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June 18, 2024

Nigeria’s Elvis Otobo is Africa’s pioneer Archival Science and Diplomatics Professor

Nigeria’s Elvis Otobo is Africa’s pioneer Archival Science and Diplomatics Professor

By Adesina Wahab

Professor Elvis Efe Otobo, a distinguished scholar, has made history as Africa’s first Archival Science and Diplomatics professor.

His extraordinary accomplishments and inspiring story culminated in his dual appointment in 2022 as both an associate and a full professor at Ballsbridge University and which underscores his profound impact and expertise in the field.  Ballsbridge University is a dynamic open international academic centre known for its innovative approach to education, including open learning, online learning, blended transnational learning, and virtual learning. Incorporated in Dominica, the university operates in multiple countries, fostering an environment where knowledge and learning are boundless.

Professor Otobo’s academic journey is marked by a wealth of publications in renowned journals and a significant collection of unpublished research papers that have contributed to the advancement of archival science.

He designs training courses in archives and records management which have received global recognition.  His recent roles at Caleb University, including GST Lecturer and Acting Director of Public Relations, Protocol, and Marketing, have been pivotal in the university’s growth. With a robust educational background that includes a first degree in Public Administration from the University of Benin, a Master’s in Archives, Records, and Information Management from the University of Ibadan, and a Ph.D. in Information Resources Management with specialization in Archival Administration and Records Management from Babcock University. His Ph.D. Thesis was on ‘Records Management Practices and Work Environment as Determinants of Administrative Effectiveness of Lagos State Judiciary, Nigeria.”

Professor Otobo’s credentials are impeccable. His recognition as a New Professional awardee by the International Council of Archives (ICA) in 2015 was a testament to his standing in the academic community.

Professor Otobo’s pioneering spirit is evident in his role as Nigeria’s first business archivist and his collaborative efforts with the National Archives, United Kingdom, to provide annual training for Nigerian records managers, archivists and others in the Records and Information Management ecosystem are widely acknowledged both locally and internationally. His international experience includes internships at the National Archives of Iceland, volunteer work at The Box, Plymouth, The National Trust at Saltram, United Kingdom among others.

Currently, Professor Otobo is enriching his knowledge through heritage studies at the University of Plymouth and leading the largest online platforms for archives and records management professionals worldwide. His scholarly collaborations with esteemed academics like Professor Gabriel Alegbeleye are well-regarded and cited.  Keynote speakers in his training programmes at the National Archives Uk includes Professor Luciana Duranti; Professor James Lowry and Ms. Margaret Crocket among many other distinguished professionals.

A certified leadership coach and experienced SEN Educator, Professor Otobo has garnered numerous accolades, including Fellow of the Certified Business Management Professionals, Ambassador of the International Leadership Summit of Leaders, and commendations from the National Archivist of Iceland. His role as a GWA Judge for the International Public Relations Association and his honorary doctorate from the Swiss Business School are among his many achievements.

Professor Otobo’s inspirational journey has been shaped by luminaries, his mentor, Dr. Oladega Adebogun, founder and visitor to Caleb University and Proprietor, Caleb Group of Schools and Professor Emeritus Luciana Duranti of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. His membership of various professional organizations reflects his commitment to excellence and his influence on the field.

Professor Otobo as a leading academic figure has made contributions to the global discourse on archival science and diplomatics.

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