One of the few Nigerian intellectuals who have successfully demystified mathematics, a subject that is dreaded by many students both at the secondary and tertiary levels and therefore do not want to venture into but which doctor (Ven.) Alfred Olufemi Fatade, a doctorate degree holder in mathematics has now proved to be erroneous.
PLACE OF BIRTH AND EDUCATIONAL JOURNEY
Born in Abeokuta, Capital of Ogun State on July 28, 1959, Doctor Fatade began his educational journey in the year 1966 at Saint John’s primary school, Kuto, Abeokuta from where he obtained his first school leaving certificate in 1971.
He was admitted to the famous Baptist Boys High school (BBHS) in 1972 and left in 1977 after successfully making his West African School Certificate in flying colours. As a result of the desire to acquire more knowledge, he followed it by seeking admission to the Federal College of Education, Okene, Kogi State to undergo the Nigerian certificate course in education (NCE) between 1978 and 1979, but abandoned it to seek admission to the University of Calabar from where he read Bachelor of Science Honours (Bsc Hons.) in Mathematics and with second class upper division between 1979 and 1983. He followed it with a postgraduate Master’s degree (Msc) course also in Mathematics at the University of Ibadan from 1985 to 1986.
A born Mathematician, Alfred Olufemi Fatade further demonstrated his love for the subject of Mathematics with series of Post-graduate education he attended at the University of Lagos, Ogun State University (OOU) between 1988 and 1998. He also did a-three-year diploma course in the theology (Dip.Th) from 2002-2003 at the famous Bishop Vining College of Theology on part-time and finally capped it in 2012 with a Doctorate degree (PH.D) in Mathematics Education at the University of Pretoria, South-Africa.
Doctor Alfred Olufemi Fatade’s service career which has been in teaching, actually started in 1984 as a lecturer III at the Ogun State College of Education, Ijebu-Ode. He received promotion from the status of lecturer II, 1 to the category of a Chief lecturer/senior/principal lecturer beginning from 1987 to 2005 in the same institution which has now been elevated to a University (Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu-Ode) the first in Nigeria, Doctor Fatade is currently a Professor of Mathematics in the same institution as well as Rector D.S. Adegbenro Polytechnic Itori, Ogun State.
A prolific academician, Doctor Fatade has won many awards not only in his field of Mathematics but also in other vital areas. Some of these awards include the 1974/75 best student in Additional Mathematics, 2008 post-graduate bursary award recipient, Bureau for Financial Aid, University of South-Africa, Pretoria just to mention a few.
SPECIALISATION AND RESEARCH INTEREST
A competent lecturer who specializes in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, Doctor Fatade has many publications to his credit as well as series of research jobs he has undertaken both journals and books.
His hobbies are: table-tennis, listening to Christian music and web surfing.
Doctor Fatade is a very good researcher who takes joy in publishing books he has carried out research on. Some of the publications and research works are the following.
I. Investigating the effectiveness of problem-based learning in the further Mathematics classroom
II. Assessment of secondary school teachers’ mastery of difficult concepts in further Mathematics
III. Computerization of customers saving account transactions at National Bank, Lagos
IV. Inventory models, an unpublished Msc Thesis in the department of Mathematics, University of Ibadan (1986).
The above-mentioned are not the only research works and publications undertaken by Doctor Fatade, he has also published in learned journals either as individual or co-published with other persons. The following are some of the learned journals publications:
1. Validation of the domains of creativity scale for Nigerian pre-service science, Technology and Mathematics Teachers.
2. Nigerian pre-service, Technology and Mathematics Teachers’ computer self-efficacy: An exploration based on gender, age and discipline of study.
3. Development teaching of conic sections and its applications in the physical sciences as well as many other numbers up to about thirty (30).
Extra Curricular Activities and Service to Communities
He has been members of more than 28 non-teaching services to the University, notably:
1. Resource Person for Millennium Development Goal Training (Mathematics) 2006,
2. Master Trainer, the Population/Family Life Education (POP/FLE) course in collaboration with UNFPA & NERDC 1999,
3. Director of Statistics human life protection league, Nigeria 1990-1998,
4. Clergy of the Anglican Communion, Dipo Dina Anglican Church, Ijebu-Ode Chapter.
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