Prof Obiajulu A. Emejulu
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 is a Professor of Communication and Language Arts in the General Studies Directorate of the Federal University of Technology, but is currently spending his accumulated leave serving as the Dean, School of Communication and Translation Studies at the National Institute for Nigerian Languages, Aba, Abia State. 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.
II. ADMINISTRATIVE/ENTREPRENAURIAL EXPERIENCE
Professor Emejulu is a past 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. He became the most celebrated Managing Director of FUTO Consult Ltd., the university’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 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.
- Graduate Assistantship, Postgraduate School, University of Ibadan, 1986.
- Fellow, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (FNIPR) October, 2011; Member, September, 1995.
- Constance McCullough Award, International Reading Association, 2004 ($5000)
- Developing Country Grant, International Reading Association, 2006, 2008 ($3000)
- Center Stage Laureate, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN, 2009 ($10,000)
- Ford Foundation/International Institute of Education conference participation grant, 2015 ($5,000)
IV. PROFESSIONAL CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
- Reading Association of Nigeria (RAN): President, 2006 – October, 2008;
- International Literacy Association (ILA), Newark, Delaware, U.S.A.: Active member since 1997; member of ILA’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. PRIORITY COMMUNITY SERVICE
Professor Emejulu gives back to society through the ‘Grassroots Literacy Project (GLP) which operates a mobile library with a customised tricycle (Keke) and runs literacy workshops for teachers and school children.