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The University of Witwatersrand, South-Africa, has awarded for a period of three years a Wits Africa Fellowship to one of the Redeemer's University's rising stars, Dr. J.S. Omotola of the Department of Political Science.
According to the statement from the University of Witwatersrand, the fellowship is designed to support and enable the fellow to maintain an active research life during their academic career in any African university other than in South Africa and also for the fellow to facilitate academic links between Wits University and their home university.
The statement added that the fellowship would cover air travel, medical aid, accommodation in South Africa, a monthly stipend and a research grant.
While reacting to the news, Professor Oye Ogunbadejo commended the recipient for his sterling qualities as well as his dedication to rigorous scholarship.
He said that Dr. Omotola represents the future of the Political Science not only in Nigeria but in Africa. He stressed that he is a genuine inspiration of scholarship and academic excellence.
Professor Ogunbadejo said that the award was a testimony to the growing influence and acceptability of the recipient contribution to global knowledge community.
Meanwhile, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Debo Adeyewa has commended the recipient for his resilience in raising the bar of excellence in his scholarly contribution to the study of Political Science in Africa.
He said, he was delighted to hear of this award being given to him at a time this prestigious university is being repositioned for excellence in the committee of the Nigerian universities.
He noted that the university will continue to motivate upcoming scholars among the staff to showcase the tradition of excellence upon which this university had been built on.