Olusola Ogunnubi

Research Fellow, Centre for Gender and African Studies, University of the Free State, South Africa; Visiting Scholar, Dept of Political Science, Carleton University


Olusola OGUNNUBI is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Gender and African Studies based at the University of the Free State, South Africa. Previous, he held lectureship position at the School of Social Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal between 2011 and 2014. His research interests include regional power studies, comparative foreign policy, and African soft power. He has published in several journals including Politikon, South African Journal of International Affairs, Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Global Society, Journal of Developing Societies, International Journal of Culture, Politics and Society, Politiea, and Insight on Africa. Dr Ogunnubi received his PhD in Political Science from the University of KwaZulu-Natal where he also subsequently acquired a postgraduate diploma in higher education. While at Carleton, his research will focus on the theme of soft power and regional hegemony in Africa. His research will also engage the theoretical limitations of conceptualisations on regional power and their application to Africa’s context while also considering the analytical depth of the soft power variable.

Selected Publications

Ogunnubi, O. (2019). The Ideational Value of Soft Power and the Foreign Policy of African Regional Powers. Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies. Vol. 46, 289-310.

Ogunnubi, O. (2019). Soft Power and the Currency of Sports: (Re)imagining South Africa’s Rising Hegemony in Africa. Global Society, Vol. 33, No. 4, 520-540.

Ogunnubi, O. (2017). Effective hegemonic influence in Africa: An analysis of Nigeria’s ‘hegemonic’ position in Sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of Asian and African Studies, Vol. 52, No. 7, 932–946.

Ogunnubi, O. and Isike, C. (2018). Nigeria’s Soft Power Sources: Between Potential and Illusion? International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society, Vol. 31, No. 1, 49–67.

Ogunnubi, O., Onapajo, H., & Isike, C. (2017). A failing regional power? Nigeria’s international status in the age of Boko Haram. Politikon, Vol. 44, No. 3, 446-465.

Ogunnubi, O., and Okeke-Uzodike, N. (2016). Can Nigeria be Africa’s hegemon? African Security Review, Vol. 25, No. 2, 110-128.

Ogunnubi, O., and Okeke-Uzodike, N. (2015). “South Africa’s foreign policy and the strategy of soft power”, South African Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 22, No. 1, pp. 23-41.