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
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 in 2015 at the age of 37 making him the youngest professor at the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.
Therefore, the Youngest Professor in Nigeria is Professor Ahmad Ibrahim Doko. He is 37 years old and he teaches at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.