Professor Michael Sola Akanni obtained his B.Sc Hons (Second Class Upper Division) in Chemistry in 1975 from the University of Ife, Ile-Ife and Ph.D (Chemistry) degree from same University in 1980. He went on International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) programme to Texas A & M University where he obtained a Fellowship Certificate in Analytical Nuclear Physics in 1982. He was a Research Fellow at the University of Coimbra Portugal in 1986.
He was promoted to the cadre of Professor of Chemistry in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in 1992. Prof. Akanni spent two (2) years as a Visiting Professor at the University of Zambia in 1998 and 1999. He had taught Physical Chemistry courses in many Nigerian Universities either as a Scholar on sabbatical leave or as Adjunct Staff. Some of the Universities he had visited are Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti (1985 - 1989). University of Ilorin (1994–1997). University of Cross River State (1987-1990), BSU, Markurdi (2010), FUL, Lokoja (2013-2014 Session) and FUO, Otuoke (2015-2017).
He was the pioneer Coordinator of Obafemi Awolowo University, Pre-degree Programme between 2003 and 2007 and Director, Obafemi Awolowo University, Centre for Distance Learning between 2017 and 2020. He retired from service at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in February, 2020 having attained the age of 70 years. He is currently the pioneer Provost, College of Technology, Bamidele Olumilua University of Education, Science and Technology (BOUESTI).