OAU Set to Honour Kagame, Shobanjo, Oramah, Awosika at 44th Convocation
Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, set to confer honorary doctorate degrees on four eminent Africans whose immense contributions to the socio-economic cum political development of their immediate environments, countries, and the world at large have been adjudged invaluable.
Rwandan President, Paul Kagame, as well as three other eminent Africans are to be honoured at the 44th convocation of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
A statement issued on Wednesday in Ile-Ife by the Public Relations Officer of the university, Mr Abiodun Olarewaju, said another eminent African to be honoured is Mr Biodun Shobanjo, chairman of Insight Communications.
The others are the President of African Export-Import Bank (AFREXIMBANK), Dr Benedict Oramah, and the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of First Bank of Nigeria Plc., Mrs Ibukun-Oluwa Awosika.
The statement said Kagame’s exemplary leadership qualities and achievements in Rwanda were considered, especially his being actively instrumental to ending the infamous genocide in Rwanda.
According to the statement, the recognition of the outstanding and remarkable achievements of Kagame led to the decision to confer on him the Doctor of Public Administration (Honoris Causa).
It also stated that Shobanjo’s trailblazing efforts and enduring legacies in the last 50 years in marketing communications in Nigeria and his humane social activism made him fit for the award of the Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa).
The Doctor of Science (Agric. Economics) (Honoris Causa) conferred on Dr Ben Oramah, was in recognition of his outstanding academic achievements.
It added that the indelible corporate achievements, unique and outstanding contributions to the growth of entrepreneurship in the society and humane social activism earned Mrs Ibukun-Oluwa Awosika a Doctor of Business Administration (Honoris Causa) degree.
The awardees, the statement said, would be conferred with their degrees during the 44th convocation of the university scheduled for between Dec. 11 and Dec. 14.