Prof. Abiodun Alao, a Nigerian professor of African Studies, will be making history as the first black African scholar to deliver a professorial inaugural lecture at King’s College, University of London since the institution was established in 1829.
Alao’s lecture, titled “Africa: A Voice to be Heard, Not a Problem to be Solved,” will be delivered at the Edward Safra Lecture Theatre at the college’s main campus. The lecture will be attended by people from different parts of the world including the United States, Australia, Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria.
ThisDay reports that Prof. Alao, alongside Prof. Funmi Olonisakin of the institution’s African Leadership Centre, were also the first black Africans to attain a professorial cadre about two years ago in King’s College since its establishment.
In a letter by the institution’s president and principal, Prof. Edward Byrne AC, the appointments were confirmed, which justified their elevations at the instance of their contributions to African peace and security.
Alao has published several single-authored books, well-researched articles in journals and occasional papers, among others, which findings and recommendations “have largely helped to establish peace and boost security in many African countries.”
In an institution that has produced 12 Nobel Laureates among its professors, a statement yesterday said Alao distinguished himself, citing about 100 widely recognised academic articles and Encyclopaedia entries he had published, all of which were assessed to accord him the professorial title.
Aside from his academic contributions, Alao joined the long list of globally renowned academics King’s College has produced and whose research works have produced answers to different challenges facing humanity and society since its establishment.
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King’s College, University of London, ranked among the top 20 universities in the world, holds a unique position in global scholarship as evident in the landmark research works the institution’s professors and alumni have conducted since its establishment several decades ago.