A University of Ibadan don, Isaac Olawale Albert, has made the final list of West Africa Peacebuilding Fellows.
This was disclosed by the University of Ibadan Vice Chancellor, Professor Idowu Olayinka.
With a requirement of at least 20 years’ experience and other stringent measures, the West Africa Peacebuilding Fellows as a body is made up of 20 West Africans who have made exceptional contributions in peace practice and whose works transcend their immediate countries to at least five West African states.
The nominees into the fellowship are usually not aware of the process but must receive endorsement from at least five West African states with evidence of their works and impacts in those countries.
Commenting on the development, Professor Albert noted that “the regional peace fellowship came to me as a surprise but it is said to be in appreciation of my modest contribution to peace scholarship and practice in the West Africa region. I owe it all to the University of Ibadan that provided me the platform for reaching out to the rest of Africa.”
The Vice Chancellor eulogized the scholar, stating that, “with a deep sense of fulfilment and pride, we congratulate the Pioneer Director of IPSS, and wish him good health, long life and prosperity.”
A specialist in social history, conflict analysis and peace process planning, Professor Albert was Pioneer Director of the University of Ibadan Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies; and also facilitated the establishment of the Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies at the University of Ilorin.
He has published over thirty books and won many awards which include: the Africa Peace Education Prize of Centre for African Peace and Conflict Resolution of the California State University, Sacramento, USA, 1996; and the maiden Peace Education award of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, Accra, Ghana, 2013.
The inauguration of the fellows is scheduled to hold on 26 March 2019 in Accra under the auspices of the President of ECOWAS Commission and President of Ghana.