Olayinka Oyekola was born and raised in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State in western Nigeria, in 1979. He moved to study and work in different parts of the country; gaining a National Diploma in Accounting from Abia State Polytechnic, situated in the eastern Nigerian city of Aba, and working for Guaranty Trust Bank PLC in Minna, a town located in north-central Nigeria. After moving to the United Kingdom in 2006, he joined the undergraduate programme at Cardiff Business School, Wales, in September 2007, graduating with first-class honours in Economics, in July 2010. He went on to achieve a Master of Science in Economics, in February 2012, a Master of Research in Advanced Economics, in February 2013, and a PhD, in April 2016. His thesis entitled, “Essays on Energy and Macroeconomics,” was supervised by Patrick Minford, CBE. Olayinka is currently with INTO University of Exeter and is an affiliate of the Julian Hodge Institute of Applied Macroeconomics. He lives in Exeter with his wife and child, and is part of a local church.