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Global Nation Open University’s Grand Convocation Ceremony: A Spectacle of Academic Excellence and Recognition

In a dazzling display of academic achievement and recognition, Global Nation Open University (GNOU) recently hosted its first convocation ceremony in the vibrant city of Oshogbo, the capital of Osun State, Nigeria. The event, held on November 25th, 2023, was a resounding success, marked by the conferment of honorary doctorates upon distinguished scholars, professionals, and philanthropists from various fields. The ceremony not only celebrated the accomplishments of these individuals but also showcased GNOU’s commitment to academic excellence and international collaboration.

A Triumph for GNOU and Its International Senate Governing Council:

The convocation ceremony witnessed enthusiastic applause and loud ovations as GNOU’s International Senate Governing Council presented honorary doctorate degrees to esteemed personalities. The university’s official delegation, led by the International Advisor in Nigeria, His Eminence Dr. Prof. Ambassador Gafar Taliat Ola, demonstrated exceptional academic prowess in conferring these prestigious honors.

Honorary Doctorates for Eminent Scholars:

The distinguished recipients of the honorary doctorate degrees represented a diverse range of expertise. Dr. SP Opalola Olawoyin Olawoyin, the State PPRO of the Nigerian Police Force NPF in Osun State, was honored with a Doctorate of Criminology & International Diplomacy. Prof. Dr. Aderoju Gboyega Adelowo, a notable figure from South Western University Ogun State, received a Doctorate of Multimedia Journalism and International Diplomacy.

Acknowledging Business Leaders and Philanthropists:

The ceremony also recognized outstanding contributions from the business and philanthropic sectors. Dr. Amb Isaac Adeshiyan Opeyemi, CEO and Founder of HMK Royal Mall, was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration and International Diplomacy. Dr. Ambassador Arowolo Akeem Abiola, Chairman and CEO of Arowolo Group of Company, received an Honorary Doctorate in Political Science and Business Administration & International Diplomacy.

Humanitarianism and Conflict Resolution:

The convocation was not limited to academia and business; it also honored individuals dedicated to humanitarian causes. Dr. Ambassador Aremu Stephen Akinyele, CEO and Founder of Hope for Family Development Initiative (HFDI), was recognized with an Honorary Doctorate in Humanitarianism and International Conflict Resolution.

Enlightening Lectures and Powerful Themes:

The event was not only a platform for conferring honors but also a space for intellectual enrichment. The theme lecture, “Historical Evidence History of Nigerian Police Force Against Crimes: Alarming Fraudulent and Indiscipline Acts in Nigeria,” provided valuable insights into the challenges faced by law enforcement. Prof. Dr. Aderoju Gboyega Adelowo’s lecture on “The Roles of Journalism in Culture and Society Development” underscored the vital role journalism plays in societal progress.

Promoting Ethical Development Goals:

GNOU’s International Advisor, His Eminence Prof. Dr. Amb Gafar Taliat Ola, in his opening speech, urged the newly conferred doctorate holders to leverage their expertise for the ethical development goals of Nigeria and enhance international diplomatic relations. The ceremony emphasized the importance of education in fostering a culture of intellect and ethical professionalism.

Media Coverage and Future Prospects:

The ceremony garnered widespread media coverage, with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) capturing the highlights. The success of GNOU’s inaugural convocation sets the stage for future ceremonies, promising more moments of celebration and recognition for accomplished individuals.


Global Nation Open University’s convocation ceremony was a testament to the institution’s dedication to academic excellence, international collaboration, and ethical development goals. As the next convocation ceremony looms on the horizon, GNOU continues to shape the future by honoring outstanding individuals and fostering a culture of intellectual achievement and ethical professionalism.

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