The Faculty of Arts was the first of the three foundation Faculties in the University of Ilorin when it formally took off in October 1975. At inception, the Faculty had four Departments with a population of fifty-five students and sixteen academic staff. These Departments were English (later renamed Modern European Languages with the addition of the French programme),

Professor Oyeronke Olademo

Oyeronke Olademo is a Professor of Comparative Religious Studies at the Department of Religions, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria. She is widely published in local, national and international journals. She has attended and presented papers in many international conferences in North America, the United Kingdom and Europe. Prof. Olademo has enjoyed post-doctoral fellowships including the Salzburg Seminar, Austria, (1999), CODESRIA (1999) and Visiting Lecturer and Fellow, Harvard Divinity School (2000). She presented the 136th Inaugural Lecture of the University of Ilorin on the 27th of June 2013. She has been involved with collaborative academic works across disciplines, nationally and internationally for the past twenty years. She was the former HOD Religions (2004-05), (2012-15) and chairman Computer Based Test (CBT) (2011-13). She loves singing and cooking.

Successive Deans of the Faculty

Professor O. Awobuluy

 September 1976 -  31st July 1980

Professor I.A.B. Balogun

 1st August 1980 -  31st July 1984

Professor Ade M. Obayemi

 1st August 1984 - 28th February 1987

Professor O. Olajubu

 1st March 1987 -  31st July 1992

Professor P.A. Dopamu

 1st August 1992 -  1st July 1996

Professor Sam Adewoye (Acting)

 18th October 1996 -  13th Nov. 1996

Professor Y.A. Quadri

 15th November 1996 -  31st July 1998

Professor A. Nasiru

 1st August 1998 -  31st July 2000

Professor E.A. Adegbija

 1st August 2000 -  29th March 2001

Professor P.A. Dopamu

 29th March -  14th September 2001

Professor R.D. Abubakre

 15th September 2001 -  31st July 2003

Professor R.O. Lasisi

 1st August 2003 -  31st July 2005

Professor Musa Ali Ajetunmobi

 1st August 2005 -  31st July 2007

Professor R. A. Akanmidu

 1st August 2007 -  31st July, 2009

Professor Z. I. Oseni 

 1st August 2009 -  July, 31st 2011

Professor C. Bodunde 

 1st August 2011 – July, 31st 2013

Professor Akinwale 

 1st August 2013  - July, 31st 2015

Professor Abdulsalam A. S.

 1st August 2015 - July, 31st 2015

Professor Oyeronke Olademo

 1st August to date.

A Brief Introduction

Arabic was one of the foundation programmes introduced by this University since its inception.  The Curriculum and other preliminary work on this were carried out by the then Dr. I. A. Ogunbiyi who was appointed Senior lecturer in 1975.  from the beginning of 1976 and 1977, the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies took off with the then Dr. I. A. B. Balogun as its foundation head. 

The English programme started in 1976 with 12 students and a teaching staff of 4 whose breakdown is as follows: 1 Lecturer II and 3 Graduate Assistants.  A Professor and a staff of seven manned the programme in 1977. The pace of excellence was set right from the very beginning when the renowned teacher, Late Professor David Cook took charge of the programme.

Briefs on the Department

The French Programme began in 1977 as a degree programme in the Modern European Languages Department.  The first French student was Mr. Patt Amadi who graduated in 1981.

Initially, students were sent to France for the Year Abroad Programme.