiti State, Nigeria.
Attended Christ school, Ado-Ekiti
Doctor of Philosophy in War Studies, King’s College, University of London, United Kingdom, Thesis Title:Threats, Military Expenditure and National Security: Trends in Post Civil-War Defense Planning in Nigeria, 1970 – 1990. – (1993)
Master of Science in International Relations,University of Ife, Ile-Ife, (Now Obafemi Awolowo University), Nigeria – (1987)
Bachelor of Arts (Honours), History, University of Lagos, Nigeria – (1985)
Higher School Certificate, Federal School of Arts & Science, Ondo, Nigeria – (1982)
West African School Certificate; Christ’s School, Ado Ekiti, Nigeria – (1980)
Democratization Constitutionalism Security Sector Governance, Religion in the Global Context Prominent leader of the Nigerian Opposition to rule in exile
Specialist in Civil-military relations
Former Director of the Centre Democracy & Development
Responsible for the founding and management of the opposition radios – Radio Freedom, Radio Democracy International and Radio Kudirat
Plays a central role in the opposition’s diplomatic engagements in exile
Public Offices held
Governor Of Ekiti State (15 October 2010 – 16 October 2014)
•1997- 2005 Director, Centre for Democracy & Development
•1995- 1997 Secretary General, Media Empowerment for Africa (The Radio Foundation)
•1993 -1995 Strategy Development Adviser, Deptford City Challenge, London, UK
•1991 -1993 Research Officer, African Research and Information Bureau, London, UK.
•1992 Tutorial Fellow, War Studies Department, King’s College, London, UK
•1987-1989 Research Officer, Development & Management Consultants, Ikeja. Lagos-Nigeria.
•1986 – Reporter, The Guardian & City Tempo Newspapers, Lagos, Nigeria
Awards and Grants
•1985- 1986 Tutor, Nigeria-Police Training College, Sokoto – Nigeria
•2005 Democratic Control of the Armed Forces (DCAF), Geneva, Switzerland, Research Consultancy Grant to study “Donor Assistance in Security Sector Reform in Africa: A Recipients’ Perspective”
•2004 Scholar-in-Residence Research Grant in African Studies, Northwestern University, Evanston, USA. 2004 Ford Foundation, USA Special Initiative on Africa, Research Grant to write a book on “Exile and the Struggle for Freedom and Democracy in Nigeria.”
•2004 Institute of International Education, New York, USA, Fellowship Grant to study “Regionalism in a Global Context – ECOWAS and the Challenge of Change.”
•2004 Democratic Control of the Armed Forces (DCAF), Geneva, Switzerland, Research Consultancy Grant to study “ Security Sector Reconstruction in Post-Conflict States: Case Study of Liberia and Sierra Leone.”
•2004 Department of International Development (DFID-UK), Research Consultancy to write a research report on “Mainstreaming Conflict in Development Assistance in Nigeria.”
•2004 Department of International Development (DFID-UK) Research Consultancy on “Demanding Change Initiative.”
• 2003 Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Research Consultancy Grant to survey the “Security Sector in Africa.”
•2003 Berghof Foundation for Conflict Resolution, Research Consultancy on “The Peace Process in SriLanka.”
•2003 Department for International Development,(DFID- UK), Research Consultancy to study “Post-
•1999 Developments in the Nigerian Military” for the Drivers of Change Initiative.
•2002 International Development and Research Council (IDRC) Canada, Research Grant to study “Security Sector Governance in Africa”
•2002 Department of International Development (DFID-UK), Research Consultancy on “Democratization, Poverty and Security in Ghana”.
•2000 Georgetown University’s Edmund Walsh’s School of Foreign Service’s Global Leadership Fellowship
•?2000 Ford Foundation, USA Research Consultancy on “Public Participation in Constitution-Making in Zimbabwe.
•1999 Global Coalition for Africa (World Bank) Research Grant on “Demilitarization and Security in Africa”.
•1999/2000 Department for International Development (DFID-UK), Research Consultancy on “Nigeria Country Strategy”
•1991 John D & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Research Grant, King’s College London
•January 2004: Adviser to the Economic Commission for Africa on “Mutual Accountability between OECD and Page 9 of 11 African States”.
•June 2003: Adviser, Defense Review Process, Government of Uganda, Kampala, Uganda.
•October 2003 – present: Member, Management Culture Change Committee and Adviser to the Executive Secretary, ECOWAS Secretariat, Abuja, NIGERIA
•June 2003 : Adviser & External Reviewer on the African Governance Report, Directorate on Policy Management and Development (DPMD), Economic Commission on Africa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
•April 2003 – June 2003: Adviser, National Security Review Process, Government of Rwanda & DFID-UK
•October 1999 – April 2002: Technical consultant and Special Adviser to the Human Rights Violations Investigations Commission in Nigeria: Investigation of comparative experience of transitional justice regimes; mobilization of resources, commissioning and management of zonal studies on human rights violations; commissioning and management of technical advisers to the final report.
•Team Leader, International IDEA’s Study on Democracy in Nigeria. Coordinated aspect of study on ‘Democracy, International Assistance and Nigeria’s Civil Society.’ Led a team of two researchers – (Alison Van Rooy & Antonia Simbine) to produce the first post-military assessment of Nigeria’s civil society and a critique of donor assistance programs. January – March 2000
•Team Leader, Ford Foundation Project on Evaluating Zimbabwe’s Constitution-Making Process, 2000-2001; process monitoring and evaluation, training and capacity building for Commissioners; observation of the referendum, September 2000-March 2001.
•Team Leader, DFID Governance Study on Ghana. Led team of three researchers to conduct background research subsequently fed into the Country Assistance Plan for Ghana. August – November 2002
•Technical Expert to the ECOWAS Secretariat on the Evaluation of the Implementation of the Small Arms Moratorium, December 2002
•Team member, OECD-DAC Survey of the Security Sector in Africa, August 2002 – April 2003
•Specialist Consultant to the UNDP Human Development Report Office on the Human Development Report 2003 on ‘Democracy & Poverty in Nigeria’, December 2002 – January 2003.
•Technical Expert to the NEPAD Secretariat on developing the Peer Review Mechanism, October 2002
•Technical Expert to the African Union on Peace and Security Issues; worked with secretariat’s staff in producing the draft Peace and Security Council framework for discussion at the inaugural African Union’s summit in Durban, July 2002.
•Team Member, Expert Review of the Sri-Lankan Peace Process for the Berghof Foundation, Sri-Lanka & Germany, September 2003.
•Lead Writer, Section on The Military – DFID Nigeria Drivers of Change study, 2003
•2004 Scholar-in-Residence and Visiting Professor in African Studies, Northwestern University, USA
•2003 – Member, ECOWAS Management Culture Change Committee & Adviser to ECOWAS Executive Secretariat on Peace and Security
•2004 Member, Nigerian National Working Group on African Peer Review Mechanism, NEPAD in Nigeria. Body set up by President Obasanjo to advice on the NEPAD process
•2005 Member, Presidential Implementation Committee on the National Action Plan on Conflict Reduction and Security Sector Reform.
•2005. Member, Presidential Implementation Committee on Monitoring the Millennium Development Goals Plans in Nigeria Page 10 of 11
•2002 – Adviser, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, India
•2003-4 Technical Adviser, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development’s Secretariat, SOUTH AFRICA
•2003 – Technical Expert on Small Arms Moratorium, ECOWAS, Abuja, NIGERIA
•2003 – Technical Expert, African Union Secretariat on Peace and Security Issues, Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA
•2000 – 2003 Chair, Commonwealth Expert Group on Constitution-Making in Commonwealth Africa.
•1996 – 2002 Adviser, (Africa Program) International Institute for Democracy & Electoral Assistance, Sweden,
•1999-2000 Adviser, Zimbabwean Constitution-Making Process.
•2001 – Member, Africa Policy Advisory Group (Ginger Group) of the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office, UK
•2001 – Editor-in-Chief, Democracy & Development (Journal of West African Affairs)
•2001 – Adjunct Professor, African Centre for Strategic Studies, National Defense University, Washington, USA 2003-2004 Research Consultant, OECD-DAC on Security Sector Governance
•2003 Consultant, UNDP Human Development Report Office, New York, USA
•2002 Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Security Sector Management, Canfield University, United Kingdom
•2000 Consultant, John D & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, USA.
•1999 – Consultant to Department for International Development (DfID), United Kingdom
•?1994 – 1997 Adviser, British Parliamentary Human Rights Group
•1995 – 1997 Adviser, Norwegian Council for Africa
•1993-1996 Deputy Editor, Africa World Review (London)
•1992 – 1996 Editor, Nigeria Now, London [Political briefing Newsletter on Nigeria]
Community and Public Service
•Director, Policy, Strategy and Research Directorate, APC Presidential Campaign Council, 2015
•Chairman, APC’s Presidential Primaries Convention Committee, 2014
•Member, APC Strategy Committee, 2013-14
•Founding Chairman, Progressive Governors’ Forum, 2013.
•Policy Adviser, Ekiti State Government, 1999 – 2003
•Adviser, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Transition Team, Lagos State, 1999
•Policy Adviser, Engineer Gbenga Daniel’s Transition Team, Ogun State, 2003 Member, Steering Committee, West African Civil Society Forum (www.wacsof.org) Board Member, Open Society Justice Initiative, New York, USA (www.justiceinitiative.org)
•Member, International Advisory Board, Global Network on Security Sector Reform, UK (www.gfn-ssr.org)
•Member, International Advisory Board, Commonwealth Policy Studies Unit, London, UK (www.cpsu.org)
•Board Member, Baobab for Women’s Human Rights, Lagos, Nigeria (www.baobabforwomen.org) Board
•Member, Centre for Constitutional Governance, Lagos, Nigeria
•Member, Advisory Board, African Security Dialogue & Research, Accra, Ghana
•Board Member & Secretary, Media Empowerment for Africa (MEFA) – 1995-97
•Chair, New Nigeria Forum – 1994 – 1997
•Overseas Representative, Campaign for Democracy, Nigeria 1992 – 1996
•Board Member, Lewisham Regeneration Challenge Board, UK – 1991 – 1992
•Secretary, Lagos Branch, Christ’s School, Ado Ekiti Old Students Association,
He became the first governor in this present political dispensation in Nigeria to openly declare his Seven Hundred and Fifty Million Naira assets, which included those of his wife, Bisi Adeyele-Fayemi
Organizations and Associations
All Progressive Congress (APC)
Member, Africa Policy Advisory Panel of the British Government
African Studies Association, USA African Security Sector
Network African Association of Political Science Association of
Third World Studies British International Studies Association
Royal African Society/African Studies Association, UK Royal
Institute of International Affairs, UK International Institute of
Strategic Studies, UK War Studies Society, UK Nigerian Political
Science Association Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa