June 13, 2024

Former Lagos State Commissioner of Education, Adefisayo, Two Others Join EduTimes Africa’s Editorial Board as Publication Clocks One

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Immediate past Commissioner of Education in Lagos State, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, and two others have been appointed members of EduTimes Africa’s Editorial Board as the publication marks its first year anniversary.

According to the founders of EduTimes Africa, Adebiyi Oke, Oladapo Akande and Kammonke Abam, when they launched the maiden edition of their education focused monthly E-magazine a year ago, it felt like a launch into the deep.

In the words of Oladapo Akande, the Chief Executive Officer and Editor in Chief, “our vision was to introduce a free education based magazine with Africa in focus, which wide net would ‘capture’ everything educational; from academics to the long neglected technical education, from sports to creative arts; from mental health to teenage counseling, health counseling and career counseling.

Oladapo Akande

”And of course, addressing early years through tertiary and even post tertiary education. Thankfully, we have enjoyed the buy-in of many experts, specialists and even ordinary folks across Africa and beyond who have continued  to contribute by way of highly enlightening interviews and insightful articles, joining us in our quest to Inform, Educate and Inspire the continent; our in house motto.”

So this ‘deep’ was not one of uncertainty afterall, but one which the founders were sure was plentiful. EduTimes Africa, they decided, would always have something in it for everybody.

In her congratulatory message to this distinctive publication, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, the immediate past Commissioner of Education in Lagos State and one of three recently appointed members of EduTimes Africa’s Editorial Board had this to say. “Congratulations to Dapo Akande and his team! I am pleased to celebrate with them on this first anniversary of the birthing of the Edutimes Africa magazine, a magazine that has rapidly become one of the most important publications in the education sector in the country and across Africa.

”The critical and important role of education cannot be over-emphasised and the magazine is swiftly becoming the voice and advocate for the education sector in Nigeria. It has been quite a year of publishing a high quality educational journal that has informed, educated and updated the public about the education sector.

”This is a sorely needed magazine that will change mindsets and get the public thinking critically, engaging in an informed manner and proffering ideas and suggestions for the upgrade of education. Like many others, I look forward to even more enlightening articles in the future and as a member of the newly inaugurated Editorial Board, I look forward to being a part of this laudable project going forward.”

The other two members of the new Editorial Board are Mr Femi Sunmonu, co-founder of Femi Sunmonu & Associates and Africa Chair of Aliant Law, an international law firm with branches in 21 countries across the globe and a highly regarded academic in the diaspora, Professor Abraham A.O who is currently a DBA Doctoral Supervisor for Universidad Catolica San Antonio de Murcia, Spain and a Board Advisor of other Institutions.

Quoting the CEO, “having this trio of high achievers on our Editorial Board to guide the management team can only mean one this; success.”

Speaking on behalf of the three International Bureau Chiefs appointed in November last year, Dr. Genevieve Pearl Duncan Obuobi, listed as one of the 100 most impactful change makers in Africa by Humanitarian Awards Global 2023 and listed amongst the 40 most influential female leaders in Ghana in 2020, explained why she could not resist the call to join the EduTimes Africa team.

“As a lifelong learner and a leading torchbearer for African women and youth, contributing my quota to anything that impacts knowledge and lives of people and communities triggers my passion. Edutimes Africa is one key magazine across the continent which is keen on sharing lessons and insights across the continent of Africa on Education and other topical SDGs.  As such, I was elated when asked to become the International Bureau Chief for the West African region.”

Adebiyi Oke, publisher of the publication also remarked, “One year later, it feels like just a week has passed! Our team is fulfilled by the achievements of the past 12 months and looks forward to the upcoming year. We’ve laid foundations for impactful policy contributions, focusing on addressing the issue of out-of-school children and integrating Sustainable Development Goals into school curricula, aligning with diverse African communities’ cultures.

”Encouraged by the partnerships established in 2023 and upcoming collaborations in 2024, we are confident that we will exceed our targets.”

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