Deaconess Olukemi Lawanson is a member of the Foursquare Gospel Church, National headquarters, Yaba, Lagos. She accepted the Lord Jesus as her Lord and personal Saviour on 12th December 1982 and started worshiping at Foursquare Gospel Church National Headquarters Yaba almost immediately after that. She was baptised by immersion, received the Holy Spirit baptism and was admitted into membership of the National Headquarters Church sometime in 1985/86.
She served as an Exco member of the Foursquare Women International (FWI) for many years between 1995 and 2001, before she was appointed as the Vice President between 2001 and 2003. She was ordained a Deaconess in 2003. She served as Head of Research and New Ventures of the National headquarters Church between 2003 and 2004, Head of Hospitality Ministry between 2004 and 2006 and she has been working as a Sunday School teacher since 2008 to date.
She was voted into the Church Council in July 2015 and served two terms of two years each.
She had her B.Sc, M.Sc and Ph.D Economics all from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lagos, where she has served as Coordinator, Faculty of Social Sciences Diploma Programme (2006-2008), Sub-Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences (August 1, 2011- July 31, 2013), Acting Head of Department, Department of Economics (August 1, 2016 – July 31, 2017). She has also served as Hall Mistress, Chair of an investigative Panel, Member of Exam Misconduct Panel and several other Committees of the University of Lagos, Nigeria.
She has over 35 publications to her credit. She has attended several local and international Conferences and she won the Best paper award at the 2010 IBER & ITCL Conferences, October 11-13, 2010 at Ceasar’s Palace, Las Vegas, NV, USA.
She has taught both undergraduate and post graduate courses at the University of Lagos and she has supervised several undergraduate students’ Research Projects as well as Masters and Ph.D Students’ Theses.
One of her Ph.D students won the Best Ph.D Thesis in Public Finance, Banking, Finance & Economics at the 2019 Convocation of the University of Lagos.
Dr Lawanson has worked extensively in the areas of Poverty, Employment and Unemployment issues, human capital development issues, Population issues, Education and gender issues among many others.
She has served as a Visiting Scholar at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, U.K between January and March 2018.
She has just recently concluded her one year Sabbatical leave at the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment (CEBE) at Birmingham City University, United Kingdom (October 2019 – September 2020).
She has been happily married to Deacon Kehinde Lawanson for the past 32 years and her marriage is blessed with children and one grandchild for now.