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IUPUI professor receives Egba National Award of Excellence from a Nigerian king

 Bessie House-Soremekun (left) receives award
Bessie House-Soremekun (left) receives award View print-quality image


October 11, 2012

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    IU Communications
  • Gen Shaker, School of Liberal Arts

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IUPUI professor Bessie House-Soremekun was presented the Egba National Award of Excellence by King Michael Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, the Alake and paramount ruler of Egbaland in Ogun State, Nigeria, during the annual conference of the Egba National Association of the United States and Canada.

House-Soremekun holds various titles within the IU School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, including that of Public Scholar in African American Studies, Civic Engagement and Entrepreneurship; director of African studies; and founding executive director of the Center for Global Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development.

In his presentation of the award in September, King Gbadebo commended House-Soremekun for her outstanding work in the area of internationalization, with particular emphasis on her efforts to build better ties and understanding between the United States and Nigeria through her work in Egbaland, Nigeria.

House-Soremekun was praised for the contributions she has made to Egbaland in the areas of business, education and research.

She was also recognized for her efforts to build an international partnership and collaboration between IUPUI and the Federal University of Agriculture in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria. The planned collaboration will encompass many areas including co-hosting international conferences, providing business training assistance to Nigerians under the umbrella of the Center for Global Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development and supporting faculty and student exchange programs.

The Egba National Association works to protect the cultural heritage of Egba and Yewa. The organization seeks to create a dialogue between Egbas and Tewa in the Diaspora and to seek the economic advancement of all Egba descendants at home and abroad.