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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.

Graduate School launches more assistance for veterans

Three more veterans will receive substantial financial support for graduate study at UNC Charlotte next year. The Graduate School is offering assistantships designated exclusively for veteran students who are beginning graduate studies in fall 2017.

Each two-year assistantship is valued at $37,000 (master’s degree) to $49,000 (doctoral degree) and includes full tuition, health insurance and an assistantship stipend (tuition and health insurance are not provided if paid through veteran benefit programs). Substantial additional funding may be available to support qualified students beyond two years.

The UNC Charlotte Graduate School’s assistantship program for veterans is now entering its third year. The Graduate School began the program with the 2015-16 academic year. Under the program, one veteran has completed her master’s degree, and two more will complete their master’s degrees at the end of this academic year. In fall 2016, two more veterans began master’s programs and a third began her doctoral studies.