Abiodun Alao: The Professor Who Dared To Break London’s Record After 187 Years


Today, Professor Abiodun Alao makes history at King’s College, University of London. He will be the very first black African to deliver an inaugural lecture in the 187-year old institution. Since the inception of the school in 1829, this will be the first time such has happened.

Two years ago Abiodun Alao was one of two black Africans to be conferred professorial titles at the African Leadership centre, King’s College. He has authored many books, journal articles and papers. Ardently, he engages in research works. Also worthy of note is his active participation and drive towards fostering peace and security in African countries.

King’s College attests that his works have provided tactful solutions and answers to many challenges bothering on humanity. This evidently made it possible for him to work on several occasions with international bodies. He has worked with the United Nations (UN), African Union (AU), European Union (EU), World Bank, ECOWAS and even for some nations.

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Professor Alao played advisory roles in Rwanda’s genocide and Sierra Leone’s civil war respectively.

“He also co-authored the Concept Note for the Common Defence and Security Policy for the African Union and was the co-author of the first post-Civil War National Security Strategy Framework for Liberia.”

In confirmation of the academic worth of this Nigerian professor, the institution issued a statement. It says that he was well-deserving to be a professor. The institution also said that Abiodun Alabi has researched, written and published about 100 quality academic works, including articles and encyclopedia entries.

It will be on record that on this day, April 27, 2016, Nigerian professor, Abiodun Alao delivered his inaugural lecture as the first African academician at King’s College, University of London. He will be speaking on the title “Africa:  A Voice to be Heard, Not a Problem to be Solved” at the school’s Edward Safra Lecture Theatre.

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According to the statement, the lecture will be attended by many.  He will make his presentation before people from all over the world- United States, Australia, Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria, his home country.

King’s College, University of London is one of the most reputable educational institutions in the world. To have a black African rendering an inaugural lecture there is highly commendable. How much more breaking the record as the first ever to do so in nearly 2 centuries. It is really a ground breaking achievement.

Africa indeed celebrates and appreciates Nigerian Professor Abiodun Alao for his patriotism and dedication in making humanity better through academics.