Akali Omeni

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 two books on the Nigerian military and Boko Haram’s insurgency.

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.

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By Air, Land and Sea: A Study of the Nigerian Military in War and Operations Other than War. James Currey. Forthcoming

Rebel: 500 Years of Civil Wars, Small Wars and Insurgencies in Africa. Cambridge University Press. Forthcoming

The Nigeria Police Force: A Historical and Sociological Study (1861 – 2021). Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner. Forthcoming

Counter-insurgency in Nigeria: The Nigerian Military and Operations Against Boko Haram (2011 – 2017). (Abingdon, Oxon: Taylor and Francis). 2017.

Insurgency and War in Nigeria. (London: I.B. Tauris, Imprint of Bloomsbury Press). 2019.


Journal Articles

*The Sophistication of Boko Haram’s Military Threat. Small Wars and Insurgencies (Vol. 30, #1, 2019).

*‘Almajiri’ in Northern Nigeria: Features, Challenges and State Policy Response. ACPR vol. 5, #2 (October 2015)

* Omeni, Akali (2018) “Boko Haram’s Covert Front,” Journal of African Conflicts and Peace Studies: Vol. 4: Iss. 1,

The Chibok Kidnappings in North-East Nigeria: A Military Analysis of Before and After. Small Wars Journal. Volume 13, No. 4, 11 April 2017.


Book Chapters

‘Nigeria (Boko Haram)’. In Armed Conflict Survey 2018, IISS (July, 2018).

‘Nigeria (Delta Region)’. In Armed Conflict Survey 2018, IISS (July, 2018).



Forced, Stigmatized and Misunderstood: Almajirai and Boko Haram beyond the Victim-Perpetrator Binary. The Republic, 22 June 2020, June/July 2020.

In the UK, Omeni has spoken about his research and findings at Parliament, the Cabinet Office and has been invited multiple times by the British Army. Omeni has also spoken at the Italian Naval Staff College (ISMM), Venice.

Within the media space, Omeni has been interviewed for Nigerian security and military documentaries by Channel 4 and the New York Times. Omeni has also been Interviewed multiple times by the BBC, most recently in September 2019 and In February 2020.

Military Tools of Statecraft, Military Culture, the Changing Character of War, Counter-Insurgency Operations, Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism as related specifically to Boko Haram, Policing and Counter-Insurgency

Rising Star. Award for best teaching staff at King’s College London

Shortlisted for Best Lecturer, Best Personal Tutor, Best Support Staff and Best Inclusive Practice at Leicester


Founded and led the Africa Research Group at the University of Leicester