Tolu Oni was born in Lagos, Nigeria. Oni completed her bachelor’s degree in international health at the University College London with a keen interest in diseases of global importance and the factors that influence health policy and outcomes. 2004, medical training, University College London Medical School, UK and her Public Health Medical Specialty in South Africa. 2012, PhD research degree in urbanisation and health, and population health transition from the Imperial College London. Oni has won many awards including election to the South African Young Academy of Science in 2013 and currently serves as the co-chair of the executive committee. Elected to the 2014 Young Physicians Leadership Programme by the Inter-Academy Medical Panel and the World Academy of Science. She also received the Carnegie Next Generation of African Academics and the Claude Leon Merit research awards.