Adenola Igun

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Adenola Abisola Igun is a Nigerian statistician and sociologist who served in the Western Nigeria regional civil service for much of his early career starting up the vital statistics division during the movements towards Universal Primary Education before going on to become a lecturer at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife. While at Ife, he had a productive academic career, serving as director of the Institute of Population and Manpower Studies and later as the dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Igun was born in Ijebu-Ode. He was educated at Howard University, Columbia University and the New School for Social Research. He started his journey in social science and statistics in 1951 when he joined the staff of the Bureau of Applied Social Research, prior to that, he worked with the postal service. From the bureau, he worked with the UN, as a census officer with the Federal Officer of Statistics, as a statistician with the Nigeria Secretariat, Western Nigeria Ministry of Education and Western Nigeria government. He was also a member of the Federal Census Board from 1963-1964.

He joined the department of Demography and Sociology of OAU, Ife and became acting director of an affiliated unit and later acting head of the department.

Selected works

  • The age calendar its construction for Western Nigeria : a census technique using historical events to help illiterates deternime age
  • Surveys of fertility, family, and family planning in Nigeria. Co-author