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Photos: Nigerian Elected As First Black President Of Westminster College In Missouri, USA, Ola Akande

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Photos: Nigerian Elected As First Black President Of Westminster College In Missouri, USA, Ola Akande

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May 11, 2015 – Pictures: Nigerian Elected As First Black President Of Westminster College In Missouri, USA, Dr Benjamin Ola Akande 

A Nigerian professional, Benjamin Ola Akande has been elected as the first black President of Westminster College located in Fulton, Missouri.

He is set to replace the current Present, George B Forsythe who was elected back in 2008.

The Chairman of the Westminster Board of Trustees, Wallace L made this exciting announcement in a Press Release that reads;

“We’re proud to introduce Dr. Akande as president of Westminster College.”

“We’ve achieved our year-long goal of finding the most qualified person to lead Westminster and to continue executing our strategic plan.”

Dr. Akande, Dean of the University’s Business and Technology School, will become the 21st president of Westminster College in Fulton and the first African-American president in the college’s 164 year history.

The professor of economics also leads Webster’s global Office of Corporate Partnerships.

Originally from Nigeria, Akande said he also hopes to continue Westminster’s strong focus on outreach to international students.

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Dr Akande said he came into the United States of America as an international student in 1980.

“I came here 35 years ago as an international student and look at me, I’m president of Westminster College,” Akande said.

This is one of the positive impact of good education.

Congrats to him.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Thomas Igwe

    May 11, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    This is the kind of story I love to read. YOu’re a trail blazer Dr Ola, keep up the good work please don’t allow Nigerians to drag ur name into the mud

  2. Femi

    May 11, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    This is one of many Nigerians aboard who deserve National Awards from the FG. The gift will rather choose charlatans and rogues. We have people like Prof Oyesiku who was President of the world body if Neurosurgeons. There is another Nigerian that got a top appointment last year.
    Real shame.
    Congrats Dr Akande. Thank you for doing us proud.

  3. Bankole Jones

    May 11, 2015 at 6:15 PM

    Great Yorubas of the century. Bravo brother, Bravo.

  4. Rogers

    May 11, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    I graduated with a masters degree this past Saturday and he is the one who presented me with a degree.
    I greatly admire his accomplishments

  5. KOLEOSHO

    May 11, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    Pls. pls. Bankole pls. drop this issue of identifying the man with any tribe. He has achieved that as a Nigerian, period. We seem to vilify others when they do same and all these tribal attitude tend to devide us the more as a nation. There are not Nigerian tribes without intellectual acumen, they abound everywhere in all coners of Nigeria so there should be no special sence of pride for him being a Yoruba. Don’t we have same Yorubas who are fraudsters in the same USA. Don’t their fraudulent activities attract insult and disdain to us as Nigerians too.? Enough of this stoking of matters that tend to devide us as Nigerians.

  6. Eniola Arthur

    June 14, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    I am most especially of this baptist born icon with the great mind. He was a son to the former General Secretary of the Nigerian Baptist Convention Revd Dr S.T. Ola Akande (also an outstanding fellow – hw has his own theology school) so Prof Ben got the leadership mind from his dad.

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