CU Dedicates Book to Honour Chancellor at 60
A book titled, Leadership and Innovation in Africa’s Development Paradigm, has been presented in honour of the Chancellor and Chairman, Board of Regents, Covenant University, Dr. David Olaniyi Oyedepo.
The book presentation, which was organized by the University on Friday, September 26, 2014, at the University’s African Leadership Development Centre, was part of the week-long activities marking the Chancellor’s 60th birthday.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo, at the event noted that the book was the least the University could put together to honour a man who has overtly committed himself to the transformation of Africa spiritually and intellectually.
Professor Ayo decried the leadership gaps in Africa, which has led to war and strife in many parts of the continent. According to him, the visionary and transformational leadership of the Chancellor birthed Covenant University in order to raise a new generation of leaders in all human facets.
The Vice-Chancellor also noted that through the innovative leadership of the Chancellor, the University right from inception made a lot of strategic moves including the introduction of Entrepreneurship Development Studies (EDS), and the abolition of the pass degrees, among others, all of which has been adopted by the highest regulatory body for Nigerian universities – the National Universities Commission (NUC). “Covenant University takes the lead, others simply follow”, he noted.
The Vice-Chancellor who also contributed to the book promised that the University would publish books yearly to mark the birthday anniversary of the Chancellor, Dr. David Oyedepo.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the occasion and Distinguished Professor of Covenant University, Professor Ekundayo Adeyemi, described the Chancellor, Dr. David Oyedepo as an innovator, a thinker, a worker, a wise man, humble, a role model (leader of leaders), a statesman (though not a politician), a man of excellence and above all, a man of God.
The reviewer and a professor of English, Professor Charles Ogbulogo, noted that the choice of men and women in the conceptualization, packaging and delivery of the festschrift has raised the confidence level in the quality of the brand new product that holds a great promise to stimulate trans-generational dialogue on issues of African development.
“We see in this volume, a very careful selection of articles that focus on the central theme of Leadership and Innovation both of which are critical ingredients for the development of Africa. The articles cover a range of issues drawn from the scriptures, economic, politics and psychology.
“There are also cultural imperatives with profound philosophical foundations. Thus, the book satisfies the condition to be a credible blueprint for developmental dialogues. I am delighted to recommend the book, Leadership and Innovation in Africa’s Development Paradigm for your edification”, he remarked.
The celebrant in his remark called for indigenous solutions to African challenges. He noted that, “The greatest discovery is the discovery of what one can do. Our solution is in where we are, we are only blinded to them and not taking responsibilities.
“We all have unlimited capacity to generate solutions for Africa’s challenges. It’s time we rethink our ways. Africa has what it takes to generate solution and give new name to our continent”, he advised.
The book Leadership and Innovation in Africa’s Development Paradigm is a 164-page and eight chapters festschrift put together by eight authors who are leaders in various fields, including gospel ministry, politics, economy and academia.
The authors are the First Vice President, Living Faith Church Worldwide, Bishop David Abioye, the former Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, Professor Peter Okebukola, Cross River State Governor Liyel Imoke and Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor Charles Ayo.
Others are the former Acting Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Dr. Jonathan Aremu, immediate past Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor Aize Obayan, former Information Minister, Professor Jerry Gana and the presiding Pastor of Salvation Ministries, Port Harcourt, Pastor David Ibiyeomie.
The book was edited by the trio of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University and Professor of English, Professor Taiwo Abioye, former Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies, Covenant University and Professor of English, Professor Christopher Awonuga and a Professor of Political Science and International Relations, Covenant University, Professor Adekunle Amuwo.