Pai Obanya

Prof. {Emeritus} Pai Obanya

 

Pai Obanya is Emeritus Professor in the Institute of Education, University of Ibadan & a die-hard academic, known as the Grand Sage of Education in Africa. He is the former Chairman of the Board, West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Nigeria. He has in the recent past, served as Technical Adviser to the Reform Implementation Committee of the Federal Ministry of Education in Nigeria, following his earlier work (January-May 2011) as Chairman of the Presidential Task Team on Education. A former Director of the Institute of Education at the University of Ibadan, the foundation Dean of Education of Lagos State University (LASU) and a retired Assistant Director-General of UNESCO in Dakar, Senegal.

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Prof. {Emeritus} Pai Obanya

Born some 77 years ago, Pai Obanya was educated at the University of Ibadan, where he obtained the B.Ed.  (Bachelor of Education) degree in Education/French with first class honours, plus a distinction in Practice Teaching in June, 1968. He followed up with a PhD in Language Education of the same University in June, 1973. He also holds the Diplôme Supérieur d’Etudes Françaises of the University of Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire in 1967. He was appointed  to  the  academic  staff  of  his  alma mater,  in the Institute  of Education as Research  Fellow in August, 1971. He  rose  rapidly  through  the  ranks  to  the  grade  of  full Professor  by  October, 1979. He  was  Director  of  the  Institute  of  Education  of  that same University  from  1980  to  1983,  and (while  on  sabbatical  leave  from  Ibadan  in 1984-1985) served as Foundation Dean of Education in Lagos State University (LASU). During his years in academics, Prof.  Obanya produced 11 PhDs, seven of whom became professors of Education in record time. At the international level, Prof. Obanya was for  a  decade  (1976-1986)  Secretary  of  the African  Curriculum  Organisation  (ACO)  during  which  period  he coordinated capacity building  initiatives,  for  national  curriculum development centres  in  22  African  countries.

He  was Programme Coordinator,  for  Education with   the   World   Confederation   of Organisations of the Teaching Profession (WCOTP), based in Morges-Switzerland, from 1986 to 1988.

He joined the UNESCO Secretariat in August, 1988 and served as Deputy Director (1988-91)  and later, Director  (1991-1999)  of  the  Regional  Office  for  Education  in  Africa (UNESCO/BREDA) in Dakar-Senegal. He retired from UNESCO in December 1999 with the grade of Assistant Director-General (ADG), ‘for services rendered to the Organisation’. His  first  post-retirement  national assignment,  was  setting  up  the  structures  for  the effective  take-off of Nigeria’s UBE (Universal Basic Education) programme -a  project  he had  earlier  helped  to  conceptualise –from January  2000 to April  2001. Prof.  Obanya has been spending his years of ‘very active retirement’ (since he says, ‘you do not retire from Education’)  rendering  advisory,  consultancy,  research  and  training  services  to international development cooperation agencies, national governments, non-governmental organisations, tertiary institutions, and the private sector.

He has over 20 years of experience in high-level management, at the national and the international levels. His competencies include teaching (with particular emphasis on pedagogy), educational research (particularly policy and development-oriented research), program development and related areas of implementation, monitoring and evaluation, drafting, management, team work and negotiations in diverse settings.

L-R.. Prof Pai Obanya, his wife Mrs Charlotte, receiving a plague from Founder (CVL) Prof Pat Utomi at the 34th Leader without title (LWT) Leadership Tribute Colloquium in honour of His Eminence Anthony Cardinal Okojie at 80 and Prof Pai Obanya at 77 the event is to Honour them for their Contributions in mission work and education respectively held at Nigerian Institute of International Center For Values in Leadership (CVL) Affairs (NIIA) in Lagos on Thursday July 28/2016. PHOTOS CHINYERE IKEANYI
L-R.. Prof Pai Obanya, his wife Mrs Charlotte, receiving a plague from Founder (CVL) Prof Pat Utomi at the 34th Leader without title (LWT) Leadership Tribute Colloquium in honour of His Eminence Anthony Cardinal Okojie at 80 and Prof Pai Obanya at 77 the event is to Honour them for their Contributions in mission work and education respectively held at Nigerian Institute of International Center For Values in Leadership (CVL) Affairs (NIIA) in Lagos on Thursday July 28/2016. PHOTOS CHINYERE IKEANYI
L-R: Former President Goodluck E. Jonathan, his Vice, Namadi Sambo, Prof. Pai Obanya
L-R: Former President Goodluck E. Jonathan, his Vice, Namadi Sambo, Prof. Pai Obanya

 

Prof. Pai Obanya has authored some 265 publications on different aspects of Education. He is a well-sought after keynote speaker on Education world-wide. His contribution to educational development has earned him a good number of honours, accolades and awards:

  • The most widely published author on Education in Africa
  • Fellow of the Nigerian Association of Teachers of Technology
  • Fellow of Curriculum Organisation of Nigeria
  • Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Education
  • Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Management
  • Commandeur de l’Ordre National du Lion of the Republic of Senegal
  • Most outstanding mentor of educational researchers in Africa
  • …and lots more

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