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Boston, MA 02130
As an Associate Professor at the College of Agriculture, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria IN Nigeria, I am currently on a yearlong sabbatical to take part in the Fellows Program at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA. Over the last 10 years, I have been involved in interdisciplinary extension and research programs that support productivity, profitability, and sustainable production of horticultural and field crops. In Nigeria, I work collaboratively with Ahmadu Bello University, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, the College of Horticulture, Dadinkowa Gombe and a variety of NGOs to provide formal and informal education to students and small- and large-scale farmers by organizing lectures, workshops, field tours, and farmers’ meetings. I have been able to disseminate the output of my research in peer-review journals and at local and international conferences. As the immediate Past President-in-Council of the Horticultural Society of Nigeria, an association with about 6,000 members, I have used my excellent interpersonal, communication, negotiation, management, and leadership skills to contribute significantly to the horticulture industry, both in Nigeria and in the United States, in a distinctive way that improves the development and sustainability of the industry. Before joining the University in 2011, I had 10 years’ experience in seed and crop production, seeds and pesticides brand management, trade marketing, marketing strategy, and team building. As a Longwood Fellow, my work focuses on performance evaluation, organizational culture, and leadership skills and behaviors.
I am thrilled to join the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University as a visiting scholar to learn more about botanical gardens leadership, strategic planing and other operational activities at the Arboretum. It is my hope that this my engagement at the Arnold Arboretum will help me lay the foundation for an extraordinary career future as public horticulture leader in Nigeria.