Prof. Obiajulu Augustine Emejulu, ED, NINLAN
I. Brief Biography:
Prof. Obiajulu Emejulu hails from Awka-Etiti in Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State. He obtained the B.A (Hons.) degree in English of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1984 and the M.A and PhD degrees in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1986 and 1992, respectively. He became a professor of Communication and Language Arts in the Federal University of Technology, Owerri in 2010 but is currently working at the National Institute for Nigerian Languages, Aba, Abia State where he is the foundation Dean, School of Communication and Translation Studies. He has published widely in national and international journals and books, and has edited some topical books and journals on literacy development. His areas of academic and research interest, expertise and professional practice include: Receptive Communication (reading and listening), Expressive Communication (writing and speech), Literacy Development, Public Relations, Information Management and Book Publishing.
He was appointed the Deputy Executive Director of NINLAN by the Hon. Minister of Education on 26th July 2016, on the recommendation of the Executive Director.
In year 2019, he was appointed to become the Executive Director of NINLAN
II. ADMINISTRATIVE/ENTREPRENAURIAL EXPERIENCE
In his first outing at NINLAN (January 1997 â€“ October 1998), he was the foundation head of the Department of General Studies, chairman of Research Grants Committee and Managing Director of NINLAN Press and Bookshops. On moving over to Federal University of Technology, Owerri, he rose to become the Head of Department of General Studies Unit (2004-2006) and he led the unit to become the Directorate of General Studies in September 2006 with himself as Acting Director for three months. Thereafter, he became the most celebrated Managing Director of FUTO Consult Ltd. (FCL), the universityâ€™s investment and commercial arm, leading it from relative oblivion to a dizzying height of success and fame with a number of high profile projects executed for the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Federal Road Safety Commission, Central Bank of Nigeria, SHELL and Bahaus Estate Developers. He invested part of the profit he made in the design, construction and beautification of a corporate head office for FCL, and earned the first letter of commendation ever from the Governing Council of the university to any of its directors and managing directors. He was a member of the Business Committee of Senate for three years, 2004-2007.
III. FELLOWSHIPS, AWARDS and GRANTS.
1. Graduate Assistantship, Postgraduate School, University of Ibadan, 1986.
2. Fellow, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (FNIPR) October, 2011; Member, September, 1995.
3. Constance McCullough Award, International Reading Association, 2004 ($5000)
4. Developing Country Grant, International Reading Association, 2006, 2008 ($3000)
5. Center Stage Laureate, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN, 2009 ($10,000)
6. Ford Foundation/International Institute of Education conference participation grant, 2015 ($5,000)
IV. PROFESSIONAL CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
1 Reading Association of Nigeria (RAN): President, 2006 â€“ October, 2008;
2 International Literacy Association (ILA), Newark, Delaware, U.S.A.: Active member since 1997; member of ILAâ€™s Council and Affiliate Services Committee, 2004-2006.
As president, he introduced the RAN mid-term conference series in 2007. He has set a national record of overseeing, as chairman of LOC, two biennial conferences (Port Harcourt, 2006 and Uyo, 2008) and three mid-term conferences ( Ibadan, 2007 and Owerri, 2009 and Nsukka, 2013)
V. COMMUNITY SERVICE
Professor Emejulu gives back to society through the â€˜Grassroots Literacy Project (GLP) which operates a mobile library with a customized tricycle (Keke) and runs literacy workshops for teachers and school children. He is also an active member and the secretary to the Odenigbo Lecture Series Committee and a member of the Odenigbo Commission of the Owerri Archdiocesan Pastoral Council.