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Professional Background

Personal background

I was born and raised in Nigeria (West Africa). After living in Canada and Qatar for a few years as a child, I went to the United States in 1993 to study computer science at Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge. I graduated from LSU in December 1996, and then I went to Chicago for the next two and half years. I lived and worked there with Jesus People USA, doing computer systems work and human resources administration.

It’s different for other people; but we in our green youth have to settle the eternal questions first of all. That’s what we care about.– Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov, chapter 34.

In August 1999 I returned to LSU to pursue a PhD in management information systems (MIS), which is basically the study and application of computer technologies to further the goals of an organization. I finished in fall 2003, and moved to Montréal that term to work as an assistant professor in MIS at Concordia University. I took a leave of absence from 2006 to 2008 to attend a Christian training in Anaheim, California.

Throughout the past twenty centuries thousands of precious lives, heart treasures, high positions, and golden futures have been “wasted” upon the Lord Jesus. To those who love Him in such a way He is altogether lovely and worthy of their offering. What they have poured upon Him is not a waste but a fragrant testimony of His sweetness. — Recovery Version footnote on Matthew 26:8

After I returned to Concordia in 2008, I got married and started my family. I received tenure and was promoted to associate professor in 2010.

Educational background

  • BS Computer Science; option in MIS
    Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, USA
    December 1996
  • MS in Information Systems and Decision Sciences
    Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, USA
    December 2002
  • PhD in Business Administration (Information Systems and Decision Sciences)
    Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, USA
    December 2003
    Dissertation: Expert assessments of e-commerce in Sub-Saharan Africa: A theoretical model of infrastructure and culture for doing business using the Internet

Work background

  • Computer technician and network administrator @ LSU
    Baton Rouge, USA
    January – December 1996
    I maintained computer systems for LSU Libraries, and I maintained a departmental local area network for the Information Systems and Decision Sciences Department.
  • Computer systems analyst @ Cornerstone Community Outreach
    Chicago, USA

    March – September 1997
    I acquired, installed and maintained PC computers, databases and networks for a shelter for homeless women and children.
  • Employee administrator and computer systems analyst @
    Roofers Equipment Mart and Lakefront Supply,
    Chicago, USA

    October 1997 – July 1999
    As an employee administrator, I handled all aspects of human resources administration for some small businesses. As a computer systems analyst, I acquired, installed and maintained PC computers and databases.
  • Graduate assistant @ ISDS Dept., LSU
    Baton Rouge, USA
    August 1999 – May 2003
    I taught an introductory business applications course, and I tutored students in business applications, both face-to-face and over the Internet. I created a comprehensive draft (on the Internet) for an online multimedia business tutorial targeted to high school students. I also assisted various faculty members in their teaching responsibilities.I recruited potential PhD students for LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business Administration at the 2002 PhD Project Conference in Chicago. I coordinated various functions to support the International Conference on Information Systems in December 2001 in New Orleans. I also assisted various faculty members in their research and service responsibilities.
  • Assistant professor @ DSMIS Dept., Concordia University
    Montréal, Canada

    June 2003 – May 2010
  • Associate professor @ SCBTM Dept., Concordia University
    Montréal, Canada

    June 2010 – Present
    I teach and conduct research at the Department of Supply Chain and Business Technology Management (SCBTM).

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