Buhari congratulates Wale Adebanwi
Says He Is An African Gem, Role Model
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Nigerian author and scholar, Wale Adebanwi, on his appointment as Rhodes Professor in Race Relations in the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. The president described Adebanwi as an African gem and role model who has brought honour and respect to the continent.
As the first black African scholar to be appointed to the endowed Chair since it was created more than 60 years ago, Buhari in a statement yesterday, affirmed that Prof. Adebanwi’s sharp intellect and distinguished learning is worthy of emulation by young Nigerians.
The President, who has maintained a keen interest in the soaring profile of the scholar right from his early years in journalism in Nigeria, to a lecturer at the University of Ibadan, is delighted to see him achieve this much very early in his life.
At just 47 years, President Buhari noted that young Africans like Adebanwi are showing the wit, steadfastness, creative energy and astuteness of renowned African writers and intellectuals such as Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, John Pepper Clark and Abubakar Imam, who put the continent on the world’s knowledge map.