In the month of February 2022, Prof Evans Osabuohien made another giant stride in the research community by hosting two international scholars who flew across the Atlantic to seek collaboration towards contributing to the development of the African continent.
One of the visiting scholars (Daniel Sonnenstuhl) is a doctoral candidate from the University of Chicago, USA (under the supervision of Prof James Robinson), working on a research project that centres around the nexus between religious institutions (movement) and societal development. He was excited to meet Prof Evans Osabuohien and seek possible areas of collaboration during his short visit between 19th and 22nd February 2022. The visiting researcher further highlighted that ‘how we interact in our communities, with our family, friends, and loved ones has a way of affecting our outcomes’, which is an essential aspect that religious institutions represent.
It would be recalled that Christian Religious Revival is gaining remarkable momentum in Nigeria, with some of the churches playing active roles such as providing employment, real estate development, provision of quality of education at all levels. For instance, the Living Faith Church (popularly known as Winners Chapel) was once reckoned by the Guinness Book of Records as having the largest church in the world, employs well over 50,000 workers in her direct employment apart from her other affiliated operations such as Covenant University and Landmark University, network of secondary schools and primary schools, and so on. Also, in 2021, the foundation laying for The Ark Project, which will be over 100,000 worship facility with multiple level Office Complex, was celebrated. The Project alone currently engages an average of 1000 workers of varying skills almost on daily basis.
On a related note, the other visitor (Prof Stephen Onyeiwu) is a Fulbright Scholar who is a Professor of Economics & Chair, International Studies at Allegheny College, Pennsylvania, USA. He is working on the role of innovation and technological change in promoting sustainable and inclusive growth in Africa. He is staying for a more extended period totalling seven months.
The scholars’ visit would benefit not only Prof Evans Osabuohien but also interested researchers working within the organisation he is affiliated with. These include the Department of Economics and Development Studies, the Centre for Economic Policy and Development Research (CEPDeR), Regional Centre for Expertise, Ogun (RCE Ogun) at Covenant University, among others.