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Saudi University Promotes Nigerian Scholar Oyarekhua as Professor of Linguistics

Abdul Ghani Isa Oyarekhua, a Nigerian scholar and author of 50 books on Arabic and Islamic sciences, has become Africa’s first Professor of Linguistics at the Islamic University of Madinah in Saudi Arabia.

The Edo State-born Islamic Scholar has 50 publications on Arabic and Islamic sciences translated into Arabic and English, as well as over 50 seminars and training courses attended around the world.

Barrister Musa Ikhilor, the Executive Director of the Amanatullah Legacy Foundation (ALEF), congratulated Professor Oyarekhua on his “resilience, commitment to knowledge acquisition and dissemination, and passion for scholarly development, which exemplify the values instilled in us in Afikpo.”

Barrister Ikhilor congratulated Professor Oyarekhua, describing him as “a product of the esteemed Sheikh Amanatullah, in whose honour the Amanatullah Legacy Foundation was established.”

The congratulatory message read in full: “The leadership of the Amanatullah Legacy Foundation (ALEF) extends its heartfelt congratulations to Professor Abdul Ghani Isa Oyarekhua on his well-deserved promotion to the distinguished position of Professor in Linguistics at the Islamic University of Madinah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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

“Being the first African to receive such an honor demonstrates your scholarly excellence, commitment to intellectual erudition, and the profound impact of our father, teacher, and mentor, Sheikh Muhammad Amanatullah (rahimahu-Llah).

“It is with great pleasure that we congratulate your accomplishment and take satisfaction in the fact that you are a product of the revered Sheikh Amanatullah, in whose honor the Amanatullah Legacy Foundation was founded.

“Your persistence, dedication to information acquisition and sharing, and enthusiasm for intellectual progress embody the principles instilled in us at Afikpo.

“With over 50 books in Arabic language and Islamic sciences translated between Arabic and English languages, as well as over 50 workshops and training courses attended around the world, your invaluable contributions to the frontiers of knowledge and Islamic scholarship continue to inspire fellow alumni, academic colleagues, scholars, aspiring linguists, and the young and upcoming generation.

“We hope this achievement propels you to new heights, and we believe your talent will result in more revolutionary research and the development of future linguists and Islamic leaders.

“We wish you continued success in your academic endeavours and look forward to witnessing the indelible mark you will undoubtedly leave on the path of Islam and your chosen field.”

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