A US based Nigerian has made history at the Princeton Theological Seminary by completing a Ph.D. programme in two years and making a distinction while at it.
Nimi Wariboko, a Pastor, created the record at the College when he completed the programme in Divinity in two years, instead of average four to five years that it normally takes.
Wariboko's dissertation for the doctorate is in Divinity and is titled: " Money and Relations: Toward a Triune Model of the Global Monetary System."
The dissertation was awarded the summa cum laude.
Already, Wariboko, a full-time pastor of one of the biggest Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in New York is filing offers from reputable universities to teach and research, including offers of chair endowments.
In July, he was invited to Yale University to give a talk on his dissertation.
Professor Mark Lewis Taylor of Princeton Seminary said he was proud of the Nigerian scholar. "I am glad you are writing this story," he said.
"All who know him and support him must be proud. I am certainly very proud of him, and proud to count him as a colleague and friend."
Wariboko, who attended the University of Port Harcourt, between 1980-1984 for his first degree graduated with a first class in Economics and received the Federal Government of Nigeria's Merit Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement.
Two years later, in 1986, he won African Concord International Essay Award and was consequently recruited by the Chairman of African Concord magazine, Chief M.K.O Abiola to work for the magazine as a Business staff writer.
After relocating to the US, he continued into graduate studies where, in 1992, he got an MBA in Finance and Accounting from another Ivy-league College, Columbia University.
After he was ordained a pastor by the RCCG in the US, he proceeded to Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where in 2003, he got his Masters of Divinity with a special accomplishments, completing the programme in 18 months with A's in all the 93 credits he took, but one
To accomplish his doctorate, Wariboko was awarded a doctoral fellowship by the Princeton Theological Seminary. He is described as trained as a social ethicist in Religion and Society.
"My research addresses the intersections between religion, faith, theology, monetary systems/policies, global empire, business behavior, and economic development in a globalising world," he said.
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