American University appoints Nigerian Shitta-Bey professor of philosophy


A Nigerian, Olanrewaju Shitta-Bey, has been appointed professor of philosophy and humanities by the world campus of the University of Maryland, United States.

Until his promotion, the university lecturer was an associate professor in the department of philosophy and humanities at the university.

In a conversation with our correspondent, Shitta-Bey said his promotion would benefit Nigeria and humanity.

He said: “Nigerians and humanity in general should benefit from my hard work and experience through community service associated with my area of ​​expertise. A good example is the “The Shitta-Bey Undergraduate Prize” launched earlier this year.

“I feel different, but not because the promotion comes from a foreign institution. I feel different because I got what I worked hard for and it happened in record time, just like my PhD.

Commenting on some of the challenges he faced, the professor said, “No challenge is really promoted. What many people will call challenges are NORMAL events. As a goalscorer you don’t see challenges, you see opportunities to improve and do better to do more.

Shitta-Bey, however, advised the Nigerian government to improve the level of education in the country.

He urged his colleagues leaving the country to show consideration, saying: “My honest advice is that they should follow their hearts but should not neglect to help the country in any way possible because Nigeria really needs expert help at this critical time.

“Everything and everything that the government should do to improve the standard and develop education in Nigeria is known to the government, what remains is the goodwill to do whatever is necessary to move forward.

“The government and the country have the financial, material and human resources to develop education and other essential sectors of the country, but lack the goodwill to make it happen. ”

Prior to becoming a professor, Shitta-Bey was Assistant in the Department of Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences, Howard University and Prince George’s Community College, USA, Faculty and Researcher: Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, State University from Lagos.

Graduated in Philosophy from Lagos State University, Ojo, Shitta-Bey went on to obtain an MA in Philosophy from the University of Lagos and later crowned her with a Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Ibadan. in 2014.

In 2016 he participated in a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program at the Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Uludag University, Bursa – Turkey.

Shitta-Bey has over 16 publications to her credit in reputable local and international journals and has participated in over 14 conferences in Nigeria, Ghana and the United States.

He is a member of the American Philosophical Association, the Nigerian Philosophical Association, the International Society of Social Ontology, the Association for Political Theory, the Society for German Idealism and Romanticism, and the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa.

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