Kikelomo Aboyowa Mbada is a postgraduate student and an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Political Science, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. She is an early career researcher with emerging interest in political economy and development studies. Her PhD work examines the role of political prioritization in the differential performance in maternal health policy and implementation in Southwestern Nigeria. The study focuses on the nature of the policy frameworks and the implementation schemes for reducing maternal mortality across states in Nigeria. It seeks to answer the question of how key political and economic variables impact on maternal health policy at the sub-national level of governance, with a view to accounting for the varying outcomes across the federation. Beyond her PhD, she plans to continue in the study of policy-relevant issues and to engage in fruitful collaborations with researchers from other disciplines to the end of influencing maternal and child health policy decisions as an approach to entrenching sustainable development in developing countries. In the long-term, she wants to grow a career in the political economy of health and in distributive health policies as a specialty area in Political Science.