Multiple awards winner, Dr Kudus Adebayo, of University of Ibadan (UI) has emerged the winner of the 2020 Institute of African and Diaspora Studies (IADS) Rahamon Bello Award for Best Ph.D thesis in African and Diaspora Studies.
Prof. Muyiwa Falaiye, Director, Institute of African and Diaspora Studies (IADS), University of Lagos, announced the award on Monday at a Zoom meeting.
He said that the selection committee was impressed by the quality of the theses submitted, adding that this made it difficult for the committee to prune them down to the best three.
“The awardees are expected at the University of Lagos for award presentations on Dec. 8,” he said, adding that all the contestants were winners.
Falaiye advised the current doctoral students across the African continent to ensure that they conducted quality research that would add value to the knowledge economy and expand the frontier of knowledge.
Adebayo graduated from the Department of Sociology and became a Research Fellow at Diaspora and Transnational Studies Unit of the Institute of African Studies (IAS) of UI.
Earlier in the year, Adebayo had won the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) post-doctoral research fellowship award, aimed at investigating “Transnational livelihood, masculinity and family dynamics of Nigerian deportees from China”.
Adebayo’s thesis was on “Migration and Settlement Experiences of Nigerians in Guangzhou, China” and it won a 1,000-dollar prize.
It was rated over Dr Abiodun Bello’s submission from the University of Lagos titled: “Stylistics of Identity and Ideology in Alternative Yoruba Music Texts” to the second position.
The third runner-up was Dr Nonzuzo Mbakazi of the University of Cape Town, South Africa, with a thesis titled “Understanding Child Care Choices Among Low Income Employed Mothers in Urban and Rural Kwazulu-Natal”.
In his reaction, Adebayo commended the granting institute for putting together the award and encouraging quality research and excellent scholarship.
He also lauded all the contenders in the competition, saying: “We are all winners in our own rights.”
A total of 29 doctorate researchers reportedly submitted applications from countries across Africa for the award, while only three applicants were selected.