Prof Abel Idowu Olayinka was born at Odo-Ijesa, State of Osun, Nigeria, on 16th February, 1958, to the family of the late Mr Gabriel Ola and Madam Florence Mopelola Olayinka. He hails from the Ojimi lineage, Ajifodu Dynasty. He attended St. Bartholomew’s Primary School, Odo-Ijesa, from 1964 to 1969 and he was appointed the Senior Prefect in his final year. He started honing his leadership skills from that tender age and these have stood him in good stead in later years. He was admitted into the famous Ilesa Grammar School in January 1970 and completed his West African Secondary School Certificate in 1975, in Division One.