As part of the activities marking the closing ceremony of the Africa conference at University of Texas at Austin, Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy Executive Vice-Chairman, ISGPP, Dr. Tunji Olaopa, was honoured with the Thabo Mbeki award for Public Service and Scholarship.
The award took Olaopa by surprise as it was kept as a closely guarded secret by the organisers of the conference, until the announcement at the closing banquet.
Thabo Mbeki Award for Public Service and Scholarship is awarded to any African who has distinguished him/herself in the public or private sector. The recipient of the award must be a high caliber individual with unblemished record of public service or the private sector. The awardee must be someone who is committed to the project of African Renaissance and African Unity and must have made significant contributions to scholarship.
ISGPP General Manager, Lanre Aduloju, said Olaopa was the keynote speaker at the 18th Africa Conference, held between March 30 and April 1, at University of Texas at Austin U.S. This year’s theme was titled Leadership and Institutions in Africa.
Olaopa whose keynote address was entitled, Transforming Africa’s Institutions: The Challenges of Politics, Development and Reform, said that African leaders should build effective institutions as this is the only way to rescue the continent from underdevelopment, poverty and stagnation.
The conference, which is an annual gathering of intellectuals from across the world, discusses thematic issues that are germane to the understanding of Africa and African diaspora, was convened by Professor Toyin Falola, a professor of History, the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair Professor in the Humanities, and a Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin.