Happy birthday to JABU's Vice Chancellor, Professor Sonaike

Professor Kola Sonaike

Every first of December is the birthday of the newly appointed Vice Chancellor of the foremost entrepreneurial university in Nigeria, Joseph Ayo Babalola University (JABU), Professor Kola Sonaike.

Professor Kola Sonaike, Chair & Professor of Business at American Intercontinental University, Houston, Texas, U.S.A. replaces Professor Sola Fajana who completed his tenure some months ago.


Until this appointment, Professor Sonaike was the Senior Pastor of Christ Apostolic Church, Mercyfield, in Houston, Texas, U.S.A. He has been the Superintendent of Texas Districts Coordinating Council (DCC) since 2016. He was the superintendent of Texas Zone from 2012 to 2016.

He earned a Ph. D in Management from the University of Port Harcourt and a DBA in Leadership & Organizational Behaviour from the University of Phoenix, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A.

He is currently in the last quarter of a Doctor of Ministry (D. Min) degree program in Theology from South University, Savanna , Georgia, U. S. A.

Professor Sonaike earned both the MBA and the MILR from the University of Ibadan. He earned a BSc. in Business Administration from the University of Lagos and a BSc. In Petroleum Engeneering from the University of Ibadan.

Prior to veering into academics, Professor Sonaike worked globally in the oil and gas industry for 30 years , 29 of which he spent with ExxonMobil Production Company from where he retired voluntarily in 2006 as a senior executive. He joined American Intercontinental University just after leaving ExxonMobil.

Professor Sonaike is a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Safety Professionals . He was the first African to be certified by the American Board of Certified Safety Professionals . He has been a member of the Nigerian Institute of Management since 1982.
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