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Prof Evans Osabuohien’s Guest Scholar speaks on Technological Capability, Inclusive Growth and Structural Transformation in Africa

Professor Evans Osabuohien has once again established strong strategic research ties with a Fulbright Scholar (Professor Steve Onyeiwu). He is a tenured Professor of Economics and previous Chair of International Studies, at Allegheny College, Pennsylvania, USA. He has served as a consultant to international organisations such as United Nations Economics Commission for Africa (UNECA), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), among others.

He was hosted for seven months (February to August 2022) as a Fulbright Scholar by Professor Evans Osabuohien, the Head, Department of Economics and Development Studies, at Covenant University. During his stay, the duo collaborated on a joint research project aimed at tackling development and structural transformation issues in Africa, which emphasises the role technological capability can play in addressing the issues.

The climax of Professor Steve Onyeiwu’s research stay was the presentation of the preliminary findings of the joint research project in a Seminar themed “Is Technological Capability the Missing Link in Africa’s Lack of Inclusive Growth and Structural Transformation?”. The Seminar was held on 10th August 2022 as a hybrid event with participation from different spectrums of society across the globe. Some of the notable participants include representatives of the American Embassy in Nigeria, academic leaders, government agencies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and a host of others.

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Prof Evans Osabuohien is a good team player, hardworking, intelligent and self-driven who demonstrates maturity, innovativeness and responsibility on any assignment. He is endowed with a pleasant personality and capability to work effectively in multi-cultural environments. He has executed funded research projects as an individual, team leader, and team member. He is astute in research, which has resulted in publication of four books and over 155 scholarly articles. He has participation in conferences/workshops/short courses across the world. He was appointed as the Head of Department (HOD) in 2016, emerging as the Youngest HOD in the University. He received a Double Promotion to the Rank of a Full Professor of Economics in December 2017, which made him the Youngest Professor in the University. In May 2020, he was recognised as ‘One of the 6 Youngest Professors Nigeria Ever Had’. He is the Pioneer Chair at the Centre for Economic Policy and Development Research (CEPDeR) as well as the Pioneer Chair for Regional Centre of Expertise, Ogun State (RCE Ogun). He is a member of many International Learned Societies/Professional Associations. He is a Visiting Professor at Witten/Herdecke University, Germany and Visiting Scholar at University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (June- December, 2020). He is the Editor of ‘Handbook of Research on In-Country Determinants and Implications of Foreign Land Acquisitions’ (2015) and ‘The Palgrave Handbook of Agricultural and Rural Development in Africa’ (2020), Handbook of Research on Institutions Development for Sustainable and Inclusive Development in Africa (2021) as well as the Guest Editor for African Journal of Economic and Management Studies (AJEMS) on ‘Labour Issues in Africa’s Agricultural and Rural Transformation I & II’ (2020).