Sheikh Usman Bolaji bags honorary doctorate from CISR


Islamic scholar and director of Morkaz Naseeha International Arabic School Ibadan, Sheikh Olalekan Usman Bolaji has been awarded honorary Doctorate Certificate in strategic leadership by the Corporate Institute of Strategic Research.

Ambassador Dr. Umar Faruk and James Etim M. presented the scholar and author with a ceremonial rope and a certificate over the weekend at the institution in Abuja.

Ambassador Dr. Umar Faruk described the CISR as a professional body for development experts, specialists and practitioners, urging Dr Usman Bolaji to be a good ambassador of this institute and continue to be the man they honoured.

“While I do this, you are now a member of the research Institute and I want you to know that to whom much is given, so much is expected,” he stated.

The president of the Institute Dr. Princewill Inyang also confirmed that the governing council of the Corporate Institute of Strategic Research takes pride in certifying that Dr. Olalekan Usman Bolaji FCSI has been elected a Doctoral fellow, having satisfied the requirements for admission to membership and recognition of competence in leadership, strategies, research and outstanding performance.

Sheikh Olalekan Usman Bolaji with Corporate Institute of Strategic Research excos
Sheikh Olalekan Usman Bolaji with Corporate Institute of Strategic Research excos

Sheikh Usman Bolaji described the award as a reward for his hard work and dedication to educational growth, especially in Arabic studies.

“When I started writing in Arabic, I never imagined that I might be awarded someday. Though, I have a series of challenges because I find myself in a society where the need for Arabic training and research is not appreciated.

“I didn’t allow the society to kill my natural endowments, and that was why I went further learning and acquiring more knowledge and certificates on different professional fields, which has helped me a lot in writing and translating Arabic to English and vice versa.

“Today, Corporate Institute of Strategic Research Abuja made me realize that hard work pays and gives me the opportunity to see life from another angle,” he said.

Sheikh Usman Bolaji  also commended his family and his mentors who contributed to his journey

“My profound gratitude goes to my parents (Mr & Mrs Olalekan Katayeyanjue), mentor (Sheikh Counselor Badrudeen Omotosho), my friend and colleague Sheikh Sodiq Aderemi, my wives; Mrs Olalekan Rukayat who plays the role of a good wife and also serve as my editor, just as her co-wife Mrs Olalekan Leebert who is also a good wife and health worker.

“This appreciation can not be completed without mentioning the impact of people that supports my researches financially, the likes of Dr. Akinlu-Ojo Damilola Brown, Allahji Safiriyu Mubarak and his business partner Chief Opeyemi Williams, I pray that Allah should reward you in this life and hereafter (Amen).”

Sheikh Olalekan Usman Bolaji with his family
Sheikh Olalekan Usman Bolaji with his family

Sheikh Olalekan Usman Bolaji who hails from lwo, Osun state, is an astute administrator and Muslim scholar. His father Mr Shuaib Olalekan is an erudite scholar in the Arabic and Islamic field while his mother Mrs Fatima Olalekan is a qualified teacher by profession.

Sheikh Bolaji Usman attended Aipate Primary School lwo, and Baptist High school lwo where he had his Secondary School Certificate. During the period of studying western education, he was also attending one Arabic School named the Institute of Arabic Law under the umbrella of Dr. Ismael Adaramola where he had his Primary School Certificate in Arabic.

After his secondary school certificate, he proceeded in his journey on the Arabic and Islamic path, he attended Islahudeen Arabic School under the founder of Sheikh Abdul Baaqi Iwo where he had secondary school certificate in Arabic and Islamic studies respectfully.

Sheikh Olalekan Usman Bolaji
Sheikh Olalekan Usman Bolaji

His love for the Arabic language, Islamic culture and heritage began to grow further, and he proceeded to the University of Arabic and Science Sakete Benin Republic where he studied Pure and Applied Arabic and he’s presently a master student. He went on to acquire many certificates in various fields such as: Education, Advance Parenting skill and School Leader Institute through Hybrid Learning from the Moreland University, Washington DC, learning Health, Neuroscience from Duke University in Durham North Carolina USA, professional courses in teaching Arabic Language and Holy Quran from The Institute of Arab Teachers Cairo, he is a certified Internship member from the International Model United Nations and many more in Nigeria and Abroad.

Sheikh Olalekan Usman is an Author who has published a lot of books both in Arabic and English Language and among them is The Pulsating Star, The Exhortations, My Visitation to Places of Worship, Sheikh Usman Poetic Works, I am Arabian and Westerner to mention a few. He has solely written about 25 magazines and one of his famous magazine is the one he did for coronation of Alwazeer South-South Nigeria in both Arabic and English, he has also participated in over 30 editorial works in magazines both in Nigeria and abroad and he has many famous articles published in Newspapers.

His unending love for spreading knowledge made him create ways in which society can benefit from them, he is the Founder and Director of Morkaz Naseeha International Arabic School Ibadan, affiliated with the University of Arabic and Science Benin republic, he’s the Proprietor and principal of Bint Fatma Group of schools Ibadan, and he is also a Lecturer at an online Diploma Program named Institute of Imam Tobari Saudi Arabia.