Nigerian Academy of Letters (NAL) has admitted seven leading humanistic scholars into the prestigious College of Fellows. The event took place on June 1, 2022. They were admitted based on their outstanding contributions to scholarship and extension of frontiers of knowledge in their various subfields of the Humanities. The Fellows of the Nigerian Academy of Letters are a group of distinguished scholars of the humanities, nominated and elected in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the humanistic scholarship.
A statement from the Secretary of Nigerian Academy of Letters, Professor Ayobami Kehinde said the seven new Fellows were elected following a robust review process for which they are recognised for the excellence of their research outputs. The new Fellows of NAL are Professor Roseline Oro Aziza (Linguistics – Regular Fellow), Professor Godini Gabriel Darah (Literature/English – Regular Fellow), Professor Oluyemisi Adebowale (Literature/Yoruba – Regular Fellow), Professor Alex Chinwuba Asigbo (Theatre Arts – Regular Fellow), Professor Yakubu Aboki Ochefu (History – Regular Fellow), Olumuyiwa Adebanjo Falaiye (Philosophy – Regular Fellow), and Professor Emeritus John Ayotunde I. Bewaji (Overseas Fellow – Philosophy).
Two Honorary Fellows were also elected. They are Chief Olusola Akintola Osuntokun – a veteran journalist, columnist, and editorial consultant of many of the most outstanding Nigerian newspapers, corporate, national and international media guru, media proprietor, political analyst, theorist, activist, and media intellectual and Mr. Odia Ofeimun – a well-garlanded and decorated Nigerian poet, essayist, dramatist, activist, journalist, politician and polemicist. He has established himself as one of the leading poets in Africa with several poetry collections to his name.
Prof. Kehinde then congratulated the new Fellows, saying, “Allow me to convey, on behalf of the College of Fellows, the Executive Committee and Members of the Nigerian Academy of Letters, my warmest congratulations on your appointments as Fellows of the Nigerian Academy of Letters. Wishing you every success in your new status.”