We are working to establish a scholarship in Prof I.O. Akinyele’s name to indigent students in public universities studying nutrition or agriculture.

Prof. Akinyele started as an indigent student and was a first generation university graduate, along with his siblings. He was a big believer in education and tried to help as many people as possible. Nutrition is an essential part of sustainable development, yet, cannot be divorced from Agriculture, the base for food systems. Given this integration, this scholarship will be established in his name to support indigent students studying either Nutrition or Agriculture in public universities in Nigeria. These scholarships will be based on merit and need. 

In honor of the 10th year anniversary of his demise, 10 scholars will be selected from those who submit a complete application, including, the required documentation and essays. Applicants are also required to enroll in a free nutrition leadership course and respond to questions. 


  • The “Years Me Memorial Scholarship Awards” holds a total value of N150,000, distributed among 10 deserving scholars.
  • Beyond financial assistance, this scholarship offers a platform for students to showcase their dedication to the fields of Nutrition and Agriculture.


  • Agriculture
  • Nutrition and dietetics


  • Open to Nigerian citizens enrolled in federal or state-owned universities in Nigeria.
  • Must be studying Nutrition or Agriculture.
  • Currently in the second or third year of full-time undergraduate study.
  •  Maintain a minimum CGPA of 3.5 in a 5-grade system.

Application Documents

  • Essays Submission:
    • 1st Essay: Why I am qualified for this scholarship. Max 300 words.
    • Enroll in the course: Evolving Leaders in Nutrition. https://edu.nutritionintl.org/
    • 2nd Essay: Provide a summary of what you learned from this course, how you think ethical leadership can be practiced in Nigeria and share your action plan.
    • 3rd Essay: How do you imagine/expect food systems pathways to transform the nutritional status of vulnerable population in the next ten years? What is the role of Generative AI? Max 250 words

Application Package:

  • Completed application forms.
    • Current transcripts.
    • Personal references: Include one from a former employer or current professor and a personal/character reference.

Method of Application

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Application Deadline: February 20, 2024.