Professor Samuel Bankole Arokoyu was born in 1957 at Iyere in Owo, Ondo State to the late Chief& Mrs. Arokoyu Gabriel Olowole. He attended University of Port Harcourt and obtained his BSc in 1983, MSc in 1987 and PhD in 2001(Geography and Environmental Management).Professor Arokoyu was employed by the then Rivers State College of Education in 1986 and transferred in 1991to the University of Port Harcourt as Lecturer in the Department of Geography. He rose to the rank of Associate Professor in 2005 and then Professor of Urban and Regional Planning in 2010.Professor Arokoyu is an accomplished scholar. He has over one hundred published works, which include seventy-nine (79) scholarly journal articles published in five continents. Also, he has presented over twenty conference papers, six of which were lead papers. He has successfully supervised seventeen (17) Doctoral Theses, fifty-seven MSc dissertations and several PGD and B.Sc. projects.
Prof Arokoyu was part of the national delegate to the Third Session of the United Nation’s Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction and World Reconstruction Conference, Geneva, Switzerland in 2011; and the 5th Africa Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in 2014. He is also the University of Harcourt Coordinator of the Climate Impact Research Capacity Enhancement Program for Sub-Saharan Africa (CIRCLE) of the African Academy of Sciences and the Association of Commonwealth Universities. He was the South-South Coordinator of the 2012 Nigeria Flood Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA); the first successful elaborate report on a major disaster in Africa. He has also participated in twelve research and socio-economic consultancy jobs, including the Dredging of the Bonny River and Tanker Mooring Area, International Institute for Environment and Development/GRET Research on Negotiating Access to Land in West Africa, and the Dualization of the East-West Road.
In University Administration, Professor Arokoyu was a former Head of Department of Geography and Environmental Management (2005-2007), Director Centre for Disaster Risk Management and Development Studies (2010-2014), Associate Dean Faculty of Social Sciences (2014-2015), and currently the Associate Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. He has served in several committees and Boards in the University, which include Hall Warden, Student Disciplinary Committee, Housing, Research Fair, etc. His other academic services include serving as external assessor for Professorship for candidates in eleven Universities spread across the country. He has served as external examiner for Graduate programmes in fifteen Universities.
Professor Samuel Arokoyu is a member of Association of Nigerian Geographers (ANG), Nigerian Environmental Society (NES), Nigerian Institute of Corporate Administration (NICA), Institute of Certified Geographers of Nigeria (ICGN), West African Research and Innovation Management Association (WARIMA), and a Registered Environmental Manager (REM).He is a fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Industrial Administration (FIIA), Nigerian Institute of Corporate Administration (FCAI) and Institute of Certified Geographers (FCG).
Professor Arokoyu is married with children.