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Who is Dr. Victoria Okojie?
Her name is Dr. Victoria Okojie. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Library and Information Science from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in Nigeria. She is the pioneer Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the Librarians’ Registration Council of Nigeria (LRCN), a parastatal of the Federal Government of Nigeria. She is also a past President of the Nigerian Library Association (NLA). She Victoria is a Certified Librarian of Nigeria (CLN) and has received several awards and fellowships, including “Fellow of the Nigerian Library Association” (FNLA); Fellow of the “International Visitor Leadership Program” of the US State Department and Fellow of the “UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning”. In 2012, she became the First Nigerian to be selected as one of the twelve global leaders in the Library and Information Sector as a pioneer Associate of the IFLA International Leaders Programme.
Why Dr. Victoria Okojie Inspires Me.
Dr. Okojie encourages young librarians in Nigeria a lot without minding the ethnic differences. She instituted an Award for early career librarians and also involves young librarians as resource persons at workshops organized by the Librarians’ Registration Council of Nigeria (LRCN). She has invited me on two occasions to serve as a resource person on “Open Access” and “Makerspace in Libraries”. She habitually announces and shares international opportunities on the Nigerian Library Association Yahoo Online Forum. I was a recipient of an ALCTS Online Course Grant Winner courtesy of Dr. Okojie who shared the opportunity on the NLA Online forum. She is a very humble leader who interacts freely with the young and old. Dr. Vickie, as many call her, has the passion to raise the standards of librarianship in Nigeria. She is one female librarian in Nigeria who has influenced me and many others directly and indirectly and is a true definition of a mentor.