History Professor Aderinto wins $300,000 Dan David Prize, first Nigerian to do so

Professor Saheed Aderinto.

Nigerian born, Saheed Aderinto, a Professor of History and African Diaspora Studies at Florida International University, has won the $300,000(N138,156,000.00) Dan David Prize—the largest history prize in the world.

Saheed is the first and only Nigerian to have won the prize.

Commenting on his achievements, former Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi tweeted that great minds like him thrill him.

Obi said, “Prof Aderinto is the First and only Nigerian to have been awarded such prestigious prize in recognition of his outstanding scholarship in the very important field of history.

“Beyond his financial reward, I am particularly thrilled by the achievements of intellectual giants like him who place Nigeria on the global map.

“As a firm promoter of education for societal development,I hope that his scholarly works will deepen our understanding of history and help sharpen our views for a better tomorrow.

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