Professor Abejide Jide Ade-Ibijola - 2022

Position(s): Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Applications in Digital Transformation and Director: Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (with a Digital Transformation Lens)

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Tel: +27 (0) 11 559 1989
Office: 2nd Floor, JBS Park, 69 Kingsway Avenue, Auckland Park, Johannesburg Business School

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Professor Abejide Ade-Ibijola holds a PhD in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He is currently a Full Professor of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Applications at the Johannesburg Business School (JBS), University of Johannesburg (UJ), South Africa. He is rated by the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa, and he has published 80+ articles in recognised outlets on AI algorithms, and innovations for solving real-world problems in the 4th Industrial Revolution. In his 15 years of experience, he has taught several modules at all levels and supervised master’s and doctoral candidates to completion.

Funding, Awards, and Recognitions

Abejide has won 65 major teaching, research and innovation awards and secured over R12 million rands in funding towards research, innovation, and social development (training of youth technopreneurs, and unemployed graduates).

He is the recipient of the UJ CBE Dean’s Top Senior Lecturer Award 2018 (in a faculty of 338 academics), a Two-time Winner of the UJ Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Awards for the Innovation of the year 2019 (Valued at R500,000.00), and Teacher Excellence 2020 (Valued at R150,000.00).

Abejide is also the recipient of South Africa’s Department of Public Service (DPSA) Ignite Hack Innovation Award 2018, SA Department of Communications Living 4IR Hackathon Overall Best Innovation of 2019, Two South Africa’s State IT Agency (SITA) Public Service Innovation Awards in 2019. In 2020, he secured software licenses for the entire UJ community, worth over $1.5 Billion US Dollars.

Abejide’s career is decorated with over 100 awards and recognitions.

Institutional Positions

At the JBS, Abejide is the Founder and Lead of the Research Group on Data, Artificial Intelligence, and Innovations for Digital Transformation, the Director of the Postgraduate Diploma Programme, and the Chairperson of the Centre for Entrepreneurship’s Advisory Board. He also heads the Innovation Lab of the JBS, known to produce immersive experiences, video games, mobile/web app solutions, and a range of algorithmic solutions. At UJ, he is a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers, he serves on the Teaching Portfolio Assessment Committee (TPAC), and he is also a member of the Senate’s Teaching and Learning Committee.

International Engagements

Abejide is a Visiting Distinguished Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the School of Business, Woxsen University, Hyderabad, India, and holds several academic, consulting, and advisory positions around the world. He has recently given invited talks at University of Oxford, United Kingdom and at Cornell University, New York, USA on Artificial Intelligence and Applications.

Social Project and Impact

Abejide is the Founder and Chairman of GRIT Lab Africa (a social project for training young Africans in Grit and programming). At GRIT Lab Africa, Abejide mentors 120 young people across 38 higher institutions of learning in 11 African countries (Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe). More about GLA at:

At the University of Johannesburg, he currently mentors 60+ students, and has directly mentored 1000+ students in the last seven years. In 2022, he paid out R1,111,587.38 in wages to 33 students for work-integrated learning, while training these students to become software engineers across diverse range of technologies.

Abejide is the publisher of the Kingsman Academic Magazine, a publication that showcases the technological innovation of his mentees.