It was a fruitful interaction as Professor Jimmy Adegoke, a renowned Professor of Geosciences from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri-Kansas City, USA, dished out mind-blowing secrets of a successful career in the academia.
The interactive session which was code-named “From Sweat to Swell” was an eye opening session for lecturers from the ranks of Graduate Assistant to Lecturer 1. The meeting made its way to the heart of these great minds yearning for greatness in their respective fields of postgraduate academic growth.
Professor Adegoke enjoined the young academics to take advantage of the opportunity they have in FUL to grow themselves by building strong networks among each other. They were equally encouraged to identify good mentors, build strong ecosystem of like minds and collaborate with people in their areas of interest.
While narrating the success story of his academic journey and how he leveraged on networking and mentoring using pictorial presentation, the US-based Professor of many years standing who has won several international research grants told the participants that before any praise there must be a period of toiling and sweating.
The Carnegie Research Fellow, who came at the instance of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olayemi Akinwumi – his childhood friend, was thankful for the warm reception accorded him. He commended the nature-friendly and brilliant ambience of the Adankolo Campus, urging the Vice-Chancellor to sustain and replicate same at the Felele Campus. The august visitor promised to make a return visit to FUL at a later date as he left the staff hungry for more.
Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olayemi Akinwumi who was accompanied by his Management Team, also admonished the junior Academics to take advantage of every opportunity his Administration was offering in order to get to the zenith of their career.
Professor Akinwumi noted that one of his greatest dreams was to leave FUL after his four-year tenure, having raised great scholars of international repute who will champion and attract greater development to the University, Kogi State and Nigeria at large.