A Nigerian man named Prof. Abiodun Alao has broken a 187-year record and made history at the King’s College, University of London. Professor Alao will be the first black African scholar to deliver a professorial inaugural lecture since the institution was established in 1829.
Prof. Alao, who is a professor of African Studies, was honoured with his professorial title about two years ago alongside another Nigerian in the institution’s African Leadership Centre, Prof. Funmi Olonisakin. They became the first black Africans to attain professorial cadre at the university since its establishment.
The appointment of both professors was confirmed by the institution’s President & Principal, Prof. Edward Byrne AC and this justifies their elevations at the instance of their contributions to African peace and security.
Prof. Alao,has published several single-authored books, well-researched journal articles and occasional papers among others. His findings and recommendations are said to have largely helped establish peace and boost security in many African countries.
Alao will deliver his inaugural lecture, titled ‘Africa: A voice to be heard, not a problem to be solved’ at the Edward Safra Lecture Theatre at the college’s main campus later today.
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