1. Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adebukanla ADESANYA was born in Lagos, Nigeria on 21 April 1969 to Chief Moses Adesanya Soyemi and late Mrs Esther Oluyombo Soyemi. He enlisted into the Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna on 27 September 1985 as a member of the 37th Regular Combatant Course. He was subsequently commissioned to the rank of Pilot Officer, in the Nigerian Air Force, as a regular combatant officer on 22 September 1990. He was promoted to his current rank of Air Vice Marshal in November 2017. Air Vice Marshal Adesanya is an aircraft maintenance engineer, who is type-rated and highly experienced on the Alpha Jet Fighter Aircraft. He is equally experienced but not typerated on the maintenance of the C-130 Hercules aircraft. Also, without any previous formal training as a Public Relations practitioner, he has meritoriously served as the official spokesman of the Nigerian Air Force.


  1. The senior officer holds several qualifications, some of which include the following:
  • Master’s Degree in Development Studies from the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna.
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Aeromechanical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, Kaduna.
  • Diploma in Computer Engineering.
  • Certificate of Proficiency in Information Systems Management from APTECH Computer Education, Lagos.


  1. The senior officer has attended several courses. Some of these include:
  • Officers’ Orientation Engineering Course (Aeromechanical Engineering) at Air Force Institute of Technology Kaduna
  • Alpha Jet Aircraft Local Type-Rating Course at the Air Combat Training Group Kainji.
  • Junior and Senior Staff Courses, both at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College Jaji.
  • Higher Studies of Defence, Policy and Strategic Studies at the Superior War College in Brazil from 2012 to 2013.
  • Workshops, Seminars, Short Courses and Conferences on Project Management, Procurement Procedure, Project Cost Engineering, Quality Assurance, Safety Management System and Information Operations among several others.


  1. Air Vice Marshal Adesanya holds membership of the following professional associations:
  • Associate Member of the African Public Relations Association.
  • Member of the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered).
  • Fellow of the Chartered Administrators’ Institute.


  1. The very senior officer has held several appointments some of which are:
  • Aircraft Engineering Officer at various units in the Nigerian Air Force including at Yola, Kainji, Kaduna and Lagos.
  • Staff officer appointments at Headquarters Nigerian Air Force, particularly in the Directorate of Air Engineering as well as the Directorate of Research and Development.
  • Staff Officer 1 Coordination at the National Defence College, Abuja.
  • Directing Staff at the prestigious Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji.
  • Deputy Director Maintenance, Headquarters Nigerian Air Force, Abuja.
  • Registrar, Air Force Institute of Technology, Kaduna.
  • Commander, Nigerian Air Force Detachment Ibadan, where he also doubled as a member of the Oyo State Security Council.
  • Deputy Director Air Engineering, Headquarters Nigerian Air Force, Abuja.
  • Pioneer Director of Aircraft Quality Assurance, Headquarters Nigerian Air Force, Abuja.
  • Director of Public Relations and Information, Headquarters Nigerian Air Force, Abuja.
  • Nigeria’s Defence Attaché to Moscow, Russia with concurrent accreditations to Belarus, Estonia, Finland, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova and Ukraine.
  • Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Aeronautical Engineering and Technical Services Limited, a subsidiary of the Nigerian Air Force Holding Company.
  • Currently the Chief of Logistics at Headquarters Nigerian Air Force, Abuja.


  1. AVM OA Adesanya is a highly decorated senior officer who has also received letters of commendation from the Chief of the Air Staff and from other senior officers for diligence, outstanding performance, prudent management of resources and exemplary devotion to duty. The senior officer has various combat medals for his participation in the ECOMOG Operations from 1997 to 1999 as well as for his contributions to military operations such as Operation FOREST STORM, Operation RUWAN WUTA, Operation THUNDER STRIKE and Operation DIRAN MIKIYA in the fight against insurgency. He holds the following awards and medals, among others:
  • Grand Service Star.
  • Distinguished Service Star.
  • Meritorious Service Star.
  • Forces Service Star.
  • Passed staff course dagger psc(+).
  • Silver Eagle Award.
  • Fellow Superior War College Brazil.
  • Silver Jubilee Medal.
  • Golden Jubilee Medal.
  • Centenary Medal.


  1. Air Vice Marshal Adesanya was instrumental to the signing of a Military-Technical Cooperation Agreement between Russia and Nigeria. He is married to Omolola Adesanya and they are blessed with 4 children. He takes delight in giving motivational speeches towards helping others maximize their potentials. He is also a gifted writer with some published articles, mostly online. His other hobbies include reading, playing scrabble and table tennis as well as travelling, having visited over 35 countries across the 5 major continents. He speaks, reads and writes Yoruba, English, French, and Portuguese Languages with varying levels of proficiency, in addition to a working knowledge of the Hausa Language.