Soni Oyekan was born in Aba, Eastern region of Nigeria, on 1 June, 1946. He came to the United States to study in 1966. Soni was a recipient of an African Scholarship Program of American Universities (ASPAU) award which was administered by the African American Institute (AAI) in 1966.
The scholarship award enabled Oyekan to pursue his studies in Engineering and Applied Sciences with specialization in Chemical Engineering at Yale University. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree program at Yale University in 1970.
Oyekan is the President of Prafis Energy Solutions. Prafis Energy Solutions is an oil refining and energy consulting services company. The company is located in Richmond, Texas. Soni had contributed significantly to chemical engineering and oil refining with his inventions and studies on catalytic systems and the catalytic naphtha reforming process.
Looking into his honors and awards, Dr. Soni has received numerous recognition for his contributions towards oil refining, chemical engineering and in the mentoring of engineers and technical personnel. He is a member of the AIChE Foundation Board of Trustees and a Fellow of the AIChE. He has received honors and awards for his academic achievements and research in oil refining. Soni is also a member of Sigma Xi and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies.