Opinion

Professor Tunji Olaopa: Broadening the Career Paths To the Academy, By Toyin Falola

To ensure that graduates find their professional niche early, we need to work towards an academic workforce that is equipped with knowledge of the latest technologies and professional practice. It is time to embrace the advantages of professors from the workplace, men and women like Tunji Olaopa, Pat Utomi, Odia…
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Allison Akene Ayida: The Profile of a Super Administrator, By ‘Tunji Olaopa

...Allison Akene Ayida was operating with the sensibility of a patriot. He wanted to contribute the best that his profession allowed him to add to the untangling of the complexities of nation building in Nigeria. He also had to suffer the indignities of those who stuck to integrity and professionalism…
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Opinion

Alaafin as Traditional Agent of Modernisation, By ‘Tunji Olaopa

...traditional institutions constitute the basis for a vibrant local self-help and service delivery dynamics which cater to people’s expectations far above the capacities and capabilities of the apparatuses of the Once we recognise this fact, then it becomes easy to see how a vastly influential and powerful traditional ruler like…
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Opinion

Nigeria at 58: Lessons From Wakanda, By ‘Tunji Olaopa

"Black Panther" as a film is a cultural narrative which is the ongoing and unfolding history of a people or community. It resonates with the aspirational journey of Nigeria as she struggles to establish herself, away from the self acclaimed ‘Giant of Africa’, but to make sense of her identity,…
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Opinion

The Public Servant As A Transformational Leader, By Tunji Olaopa

Turning the Nigerian public servant into a transformational leader requires the development of distinctive competence of adapting existing public managers to the challenges posed by the imperative of development complexities and the ever changing policy environment, rather than focusing unreflectively on the mechanisms of rules interpretation and application. The topic…
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Opinion

Adebayo Adedeji and the Professionalism of Public Administration In Nigeria, By Tunji Olaopa

At the level of institutional reforms, Adedeji was never shy to unsettle orthodoxies and explore alternative ideological positions. In the discourse that inspired the debate and the wave of administrative reforms of the early '70s in Africa, christened as the Udoji Reform in Nigeria, Adedeji expressed strong reservations. The late…
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Opinion

Mentoring Nigeria’s Next Generation for Leadership, By Tunji Olaopa

As we continue with nation building, and our human capital shifts to a younger majority, we owe it to our collective futures to invest in leadership development. We need to mould a generation of leaders who can effectively adapt, continually learn, think outside the box and confidently lead us forward.…
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Opinion

Adebayo Adedeji and Africa’s Ideology of Development, By Tunji Olaopa

His ideas and legacies are still intact, left on the burner and awaiting that revolutionary government that would push them into bold implementation. Nothing else would constitute the proper honour for Professor Adebayo Adedeji — pan-Africanist, public intellectual, economist, national development planner, and scholar. The world recently lost a colossal…
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Opinion

University of Ibadan: Hearty Cheers for a Postcolonial University at 70, By Tunji Olaopa

The University of Ibadan has come a long way as a postcolonial university. And I am very proud of her achievements from her founding until now. However, the slogan of being “the first and the best” demands a commitment to more pioneering intellectual efforts. I wrote this piece with a…
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