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Prof Abdul-Rasheed Na’allah (UniAbuja VC)



Prof. Abdul-Rasheed Na’allah took over from Prof. Michael Umale Adikwu
as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Abuja in July 2019.
Professor Na’allah was born in 1962.
He received a BA in 1988 from University of Ilorin, with a thesis
“Dadakuada: the trends in the development of Ilorin traditional oral
poetry”, subsequently published in African Notes.
In 1992 received a M.A. Literature in English from the same university.
In 1999, he received his PhD in Comparative Literature from the
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, and was subsequently
professor and chair of African-American Studies at Western Illinois
University. He then became the vice chancellor of Kwara State
Professor Na’allah is the author and co-author of numerous books, but
some books of his that are most recent are Yoruba Oral Tradition in
Islamic Nigeria: A History of Dadakuada (Routledge, 2019),
Globalization, Oral Performance, and African Traditional Poetry
(Palgrave Macmillan, March 2018), African Discourse in Islam, Oral
Traditions, and Performance (Routledge, 2010) and Africanity,
Islamicity, and Performativity: Identity in the House of Ilorin
(Bayreuth African Studies, 2009), and edited a poetry book,
Obama-Mentum: An Anthology of Transformational Poetry.
Professor Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah’s other books, include: coauthor with
Ladan Sulaiman and Ahmad Sambo, Functional Literacy Primer in Hausa,
sponsored by the European Economic Commission and Federal Government
of Nigeria, 1992; coauthor, Instructors’ Guide to Functional Literacy
Primer in Hausa, 1992; coauthor with Bayo Ogunjimi, Introduction to
African Oral Literature (Oral Prose), University of Ilorin Press,
1991; author, Introduction to African Oral Literature (1994); and
Editor, Ogoni’s Agonies: Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Crisis in Nigeria
(Africa World Press, 1998).
Dr. Na’Allah has been nominated for and received numerous awards,
including the 2018, Exemplary Leadership in Higher Education in Africa
Award, by GUNi-Africa, 2017’s Hero and Icon of Good Leadership award,
by National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Joint Campus
Committee, Kwara State; in 2016, African Patriot Award, by
Commonwealth Youth Council; 2015, Inducted into the Member, WASU Hall
of Fame, as Kwame Nrumah Leadership Award, by West African Students
Union, WASU.
He was also awarded Fellow, of the Literary Society of Nigeria, in
March, 2014; also in 2014, given Meritorious Award as Notable
Academician, by Rotaract Zone JD9125, Nigeria Rotary International; in
2013, decorated with the Leading Light Award, by the University of
Ilorin Alumni Association, National; awarded in November 2013, the
Award of Recognition of Sterling Achievements/Outstanding
Contributions, by the Unilorin Alumni Association, Abuja Chapter; in
2012, given the Meritorious Award, by the Ilorin Emirate Students
Union; also in 2012, decorated with the Honorary Membership and Merit
Award, by the Man ‘O’ War Nigeria; in 2009.

He received the Cathy O’Neill Couza Award for Outstanding Leadership
in Diversity, Western Illinois University (WIU), USA; also in 2009, he
was awarded the WIU’s Administrative Achievement Award 2008-2009 for
achievements as Department Chair by Western Illinois University, USA

Also in 2008, he was presented both Western Illinois University
Certificate of Recognition, and Inducted into The Honor Society of Phi
Kappa Phi Membership, USA; he received the Gold Key Recognition Award,
University of Alberta Student Union, in 1998; the Graduate Student
Service Award, GSA, University of Alberta; The Alberta Heritage
Charles S Noble Award for Student Leadership, in 1998 by the Province
of Alberta, Canada; and the Black Achievements Award,
Post-Secondary—Scholastic, 1998, by the Black Achievement Awards
Society of Alberta.

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