A Nigerian man known as Nduka Otiono has been voted as the Vice President of the Canadian Association of African Studies
Otiono, a writer, announced this development on his Facebook page as he posted screenshots of the online meeting where the announcement was made.
While making the announcement, he wrote: “So today at the annual general meeting of the Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS), the result of the election of key officers of the association was formally announced. Yours truly emerged as the new Vice President of the Association and thus slated to succeed the newly inaugurated President, Professor Isaac Bazié of The Université du Québec à Montréal, after one year. This year’s conference organizer, Professor Nicole Haggerty, an Associate Professor in Information Systems and Director of the Africa Institute at Western University, was acclaimed the new Secretary-Treasurer. I would like to thank members of the association for their vote of confidence, and look forward to contributing to advancing the profile of the association as it clocks 60 next year.“
Nduka thanked every member for trusting him to do well in the new role. He made it known that he would leave no stone unturned in making sure the vote of confidence is not in vain.
Congratulatory messages flooded his comment sections on Facebook as Nigerians revealed he is indeed a worthy ambassador.
According to the website of the association, Nduka Otiono works as a writer, Associate Professor, and Graduate Program Coordinator at the Institute of African Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa. He has written and co-edited many books of creative writing and academic research.
Before he joined academics, he worked as a journalist in Nigeria and served as General Secretary of Association of Nigerian Authors. He was a founding member of the Nigerian chapter of UNESCO’s Committee on Oral and Intangible Cultural Heritage, and the Board of the $100,000 annual Nigerian Prize for Literature.