Dr. John Olukayode Fayemi was born February 9, 1965 in Isan Ekiti in Oye Local Government Area of Ekiti State.
He attended Christ’s School, Ado Ekiti , Federal School of Arts and Science, Ondo State and proceeded to the University of Lagos for his Bachelor’s Degree in History and Master’s Degree in International Relations at the University of Ife now Obafemi Awolowo University in 1987.
He obtained his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in War Studies from the prestigious King’s College, University of London, England.
He has worked as a lecturer, journalist, researcher and strategy development expert in Nigeria and the United Kingdom. He was a research fellow at the African Research and Information Bureau, in the United Kingdom.
His numerous academic and public policy engagements included serving as Adviser on International organisations on various developmental programmes, Justice, Regional Integration, Constitutionalism, Security Sector Reform and Civil Military Relations issues. He has also worked with several governments across Africa including Sierra Leone, Liberia and Ghana and Uganda.
After an exhaustive academic career, Dr. Fayemi ventured into politics and was sworn-in as Governor of Ekiti State on 16 October, 2010. He superintended the presidential primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC), which held in Lagos in December of 2014. He also served as the Director of Policy, Research and Planning in the APC Presidential Campaign Council.