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Xenophobia: Establishment of independent Diaspora Commission unnecessary – Prof. Mimiko

A Professor of Political Science in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Femi Mimiko, mni, has described as unnecessary the establishment of an independent Diaspora Commission, which he says tends to compete with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the traditional locus of Nigeria’s foreign policy. He emphasised the necessity of reinvigorating the Ministry to mainstream the task of seeing to the welfare of Nigerians abroad.

Delivering a paper titled “Xenophobia as Bogeyman: A Deconstruction of The Post Apartheid State in South Africa and the Challenges of Development and Regional Relevance,” at a seminar organised by the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University, on October 10, 2019, Mimiko argued that Nigeria did not act properly and expeditiously at the wake of the xenophobic attacks. He observed that it took the deafening outcry of ordinary Nigerians for the government to act on the issue.

According to him, “Nigeria did not act well when the attacks began. It was evident that the citizens were the ones who pushed the government to action, through their outcries, especially on social media. The citizens simply took charge of diplomacy.”

Mimiko also said that President Muhammadu Buhari should not have visited South Africa soon after the xenophobic attacks on foreign African nationals in that country; arguing that the President’s visit should have been delayed in protest against how Nigerians and other Africans were treated: “Nigeria was too eager to take the apology of the South African government. If I were advising the president, I would have persuaded him not to make the trip to Pretoria at the time he did.”

“Yes, it was good they apologised. But President Ramaphosa did not send an envoy until our president had sent his own to South Africa. We should have used a postponement of the President’s trip to negotiate a few things, including compensation for the victims, and possibly, the sanctioning of the Deputy Police Minister that was quoted as supporting the attacks.”

Earlier, the Seminar presenter had located the violence against fellow Africans in South Africa, in the failure of the ANC government to bring to the black population the promise of liberation. The party, Mimiko claimed, chose to retain the structures of apartheid in the economy in order not to destroy its growth prospects. “This has compromised the ability of its government to broadcast the benefits of liberation, and meet the revolution of rising expectations. To explain away its failure, the ANC found it convenient to latch onto the suggestion that immigrants were the problem of the economy.” He argued that the attackers singled out fellow Africans because these were the immigrants within their reach; “they are also the ones investing in the types of businesses the black South Africans had seen as their own exclusive preserve.”

Speaking further, Mimiko noted that the attacks on Nigerians were a demonstration that the country had lost its respect and goodwill among the comity of nations, adding that no country would respect a nation labelled as the headquarters of world poverty.

“Nigeria, a nation with 13.2 million out of school children, a country with the highest mortality rate, will not earn the respect of any nation. People on the streets of South Africa were not unaware of these facts indicating loss of status on the part of Nigeria, which was partly why they moved against our citizens,” he said.

He feared that Nigerians in other countries of the world may also begin to experience unwarranted attacks, “if the country’s leaders fail to foster development and make life bearable for the citizens.”

He concluded that the chances of renewed attacks on foreigners in South Africa were very high as the underlying factors that propelled such in the first instance had yet to be appropriately addressed.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Dean of the Faculty, Professor Peter Ogunjuyigbe, underscored the necessity of the discourse on xenophobia in the wake on persistent threats to lives and property of Nigerians and other foreign nationals in the former apartheid enclave. He noted that the seminar further highlighted the responsibility of the Faculty in engaging the University community and members of the public on emerging issues that affect the society at large.

The Seminar was witnessed by students, staff and guests.

UTSSA Annual Conference & Exhibition | Health and Technology: Towards a Better Medical Diagnosis and Treatment

The 2019 edition of the University Technology and Science Students’ Alliance (UTSSA) annual conference and exhibition is geared towards igniting the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit in and among Nigerian students for the purpose of problem solving in the fields of health and technology. This conference seeks to help participants spark a strong desire to hop on the technological train of evolving technologies focused on improving human well-being (health).

With participants chosen from different health and technology-affiliated disciplines, the 2019 UTSSA conference will create a unique opportunity to discuss and deliberate on the challenges hampering collaborations between health and technology-affiliated disciplines and how a well-structured plan can be mapped out to serve as a panacea to future collaborations. Asides the symposium, the conference will also allow participants to showcase their innovations in the health and technology space.

The UTSSA conference will offer a distinctive opportunity in rejuvenating not only potential collaborations between health and technology but in restoring Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in general to its rightful position in Nigeria.

The conference is scheduled for Friday, November 22nd, 2019 at the OAU Park, Conference Hall, OAU by 10:00 a.m. The theme is Health and Technology: Towards a Better Medical Diagnosis and Treatment.

Keynote speakers at the event are Professor Thadius Ijadunola, professor of Public Health and Community Medicine, and Provost of the College of Health Sciences, OAU, and Dr. O.B. Akinwale of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering OAU.

You can register for the event at bit.ly/utssaconference2019. For more enquires call Timothy on 07065055397


Prof. K.T. Ijadunola Professor IJIADUNOLA kayode Thadius is a graduate of medicine and surgery from the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University. He is currently the provost of the college of health sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, ile-ife. He has received laudable academic/professional qualifications which includes fellowship of the west African college of physicians, master of science in sociology and anthropology amongst others. He has received several awards of distinctions, fellowship both locally and internationally. He is a member of professional bodies which includes Nigeria medical Association, epidemiological society of Nigeria, network for the prevention of maternal mortality, Nigeria., Association of public health physicians of Nigeria to mention a few. He has published in several publications and journals with over 46 publications and still counting. He has over 14 technical publications.

He has participated in over 36 conferences within and outside of the country. His contribution to knowledge and impact in the area of reproductive health, occupational health and public health nutrition has been greatly acknowledged both locally and internationally.


Olawale is an experienced Higher Education Educator in the field of Electronic and Electrical Engineering. He has a passion for creativity and innovative approaches to solutions. He is an avid follower of trends in the technology space.

Olawale obtained his B.Sc, M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from the Obafemi Awolowo University. He is a registered engineer and a member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE). He has developed several virtual and remote laboratories in the field of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Control Engineering, Physics and Chemistry.

Olawale is a skilled software developer with proficiency in VHDL, Matlab and LabVIEW. He is intelligent and analytical, with a passion for creating new pathways and birthing new ideas.

The Translational Pharmacokinetic Research Group (TPRG), Faculty of Pharmacy, is pleased to invite you to an open special Seminar

The Translational Pharmacokinetic Research Group (TPRG), Faculty of Pharmacy, is pleased to invite you to an open special seminar. This is part of a one-week international pharmacometrics course with pre-registered early-career participants drawn from Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa. The course is being taught by Prof. Leon Aarons and Dr Kayode Ogungbenro (OAU alumnus) from the University of Manchester, and Dr. Paolo Denti and Mr Mahmoud Abdelwahab from the University of Cape Town. It is sponsored by Pharmacometrics Africa with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. TPRG collaborates with and shares Pharmacometrics Africa's goal to build pharmacometrics capacity on the African continent.

Seminar Title: What Have Models Ever Done for You?
Date: Wednesday 13 November 2019
Time: 3 - 4 pm

Venue: Board Room (B312), Faculty of Pharmacy
Speaker: Professor Leon Aarons, University of Manchester, United Kingdom

About the Seminar: People involved in the drug development process are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of studying the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics of the drug in the population interest as soon as possible.In this seminar Prof. Aarons will discuss the advantages of using a modelling approach to analyse and interpret pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic data. Using some case studies, he will discuss some of the issues with modelling and how simple models in some cases are preferred to complex models. Finally he will show some examples where mixed effects modelling allows the interpretation of pharmacokinetic data where a model independent approach is not possible. This will be of great interest to anyone interested in drug development and clinical use, especially in the College of Health Sciences, the Faculty of Pharmacyand the Faculty of Science.

About the Speaker: Professor Leon Aarons is a Professor in Manchester Pharmacy School at the University of Manchester, UK. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at the School of Chemistry, University of Leeds, he went to Manchester in 1976. His major research interests lie in the area of pharmacokinetics. He has a general interest in the subject as a whole but has a special interest in data analysis and interpretation. He collaborates with members of the pharmacokinetic group in Manchester and also with other scientists in industry and academia throughout Europe. His current activities revolve around population pharmacokinetics. He is a member on various committees promoting research including the United Kingdom Pharmacokinetic Discussion Group and is a member of the management committee of COST B25. He is European Editor of the Journal of Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics and Executive Editor of the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.

This will be a great seminar and we look forward to seeing you.

Best regards,

Adeniyi Olagunju


Prof. Wilson Erhun Receives May & Baker Award

Prof. Wilson Erhun Receives May & Baker Award

Prof W.O. Erhun, the erstwhile Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy is the latest recipient of the May & Baker Professional Service in Pharmacy. The award was received on Tuesday, 5th November 2019 during the 92nd Annual Conference of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria held at the International Trade Fair in Kaduna. The May & Baker Award is a flagship professional award in the pharmaceutical landscape in Nigeria.

PROFESSOR WILSON OYEKIGHO ERHUN'S CITATION Prof Wilson Oyekigho Erhun had his secondary school education at St Peter Clavers College, Aghalokpe; Government College, Ughelli and Federal Government College, Warri. He is a 1978 pharmacy graduate of the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University). He has a Master of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry (1980) and Master of Business Administration (1992) of the Obafemi Awolowo University. He is the first holder of a Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacognosy awarded by Obafemi Awolowo University (1984).

Prof Erhun joined the services of the Obafemi Awolowo University as an Assistant Lecturer in Pharmacognosy in 1980 immediately after his National Youth Service in Ilaro, Ogun state, Nigeria. He rose through the ranks to become a Senior Lecturer in Pharmacognosy in 1987. He was appointed as Curriculum Development Officer of the Faculty in 1983 to monitor and report to the Dean on a new pharmacy curriculum that had just been approved by the OAU Senate for the Faculty. That singular appointment was to change the research interest of Prof Erhun. His passion to make a success of the appointment despite not having any form of academic training in the area of this new and challenging assignment prompted him to read so widely on curriculum studies and by this discovered that his interest was actually more in Administration than Pharmacognosy.

After a long battle for recognition in the emerging discipline of Pharmacy Administration in OAU, he finally succeeded in transferring his services to a newly created Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Administration. He became a Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy Administration in 1999 through a formal selection process. He was pronounced a Professor of Pharmacy Administration effective 2006, thereby becoming the first Professor of Pharmacy Administration in West Africa. His student (Dapo Jegede) recently successfully defended his PhD (Pharmacy administration) which is the first from that university. His promotion to the rank of Professor which ended a cumulative 21 years as a Senior Lecturer in both Pharmacognosy and Pharmacy Administration is now a great source of encouragement to those experiencing delay in different areas of life. Prof Erhun has taught by his life experience a great lesson – that patience and focus combined with determination can win any battle in life. Prof. Erhun had previously served as a Visiting International Professor of Pharmacy Practice Management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1992 with a travel scholarship provided by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP).

Prof Erhun is the Foundation Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy, Niger Delta University, Amassona (2003/2004) where he insisted that Pharmacy can only operate as an autonomous Faculty and if otherwise under a Collegiate system then any health care professional including Pharmacist should be able to aspire and attain the Provostship of the College. Pharmacy was ultimately granted an autonomous status. Wilson worked with Prof. David Okpako (pioneer Dean) as the Consultant in the establishment of the Faculty of Pharmacy, Delta State University, Abraka. He is an Adjunct Professor of Pharmacy Administration at the University of Ibadan.

Prof Erhun while serving as the Head of Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Administration, Obafemi Awolowo University, facilitated the establishment of a Pharmacy Information Centre in the Faculty of Pharmacy. He was also the arrow head in the development of the post graduate programme in Pharmacy Administration at the Obafemi Awolowo University which is the first of its kind in West Africa.

Wilson pioneered, with Pharmacist G. Obiaga, FPSN, a systematic implementation of the Unit Dose Dispensing System (UDDS) in Nigerian Hospitals through workshops and consultancies nationwide. It is generally accepted that while Pharmacist Obiaga is the father, Prof. Erhun is the mother of UDDS in Nigeria. It was Prof Erhun who organized the first National Workshop on UDDS in Nigeria in 2002.

which served as the required catalyst for the needed knowledge and skills leading to the adoption and implementation of UDDS in many heath care facilities in Nigeria. He also facilitated as Consultant to the University College Hospital, Ibadan the implementation of UDDS in that hospital. He has been a member of the Management Board of the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex. Prof Erhun is the first Executive Secretary of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria. (1991/92). He has also served as Editor in Chief of the Nigerian Journal of Pharmacy. He was the Coordinator of the first Group Dynamics Session of the PSN National Conference held in Kaduna in 1992. He has served either as Chair, Coordinator or Member in many committees of the PSN(National) including Communique; Scientific Sessions of PSN National Conference, Research & Documentation and the Education Committee where he currently serves as Adviser. He was the Lead Speaker on the topic “Pharmacy Education and Mandatory Professional Education at the Pharmacists Summit 2012 and also chaired a Group at the same Summit.

Wilson has delivered keynote addresses and guest lectures at different pharmaceutical fora in Kwara, Ondo, Ekiti, Osun, Lagos, Enugu, Anambra, Adamawa, Plateau, Sokoto, Edo, Delta, Rivers and Kano states. He was a guest speaker at the 83rd annual conference of the PSN. He has also delivered key note addresses at different times in programmes organised by the Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria, Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (Delta state branch), and Nigeria Association of Pharmacists in Academia. He has attended many international conferences in Monrovia, Liberia, Cote dvoire, Burkina Faso, Ghana, The Gambia, Republic of Korea, Croatia, England, Scotland, Ireland, France, USA and Switzerland. Prof. Erhun is the immediate Past Secretary General of the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists (WAPCP)(2013-2017) and currently Chairman, Faculty of Social &Administrative Pharmacy of the College. He served for many years as a member of Regional Drug Advisory Council of WAPCP (2009-2017) and also as an Examiner of the College. He has been a resource person to WAPCP for over 15 years.

Prof Erhun was the Chairman, Ad Hoc Committee on Integration of WAPCP Fellowship programme into postgraduate programmes of faculties of pharmacy/pharmaceutical sciences in Nigerian universities and was a peer reviewer of course contents for Mandatory Continuing Professional Development Programme of Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN). He served on the PCN Committee for the “Drafting of Pharmacy Regulations”. Prof Erhun is the Foundation President of the Christian Pharmacists Fellowship of Nigeria (, a Past Chapter President, Full Gospel Businessmens’ Fellowship of Nigeria and a member, Executive Council, The Gospel Faith Mission International (GOFAMINT). He holds many strategic positions in GOFAMINT where he also serves as Inspectorate Pastor reporting on over 60 churches.

Prof Erhun while serving as Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy (August 2017 to July 2019), initiated the class set strategy for the mobilization of alumni which he is now actively promoting internationally. Within six months under his very impactful leadership as Dean he was able to mobilize different alumni sets to undertake projects to a cumulative amount of over eighteen million naira ( N18m). This alumni intervention was what largely contributed to the Full Accreditation status granted to the Faculty of Pharmacy in 2018. Describing his tenure, his Vice Dean (Dr (Mrs) Sharon Igbinoba) wrote “thank you for giving me the opportunity to grow while serving as Vice Dean under your Deanship. An MBA or Public Admin School may never have given me the level of administrative skill I learnt from you. You have indeed shown that you are indeed a Professor of Pharmacy Administration in theory and practice.”

Prof Erhun who is currently supervising four PhD students in two universities having supervised over 35 FPCPharm dissertations and some Masters degree students, has served as external examiner in many universities. He has chaired at different times PCN Accreditation/Visitation teams to some Faculties of Pharmacy and served as a member of the National Universities Commission (NUC) Accreditation/ Resource Verification Panel to some Nigerian Universities. Prof. Wilson Erhun, in appreciation and recognition of his active participation and service in the profession of pharmacy has received the Distinguished Service Award of the Ondo State branch of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (2011) and the Pharmacist of Excellence Award of the PSN Ekiti state branch(2006).

He has also been honoured with Fellowship of West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists (1994); Fellow, Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy (2014); Fellow, Institute of Management Consultants (2018) and Fellow, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (2019). Prof Wilson Oyekigho Erhun is married to one wife, Dr.(Mrs.) Mercy Erhun and the family is blessed with four children.
The Craig Obafemi Science Foundation Presents a Workshop: The Science Advantage

The Craig Obafemi Science Foundation Presents a Workshop: The Science Advantage

The Craig Obafemi Science Foundation is designed to be a charitable foundation to advance the cause of humanity by encouraging the propagation of science in Nigeria. The purpose of this foundation, specifically, is to be a grant/scholarship awarding non-profit organization to assist qualified young Nigerians who aspire to pursue science-based disciplines at the advanced levels (Masters/Ph.D.) with tuition and research funds. The foundation is Prof Obafemi’s idea of a legacy worth preserving and leaving behind for the Department of Chemistry at Obafemi Awolowo University, as he is making plans for his retirement from active service to the University. He was a recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral fellowship award and it contributed immensely to the development of his career and empowered him to better train young scientists under his watch.

Thinking about giving something back to the system that has blessed him so richly, he strongly believes that setting up an endowment fund to be managed by a foundation named after him would be a good way to preserve his legacy of propagating the benefits of embracing science to the Nigerian youths. The foundation also has an outreach to secondary school students – the foundation has taken it upon itself to embark on a nationwide campaign, starting with the south-west region and particularly Osun State, to educate and sensitize the secondary school science students as well as their teachers on the advantages of studying science and pursuing a career associated with the basic science. And overall the mission is to help young science learners (including University freshmen and sophomores) aspire to impressive careers in the pure and basic sciences.

As a public charity, the foundation will welcome all lovers of science and cherish all positive contributions in any form, regardless of age, creed, tribe, religion or status.

The inauguration of the foundation holds on the 19th of December also at Oduduwa hall.

The workshop/quiz competition for secondary school students holds Saturday, 9th November 2019 at the Oduduwa Hall, O.A.U. by 10:00 am

OAU Nominated in Multiple Categories of the 5th Nigeria Technology Awards (NiTA)

OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY  has been nominated for the following NIGERIA Technology Awards (NiTA), 2019 categories:

1. Most Innovative Federal University of the Year
2. Best Use of Technology Federal University
3. Best Use of Social Media Federal University
4. Federal University Website of the Year (www.oauife.edu.ng)

NIGERIA Technology Awards (NiTA) is an event organized to celebrate and reward Technology Entrepreneurs, Technology Professionals, Corporate Organizations, Innovators, Academicians, Inventors and policymakers (Government) in Nigeria; the Award is aimed at building a large scale and internationally recognized Technology Awards in Nigeria.

The objective is to promote and celebrate the excellent achievements to which Nigeria Technology professionals and organizations contribute towards building a sustainable economy using technology, the Awards also aims to encourage local practitioners to develop innovative and creative Technology solutions, which will uplift the image of Nigeria both locally and internationally.

The awards voting portal (www.nigeriatechnologyawards.com/voting) will be open for general public voting starting from 14th October, 2019 to 28th October, 2019.


Photo shows the Vice-Chancellor Prof Eyitope Ogunbodede delivering his message at the Convocation Ceremony of Kings University, Ode-Omu

Photo shows the Vice-Chancellor Prof Eyitope Ogunbodede delivering his message at the Convocation Ceremony of Kings University, Ode-Omu on Friday 25th October, 2019. Standing next to him is the VIce-Chancellor of Kings University Prof Oladiran Famurewa. Obafemi Awolowo University is the mentoring institution for Kings University recognized by the National Universities Commission.


OAU Student Transforming the "Phase" of Journalism on Nigeria Campuses

A final year student of the department of English, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Adejumo Kabir is transforming the “phase” of journalism on Nigeria campuses. 

While OAU did not have a Mass Communication department, Kabir since his 100 level days had been actively involved in responsible journalism which has brought him dozens of laurels from local and international organisations including a finalist spot at the 2018 Student Category of African Check Awards in South Africa.

In 2018, he was declared the winner of Alfred Opubor's Award for Most Prolific Student Writer, Best Investigative Journalist and Overall Best Student Journalist in Nigeria. The award organised by Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism also had OAU winning the Most Active Campus for Journalism Practice in Nigeria.  

Kabir has visited different universities and polytechnics to train over 500 campus journalists on the best practices of journalism and in early 2019, he launched Campus Press Hub; an initiative for training fellow journalism students the basic skills they will need when they graduate and start practicing professionally.

The youngster has received training, certificates, and even grants from some of Nigeria’s most reputable media organizations for upholding the ethics of journalism. In January, he registered his media hub with Nigeria’s Corporate Affairs Commission and received a certificate of registration.

While being the first student in Africa to launch a media hub on campus hasn’t come easy for him, Kabir strived to write and publish his first book titled: "Campus Journalism Beginners' Handbook

In the foreword of the book, a veteran journalist and publisher of Premium Times, Dapo Olorunyomi, noted that the author has done the broad practice of journalism in Nigeria a great service by putting together and publishing what, to his mind, is the first practice guide on the hitherto “hidden” genre of campus journalism.

“The scope and range are decidedly modest, targeting it to the beginner, and for that reason, the major preoccupation is about bolts joints – the elements, the ethical demands, the necessity, and the challenges. I find the work pleasant and unpretentious, qualities that, invariably will help to make this interesting work a hugely famous keepsake.”






2019 African Development Bank Group (AfDB) Young Professional Program

2019 African Development Bank Group (AfDB) Young Professional Program

    • Notice release date: 16 October, 2019
    • Closing date of applications: November 13th, 2019 (midnight GMT)


African Development Bank Group (AfDB) - Established in 1964, the African Development Bank is the premier pan-African development institution, promoting economic growth and social progress across the continent. There are 80 member states, including 54 in Africa (Regional Member Countries). The Bank’s development agenda is delivering the financial and technical support for transformative projects that will significantly reduce poverty through inclusive and sustainable economic growth.

Young Professional Program (YPP)

    • Job Type:        Full Time  
    • Qualification: MBA/MSc/MA  
    • Experience:     3 years
    • Location:        Abidjan, Cote D'ivoire
    • Job Field:        Banking  


Reference: ADB/19/193
Grade: PL6

The Young Professionals Program (YPP) targets high potential, best-in-class young professionals with a strong passion for Africa’s development. This program is not an internship arrangement; rather it offers exceptional career opportunities to talented young professionals with leadership potential, an established record of outstanding academic and professional achievement to make a difference to the development of the African continent. The YPP includes a rigorous program of activities including a learning Academy that prepares participants to be technical and professional leaders with notable impact:

    • The Program is for a period of three years; the first two years will be spent on mandatory rotational placements across the Bank’s various functions. The third-year rotation year will be spent in the Home Complex where the YP will graduate into a staff position. Only YPs who have completed the YP Academy and have exhibited high performance and high potential will be integrated into the Bank’s workforce.
    • The Professional and Personal Development Program is structured under the Young Professionals Learning Academy with specific learning interventions delivered in phases of 6 months each. These learning interventions serve to deepen technical knowledge and build leadership skills required for effective delivery of task functions and future roles in the Bank. The Learning academy also includes on- the job training that requires immersion into various functional areas of the Bank for hands-on experience in projects and various work assignments.
    • On-boarding and orientation programs ensure faster integration into the Bank’s culture and offers a robust support mechanism from mentors, coaches and buddy groups.
    • Individual performance and potential will be reviewed periodically, and the necessary personal development plans customized to individual needs.

Duties and Responsibilities
The Young Professional Program (YPP) Strategic Focus Areas For 2019 Intake:

The Bank seeks to recruit Young Professionals in specific disciplines and specialist professional areas that are aligned to the Ten-Year Strategy (TYS); the five priority areas of the Bank (High 5s) and People strategy. The Hi-5s are captured below:

    • Light Up and Power Africa:
      • Power Systems Development (grid base power system, power utilities), Climate Change and Green Growth (climate finance, climate adaptation), Energy Statistics, Policy and Regulation (energy statistics), Renewable Energy (off grid energy access), Energy Partnerships (energy partnerships and stake-holders engagement, energy markets).
    • Feed Africa:
      • Agriculture & Agro-industry (agribusiness development, agriculture research, production and sustainability), Agricultural finance & Rural development (agricultural and rural finance, rural infrastructure development).
    • Integrate Africa:
      • Development Research (macroeconomic policy, debt sustainability and forecasting, micro economic, institutional and development impact), Governance and public financial management (program development, policy management), Statistics (economic and social statistics, statistical capacity building).
    • Industrialize Africa:
      • Private Sector Development (strategy and new product, portfolio asset management, special operations), Financial sector development (financial institutions, financial inclusion), Infrastructure, cities & urban development (transport and logistics, ICT), Industrial and trade development.


    • Improve the lives of the people of Africa:
      • Water, Human and Social development (education, human capital and employment, sanitation and public health.
      • The Young Professionals Program (YPP) targets High Potential, best-in-class young professionals with a strong passion for Africa’s development. The Program offers exceptional career opportunities to talented young professionals with leadership potential, an established record of outstanding academic and professional achievement to make a difference to the development of the African continent. It is a three-year leadership opportunity for the development of Bank’s future workforce and leaders. The Bank aims attract highly qualified and motivated professionals from our member countries for a productive and rewarding career path in development. Through the YPP, the Bank ensures continuity and excellence in both the management of its work programs and the provision of policy advice to its RMCs.


The Bank aims to offer this opportunity to 30 candidates for the 2020 cohort. The Bank is an equal opportunity employer. To this end, we are committed to achieving and maintaining a diverse workforce that reflects our diversity. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.


Selection Criteria
The Young Professional Program targets motivated and high-potential individuals from our member countries. Applicants must meet the following conditions:

    • Be a citizen of a member country of the Bank.
    • Be 32 years of age or younger by 1st May 2020.
    • Possess a Master’s degree or equivalent in any discipline that is relevant to the business of the Bank, with outstanding academic credentials.
    • Have at least 3 years post graduate work experience in the areas related to the high priority areas (Hi-5s) as mentioned above.
    • Interested candidates with coding, e-development, animation and platforms designs and maintenance are required this year.
    • Demonstrable hands-on experience on the African continent and/or in other continent’s developing countries is a necessary requirement.
    • Have a passion for Africa’s development
    • Able to leverage knowledge, share and coach others. Work effectively in teams with displayed high adaptability to a diverse environment.
    • Strong analytical skills, an entrepreneurial drive, results-orientation and problem-solving capability.
    • High business acumen and innovative mindset.
    • Be proficient in the Bank’s working languages, either English and/or French.
    • Have skills that enable you work in a digital environment and embrace technology as it evolves.
    • Be willing to live in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire the Bank’s Headquarters, and any other country in Africa where the Bank may require your services.
    • Ability to travel continentally (20% of your time).

Method of Application

Important Information/Notice

    • The African Development Bank is an equal opportunities employer. This is a three-year programme and is classified as international status. As such, it attracts international terms and conditions of employment.
    • More information on the young professionals’ program is available on the bank’s website which can be accessed through the following link: https://www.afdb.org/en/about-us/careers/young-professionals-program-ypp
    • Should you encounter technical difficulties while submitting your application, please email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>  describing the issue and/or share a screenshot
    • To apply for this position, you need to be national of one of AfDB member countries.
    • Applicants who fully meet the Bank's requirements and are considered for interview will be contacted. Only online applications submitted with a comprehensive Curriculum Vitae (CV) and copies of the required degrees will be considered. The President, AfDB, reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level. The African Development Bank is an equal opportunities employer. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
    • The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) does not ask for payments of any kind from applicants throughout the recruitment process (job application, CV review, interview meeting, and final processing of applications). In addition, the Bank does not request information on applicants’ bank accounts. The African Development Bank Group declines all responsibility for the fraudulent publications of job offers in its name or, in general, for the fraudulent use of its name in any way whatsoever.

Interested and qualified? Go to African Development Bank - AfDB career website on www.afdb.org to apply


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