Dr Fadekemi Janet Osaye is a mathematician whose primary research interest is in discrete mathematics and combinatorics. In particular, she is interested in distance measures in graphs and their applications to solving many real-world problems like networks. Her interest in discrete mathematics was inspired by her research project carried out at AIMS Ghana. In 2019, she became the first black female to be awarded a PhD in Mathematics by the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, in its 116 years of its existence.
Since June 2021, she has been an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Alabama State University and was previously a Visiting Assistant Professor at Auburn University. She is the founder of Girlsmatics Foundation, a STEM non-governmental organisation for girls in Nigeria which was motivated by her involvement with AIMS Ghana’s outreach programs for high school students in Biriwa, Ghana. She is also the co-founder of Pieurl Consulting Services, an analytics and management firm based in Lagos, Nigeria.