Oyewole Simon Oginni

Research themes
  • Mobility and migration
  • Theories of Development
  • Development Politics
  • Gender
  • Human Rights
  • New Technologies
  • Urbanisation
  • Governance and conflict
Research countries
  • Burkina Faso
  • Ghana
  • Nigeria
  • Cameroon
  • Mali
  • Niger
  • Liberia
  • Chad
Working groups

"ZEF in the City" - ZEF-A research group on everyday urbanity, creativity and the governance of informality in the Global South



Course: WiSe 2023/24: Western and non-Western approaches to conflict resolution in the Global South (Bachelor and Master) Faculty of Philosophy, Uni Bonn

Course: WiSe 2022/23: Germany's actornness in conflict resolution in the Global South (Bachelor and Master) Faculty of Philosophy, Uni Bonn

ODSRC (Seminar):

2020 Winter Semester: "Field research in Multilingual settings - cross border analysis in conflict-affected regions" 

2021 Winter Semester: "Field research in Multilingual settings - cross border analysis in conflict-affected regions" 

Professional experience

Forced Displacement Advisor. United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS): Grant and Fund Management Facility for project: “Lives in Dignity – EU Global Facility for Refugees" - Sahel and LCB region. 

Peace and Security Expert, European Union-African Union YCH (EUAUYCH): Mapping Stabilisatioion Vectors in the Lake Chad Basin Region:  social and physical infrastructure mappping, education and health facilities, and capacity building on evidence-based advocacy.  Grants (EuropeAid/163132/DD/ACT/Multi): 2 million Euros project in three LCB countries (2018-Dec. 2021). Institutions: EU and AU. 

Peace and Security Fellow, African Union-European Union Plugin-in Initiative (2017), Brussels-Addis Ababa-Abidjan. AU-EU strategic partnership: AU-EU proposal on youth, migration, peace and security. Achievement: the proposal received a sum of 10 million Euros grants from the EU to implement innovative projects in 17 countries (Africa and Europe).  

Africa Director, World Peace (OWP), Toronto, Canada (2017-2018); coordinated African conflict index expert  and policy advisors; implemented policy advocacy and media reports on peacebuilding and post-conflict transitions in Africa; Deputy Director (2016); Senior Correspondent (2014-June). 

International Election Observer, Carter Centre, Atlanta, USA: International Election Observation Mission in Kenya (2017). 

Junior Researcher WAI/ZEI Praktikanten im Rahmen des Projekts (2016). Nachhaltige regionale Integration in Westafrika und Europa. ZEI Forschungskooperation mit dem West Africa Institute (WAI),Praia, Cabo Verde.  | Data Analyst Associate (2010-2011), Centre of Health Development for Africa, Yola, Nigeria: Hiv/AIDs support projects in 23 LGAs of Adamawa State.


MA (Civil-Military Interaction - ongoing)

MA (Governance & Regional Integration)

MSc. (Forensic Science: Criminal Investigation)



Civil-military interactions, governance and migration, security sector reforms, DDR; conflict and post-conflict transition

Funding institutions

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst/German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) 


Research affiliation

Inistitut, fur Politische Wissenschaft und Soziologie, Universitat Bonn

Thesis title

Civilian Loyalty and Civilian Agency in insecure spaces. A study of armed conflicts in the Lake Chad Basin region.

Thesis abstract

This dissertation examines how civilians influence political, social and economic environments around them and relate to future during armed conflicts characterised by multiple competing authorities of state and non-state armed groups (NSAGs). It draws on a six-year ethnographic study, combining qualitative and quantitative methods to investigate interaction between state, non-state armed groups and civilians during prolonged conflicts in Lake Chad Basin region.

Supervisors of
doctoral work

Prof. Dr. Jörg Blasius, (Director, Inistitut, fur Politische Wissenschaft und Soziologie, Universitat Bonn). 


Oginni, S.O..  2023.  Return to normalcy: transition and futures in insecure spaces.  Futures , 153   : 1-17   . Further Information
Oginni, S.O..  2023.  Prisoner’s dilemma: hedging loyalties in (un)governed space of the Lake Chad Basin.  Armed Forces and Society , : 1-35   . Further Information


Oginni, S.O..  2023.  Civilian migration choices in insecure spaces.  .


Oginni, O.S., M.P. Opoku, W. Nketsia.  2021.  Crisis at the intersection of four countries: Healthcare access for displaced persons in the Lake Chad Basin.  Ethnicity and Health , 35(5)   : 1-17   . Further Information
Oginni, S.O..  2021.  Arrival or return? Temporality and materiality of transit sites in overlapping displacement context in border cities of the Lake Chad Basin region.  Urban Forum , 33(1)   : 1-22   . (Open Access)   Further Information


MP, Opoku; W, Nketsia; OS, Oginni; SN, Benard, SN; B Alupo,.  2020.  Societal perceptions of counterterrorism in Cameroon: The voices of those far from the battlefield.  Journal of Human Rights, 19(2)   . Further Information
OS, Oginni.  2020.  Towards Black Box Forensic Cybercrime Investigation Model (BBFCIM): Beyond the Rule of Thumb.  In: Information Resources Management Association (eds.): Disruptive Technology: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications. IGI Global.   704-723 (Reprinted).  Further Information
OS. Oginni, MP. Opoku & B.A. Alupo.  2020.  Terrorism in the Lake Chad Region: Integration of Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons.  Journal of Borderlands Studies, 35(5)   : 1-17   . Further Information


MP Opoku, W. Nketsia, E. Agyei-Okyere, OS Oginni & EL Torgbenu.  2019.  Inclusive education in West Africa: predictors of parental attitudes, knowledge and perceived social norms influencing inclusive practices in Ghana and Nigeria.  International Journal of Inclusive Education, 8(23)1-19   . Further Information


BA Alupo, OS Oginni, MP Opoku, EL Torgbenu.  2018.  Psychological experiences of refugees and the response of the community in the Lake Chad region.  Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, 3(11)   : 215-231   . Further Information
EL.Torgbenu, OS. Oginni, MP. Opoku, W. Nketsia, E. Agyei-Okyere.  2018.  Inclusive practices in Nigeria: Exploring parental attitude, knowledge and perceived social norms influencing implementation.  International Journal of Inclusive Education. , 8(22)   .


OS Oginni, AD Omojowo.  2016.  Sustainable development and corporate social responsibility in sub-Saharan Africa: Evidence from industries in Cameroon.  Economies, 4(2)   : 1-10   . (Open Access)   Further Information
SO Oginni.  2016.  Reforming Fiscal Policy Towards Inclusive Growth in Africa: From Brown Growth to Green Economy.  OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development, 5(9)   : 11-28   . Further Information
SO Oginni, JN Moitui.  2016.  African Renaissance and Pan-Africanism, a Shared Value and Identity among African Nationals.  Africology: The Journal of Pan African Studies, 9(1)   : 39-58   . Further Information


OS Oginni, AD Omojowo.  2015.  The Implementation of Sustainable Business Model among Industries in Cameroon.  OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development, 8(11)   : 71-80   . Further Information
SO Oginni, JN Moitui.  2015.  Social Media and Public Policy Process in Africa: Enhanced Policy Process in Digital Age.  Consilience, 1(14)   : 158-172   . (Open Access)   Further Information


JG, El-Maude , A, Mas' ud, N, Mustapha, SO, Oginni.  2014.  Tax Complexity and Tax Compliance in African Self-Assessment Environment.  International Journal of Management Research & Review, 4(5)   : 575-582   . Further Information
OS, Oginni, E Gambo, K Ibrahim.  2014.  Nexus of Gender Pay Gap and Economic Growth: Evidence from Nigeria.  International Journal of Management Sciences and Business Research, 3(4)   : 7-12   . Further Information


OS Oginni, JG El-Maude, M Abba, ME Onuh.  2013.  Electronic payment system and economic growth: a review of transition to cashless economy in Nigeria.  International Journal of Science, Engineering, Technology, 2(9)   : 913-918   . Further Information
OS Oginni, M Abba, JG El-maude, IA Arikpo.  2013.  E-banking and bank performance: Evidence from Nigeria.  International Journal of Scientific Engineering and Technology, 2(8)   : 766-771   . Further Information

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Oyewole Simon Oginni

Junior Researcher

Political and Cultural Change