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Dr Akali omeni

Omeni joined the CSTPV from the University of Leicester where he was an Assistant Professor in African Politics and also led the Africa Research Group. Omeni joined Leicester from King’s College London where he taught at the Department of War Studies. He previously worked with the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) and was co-chair of the Africa Research Group at King’s College London (affiliated to their world-leading War Studies department).


In 2019, Omeni won the prestigious “Rising Star” excellence award at King’s College London.


Omeni earned his PhD in 2015 at King’s College London’s Defence Studies Department, based at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, Defence Academy of the UK. He has published extensively, with three books on the police and politics in Nigeria, the Nigerian military and Boko Haram’s insurgency. A fourth work, Rebel: 500 Years of Civil Wars, Small Wars and Insurgencies in Africa, is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press.


Omeni has a multi-disciplinary background, with degrees in Electronics Engineering (BEng, King’s College London) and Business Administration (MBA, University of Aberdeen) as well as a Certificate in Finance from the Swiss Finance Academy. Before coming to the UK, Omeni studied a year of metallurgical and materials engineering at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.