Dr. Saeedat Bolajoko Aliyu of the Department of Linguistics, African and European Languages, College of Humanities, Management and Social Sciences, Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, has been appointed as the University Orator for ceremonial activities in the Institution.
She succeeds the late Professor Francis Abiola Irele, doyen of African literary and cultural theory and criticism.
The appointment, which is with immediate effect, was approved by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor AbdulRasheed Na’Allah.
This was contained in a Notification of Appointment, dated June 25, 2018, and signed by the Senior Assistant Registrar, Exams and Records, on behalf of the Registrar, Mr. Surajudeen Oyebode.
It was noted that the appointment was based on Dr. Aliyu’s wealth of experience and sterling qualities.
Dr. Saeedat Bolajoko Aliyu holds a PhD in Literature in English from the University of Ilorin. She is a literary scholar with bias for culture studies, environmental criticism, popular culture, and gender concerns.
Born in Jos, the Plateau State capital, Dr. Aliyu is a native of Offa, Kwara State. She attended Fatima Private School, Jos; Kiddies Nursery and Primary School, Kaduna; and Bishop Smith Primary School, Ilorin. She attended Bishop Smith Memorial College Ilorin between 1990 and 1995 before proceeding to Kwara State College of Education for an N.C.E. programme in English/Islamic Studies.
She graduated from the University of Ilorin in January 2003 with a Second Class Upper Division in English, bagged her Masters in Literature in English in 2010, and her PhD in 2015.
Before joining the academia, Dr. Aliyu was a News Reporter, Newscaster, and Programme Presenter with Kwara State Television.
Dr. Aliyu joined Kwara State University in 2010 as an academic staff. She has won some research grants and also embarked on a postdoctoral research visit in 2017 to the University of York in the United Kingdom. She has both national and international publications that are contributing to the fields of gender, environmental, and cultural studies, including popular culture.
She has held the post of Examination officer for the English department and currently, she is the Postgraduate Programme Coordinator for English, and the Coordinator of the Abiola Irele School of Theory and Criticism.
The Abiola Irele School is a summer programme which holds annually. The School invites international scholars in the Humanities, Management and Social Sciences to lead advanced graduate students and early to mid-career university personnel in deep explorations of theoretical and critical themes of concern to the intellectual understanding of our world.
Dr. Aliyu is married to actor, film producer and director, Funsho Aliyu and they are blessed with children.