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C U to hold 43rd Public Lecture

COVENANT University’s has concluded arrangement to hold the 43rd edition of its Public Lecture series come Friday, September 25, 2015 at the University Chapel.
The lecture, titled, “Global Software Development: Challenges and Opportunities in Nigeria” will be delivered by an astute scholar and professor of computer engineering, Professor Sanjay Misra.
The software engineer of Indian origin obtained a Master of Technology in Software Engineering from Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad, India and a PhD from the University of Allahabad, India.
His research interests cover the areas of software quality, software measurement, software metrics, software process improvement, and software project management.
Professor Misra has authored more than 170 papers, the majority of which appear in Institute for Scientific Information- ISI Web of Science. He is also the Editor-in-Chief (EIC) of a book series titled, “Advances in IT: Personal and Project Management” (IGI Global).
Misra is currently the Editor-In-Chief of the International Journal of Physical Sciences and Covenant University Journal of ICT.
He also founded the International Journal of Computer Science and Software Technology (IJCSST) and he is serving as the editor. He is also associate editor and on the editorial board of several journals of international repute.
The professor bagged the 2014 Institute of Engineering and Telecommunication Software Premium’s Award for the Best Publication in the last two years.
He has delivered keynote addresses in several international conferences including Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Elsevier-sponsored conferences.
He was also the General Chair of 2014 IEEE International Conference on Adaptive Science and Technology.
The event which will be chaired by the Chancellor and Chairman, Board of Regents of the University, Dr David Oyedepo and hosted by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo, promises to pull ICT experts, academics and other professionals in the ICT and communication sector into attendance .
Champion Scholar can authoritatively report that the award-winning frontline ivory tower institution is noted for its rapid production of well-researched and highly incisive public lectures always delivered by vibrantly fertile intellectuals of various academic callings locally and globally.
Readers would recall that less than a month ago, the institution held its 42nd edition of the Public Lecture series which was titled, ‘A Deconstructionist Alternative in a Post-Development Africa,’
Delivered by C. Nana Fynnba Derby, PhD, a Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Virginia State University, United States of America, the lecture examined, among other issues, the denigrated images and identities of Africa with regrets that the continent is being referred to in some quarters as the “dark continent” characterized by primeval irrationality, tribal anarchy, civil war, political instability, flagrant corruption, incompetent leadership and managerial ineptitude…”
The lecturer also noted that African media did not help matters as they did only lack in-depth in the reportage of affairs of the continent but had also often times projected it in uncomplimentary image depicting poverty, famine, wars, corruption, disasters, diseases and so forth.
Representing the, Chancellor of the institution, Dr. David Oyedepo, Pastor Yemi Nathaniel, the Mandate Secretary of the Living Faith Church World-Wide, Covenant in his post lecture remarks, appreciated the lecturer for delivering a well-researched and all- encompassing lecture.
Responding, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo stated, “Africa as a continent is still in search of the way forward in the quest for sustainable development. We are poor not because we lack resources, but simply because we have refused to embrace knowledge.”
The professor  of Computer Science, however, expressed optimism that the current generation would better the African lot by restoring the wasted years and finding the way forward.
Meanwhile, the VC commended the lecturer for a thorough job done in putting the paper together and for her commitment to raising the bar of education in Covenant University, and by extension, the whole of Africa.
While delivering her lecture, Professor Nana Fynnba Derby, who is a Fulbright Scholar of Covenant University, quoted from Dr. Kwame Nkruma’s independence speech of March 6th, 1957, “…we must realize that from now on, we are no longer a colonial but free and independent people. … As I pointed out, that also entails hard work. That new Africa is ready to fight his own battles and show that after all, the black man is capable of managing his own affairs. …We are going to demonstrate to the world, to the other nations, that we are prepared to lay our foundation – our own African personality.”
Professor Derby explained the excerpt from Dr. Nkurumah’s speech as focusing on image and affairs. Her lecture largely focused on Africa’s identity and its negative image within the international community and how such images interact with strategies to impede her growth.
Partially grounding her lecture in Nkrumah’s proclamation of self-reliance, she examined the nature and etiology of Africa’s image and identities, her application of modernization and neoliberal economic policies, and the postmodernists’ perspective of post-development and its criticisms of modernization and neoliberalism.
The resultant framework, she said, espousing deconstructions of the said identities is juxtaposed with Hernando de Soto’s (2000) theory of dead capital, which attempts an explanation of why ‘capitalism triumphs in the West but fails everywhere else’ and concludes that poor people are not wealthy because they have no possessions, but because they do not turn such belongings into wealth-generating assets.

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