Beyond the scientist: Joshua Adeoye

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Joshua Adeoye, Lecturer in Community and Public Dental Health at the Bayero University Nigeria, PhD candidate at the department of Dentistry.

Where and when were you born?

I was born in Kano State, Northwestern Nigeria on the last day of the year of 1983. On the day I was born, a coup occurred in Nigeria. Interestingly, the Military Dictator who took over power then, is the current President of my Country as a “Reformed Democrat”.

Where do you live and with whom?

#Smiling… I haven’t kicked the “loner stage” yet, so, I live alone, in Kano, Nigeria.

Who was your role model when you were a kid?

It was actually a “mesh” of role models - Wole Soyinka, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, and believe it or not, James Bond.

I aspired to Soyinka’s intellectualism and use of words; Fela’s Africanism, passion and poetry was legendary; and Bond was … well… fictionally inspiring!

Why aren’t you doing the same thing now as your role model (or do you?)

Its like the cup that is half-full, but is actually half-empty - In a way, I am doing what they did, even though I really am not.

I have stuck with “Intellectualism” like Soyinka, even though he is more ‘literary’ and I am a scientist – I was imprisoned by the purity of Science. Like Fela, my passion for Africa and social-awareness is an all-consuming fire, but I only consume music, as I do not have his talent to create. As for Bond, well, I travel around the world like he did, but nobody has agreed to give me a License to Kill!

What is the thing in your (work or other) history that you are most proud of?

My problem-solving ability. Some call me “The Fixer”.

What is it that you would like to achieve in work in the next 5 to 10 years?

To have finished my personal treatise titled “Fixing Africa”, where all of Africa’s solutions can be found. I’d take winning the Nobel prize as a substitute, if that’s not too much to ask!

For what can we wake you up?

Well-cooked Nigerian food. Best on the planet.

What is your hobby and how good are you at it?

Poetry and Philosophy. I am a beginner.

What is your biggest irritation?

Mental laziness, especially when accompanied with myopic, vocal viewpoints. It kills me.

Who would you like to invite for dinner, if you had the chance?

Steve Jobs. I still have a million questions to ask him.


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