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Yomi Akinyeye was born in Idanre in present day Ondo State of Nigeria and had his primary school education at the Methodist Primary School, Idanre; and Children's Boarding School, Osogbo.

He attended Methodist High School, Okitipupa and Government College, Ibadan, between 1972 and 1978 before proceeding to the University of Lagos in 1978 where he graduated with a B.A. Honours degree with a Second Class Upper. He did his mandatory National Youth Service in his Department and thereafter continued with his postgraduate studies.

Akinyeye specializes in Military History, Strategic Studies and International Relations which he has taught at the University of Lagos from 1990. Before taking up Faculty appointment at the University of Lagos in 1990, Professor Akinyeye had taught at various times at the Adeyemi College of Education and the Nigerian Defence Academy between 1985 and 1990. He wrote his doctoral thesis on a Comparative Study of British and French Defence Policies in West Africa between 1886 and 1945.

He has since published a book entitled Guarding the Gateway: British and French Defence Policies in West Africa between 1886 - 1945 (University of Lagos Press, 2003). He has also published widely in this area in the course of time. Among his other publications are: The Air Factor in West Africa's Colonial Defence: A Neglected Theme in Intinerario, European Journal of Overseas History, 2001 and German Threat and The Value of West Africa to France in the Interwar Years in Ife Journal of History 1995, Effects of international Relations on Colonial Defence Policies in West Africa in Lagos Historical Review 2000.

Akinyeye is a recipient of many awards and scholarships. Among these are the Federal Government of Nigeria's Postgraduate Scholarship, Vilas Research Assistantship of the University of Wisconsin, Madison; British Council Fellowship and the Burse de stage of the Centre International Des Etudiants et Stagairesof the French Government at various times from 1983.

He belongs to many professional bodies including the Historical Society of Nigeria of which he is a Fellow, the Nigerian Academy of Letters, the Nigeria Society of International Affairs, the American Studies Association of Nigeria, the Foreign Policy Community of Nigeria, among others.

Akinyeye had served as a Consultant to UNESCO on its Management of Social Transformation Programme for West Africa, the AU on boundary issues and ECOWAS on regional integration and poverty eradication seminar series. He served meritoriously as Chairman GCIOBA Lagos Branch. He is a member of the Governing Council and current Dean of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Lagos.

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