Nigeria produces first Africa’s Professor of Linguistics


By Aaron Ossai

A Nigerian, Professor Abdulganiy Isa Oyarekhua from Edo State has emerged the first African to become a Professor of Linguistics at the Islamic University of Madinah, Saudi Arabia.

According to a statement made available to newsmen, Professor Oyarekhua was awarded Professor of Arabic Linguistics at the Faculty of Arabic Language and Humanities in the University.

In a congratulatory message to the Professor, the leadership of Amanatullah Legacy Foundation, ALEF said it extends its heartfelt congratulations to him on the well-deserved promotion to a distinguished position of Professor in Linguistics at the Islamic University of Madinah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

“This remarkable feat accentuates your accomplishments and is a beacon of pride for us at ALEF, our alma mater (the Islamic Centre Afikpo), Nigeria and the entire African continent.

“Being the first African to attain such an honour is a testament to your knack for scholarly excellence, dedication to intellectual erudition, and the profound impact of the education provided by our father, teacher and mentor, Sheikh Muhammad Amanatullah (rahimahu-Llah).

“It is with immense joy that we celebrate your success and take pride in the fact that you are a product of the esteemed Sheikh Amanatullah, in whose honour the Amanatullah Legacy Foundation was established.

“Your resilience, commitment to knowledge acquisition and dissemination, and passion for scholarly development exemplify the values instilled in us in Afikpo.

With over 50 books in Arabic language and Islamic sciences translated between Arabic and English languages, and over 50 workshops and training courses attended globally, your invaluable contributions to the frontiers of knowledge and Islamic scholarship continue to serve as an inspiration to fellow alumni of our alma mater, academic colleagues, scholars, aspiring linguists, and the young and upcoming generation.

“We pray this feat catalyzes your paths to greater heights, and we believe your brilliance will birth more groundbreaking research and the nurturing of future linguists and Islamic leaders”, the message read.