Joseph Obadiora (Ph.D)

OBADIORA, Adebayo Joseph (Ph.D) is a lecturer in the Department of Arts and Social Science Education, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He has his first degree in Social Studies Education, second and third degree in Curriculum Development. Obadiora is working hard and making remarkable contributions in the areas of research through scholarly publications in reputable national and international journals. His research focuses on curriculum development, implementation, assessment and innovation (especially in the area of Environmental Education, Community Development and Hygienic Culture). He is a member of professional bodies such as Ife School Curriculum Improvement Group, Social Studies Association of Nigeria (SOSAN), Teacher Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) and General Coordinator of Population Welfare and Empowerment Foundation (POWEF).

Prioritizing the Challenges to the Development of Mining Communities in Nigeria

Prioritizing the Challenges to the Development of Mining Communities in Nigeria.

Sustainable Futures in Africa researchers from Obafemi Awolowo University and Women Environmental Programme headed to Komu-Igbojaye-Babaode Mining Communities in Oyo State to experiment methodologically  to uncover the socio-ecological impact of the mining on the local community.

You can find a snapshot of the trial below, where a drone was used to gather geographical information to support the data analysis.

A detailed report from our last research trial is here for more information:

SFA researchers from Obafemi Awolowo University and Women Environmental Programme conducted field trials in the Isoya Community, Western Nigeria to explore the use of rituals in agriculture:  the indigenous practice of using dead dogs to control termites in cocoa farmlands.

Cocoa is the leading agricultural export of Nigeria, the country is currently the world's fourth-largest producer of cocoa, yet termite control becomes the major challenge for the plant cultivation. Though existent agricultural practice provides a range of plant protection solutions, the Nigerian farmers prefer to employ native rituals.


Various beliefs guide the norm of ritual practice in Nigeria. The tradition of using the dead flesh in agriculture has been restricted in the country, yet farmers claim this method to be the most effective to prevent termites invasion and keep on practising this ritual through the restriction.

For the local farmers, this practice has a dual meaning: rational and spiritual. Rationally, they use decaying flesh to bring ants to the field in order to exterminate termites.  For this, the farmers palm-oil dead dogs and bury animals on every corner of the field. Spiritually, the farmers believe in a mysterious connection between dogs and termites that adds particular significance to the practice.

An interdisciplinary analysis will be conducted on this data during the upcoming Symposium and results will be shared shortly.

Women Environmental Programme

Women Environmental Programme

Sustainable Futures in Africa is delighted to partner with Women Environmental Programme (WEP). Women Environmental Programme (WEP) has partnered with SFA for the upcoming scoping research trial that will take place in Nigeria, Autumn 2017.

Below you can find information about the organisation, its mission and values.


Women Environmental Programme (WEP) was officially registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission in 2003. WEP is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-religious and voluntary organization whose vision is to see a society where the environmental, economic and political rights of women, children and youths are protected. Our mission is to empower women and youths to effectively address the environmental, economic and political issues that affect them. WEP has United Nations ECOSOC Special Status, Observer Status to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). With the Observer Status, WEP is also an organizing partner of the Women’s Major Group at the United Nations. WEP is also a member of the Global Environment Facility Civil Society Network and the regional focal point for West Africa.


WEP envisions a society where the environmental, economic, social and political rights of women and youth are protected.


WEP is committed to empowering women and youth to effectively address the environmental, economic and political issues that affect them.


The overall goal of Women Environmental Programme (WEP) is to promote a sustainable society while addressing issues of gender injustices relating to environmental, economic and social rights of women, children and youth.

Our Thematic Areas of Work:

The organization works in two thematic areas viz; Environment and Governance. WEP tackles issues relating to the environment such as Gender & Disaster Risk Reduction, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene and Natural Resource Management. Concerning Governance WEP strives for Women and Youth Empowerment, Budget Tracking and Monitoring alongside Peace and Conflict Transformation.

strategic objectives:

  • To sensitize and raise awareness of the general public on the impact of climate change particularly on gender and its mitigation and adaptation;
  • To stimulate the management of natural resources within the framework of national and international policies/convention for sustainable development in the environment;
  • To advocate for the rights of the rural and urban dwellers to land, housing settlement and basic social infrastructure within the framework of The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR);
  • To build capacity of the general public on the management of environmental conflicts, renewable energy, water and sanitation and organic pollutants; 
  • To empower women and youths in their civic rights and responsibilities, electoral processes and democratic governance in Nigeria

Our Strategies:

  • Advocacy
  • Capacity Building
  • Community Mobilization
  • Research and Development
  • Publications (books, newsletters)
  • Networking

Our Values:

  • Accountability and Transparency
  • Team Work, Hard work and Commitment to work
  • Honesty and Integrity
  • Gender Justice and Fairness
  • Trust and Confidentiality
  • Excellence and Cost Effective


WEP collaborates with agencies and community based organisations in the implementation of its activities and projects. Some of the activities implemented range from women political participation, promoting communities participation in slum development, environment protection, empowerment of youth and career development etc.


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Scoping Trial, Nigeria

Scoping Trials

Sustainable Futures in Africa is an interdisciplinary collective aiming to build understanding, research, and practice in socio-ecological sustainability in Africa. In order for relationships to be built, methodologies to be explored, and to achieve the shared understanding that is aspired for, the SFA network is running trial research projects. These are being run with an emphasis on the trial and error aspect, for researchers to explore the unfamiliar, social scientists exploring hard science and vice versa. Furthermore colleagues in Glasgow will take every opportunity to work with the projects in Nigeria, Uganda, and Botswana as they develop.

The Nigerian research trial will take place in Autumn 2017 with a collaborative partnership including:

The Research Question has been defined as: Prioritizing Challenges to the Development Of Mining Communities In Nigeria: The Case of Itagunmodi (Osun State) and Komu-Igbojaye-Babaode (Oyo State).

Research Trial update, Nov 2017

The Nigerian research team is on the move again. After the exciting and memorable visit to Itagunmodi Atakumosa West in Osun state in July. The team is paying another visit this winter to other mining communities situated at Oyo State in the Southwest Nigeria, namely Igbojaye - Komu and Baba-ode, where we will be familiarizing and interacting with the community members and stakeholders.

The aim of this research is to experiment methodologically in trying to uncover the socio-ecological impact of the mining on the local community. You can find a detailed report from our last research trial here for more information:


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