One of Nigeria’s leading academics in Europe, Professor Azubuike Sonny Nwankwo, has been appointed Academy Provost of the Nigerian Defence Academy, NDA.
Speaking on his appointment, the UK-based marketing and entrepreneurship academic said it was an honour and a challenge to which he is committed.
Professor Nwankwo said he would refocus NDA’s men and women to be able to fight the intellectual battle for self-confidence and self-assertion as equal players in the global knowledge economy on top of their conventional military training.
He added that he wants “an institution that is not only dedicated to excellence in teaching, but also meeting Nigeria’s overarching development goals by contributing, through scholarship and research, to solving the problems with which the Nigerian Armed Forces and society at large are faced.
“Chief among these problems is the Boko Haram insurgency in northern Nigeria, which has grown increasingly violent under its leadership of Abubakar Shekau.
“The extremist set, which recently pledged allegiance to the Middle East’s Islamic State terror group, has killed thousands of people and the kidnapping of schoolgirls from the village of Chibok in April 2014.”
Nwankwo was most recently Director of the Noon Centre for Equality & Diversity in Business at the University of East London, where he became a professorial chair in 2001.
He has also served as director of research and enterprise and founding director of the Petchey Centre of Entrepreneurship.
Other roles include his inaugural presidency of the International Academy of African Business and Development.
He is also trained as a lay magistrate in the UK.
Professor Nwankwo has published so many works which have attracted several awards, including the ANBAR Citation of Excellence for Highest Quality Rating.
Nwankwo is on the Editorial Advisory Board and Review Committee of several academic journals. He is External Assessor and Visiting Professor at universities in the United Kingdom, Australasia and across Africa.
He worked in academia and business before leaving the country in search of greener pasture in the 1980s. His professional career began as a member of the National Youth Service Corp, NYSC, in 1981 at Kaduna Polytechnic after a degree in Management Studies from the University of Jos.