HOD's Profile : Department of Archaeology & Anthropology


Professor David AjamuAremu was born in January 1952 in IdofinAiyekale, OkeEro Local Government Area, of Kwara State, Nigeria. He had his Primary School Education in Sudan Interior Mission, at Ejibon, IdofinOdo Ashe. He attended Sudan Interior Mission, Teachers’ College in Igbaja, Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State, Nigeria, from 1966 to 1970. He taught as a Primary School Teacher up till 1975 when he was admitted to Federal Teachers’ College of Education in Okene, Kogi State, an affiliate of the Faculty of Education, University of Ibadan, where he obtained the National Certificate of Education. He served in the 5th batch of the National Youth Service Corps at St Michael Secondary School, Nimo, Njikoka, Local Government Area, in Anambra State, Nigeria. He taught for one academic session at EsieIludun St Michaels Secondary School before he was admitted to the Premier University, in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, where he obtained BSc. Honours in Archaeology and was the best student in his set, who graduated with Second Class Upper Division. He obtained a Master of Science in 1984 and a Ph.D. in 1990. He joined the academic staff of the University of Ibadan in 1982 as a Graduate Assistant and rose through the ranks to become a Professor of Industrial Archaeology in 2006. 

Professor David A. Aremu has made his mark in the academic community with about seventy publications in both local and international outlets, with books authored and co-authored with others, some chapters in books and journal articles. He was a recipient of the University of Ibadan Senate Research grant four times and an Awardee of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology research grant.  He has operated several grants successfully on cultural and ecotourism development.

He has extensive experience in University Administration. He was Staff–Student Liaison Officer, Faculty of Science Representative on Board of African Studies, University Senate Representative on the Students Welfare Committee, Acting Head of Department 2000-2002, Head of Department, 2018 to the present. He was the Business Manager of West African Journal of Archaeology from 1994 to 2015 and was the Associate Editor of the same Journal from 2015 to 2016. He is the current Editor-in-Chief of the Journal.  He was President of Archaeological Association of Nigeria from 2005-2008 and in 2016 he was honoured with the position of a Fellow of the Association. He is a member of many other Learned Societies such as World Archaeological Congress,

Association for Tourism Development in Nigeria, West African Archaeological Association and many other National and International Bodies.

He was a member of Nigerian delegation to UNESCO’s 30th Congress in Paris in 1999. He is a consultant to Ogun State Tourism Board, a Resource Person to Oyo State Council for Arts and Culture and Oyo State Ministry of Information, Tourism and Culture and a member of Ekiti and Oke-Ero, Kwara State Tourism Committee. He was a resource person to Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation in Southwestern Nigeria Zone from 1995 to 2003. He is a resource person to Esie cultural Heritage Development Programme. 

He has utilized several grants successfully in cultural and ecotourism development. He initiated the teaching of tourism at the Masters Level at the University of Ibadan, and was the Pioneer Co-ordinator of Tourism Development Programme at the Centre for Sustainable Development, University of Ibadan from 2010 to 2014. He has contributed significantly to the promotion of Tourism development in Nigeria. He is a Visiting Professor to the Institute of Archaeology, University College, London; Department of Sociology and Anthropology, ObafemiAwolowo University, Ile Ife; and School of Tourism, Hospitality, and Events Management, Kwara State University, Malete. He was a member of NUC Accreditation Team to some Universities in the south west.

He has served as external examiner to Universities of Nigeria, Nsukka, Ahmadu Belo University, Zaria and ObafemiAwolowo University, Ile Ife. He has travelled widely within every knook and cranny of Nigeria and has visited more than sixteen countries of the world. Prof David A. Aremu is happily married to a dear child of God, Alice OmotayoAremu and their marriage is blessed with children.