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Youngest Professor in Nigeria (2020): Field & Profile



This is an interesting topic for me to write on. My reason; while growing up, I had been fascinated by the Professors around (I grew up in Zaria) and wanted to be one of them. In fact, my mum calls me the Youngest Professor. Regardless of if I end up being a professor or not, the name is one that always rings a bell. Enough of the me in the article, this article is about the youngest professors in Nigeria.

First, who is a professor?

Professor often known as Prof is an academic rank at universities and other post-secondary education and research institutions in most countries. In Nigeria, the highest number of professors are found in the universities. Professors teach academic or career topics to students pursuing college or university degrees. They conduct original research, publish findings in academic journals and books, prepare curricula, give lectures and evaluate students.

In addition to teaching courses, they are required to be subject-area experts. Professors fulfill this requirement by conducting original research as part of a postdoctoral fellowship. This original research in professional journals during this time provides a solid body of work in a subject area.

Because of this, it takes years for one to add the title to his/her name. While some got it when they were already old, some got it at an early age. Unlike in the developed world, young professors are not that common in our case. However, that does not mean we don’t have them. Below is the profile of the youngest professor in Nigeria.

The Youngest Professor in Nigeria is Professor Ahmad Ibrahim Doko

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Profile

Professor Doko who was born in 1974 at Doko Town in Niger state. He attended North Primary School, Doko between 1979 and 1985 and from there, he proceeded to Government Secondary School, Doko and Ahmadu Bello University Demonstration Secondary School between 1985 to 1991.

In 1998, he obtained his B.Sc. degree in Quantity Surveying from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. In the same department, he was employed as an Assistant Lecturer in 2000.

Professor Doko obtained his M.Sc. degree in construction engineering and management in 2003 from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia, and his Ph.D. degree Loughborough University, United Kingdom in 2007. He served as head of quantity surveying department of the university between 2008 to 2012 and was the first to be appointed as the managing director of the main consultancy firm of the university (ABUCONS) in 2010.

Professor Doko was promoted to the rank of Professor of Quantity Surveying at the age of 39 making him the youngest professor at the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.

Therefore, the Youngest Professor in Nigeria is Professor Ahmad Ibrahim Doko. He is 46 years old and he teaches at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

Biography of Young John the Wicked Producer



Young John the Wicked Producer Biography

Udomboso John Saviours aka YoungJohn (d wicked producer) hails from Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria. He is currently the youngest Nigerian music producer, born on February 16, 1995,who produces music beats for YBNL records owned by Olamide.

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Education

Young John grew up in Ibadan. He had his Primary and Secondary Education at Ideal Foundation Primary School in Ibadan, Oritamefa Baptist Model School in Ibadan , and GOF College in Osun state respectively. He is currently studying Communication and Language Arts at the University of Ibadan.

Young John Musical Career

YoungJohn started his music career at a very young age in the church by playing drums and keyboard. From there, he started experimenting with sounds on his laptop, became very curious about instrumental creation. He started music production five years ago but got serious with it in 2012.

Young John was formerly part of a group called (AVG) formed with his brothers Marvelous, Gideon and his manager Dipson, until he signed to HitFactory Studio Lagos in 2012 to pursue his solo career as a producer and artist.  He came into limelight when he produced Olamide’s “ShakitiBobo”, “Story for the Gods”, Lil Kesh’s ‘Gbese’, ‘Efejoku’, “Biggest Backside” by Davido and album credits including the Baddest by Davido, Street Ot and 2 Kings by Olamide and Reminisce’s Album (BABAHAFUSA) “Busayo” ft. Ice Prince.

Since then, Young John has worked with various A-list artistes like Jaywon, Se*y Steel, Stringz, Sukanmi, Davido, Phyno, Charass, Lil Kesh, Danaagog, BuckWylla, Yung Kay, Viktoh, LAX, etc.

Young John was ranked No.3 in The NeT ‘s list of “Nigeria’s Top 7 Biggest Music Producers” and was nominated as “Producer of The Year” categories at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards and The Headies 2015.

Net Worth

Young John is worth an estimated N400 million this 2020

Yinka Ayefele Biography & Net Worth (2020)



Yinka Ayefele, OON, was born in Ipoti, Ekiti State, Nigeria. In his early years, Yinka Ayefele had his primary education at Our Saviour’s Anglican Primary School, Ipoti-Ekiti. His secondary education was also in Ekiti State. Upon conclusion of his secondary education, Yinka Ayefele proceeded to Ondo State College of Arts and Science, Ikare Akoko in Ondo State for his tertiary education.

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Yinka Ayefele is one of the most popular Yoruba gospel musicians in the Nigeria Presently, he has produced about 15 albums and he has over 200 awards to his name as of 2016.

In 1997, Yinka Ayefele entered into the Nigerian gospel music industry after he suffered a ghastly motor accident that damaged his spinal cord and confined him to a wheelchair.

Notwithstanding, Yinka Ayefele has been reborn in his gospel ministrations as He has been able to touch more lives through his ministrations as a physically challenged individual as opposed to when he could walk.

It is evident that God has been able to glorify Himself in Yinka Ayefele’s life.

Early Life

Yinka Ayefele worked briefly as journalist and broadcaster at the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Ibadan, where he also produced jingles and musical works on radio. He began his music career in 1997 after he was involved in an automobile accident which damaged his spinal cord and confined him to a wheelchair.

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In truth, Ayefele in his early days never really had the passion for music. He thought he would become a banker or work in a firm as a clerk. He just saw his life shaped in the corporate world with music not even in his plans but as fate would have it, he is doing gospel music and doing it excellently.

Career

Yinka Ayefele after being in an auto crash, spent about 9 months at the hospital and after that, his friend, Kola Olawuyi visited and advised him to put some songs together.

He later started music in December 12, 1999. It was at the Bitter Experience album launch. He did the launch to raise funds for the payment of his medical bills. The launch of Bitter Experience was very successful and when he saw how people appreciated his music, he decided to stick to gospel music as his career path.

Bitter Experience shot him into fame in 1998 and this followed the release of his next album, Sweet Experience. Other albums released by Yinka Ayefele are Something Else, Divine Intervention,  Life After Death, released in honor of Gbenga Adeboye a Nigerian radio presenter, musician and comedian and a host of others. 

Today Yinka is one of the most popular gospel artistes in the country, he was among the entertainers at Patience Jonathan’s elaborate dinner party held dating back to October, 2013.

Yinka Ayefele Albums

As of 2015; Yinka Ayefele has about 15 studio albums to his name as listed below:

Bitter Experience (1998), Sweet Experience (1999), Something Else (2000), Divine Intervention (2001), Fun Fair (2002), Life after death (2003), Aspiration (2004), Fulfilment (2005), New Dawn (2006), Next Level (2007), Gratitude (2008) ,Absolute Praise (2008),Transformation (2009), Everlasting Grace (2010), Prayer Point (2011), Goodness Of God (2012), Comforter (2013), Overcomer (2014), Upliftment (2015).

Awards And Endorsements 

Yinka Ayefele has received over 200 awards. Some notable ones include, Officer of the Order of the Niger awarded by Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, former President of Nigeria (2011), and Ekiti cultural ambassador award.

Yinka Ayefele Net Worth

Yinka Ayefele is one of Nigeria’s gospel singers and he is worth $8 million this 2020.

Yemi Alade Biography & Net Worth (2020)

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Yemi Alade has come to stay in the Nigerian music industry for good. The stylish singer is the darling of all and she knows how to bring it on with her charisma and fashion sense. This is the Biography and Net Worth of Yemi Eberechi Alade this 2020.

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Biography

Yemi Alade was born on October 13, 1989, in Abia State, but a native of Ondo state, Nigeria. Yemi Alade is a Nigerian Afropop singer. Her father James Alade is of Yoruba descent from Ondo state while her mother is of Igbo origin from Abia state.

Yemi is the fifth of the seven children in her family and a Yoruba-Igbo girl. In her early years, she attended St. Saviour British Primary School and later, Victory Grammar School, Lagos for her secondary education. After her primary and secondary education, Yemi Eberechi Alade then proceeded to the University of Lagos where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Geography.

Musical Career

Yemi Alade made her music debut as a member of the girl group known as Noty Spices. Her rise to stardom came when she won The Peak Talent Show in 2009, after which she released her first single titled “Fimisile” under the Jus’ Kiddin label.

In 2012, Yemi Alade was signed unto Effyzzie Music Group, and released her single titled “Ghen Ghen Love”. In October 2013, she released the video for her romantic afro RnB song “Bamboo”.

Produced by Fliptyce,“Bamboo” became a popular wedding song and was a moderate hit. In the last quarter of 2013, she broke records by releasing her single hit titled “Johnny” which was produced by Selebobo. The song was an international hit and it dominated music charts in Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, Liberia, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and the United Kingdom, among others.

In fact, it had over 100 million views on YouTube and was widely recognised both home and abroad. It was this song that star-shot Yemi Alade in the music industry. Her debut album “King of Queens” has featured top musical acts. Some of which include: Selebobo, Shady Bizniz, GospelOnDeBeatz, Fliptyce, Beat Nation,Young D, Mr Chidoo, OJB Jezreel, etc.

Yemi has been featured on the covers of various magazines and has shared the stage and songs with other music bigwigs like Mary J.Blige, Becca, SSP, M.I and Yemi Sax. Not one to rest on her laurels, Yemi has gone on to release several other really interesting singles and her debut album. Prior to her debut album, Yemi had three singles released, “Johnny”, Tangerine and Kissing. Celebrities such as Bovi,  Diamond Platnumz, Chidinma, Phyno, and Selebobo also featured in this album

Yemi Alade released released her second album Mama Africa in 2016, which saw the likes of legendary musical talents from P-Square, Sarkodie, Flavour N’abania feature in it. In 2017, Yemi Alade also released another studio album, Black Magic which was produced by DJ Coublon. This was her third album that also included Nigeria’s best rappers, Falz and Olamide feature in the album. In 2019, she released her fourth studio album, Woman of Steel featuring multiple grammy award winner, Angélique Kidjo, American rapper Rick Ross and Yoruba’s richest female actress, Funke Akindele.

Yemi Alade holds the record of being the first African female musician to garner one million YouTube subscribers. This was due to her hit song, “Johnny” which has over 114 million views. She was also featured alongside Tekno and the Lion King album with Wizkid.

Endorsement Deals

Yemi Alade has a contract with Universal Music Africa (UMA) and UMG France. It is a multi-year licensing deal which she signed in October 2019. The deal allows UMA to be the exclusive worldwide record partner for Yemi Alade of her releases under the label.

Albums & Songs

Below is a list of all Yemi Alade’s albums and songs till date

Nigeria Awake (2013)

Johnny (2013)

A Rare Groove (2015)

Mama Africa (2016)

  • Tumbum
  • Africa
  • Nakupenda
  • Ferrari
  • Mama

Woman of Steel (2019)

  • Remind You
  • Vibe
  • Shekere
  • Lai Lai
  • Shake
  • CIA

Kings of Queens (2014)

Oh My Gosh (2018)

Black Magic (2017)

Yaji (2019)

Don’t Jealous Me (2019)

  • Kom Kom

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Yemi Alade’s Net Worth

Yemi Alade’s net worth currently stands at $3 million this 2020. She is one of the most successful and richest female musicians in Nigeria with a large fan base in Africa. Her worth in Naira is N1 billion.

Awards & Nominations Till Date

Since the beginning of her musical career, Yemi has been nominated for so many awards. We have listed some of Yemi Alade’s awards and nominations below:

  • Won Best Female at the 2015 MTV African Music Awards
  • Won Best Female at the 2016 MTV African Music Awards
  • Nominated Best International Act: Africa at the 2015 BET Awards
  • Nominated Female Artist of the Year at the 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards
  • Nominated Female Musician of the Year at the 2014 City People Entertainment Awards
  • Nominated Best African Act at the 2014 MOBO Awards
  • Nominated Female Artiste of the Year at the 2012 YEM Awards
  • Nominated Most Promising Female at the 2013 ELOY Awards
  • Nominated African Video of the Year at the 2016 WatsUp TV Africa Music Video Awards
  • Nominated Best African Female Video at the 2016 WatsUp TV Africa Music Video Awards
  • Nominated Best West African Video at the 2016 WatsUp TV Africa Music Video Awards
  • Nominated Best Afro Pop Video at the 2016 WatsUp TV Africa Music Video Awards
  • Nominated Best African Dance Video at the 2016 WatsUp TV Africa Music Video Awards
  • Nominated Best African Traditional Video at the 2016 WatsUp TV Africa Music Video Awards
  • Won Best Performer at the 2019 Headies Awards.

General Yakubu Gowon Biography: Former Military Head of State



General Yakubu “Jack” Dan-Yumma Gowon was born on October 19, 1934 in Lur, Kanke Local Government Area of Plateau State. Gowon’s parents, Nde Yohanna and Matwok Kurnyang, left for Wusasa, Zaria as Church Missionary Society (CMS) missionaries in the early days of Gowon’s life. Gowon was the fifth of eleven children. Gowon grew up in Zaria, Kaduna State and had his early life and education there.

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Military Career

In 1954, Gowon joined the Nigerian Army, and became a Second Lieutenant on his 21st birthday in 1955. Gowon attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, UK (1955–56), Staff College, Camberley, UK (1962) and the Joint Staff College, Latimer, 1965.

Gowon served in the Congo region as part of Nigeria’s peacekeeping force there in the early 1960s. Gowon rose to Battalion Commander in 1966, at which time he was still a Lieutenant Colonel.

Military Head of State

On October 1, 1966, Gowon became the Military Head of State of Nigeria after the death of former military head of state, General J. T. U. Aguiyi Ironsi. On October 27, 1967, Gowon divided the four regions of Nigeria into twelve states and declared a state of emergency in a final attempt to resolve the ethnic tensions in the land. However, later the Eastern region declared itself the independent state of Biafra with Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu as its leader. This action initiated a bloody three-year civil war between 1967 and 1970.

With the help of the United States, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union, Gowon isolated Biafra diplomatically and the Nigerian Army and Navy isolated it physically. By the second year of the war the Nigerian government occupied well over half of the original Biafra. On January 12, 1970, Biafra surrendered as the government banned all Red Cross aid and restricted food supplies to Biafra. During the 30 month conflict more than one million of the country’s thirteen million people had died of starvation.

By the mid-1970s Gowon was emerging as an international leader and was involved in the establishment of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). On October 29, 1975, however, while Gowon was in Uganda for an Organization of African Unity summit meeting, the army removed him from office.

Later Gowon acquired a PhD in political science at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom. He also served a term as Churchwarden in the local church, St Mary the Virgin, Monken Hadley.

Coup

In 1976, Gowon was implicated in the coup d’état led by Lt. Col Buka Suka Dimka, which resulted in the death of the now General Murtala Mohammed, and later declared wanted by the Nigerian government. However, in 1981, he and the ex-Biafran President, Emeka Ojukwu, were pardoned during the Second Republic under President Shehu Shagari.

In 1983, he returned to Nigeria, and in the 1990s he formed a non-denominational religious group, Nigeria Prays.

Today General Gowon who is based in the UK serves an ‘elder statesman’ role in African politics, operating (for example) as an official observer at the Ghanaian presidential elections 2008.

Gowon also is the founder of the Yakubu Gowon Centre (1992). The organization is said to work on issues in Nigeria such as good governance as well as infectious disease control including HIV/AIDS, guinea worm, and malaria.

Personal Life

Yakubu Gowon is married to Victoria Gowon and has two children, Ibrahim Bala and Saratu Kankemwa Tani Gowon.