Charting New Horizons: OAU celebrates Dr. Omigbule As He Wins Fellowship At Ghent University

By David Ogunlade

On the 26th February, 2023; the Obafemi Awolowo University Central Office of Research through its LinkedIn account shared the success story of Dr. Moruf B. Omigbule as he wins a Fellowship at Ghent University. 
The fellowship paves way for academic collaboration and Cultural Exchange.

In a groundbreaking development, Dr. Morufu B. Omigbule, a distinguished scholar from the Department of English at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has been awarded a prestigious fellowship by Ghent University in Belgium. This achievement not only highlights Dr. Omigbule's academic prowess but also signifies a significant step towards fostering collaboration and cultural exchange between the two esteemed institutions.

Ghent University Belgium, renowned for its illustrious history dating back to its foundation by King William in 1816, stands as a beacon of academic excellence, boasting a vast student body of between 45.000 to 50.000 individuals enrolled in a myriad of undergraduate and postgraduate programs.

Ghent University Belgium, with its rich history dating back to its inception in 1816, is renowned for its academic excellence and diverse student population. Dr. Omigbule's fellowship at Ghent University marks the beginning of a promising partnership between Ghent University and Obafemi Awolowo University, as both institutions work towards enhancing international academic, cultural, and scientific cooperation.

Specialising in African folklore, particularly focusing on Yoruba rituals and mythology, Dr. Omigbule's research on "Renaissance Yoruba Rituals' ' promises to offer profound insights into the evolution of indigenous Yoruba traditions and their contemporary relevance in societal dynamics. His upcoming lecture in Belgium will delve into themes such as ethno-nationalism, identity politics, diaspora relations, cultural economy, and ethnic nostalgia, shedding light on the intricate tapestry of Yoruba cultural heritage.

Dr. Omigbule's scholarly contributions extend beyond academia, evident through his affiliations as an African Humanities Fellow and a fellow of the Ife Institute of Advanced Studies. His impactful work, including the acclaimed publication "Rituals of Ile-Ife, Nigeria: Narratives and Performances of Archetypes," underscores his significant influence on discussions surrounding African cultural traditions.

As Dr. Morufu B. Omigbule embarks on this transformative journey to Ghent University, his dedication to advancing knowledge and promoting cross-cultural dialogue exemplifies the enduring legacy of scholarly excellence nurtured at Obafemi Awolowo University. This fellowship not only signifies a personal achievement for Dr. Omigbule also opens doors for enhanced academic collaboration and cultural exchange between Ghent University and Obafemi Awolowo University, paving the way for a brighter future of mutual learning and growth in the realm of academia and cultural studies.


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