Unilorin don wins 2018 National Merit Award


University of Ilorin (Unilorin).

University of Ilorin (Unilorin).

A Professor of English and President, Nigerian Academy of Letters (NAL), Olu Obafemi, has been named winner of this year’s Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM) Award in Humanities category.

The University of Ilorin Bulletin, issued on Monday, quoted the Chairman of the Governing Board of the Nigerian National Merit Award (NNMA), Prof. Shekarau Yakubu as stating this in Abuja.

Yakubu, as said that out of about 35 nominations, only Prof. Obafemi met all the criteria set out for the award.

He said President Muhammadu Buhari will confer the prestigious award on Obafemi during the annual Forum of NNOM in Abuja on Dec. 6.

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Yakubu explained that the award was a separate Order of Dignity in the highest Academic Honours in the fields of Science, Medicine, Engineering, Technology and Humanities, including Arts and Culture.

“The award is an inspiration to contribute one’s best to the service of the nation and humanity in general; I hope the award will also encourage others to work hard on whatever good things they do.”

Obafemi, is a former Director of Research, National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru-Jos.

Obafemi, a prolific writer, has many professional books and academic journal articles to his credit aside his regular column in national newspapers and magazine publications.

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