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Dr Tolulope Olarewaju

  • Job title: Lecturer (Tef)
  • Department: Staffordshire Business School


I have been an award-winning Banker, Entrepreneur and Educator. I currently lecture on a range of topics primarily around the areas of economics, business strategy, entrepreneurship and international business.

Prior to graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Economics from Babcock University, I ran my own successful technology enhancing and supply business and continued to run it after graduating. Upon graduation, I joined Zenith Bank Plc and won awards for 1st place (exams) and most outstanding team player from the bank during the orientation program. I left Zenith Bank in 2009 to pursue my MSc studies in International Economics at the University of Birmingham where I was a student representative and founding society president.

I obtained my PhD in Management (Economics) from Aston University, where I served as a Sessional Lecturer and also in several capacities to enhance the student learning experience with the Students Union. My PhD thesis focused on entrepreneurship. I am passionate about creating opportunities, economics, education, social mobility, empowerment and business.


Mickiewicz T, Olarewaju T. (2020). New Venture Evolution of Migrants Under Institutional Voids: Lessons from Shonga Farms in Nigeria. International Small Business Journal. ABS 3. DOI (10.1177/0266242619896266).

Olarewaju T, Mickiewicz T, Tamvada P. (2019). The Returns to Occupations: The Role of Minimum Wage and Gender in Nigeria. World Development Perspectives Journal. DOI (10.1016/j.wdp.2019.02.012).

Olarewaju, T. I. (2019). Can Equalising Educational Endowments Between Men and Women Create More Female Self-Employed Value in Nigeria?; Journal of Creating Value. DOI (10.1177/2394964318815313).

Olarewaju, T. I. (2018). Organising Household Consumption and Occupational Proportions: Evidence from Nigeria; International Journal of Organizational Analysis. DOI (10.1108/IJOA-03-2017-1141).

Works in Progress

Olarewaju T, Tamvada P, Mcdowall S. Social Media, Generalised Trust and Relation Centrism for Firms’ Corruption Perception: Evidence from Low- and Middle-Income Countries.

Olarewaju T, Ibrahim R, Gallage S. Non-Governmental Organizations, Social Media and Social Marketing: Monitoring Government Budgets in a Resource-Rich Country.

Book Chapters and Reports

Olarewaju, T. Olarewaju, T (2020). Ethnic Poverty: Causes, Implications, and Solutions; Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals: No Poverty, Springer. DOI:

Olarewaju, T. Fernando, J. (2020). Gender Inequality and Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries; Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Decent Work and Economic Growth, Springer. DOI:

Olarewaju, T. Olushola, F. (2020). Migrant Entrepreneurship Under Institutional Voids; Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Decent Work and Economic Growth, Springer. DOI:

Olarewaju, T. (Forthcoming). Economic Factors and the Household in Relation to Supermarket and Local Market Shopping: Implications from Africa.

The Conversation Article Publications

The Conversation (2020). Tolu Olarewaju; “Nigeria’s post-COVID-19 recovery plan has some merit. But it misses the mark”, URL:

The Conversation (2020). Tolu Olarewaju; “Lockdown will hit Nigeria’s smallscale entrepreneurs hard. What can be done”, URL:

The Conversation (2019). Tolu Olarewaju; “Can social media help anti-corruption drives? A Nigerian case study”, URL: (04/06/2019)

The Conversation (2019). Tolu Olarewaju; “Being BAME often means being over qualified and under paid – here’s how pay reporting could help”, URL: (05/04/2019)

The Conversation (2019). Tolu Olarewaju; “Nigerian women entrepreneurs draw the short straw on education levels”, URL: (06/03/2019)

The Conversation (2019). Tolu Olarewaju & Vanessa Oakes; “Lessons from Nigeria on how public engagement can curb corruption”, URL: (30/01/2019)

The Conversation (2018). Tolu Olarewaju; “How Nigeria can attract and keep the right kind of foreign direct investment”, URL: (04/12/2018)

The Conversation (2018). Tolu Olarewaju; “Nigeria’s Plan to Redistribute Recovered Corruption Money Needs a Rethink”, URL: (18/07/2018)

The Conversation (2018). Tolu Olarewaju; “How Britain can remain a soft power superpower after Brexit”, URL: (30/05/2018)

The Conversation (2018). Tolu Olarewaju; “Snakes and Monkeys are Getting the Blame for Corruption in Nigeria”, URL: (8/03/2018)

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Conference Papers

Olarewaju, T. ‘Covid-19 and Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) businesses’ Online Workshop on Advances in Migrant and Refugee Entrepreneurship Research - New Directions in Research and Practice, Aston University, UK. Sep. 2020

Olarewaju, T & Hirekhan, M. ‘The Use of Open & Active Engagement in Budget Transactions to Reduce Corruption: Inductive Lessons from Nigeria’ British Academy of Management Conference, Aston University, UK. Sep. 2019

Olarewaju, T & Mickiewicz, T. ‘Migrants’ New Venture Evolution under Institutional Voids: Unique Lessons from Shonga Farms’ Academy of International Business Conference, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark Jun. 2019

Mickiewicz, T & Olarewaju, T. ‘Evolution in Transaction Costs and Ownership Structure of Public-Private Partnerships: Shonga Farms in Nigeria’ Academy of Management Conference, Chicago, USA (doi/abs/10.5465/AMBPP.2018.11006abstract) Aug. 2018

Olarewaju, T, Tamvada, P. & Mcdowall, S. ‘Corruption, The Great Value Destroyer:
The Role of Generalised Trust in Social Networks, Social Media Participation and Legal Institutional Quality’ First Global Conference on Creating Value, Chartered Management Institute, De Montfort University, UK May. 2018

Olarewaju, T. ‘Patterns in Education & Self-Employment’ Research in Entrepreneurship (RENT), Luxembourg Nov. 2014