Alexander Ubi Iwara (1991, 2004-2007)

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Alexander IwaraEducated at the Universities of Ibadan, Wales, Paris and London, Prof Iwara has a BA (Hons) in Latin and French, MA and PhD in French, and MPhil in Linguistics. He was University of Ibadan Postgraduate Scholar (1968-1970) and UNESCO Fellow (1979).

Before joining the Institute of African Studies, Iwara had taught French and Classical Literature in the Department of Modern European Languages, University of Ibadan (1971-1978). Upon transferring his service to the Institute as Senior Lecturer in 1978, he taught Philosophy and Language, African Thought, and Languages and Societies of Africa. He had been editor of such notable journals as African Notes and Le Français au Nigeria.

During the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture, Iwara was Principal Colloquium Officer and later Director of the Colloquium Division (1976-1978). He has widely researched and published on French language and culture, and African languages and linguistics.

Prof Iwara retired in 2008.