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About Us

Established in February 2020 with a grant from TETFUND, the Centre of Excellence in Migration and Global Studies is a research hub with emphasis of field based research that impacts policy formulation and execution for solution to both internal and global migrations. We focus on internal capacity building first and foremost, and stress Afrocentric-based methods in Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Science. It is the first of its kind in Nigeria and an innovation with distinct concept, context, perspective, and focus.

Historical Context

Global migration and mobility has become part of human history and cannot be divorced from developmental plan, economics, politics, social, and education of the citizens. Both internal and external migrations have to influence who we are, what we do, and our future. The establishment of the Centre marked a milestone in the history of NOUN under the leadership of Professor Abdallah Uba Adamu, the Vice Chancellor.

The Centre is therefore a fulcrum of research about migrations, both internal and external; and its conceptualisation, contextualisation, and decolonisation are primarily for internal paradigm, dimension, and capacity development for field-based research and policy oriented recommendations arising therefrom. It is a critical Afrocentric centred division that transfers theories, concepts, etc. into policy oriented research useable for national policy use, and global adaptation. Our Migration Observtory are field-based using ethnographic, arts methods, and extensive narratives that validates theories.  


  • To be the bridge between humanity and the future


  • To provide sustainable leverage for interdisciplinary research in migration and global studies

Core Values

Integrity |Inclusion |Diversity | Service |Participatory

Core Mandates

  • To provide leverage for field based and solution driven research
  • To serve as agent of national policy for migration studies
  • To seek grants for academic activities and outreach for sustainability
  • To organise occasional papers, seminars, conferences, and public lectures
  • To publish and sustain peer reviewed academic journal and monograph series
  • To collaborate with stakeholders in the field and policy makers


The following sections form the core of our operation:

  • Director’s Office
  • Administrative and Secretariat Office
  • The Hub: Research, Publications, and Outreach Office
  • Centre Library and Information Technology


Meet the Pioneer Director

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Professor Hakeem Ibikunle Tijani. PhD. MNAL; FRhist; Fspsp;

He is the first Asante Distinguished Research awardee, The University of  Georgia, Athens. A scholar, administrator, and educationist with over three decades experience in and outside the classroom. His experience in the last three decades includes: research, teaching and administration at various US Colleges and Universities - tenured professorial rank, associate director of government funded Center, Director of Study Abroad in sub-Saharan Africa, Strategic Partnerships, etc; and in Africa – he served at various universities as pioneer Dean of the College of Arts and Education, pioneer Deputy Vice Chancellor, Director of the Special Study Center, etc; He has traveled globally and have extensive knowledge of national and global education, experiential learning, study abroad, and managing partnerships, linkages and recruitment.

He has published widely in referred journals and authored and co-edited eight books. Notable among his scholarly works are: Nigeria’s Urban History: Past and Present (University Press of America: Baltimore, 2005); Britain, leftist nationalists and the transfer of power in Nigeria, 1945-1965 (Routledge: London, 2006); Africa and the wider world (Pearson: Boston, 2010); The African Diaspora: Historical Analysis, Poetic Verses, and Pedagogy (2009); Union Education in Nigeria: Labor, Empire and Decolonization since 1945 (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012); The Rot in Nigerian Public Universities (Abuja: Committee of Vice Chancellors, 2014); etc. Along with eight distinguished professors located in England, Uganda, South Africa and Zimbabwe, he recently won a research grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK for a four year tenure for “Decolonisation of Peace Education in Africa.”

He is the Principal Investigator for Nigeria. He is a Commonwealth Scholar, Bernadette Schmidt Scholar, Harry S. Truman Research awardee, a member of the Nigeria Academy of Letters, and Fellow, Royal Historical Society, UK and Society for Peace Studies and Practice respectively. He latest edited volume titled, Teaching and Learning for Sustainable Development in Nigeria (New York: Palgrave Macmillan) is due for print in August 2020.

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