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Ojaide to receive Nigerian National Order of Merit

UNC Charlotte scholar, Tanure Ojaide has been named this year’s recipient of the Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM) in the humanities category. Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari will preside over an investiture ceremony on Dec. 1 in Abuja, the country’s capital.

Established in 1979, the Nigerian National Order of Merit is the highest academic honor in Africa’s most populous country. The award is conferred annually on the most deserving scholar and intellectual who has made outstanding and ethical contributions to national and global attainments in one of these areas of scholarly endeavor: humanities, sciences, engineering and medicine.

Ojaide’s areas of scholarly interests span across African/black literatures, world and Postcolonial literatures, creative writing (poetry) and oral poetic performance of Africa and the African diaspora. He has received more than a dozen book prizes and accolades, including the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, Cadbury Poetry Prize and the Association of Nigerian Authors' Poetry Award. He was awarded UNC Charlotte’s First Citizens Bank Scholars Medal in 2006. This honor recognizes outstanding scholarship, creativity and/or research among senior full-time faculty members.

Police and Public Safety earns accreditation

UNC Charlotte’s Department of Police and Public Safety (PPS) has been awarded accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA). This distinction serves as the “international gold standard of public safety agencies.”

PPS Chief Jeff Baker and other members of the accreditation team were officially recognized for their achievement during CALEA’s most recent conference held in Charleston, S.C.

Each CALEA accreditation cycle lasts four years, during which PPS will be required to maintain its standards of compliance. At the end of each cycle, there will be another on-campus assessment by CALEA officials and a hearing by the commission.