Prof. Antonia Taiye Okoosi-Simbine

Prof. Anthonia Simbine was born a twin in Kaduna, Kaduna state where she lived most of my early life, and hails from Ayere in Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi state. She holds a first degree in Public Administration (1980-1984) from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and her MSc and PhD degrees in Political Science from the University of Ibadan. She won the British Council Fellowship award to the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom in 1993 as part of her PhD programme.

Until her appointment, she was a researcher at the Federal Government owned Nigeria Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER) in Ibadan, where she rose from youth corps member in 1984 to the rank of Research Professor (2010) and Director of the Social and Governance Policy Research Department (SGPRD). Her main areas of interest and in which she worked, published and consulted include Public sector, Legislatures, Politics and Elections in Nigeria; Gender issues in especially (Women’s) Education and Political Participation; International Relations/Peacekeeping and Conflict Resolution; as well as issues in socio-economic development and good governance.

In year 2000, she was a resource person for the Swedish – based International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), on “Democracy Assessment in Nigeria”. In 2002/2003 she was a Scholar, at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), New Delhi on an exchange programme during which she compared political party system in India with that in Nigeria.

Antonia Simbine was a Consultant to the Presidency’s Electoral Reform Committee (ERC) Abuja in 2008 and worked with the Sub-Committee on Electoral Systems. She was later appointed a Member, INEC Registration and Election Review Committee (RERC), (August-November, 2011). In 2013, she was appointed a Faculty Member and Reviewer for the New York based Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Fellowship Program of the Social Science Research Council.

Prof. Simbine is a member of several professional organizations promoting democratic governance and development such as both the Nigerian and International Political Science Associations. She also teaches on the Peace and Conflict Studies Programme of the University of Ibadan and is External Examiner (undergraduate and post-graduate) to the Universities of Benin and Ilorin and Al-Hikmah University in Ilorin. She speaks Yoruba and Hausa fluently.

She brings with her in-depth experience researching on political parties in Nigeria through examining them in relation to internal party democracy, How Citizens view Political Parties, Political Parties and Democratic Sustenance in Nigeria’s Fourth Republic and the Role of the Legislature in Democracy.