Nigerian Lawyer Has Donated £10 million To King’s College London
Nigerian philanthropist and lawyer Afe Babalola (93) has donated £10 million ($12.2 million) to King’s College London.
According to Babalola, the donation is intended to empower and provide brilliant young Africans with the tools and opportunities they need to meaningfully contribute to their communities and the global community.
The Nigerian lawyer said the £10 million he donated will be used to establish the Afe Babalola African Center for Transnational Education at King’s College London, according to Billionaire Africa.
The center aims to empower and provide opportunities for young Africans who would otherwise not have access to education.
The Nigerian philanthropist and lawyer is the founder of Afe Babalola University, a private university in Ekiti State, Nigeria.
The Afe Babalola African Center for Transnational Education at King’s College London is premised on ensuring accessibility to students whose journeys to higher education have been disrupted by conflict, displacement, or other transitions.
The center will offer blended and online programs.
Additionally, post-graduate-level modules that can be combined to create professionally recognized qualifications ranging from diplomas to master’s degrees will be available.
Babalola expressed his enthusiasm for partnering with King’s College London. He said:
Partnering with King’s College London, to me one of the first universities in the world to appreciate the power of education to provide quality education for the underprivileged in the 1960s, is a project that is dear to my heart. This is the more so because education is the unquestionable panacea to ignorance, poverty, extremism, religious bigotry, and tribalism, among other vices.
Professor Shitij Kapur, president and principal of King’s College, said the partnership between King’s and Babalola represents a shared commitment to the power of education and its crucial role in serving society.
Babalola who is now recognized as a leading legal figure globally has had a diverse career, including stints as a pupil teacher, secondary school teacher, secondary school vice principal, university lecturer, economist, auditor, administrator, farmer, and educationist.
Many African students have trouble paying their school fees because they are poor or do not have access to financial resources.