The authorities of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, have congratulated the convener of the Ife Institute of Advanced Studies, Professor Jacob Kehinde Olupona, on the well deserved 2018 Marty Award for Religious Understanding and the 2018 Scholar of the year award he was honoured with by the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and the Society for Africans in the Diaspora (SAiD) respectively.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, who congratulated Professor Olupona on behalf of the Council, Senate, Staff and Students of the University said Professor Olupona’s erudition is noticeable in all his works on peace and understanding of the Nigerian civic, academic, religious and political spheres.
The Martin E. Marty Award for public understanding of religion, referred to as the Marty Award, which is in its 22nd year of existence, recognises extraordinary contributions to public understanding of religion by individuals whose works have relevance and speak to scholars and other publics.
The annual African Diaspora Awards of the SAiD, on the other hand, is in its 8th year. It identifies and celebrates new breed of African Diaspora leaders, scholars, activists, artists, entrepreneurs and businesses.