MSc Accounting and Finance, Class of 1993, and PhD in Accounting, Class of 1997
Arriving at LSE in September 1992 for the MSc Accounting and Finance programme (International Accounting and Finance) was for me a dream come true. For a Nigerian chartered accountant with limited international exposure, experiencing the LSE environment was both thrilling and challenging. The diversity of the School, which had students from almost 100 countries, gradually brought meaning to the need for contextualisation. This was no doubt reinforced by the world class professors that we were exposed to. In this direction, the late Professor Anthony Hopwood was a real delight. It is difficult to forget both his style and in-depth analysis of how organisational and societal diversities influence the accounting craft.
After my Masters degree, I was privileged to be admitted into the PhD Class. Christopher Napier, a good man with an eye for detail, agreed to supervise my thesis which investigated the various social, economic and political dynamics that shaped the evolution of banking and its regulation in Nigeria. He taught me to question the unquestioned. When he left for a Chair in Southampton in 1996, the Department assigned me to Professor Richard Macve who had just arrived from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. My 1997 doctoral thesis won the International Economic History Association Prize for Best Doctoral Thesis completed between 1997 and 2000 for the Post World War One period.
Thirteen years after obtaining my doctorate degree, Professor Macve has remained my supervisor. It is such post - PhD LSE support that has facilitated my numerous publications, some of which are in the top journals in my area and my elevation, with effect from 2003, to the Chair in Banking and Financial Institutions at the University of Nigeria. In 2009, in recognition of my research contributions, I was appointed into the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria. Thus far, I have visited over forty countries across six continents on various academic fellowships and/or engagements. Although I am resident in Nigeria, my LSE training and support from the Accounting faculty has made it possible for me to be a global scholar.