By Osehobo Ofure
Anthony Esijolomi Afejuku, Professor of English and Literature and Creative Writing will on Thursday 10th June 2021 deliver the 245th, in the Inaugural Lecture series of the University of Benin, Benin City.
The lecture which is titled ‘The Autobiography of Nigeria’, will be delivered at the Akin Deko Main Auditorium of the University, Ugbowo, Benin City from 4.00pm and chaired by the University’s Vice-chancellor, Professor Lilian Imuetinyan Salami.
According to sources, an Inaugural Lecture, usually delivered by Professors in the academia, represents a significant milestone in the academic’s career and celebrates either promotion to the rank of Professor, or their appointment to a Chair at the University.
It serves as an opportunity for them to present an update of their career, update colleagues on current and future research plans, and introduce their field of expertise to wider audiences.
For the Universities, where the Professors are based, the event is a chance to recognise their achievement, host a celebratory event to bring staff together, and an opportunity to engage with broader audiences inside and outside the University, as well as to establish new collaborations, strengthen existing relationships and catch up with alumni.
Inaugural Lectures also represent an essential component of the public events program, an opportunity to engage with audiences with a broader interest in its research, including financiers and decision makers from government, academia and industry. They no doubt serve to create a wider awareness of the benefits of the University’s teaching and research.
Afejuku, who got the B.A. honours, and M.A. degrees from the Ahmadu Bello University, holds the Ph.D of the University of Benin and has put in over four decades, as a scholar.
He is the author of three poetry volumes: An Orchard of Wishes, A Garden of Moods, and A Spring of Sweets and is a newspaper columnist, for more than five different Nigerian media houses.