OSENI, Prof. Zakariyau Idrees-Oboh

; FASN, B.A., M.A., Ph.D; academic, researcher, writer, administrator; b: December 20, 195o! ht: Auchi. Iga: Etsako West; so: Edo; married, has children; ed: Moslem School, Auchi, 1958-63; Ansar-Ud-Deen Secondary Modern School, Auchi. 1964-66; El-Adabiyyah School for Arabic Studies, Owo, 1967-69; University of Ibadan, Ibadan. 1970-71, 1974-77, 1979-80, 1981-84. cr: Tutor, EI-Adabiyyah School for Arabic Studies, Owo! 1970; Islamic Religious Knowledge, Teacher/Classroom Teacher, Igebo Primary School, Ibienafe, South Ibie. near Auchi, 1971-74; Graduate Asst. (NYSC), Department of Arabic Studies, Bayero University, Kano, 1977-78; asst Lecturer, 1978-80; Lecturer H, in Arabic Studies, 1980- 85, Part-time Lecturer", Arabic Studies, University of Ibadan, 1981- 84; Lecturer I, Arabic Studies, Department of Religions, Unilorin, 1985-88; snr. Lecturer, in Arabic, University of Ilorin, 1988-93; visiting snr. Lecturer, Arabic and Islamic Studies, Ondo State University! Ado-Ekiti, 1991-92; Reader. Arabic Studies. Department of Religions University of Ilorin, 1993-95; prof. Arabic, Department of Religions! Unilorin, since, 1995; visiting prof., Arabic, Department of Foreign Language, Lagos State University, Lagos, 1999-2000; foundation Translations Consultant (Arabic/English), Unilorin, since 1985; Foundation Editor/ch. of Editorial Committee. Alore: Ilorin Journal of the Humanities. Faculty of Arts Journal, Unilorin. 1985-90; Head, Department of Religions, Unilorin, since 1997-99; mem. Senate, 1990- 91 and since 1995; Representative, Faculty of Arts, Board of Postgraduate School and v-ch.. Faculty of Arts. Postgraduate Committee. Unilorin. since 2001; ch. Committee on the establishment of the Institute of Translation Arts, Unilorin. 2002; Islamic Adviser, Islamic Movement of Niger Delta, Nigeria, since 2003; Academic Adviser, Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies. Auchi, 1982-90; excueditor, al-Haqiqah, Unilorin Muslim Community Publication, 1990- 93; 1996-98; Editor, Journal of Arabic &Religious Studies, Unilorin, since 2004; chief examiner, H.S.C/G.C.E. Advanced Level Arabic 3 (literature). West African Examinations Council. 1979-93 and West African Senior School Certificate Examination, 1994-2002; Examiner/ Moderator, Joint Admissions Matriculation Board for Universities Matriculations Examination (Arabic), 1986-96; Examiner, Arabic (WASC/GCE Ordinary Level), The West African Examinations Council, 1979-88; Resource person, Arabic to the Nigeria Educational Research and Development Council, since 1988; Sole designer, Primary Schools' Islamic Religious Knowledge Syllabus, Mid-West Government of Nigeria, 1975; Academic Adviser, Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Auchi, 1982-90; e-e:/assessor, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, 1991-96; Bayero University, Kano, 1990-93, University of Ibadan, 1997-2003; University of Maiduguri, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, University of Ado-Ekiti, since 1999; University of Jos, since 2000, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana, 1998-2000 and since, 2002; Univeristy of Ado-Ekiti, since 2002; Lagos State University, since 2003; Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, 1997- 98; Lagos State University, since 2003; University of Maiduguri, since 2003; mm: Governing Board, National Commission for Museums and Monuments, 1988-91; Technical Committee on the Integration of Qua'anic Education into the Universal Basic Education Programme of the Federal Ministry of Education, since 2003; ah: Al-Rusafi Prize awarded by the Iraqi Government to the best student in the final B.A. degree examination in Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Ibadan, 1977; 2nd Prize, Christmas Short Story Competition organized by the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (F.R.C.N.), Lagos, 1979; h: Saidist Charitable Society of Nigeria with its National Merit Award, Lagos, 2001; Honorary mem., Advisory Council of the International Biographical Center (IBC), Cambridge, England, since 2001; Research Board of Advisors, The American Biographical Institute (ABI), Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.A., since 2002; Cited in The New Who's Who in Nigeria, published by Nigerian International Biographical Center, since 1999; f: Arabic Studies in Nigeria (FASN) - awarded by the Nigeria Association ofTeachers of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Lagos, 2003; publ: A Guide to Muslim Names in Nigeria, Islamic Publications Bureau, Lagos 1981 and Darun-Nur, Auchi, 2004; Abwagu 'dh-Dhahab (Trumpets of Gold), Darun-Nur, Auchi, 1992; Supplication in Allah's Excellence Names, Christy-David Group, Ilorin, 1993; Al-Amid Al- Mubajjal (A 3-Act Play in Arabic). Duru-Nur, Auchi, 1994; Istifiah al- Fattah bi-Surat al-Fatihah (A work on the essence, exegesis, and supplicatory uses of al-Fatihah, Darun-Nur, Auchi, 1994; Editor, Islam and Muslims in Nigeria: The Challenges ofthe 21st Century, Jimson Publishers, Ilorin, 1998; Du'a' khatm al-Qur'an al-Majid (with English Translation), Darun-Nur, Auchi, 1999 & 2004; Qisas Khatt al-Istiwa (Equatorial Line Stories), Darun-Nur, Auchi, 1999; 36 Ta'mim al- Barakat bi-Safwat al-Salawat and Three Other Collections of Invocations of Allah's Benediction on the Prophet Muhammad), Darun- Nur, Auchi, 2000; Al-Ma'dubat al-Adabiyyah (A Literary Banquet for Arabic Students in West Africa), Darun-Nur, Auchi, 2000 and 2004; Sparks in the Dark ( A Collection of Poems), Haytee Press and Publishing Co.. Ilorin, Nigeria, 2000. etc.; sc: Istijaban Prayer Group of Nigeria, since 1997; Izzullahi School for Qur'anic Studies (for women), Auchi, Edo State, since 1999; hob: meditation, jogging, creative writing, current affairs, off: Arabic Section, Department of Religions, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Kwara State, tel: 031-221552- 5, ext. 519; res: 278, Umaru Saro Road, Ilorin, Kwara State and Waziri's House, No. 41, Egbeadokhai Street, Auchi, Edo State.
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