A brief history of your career since leaving the University of Birmingham

I was originally a Lecturer at the Theological College of Northern Nigeria, as the head of Church History and the Systematic Theology department from 2005 to 2006. I then worked as Academic of the College of the Seminary from 2007 to 2011. I am presently serving at Bethany Theological Seminary (USA) as an International Scholar in Residence. Before undertaking my current role, I served as the National President of the Church of the Brethren in Nigerian from 2011 to 2016.

Skills and knowledge from your postgraduate degree have you used in your career so far

Skills include: Research, expeditious thinking, and a keen eye for analysis.

Main work activities in your current role

Typical activities include: doing research, travelling to different places to present papers, and preaching. I also frequently attend staff meetings and advise Seminary Administrators about cross-cultural knowledge and practice.

A typical day in your job

A typical day involves a lot of research, preparation for talks, and travel to speaking engagements.

Main challenges in your role

It is challenge to find topics to research that are relevant to the needs audiences from different cultural and academic contexts. As my role involves international engagement, I have to present with clarity, so that I can be understood by the majority of the audience.

Why did this type of work appeal to you?

I love doing research and teaching. I also enjoy when my work is challenged, because it enables me to do more research, and acquire ideas from a variety of scholars and audiences.

Advice for students looking to enter this area of work?

Any students that desire to do the kind of work that I am doing must be ready to work hard, be humble, and be willing to learn from different people and cultures. They must be bold enough to present ideas to the public, which are relevant to the participating audience. They must also be ready to accept correction, and must be sensitive to the needs and feeling of the audience members as well as to people of cultures and backgrounds different from theirs.