Prof. Julius Afolabi Falola was born on the 2nd of February, 1950 and he hails from Tede, Oyo state. He had his Primary education at Modeke Baptist Day shool, Ighogho after which he proceeded to Iganmode Grammar School, Ota where he obtained his West African School Certificate. He later went to Molusi College, Ijebu-Igbo where he got Cambridge Higher School Certificate and later proceeded to the University of Ibadan, Ibadan where he obtained B.Sc. (Hons) and Ph.D both in Geography.
He has over forty (40) years teaching experience at the basic and the Tertiary Education Sectors. In the course of his teaching profession, Professor Falola held several positions of worth and equally served as visiting scholar/Professor to different Universities across the Globe.
He was the Head, Department of Geography, Bayero University (August 2001 - July 2005); Coordinator of Postgraduate Studies and Representative of Board of Postgraduate School (1990 - 1991, and 1994 - 1996); Chairman, Faculty Research Committee (2004 - 2012); Chairman, Senate Standing Committee on Examinations Administration and Reporting (2004 to date).
As far back as 1986, Prof. Julius Falola has been an External Examiner for B.Sc., M.Sc. and PhD at the Department of Geography, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1990, 1996, 2001); University of Maiduguri (2005); Department of Geography and Planning, University of Jos, Jos (2005) and Nigerian Defence Academy , NDA, Kaduna (2006 to present).
He is a member of the Nigerian Geographical Association (NGA) [1974 to date] and has served the Association in different capacities including National Secretary (May 1999 - August 2001); Third Vice President (August 2001 - July 2002); second Vice President (July 2002 - August 2003); first Vice President (September 2003 - August 2005) and the National President, Association of Nigerian Geographers (ANG) [August 2005 - October 2007].
He is a recipient of different Fellowship Awards that include European Economic Community's Fellowship for Postgraduate Diploma in Rural Policy and Project Planning, ISS, the Hague (1991/92); Netherlands Fellowship (NFP) for Individual Study Programme on the Dutch and Nigerian Agricultural Cooperatives, ISS, The Hague (1992) and Fellowship of Association of Nigerian Geographers (2011).
Prof. Julius Afolabi has several publications in Journals and Books and has supervised many projects and dissertations including completing Nineteen (19) PhD Theses. He is happily married with five children.