By Usman Shuaibu
The 12th Inaugural Lecture of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) will take place on Wednesday in Abuja.
It will be delivered by the Head of the university’s Department of Religious Studies, Prof. Olubiyi Adeniyi Adewale.
A statement from the Dean, Post-Graduate School, Dr. Mande Samaila, indicated that theme of the lecture is “Africanisation of Hermeneutics: An Escursus into Jesus’ Parabolic Discourses”.
The lecture will take place at noon at the university’s headquarters in Jabi, Abuja.
A cursory look at the lecturer’s biodata shows that he knows his onions in the field he is tackling in the watershed presentation.
Prof. Adewale was born in Ibadan, Oyo State, in 1963 and bagged a first degree in English Studies from University of Ife, Ile-Ife, in 1984.
He underwent a theological training at the Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary, Ogbomosho, where he bagged a Bachelor’s degree in Theology in 1990.
A postgraduate diploma in Mass Communication from The Polytechnic, Ibadan, followed, and he obtained a PhD in Biblical Studies from Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, in 2005.
Prior to that, he had taught for five years at the Benson Idahosa University, Benin City.
It was from there that he joined NOUN in 2006 and earned his professorship a year later.
At NOUN, Prof. Adewale has served in various capacities, including as director of the Lagos Study Centre.
He is a member of many academic associations locally and internationally and has authored some books.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abdalla Uba Adamu, is the chief host of the inaugural lecture.