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Nigerian Professor, Abiodun Alao Becomes The First Black African to Give Inaugural Lecture at London’s Kings College

A Nigerian academic, Prof. Abiodun Alao will become the first black African ever to deliver an inaugural lecture at King’s College University of London (established in 1829) when he takes to the podium later today.

Alao, a professor of African Studies, was conferred with professorial title about two years ago alongside his Nigerian counterpart in the institution’s African Leadership Centre, Prof. Funmi Olonisakin, making them the first black Africans to attain professorial cadre at the university since its establishment.


The appointments have been confirmed in a letter by the institution’s President & Principal, Prof. Edward Byrne AC, which justified their elevations at the instance of their contributions to African peace and security.

But a statement THISDAY obtained on Tuesday said Alao had published several single-authored books, well-researched journal articles and occasional papers, among others, whose findings and recommendations “have largely helped establish peace and boost security in many African countries.”



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