Two of the six youngest Professors in Nigeria are faculty members of God’s own University, Covenant.
Professor Osabuohien was appointed HoD, Department of Economics and Development Studies in 2016, emerging as the youngest HoD in the Covenant University. He holds B.Sc, M.Sc and PhD (Economics) and started lecturing and researching careers in 2004. He received Double Promotion to the Rank of a Full Professor of Economics in December 2017 at age 38, which made him the Youngest Professor in Covenant.
He is a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Management and Economics, Witten/Herdecke University, Germany, and also a Visiting Scholar at University of Economics, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. In May 2020, he received recognition as ‘One of the 6 Youngest Professors Nigeria Ever Had’.
Professor Osabuohien is the Pioneer Chairman 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), Covenant University.
Professor Roland Loto, on his part, holds BTech (Mechanical Engineering), M.Sc (Metallurgical and Materials Engineering), and DTech (Chemical, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering). He started his teaching career as a Research Scientist/ Teaching Assistant in the Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering at Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa. He has, however, been a faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Covenant, since 2013.
Born to the family of academics, Professor Cleophas Loto and Dr (Mrs) M. A. Loto, Professor Loto became a Professor at the age of 39 in 2017.
His research interests are Metallic corrosion reactions phenomena, Structure/ Property relationships, Materials characterization and development, Mechanical properties of structural alloys /weld joints, Failure analysis of metallic materials, and Electrochemistry of metal/liquid interfacial reactions amongst others.
Others listed were the late Professor Ayodele Awojobi, who became a professor at 37, and Professor Ahmad Doko, who got a promotion to the rank of Professor of Quantity Surveying in 2015, also at the age of 37, making him the youngest professor at the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.
There was also Professor Damilola S. Olawuyi, 32, presently Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Innovation and Strategic Partnerships at Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti (ABUAD). Professor Charles Okechukwu Esimone, who became a Professor of Biopharmaceutics and microbiology at 37 and is the current Vice-Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikwe University Awka made up the list