SONAIYA, Prof. Remi

Born March 2, 1955

Ibadan, Oyo State





B.A., M.A., Ph.D

Prof. Remi Sonaiya was Nigeria's only female presidential candidate in the 2015 general election under the platform of the KOWA Party. She finished in 12th place with 13,076 votes. On March 8, 2018, Prof. Sonaiya signified interest again in contesting in the 2019 presidential election.
Gender: Female
Marital Status
  • Married
Name of Spouse Babafunso Sonaiya
State of Origin: Oyo State
Father's Name
Father's Status N/A
Mother's Name
Mother's Status N/A
Number of Male Children 1
Number of Female Children 1
Profession Retired Professor , Writer , Politician
Working Experience
Previous Appointments:

– Assistant Lecturer, Department of Foreign Languages, Obafemi Awolowo University, 1982;

– Professor, French Language and Applied Linguistics, Obafemi Awolowo University, 2001-2010;

– Fellow, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation;

– Ambassador Scientist, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, 2008-2014;

St. Luke's Demonstration School, Ibadan; St. Anne's School, Ibadan; University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), 1977; Cornell University, United States;

National Public Relations Officer, KOWA Party;
Presidential Candidate, KOWA Party, 2015

American Association of University Women, 1986.

– Culture and Identity on Stage: Social-political Concerns and Enactments in Contemporary African Performing Arts (2001).
– Language Matters: Exploring the Dimensions of Multilingualism (2007).
– A Trust to Earn – Reflections on Life and Leadership in Nigeria (2010).
– Igniting Consciousness – Nigeria and Other Riddles (2013).
– Daybreak Nigeria – This Nation Must Rise! (2014).

late Nelson Mandela

Reading, Listening to Music

Prof. Sonaiya was a member of the Project Drafting Committee for the Establishment of the Nigerian French Language Village, Badagry, Lagos State.

She also served as a French interpreter for international conferences including sub-regional summits like that of the Economic Community of West African States(ECOWAS).

Prof. Sonaiya is a supporter of several church and para-church organisations, including the Nigerian Fellowship of Evangelical students (NIFES), the Nigeria Bible Translation Trust, Calvary Ministry, Great Commission Movement of Nigeria, etc. For several years, She has been a bible study teacher in her church and is on the international faculty of Haggai Institute, Hawaii, USA, where she lectures on Stewardship.



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