Department: Pasture & Range Management
Academic Rank: Professor
Prof. Olufemi Sunday Onifade was born 5th June, 1955. He grew up in Offa as a child up to 1965 and went to Minna, in Niger state to complete the Primary school education. He proceeded to Baptist High School, Jos for the secondary education up to 1972. Femi attended Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) for the pre degree and degree programmes in B.Sc. (Agric.). He obtained both the M. Sc. and Ph.D degrees in Animal Science from the same institution.
Prof. Onifade started his career in Forage Agronomy at the National Animal Production Research Institute (NAPRI), ABU, Shika, Zaria in 1978. While there he was involved in teaching, research and extension activities. He coordinated many research projects and served in different capacities in the institute. Prof. Onifade collaborated with GTZ, IITA, ILCA/ILRI, African Feed Resource Network (AFRNET), Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources (FMARD) among others on different research/ extension projects. In addition, he taught courses and supervised post graduate students of the Faculty of Agric. ABU, Zaria.
In July, 2000, Prof. Onifade joined the services of Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta and was promoted to the rank of Professor in 2005. He has served as Head of Department , Pasture and Range Management, Deputy Dean, COLANIM, Dean, Student Affairs, Director, Centre for Entrepreneurial studies and as member of some committees in the university. Prof. Onifade has supervised over 80 undergraduate projects, 23 M. Agric. dissertations and 6 Ph. D theses. He has authored and co authored 41 journal articles and 23 conference proceedings. Prof. Onifade presented his inaugural lecture in April 26, 2017.
Prof. Onifade was the President of the Society for Grassland Research and Development in Nigeria (SOGREDEN) from 2010 to 2017. Presently, he represents the Range and Pasture Discipline in the Council of the Nigerian Institute of Animal Scientists (NIAS). He is married to Prof. Comfort Onifade and they are blessed with children and grand children. Apart from scientific endeavours, Prof. Onifade is a lover of gospel songs and still ministers as a chorister in the church.