Born in Agarawu, Lagos Island on the 1st of May 1986, Opeyemi Deborah Sodipe broke academic record when she became Nigeria’s Youngest ever Ph.D holder at age 25. She had her primary school education at St. Mary Private School, Ajele and hope Primary School, Victoria Island in 1995 and proceeded to Girls’ Academy, Lagos for her secondary education where she graduated as the best overall student in the 2001 set.

She gained admission into the University of Lagos to study Botany and graduated with 1st Class Honours in 2006. Due to her outstanding academics performace, Adeyemi was exempted from MSc. Programme and was offered admission to take the Mphil/Ph.D in Botany in 2009, she completed her Mphil programme with a distinction and grade point of 5.0. with this, she converted to the Ph.D thesis. During the 50th comvocation ceremony of the University of Lagos, Adeyemi was pronounced the overall best graduating Ph.D student and won the overall best thesis award. She also made a record of bing the youngest Ph.D graduant ever produced in the 50-year history of the institution and in Nigeria as a whole.

Adeyemi currently works in the University of Lagos as a Lecturer II in the Department of Botany; she is a Darwin-Scholar and a Fellow of the Linnean Society, London (FLS). She has co-authored atleast six (6) scientific publications since her graduation and she is a recipient of several awards/grants including:

  • Overall Best Ph.D Thesis Award, UNILAG 2011;
  • Education Trust Fund Award 2011;
  • UNILAG CRC Grant 2011 (received in collaboration with Dr. A.A. Akinsoji);
  • Competitive Agricultural Research Grant Scheme (CARGS) Awards 2011 (received in collaboration with Prof. O.T. Ogundipe).

She is also a Graduate Member of the Nigerian Institute of Management as well as Fellow of Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) and many more.

We celebrate a young Nigerian achiever whose educational accomplishments are sure to ignite in others the spirit of great achievements.