The prestigious Oxford University has appointed Nigeria’s former External Affairs Minister, Professor Ibrahim Gambari and the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, to the International Advisory Board of its African Studies Centre.
The advisory board, which will be formally inaugurated by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on October 12 at St Antony’s College, Oxford, also boasts of seven other distinguished Africans who are leaders in governance, industry, business, finance, diplomacy, arts and the academy.
Osinbajo will also deliver a lecture at the event on: “The Challenges of Human Development in 21st Century Africa.”
The Board is charged with creating linkages between the Centre and other global and local institutions and organisations in Africa and raising resources to provide scholarships and fellowships for African students to study and conduct research in Oxford University.
It is headed by South African economist and former Governor of the South African Reserve Bank, Mr. Tito Mboweni. Mboweni, who has served as Labour Minister in President Nelson Mandela’s first cabinet and is currently an international adviser for Goldman Sachs.
Oxford University, which is almost 1, 000 years old, has educated some of the most accomplished people in the world including 29 Nobel laureates, 27 prime ministers of the United Kingdom, and many heads of state and government around the world and nationalist leaders in Africa including former President John Kufour of Ghana, Chief Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, who led the Biafran succession bid in Nigeria and Mr Tom Mboya, the Kenyan nationalist and trade union leader.