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WOMEN OF POWER: Nigerian born Naturalized British Female Entrepreneur, YEKEMI OTARU holding four degrees appointed Chancellor for University of West Scotland …issued formal powers to confer degrees, diplomas and other academic distinctions, to represent the university at key events *42-year-old possesses considerable industrial experience in Engineering and Marketing, Co-Founder/Executive Director at Doqaru Limited, prominent Aberdeen-based sales and marketing consultancy firm *She is a board member of Interface-a body which connect a wide range of organisations from national and international industries to Scotland’s universities, research institutes and colleges, matching them with world-leading academic expertise to help them grow *Renowned as a bestselling author and social media expert, known for innovative use of social media platforms * “I am honoured to have been appointed Chancellor-elect of University of the West of Scotland, following in the footsteps of a remarkable individual in Dame Elish Angiolini. We are all living through challenging times, and higher education plays a vital role in society and for our economy. I eagerly look forward to being part of the University”-OTARU *BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN Senior Investigative Editor

WOMEN OF POWER:

Nigerian born Naturalized British Female Entrepreneur, YEKEMI OTARU holding four degrees appointed Chancellor for University of West Scotland

issued formal powers to confer degrees, diplomas and other academic distinctions, to represent the university at key events 

*42-year-old possesses considerable industrial experience in Engineering and Marketing, Co-Founder/Executive Director at Doqaru Limited, prominent Aberdeen-based sales and marketing consultancy firm

*She is a board member of Interface-a body which connect a wide range of organisations from national and international industries to Scotland’s universities, research institutes and colleges, matching them with world-leading academic expertise to help them grow

*Renowned as a bestselling author and social media expert, known for innovative use of social media platforms 

* “I am honoured to have been appointed Chancellor-elect of University of the West of Scotland, following in the footsteps of a remarkable individual in Dame Elish Angiolini. We are all living through challenging times, and higher education plays a vital role in society and for our economy. I eagerly look forward to being part of the University”-OTARU

*BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN Senior Investigative Editor

SHE IS a story of success. YEMEKI OTARU, a Nigerian born Naturalized British citizen has placed the African continent prominently in the global educational map, as this renowned female entrepreneur, has been named chancellor-elect of the University of the West of Scotland (UWS). As chancellor, Ms Otaru will hold formal powers to confer degrees, diplomas and other academic distinctions, and will represent the university at key events as an advocate and dignitary.

An inspirational entrepreneur renowned for her passionate commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion has been named University of the West of Scotland’s Chancellor-elect. The university made this known via a statement on its website.

Yekemi Otaru, a tireless passionate supporter of women in business and an active mentor of business owners in the world’s poorest countries, will formally take up the role of Chancellor at the University of the West of Scotland on 1 September 2021, succeeding Dame Elish Angiolini.

Yekemi, 42, holds four degrees and has considerable industrial experience in engineering and marketing. She is Co-Founder and Executive Director at Doqaru Limited, a prominent Aberdeen-based sales and marketing consultancy.

She is also a board member of Interface, which connects a wide range of organisations from national and international industries to Scotland’s universities, research institutes and colleges, matching them with world-leading academic expertise to help them grow. A bestselling author and social media expert, Yekemi is also known for her innovative use of platforms such as LinkedIn.

As Chancellor, Yekemi will hold formal powers to confer degrees, diplomas and other academic distinctions, and will represent UWS at key events as an advocate and dignitary.

Yekemi said, “I am honoured to have been appointed Chancellor-elect of University of the West of Scotland, following in the footsteps of a remarkable individual in Dame Elish Angiolini. 

“We are all living through challenging times, and higher education plays a vital role in society and for our economy. I eagerly look forward to being part of the University, as it continues to carry out world-class research and knowledge transfer initiatives such as in the areas of healthcare and sports science.

“Now is the perfect time for me to be joining the University’s journey in inspiring and educating the next generation of graduates, equipped with the skills needed to help society recover from the pandemic.

Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal and Vice-Chancellor at UWS, added: “I am delighted with Yekemi’s appointment as the University’s Chancellor-elect. Yekemi’s values very much align with those of UWS, from her passion for advancing equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) to her commitment to enterprise, and her appointment is reflective of our strategic mission to make a positive difference to wider society.

Yekemi is a remarkable example of entrepreneurship and a tremendous role model for our students and wider University community. I am delighted to welcome her to the UWS family.

Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal and Vice-Chancellor at UWS:

“I would also like to pay tribute to Dame Elish Angiolini, who has been an outstanding Chancellor and ambassador for the University. I am deeply grateful for the committed and inspirational role she has played in our UWS community.” The appointment represents another important moment in UWS’s history, as the role of Chancellor passes from one major figure to another.

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