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The Society for the advancement of ICT and Comparative Knowledge (SOCTHADICK) is here paying tribute to Elder Akanni Yahaya Junaid (1940 – 2020), a seasoned high school teacher and administrator. This tribute is a testament to the good works of teachers at the primary and secondary school levels. The vast majority of these teachers are unsung and unrecognized in the contemporary (Nigerian) society despite their enormous foundational input to the success of students at the tertiary education level. Elder A. Y. Junaid taught General Mathematics and Additional Mathematics (now called Further Mathematics) at the Comprehensive High School, Aiyetoro, via Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria (popularly called COMPRO) between 1976 and 1981.
Mathematics is often called the ‘queen of the sciences’. There is no doubt that the subject forms an essential pillar for ICT and sound knowledge, which are focal interest of SOCTHADICK. Members and partners of SOCTHADICK, especially pupils, students and teachers, will learn some important things from the biodata and testimonial on Elder A. Y. Junaid. Click HERE for details.
After his stint at COMPRO, Elder A. Y. Junaid was transferred to the Inspectorate Division of the Ministry of Education headquarters, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria. He retired in 1987 as Assistant Chief Inspector of Education.
Certainly, the labours of our heroes past shall never be in vain! On this note, the teachers at COMPRO are being used here as a model for appreciating all Nigerian high school teachers and other teachers in all countries of the world. Thus, apart from Elder A. Y. Junaid, tribute is similarly being paid to all living and deceased teachers at COMPRO, especially those who were staff between 1975 and 1980. These include the following, among others: Mr. Khan (Physics), Mr. Whittaker (Physics), Mr. Koleade (Youth Corper and subsequently a regular teacher; Agricultural Science), Mr. A.A. Ogundipe (House Master), Mr. Onabajo (General Mathematics), Rev. Soyombo (Agricultural Science & Vice Principal), Mr. Owa (Mathematics), Mr. Dada (Social Studies & Form 1 Master), Mrs. Oyegbami (English Language), Mrs. Olateju (Chemistry), Mrs. Idowu (English Language) and Mrs. Barton (English Language). Others include Mr. Soaga (Social Studies), Mr. Odelana (Woodwork), Mrs Sotunde (Economics), Dr. Alafe-Aluko (Principal), Mr. Onayinka (Integrated Science/Biology), Mr. Ogundipe (English Language), Mr. Balogun (Auto-mechanics), Mr. G.O. Kehinde (Principal), Mr. Felix (History) and Mr. Ibikunle (Principal).
And pertaining to other teachers at COMPRO at different times from establishment in 1963 to date, excluding the period 1975-1980, the following teachers are, among others recognized and appreciated: Dr. John Sly (1926 – 2004) (Pioneer Principal; an American), Chief Sofenwa (Principal), Chief M. A. O. Kuti (Guidance Counsellor), Mr. Bullock (Principal) and Chief J. B. O. Ojo (First Indigenous Principal). With respect to other staff, including non-teaching staff, who played complementary role in the students’ life, the following are recognized as representatives of others: Mr. Oyegbami (Guidance Counsellor), Mr. Nana (Blue House Master), Mrs. Bello (Kitchen supervisor), Mrs. Akande (Catering Officer), Rev. Ayodele (Christian Fellowship Adviser), Mr. Oyedele (Games Master) and Mr. Okafor (aka Baba Okafor) (Cook).
Appreciation also goes to the founding fathers, proprietors and partner organizations of COMPRO including the following: (a) The Government of Western Region of Nigeria (b) United States Agency for International Development (USAID) (c) Ford Foundation, USA (d) Harvard University, USA, which provided substantial number of the initial teaching staff (e) Dr. Adam Skapski, late USAID staff and Education Advisor of Ford Foundation (f) Chief H. M. B. Somade, late Chief Inspector of Education, Western Region of Nigeria.
The following teachers at Ebenezer African Church Primary School, Oke-Ado, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria between 1969 and 1975 are used as a point of contact and appreciation to all teachers across the globe at the pre-primary and primary school levels: Mr. Ogunwunmi, Mrs. Bolarinwa, Mr. E.O. Ogunlola (Headmaster), Mrs. Bolarin, Mr. Ajao, Mrs. Onafuwa and Mr. Faturoti (Scout Master, 4th Ibadan West Troop).
And finally, this is to pay glowing tributes to the founders/authorities of African Church Incorporated (established in 1901 with headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria), the proprietors of Ebenezer African Church Primary Schools. They are appreciated for the opportunity to study in the primary school at Oke-Ado, to worship in their cathedral during the annual thanksgiving service marking the school bazaars, and for the general impartation/knowledge received in the school.
Bamidele Oluwade [Olopade], Ph.D ; President, Society for the Advancement of ICT & Comparative Knowledge (SOCTHADICK)
SOCTHADICK (SOCiety for THe ADvancement of Ict and Comparative Knowledge)
Knowledge is Power (Francis Bacon (1561 – 1626), English philosopher and statesman)
To promote simple, non-dogmatic, general, interrelated and harmonious understanding of science (especially as represented by ICT), theology and philosophy.
To contribute to the knowledge process globally towards emancipating humans from material and spiritual ignorance, poverty of ideas and their consequences.
Focal Areas of Knowledge
Christian Knowledge; Islamic Knowledge; Traditional Religious Knowledge; Fringe Religious Knowledge; General Scientific Knowledge; Philosophical Knowledge (i.e. Epistemology – The Theory of Knowledge); Experiential Knowledge; Alternative Knowledge; Tribal/Ethnic Knowledge; Alternative Medical/Herbal Knowledge and Practice; Integrated Knowledge; African ‘Scientific’ Knowledge; Thanatological/eschatological Knowledge; Oneirological Knowledge; Oriental Knowledge; Occidental Knowledge; Cosmological Knowledge; Ontological Knowledge; Other Related Knowledge Systems.
About the Society
BROAD OBJECTIVES OF THE SOCIETY
- To make valid meanings out of the complex, voluminous and inter-related conveyors and processes of knowledge transmission, impartation and acquisition in the universe.
- To connect the past knowledge processes with the present.
- To mutually learn informally from the knowledge adventures of members.
- To appreciate teachers as major conveyors of knowledge.
- To appreciate knowledge as a key concept in creation.
- To appreciate past and present classmates, schoolmates and colleagues in the formal knowledge environment, and provide a forum to connect with them.
- To appreciate non-teaching support staff without whom the knowledge delivery and acquisition process may be unpleasant.
- To use the knowledge gained in the knowledge acquisition process as a basis for engendering communal wealth, peace and tranquility.
- To gain reasonable, non-dogmatic and intuitive understanding of the invisible world as part of the universe.
- To gain reasonable, non-dogmatic and intuitive understanding of the connection between the physical world and the non-physical world.
SOME HIGHLIGHTS OF MEMBERSHIP PROGRAMMES
- Sharing of formal and informal school experiences.
- Feature on school proprietors, proprietresses, owners and sponsors.
- Feature on classmates, roommates, school mates, club mates and colleagues, especially those of the past.
- Feature on past and present teachers at all levels viz. kindergaten/pre-primary level, primary level, secondary level, tertiary level, vocational education level etc.
The Society for the Advancement of ICT & Comparative Knowledge (SOCTHADICK) is an international, non-ethnic, non-sectional intellectual forum to study and unravel the connections between the physical and metaphysical (spiritual) realms of the universe. This is achieved via a non-trivial integrated comparative study of science (as represented essentially by ICT), theology and philosophy. The analogy of the cause-effect duality may, in a sense, be used to model metaphysical-physical duality/phenomena. Two other close physical models which may also be used are the wave-particle duality of modern physics and the action-reaction phenomenon of classical (Newtonian) physics/mechanics.
Activities of the Society include, among others, the formulation and construction of scientific/thought experiments and mathematical models to validate metaphysical-physical relationships, taking into consideration environmental variables/resources. This knowledge will boost human creativity and enhance the degree of scientific and technological innovation/discovery/invention.
Thus, the goal of the society is similar to that of the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology (CTC), Cambridge University, United Kingdom. This centre, which was founded by the theoretical physicist Stephen W. Hawking (1942 – 2018) FRS in 2007, is a component of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP), Faculty of Mathematics, Centre for Mathematical Sciences of the university. That is, both SOCTHADICK and CTC are deeply committed to cosmology – the scientific study of the origin, evolution and eventual consequences of the universe.
However, the modus operandi of SOCTHADICK and CTC/DAMTP is somehow different. Essentially, the basic exploratory tool used by CTC is theoretical physics and the primary interest of DAMTP is in fluid dynamics and solid mechanics. That is, the interest of CTC is more on what is called ‘physical cosmology’, which basically focuses on the study of the physical manifestation of the universe using essentially theoretical physics and the traditional/conservative applied mathematics areas of mechanics (fluid and solid mechanics). Also, the focus of CTC is substantially related to astronomy, as represented by the big bang theory – a theory which propounds the concept of the expansion of the universe. This ordinarily makes the investigation of the entire universe incomplete.
On the contrary, the interest of SOCTHADICK is in both physical cosmology and mythological cosmology (otherwise known as religious mythology). Also, the primary exploratory tool used by SOCTHADICK is mathematical modelling via modern day novel applicable areas of mathematics (such as abstract algebra and real/complex analysis) and related areas in computer science/ICT. Thus, the methodology of SOCTHADICK is not necessarily restricted to theoretical calculations, but also involves the design and use of scientific and thought experiments. Ongoing research on mythological cosmology will consolidate and improve advances already made in the field of parapsychology (and psychical research), an offshoot of the field of psychology.
It need be noted that classical physics was extended to quantum (modern) physics, just as traditional mathematics was extended to modern mathematics. It is thus a priori realizable to incorporate what is hitherto known as mystic/African science into conventional natural sciences, thereby granting the former general acceptability and legitimacy in popular science. This is expected to precipitate or usher in what may be called neo modern science, away from the hitherto traditional science.
The Society is essentially a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO). It has two broad focal groups, namely (i) ICT Group (ii) Comparative Knowledge Group. As an intellectual forum or knowledge society, associate membership is available for interested individuals and corporate organizations. An Associate Member may opt to be active in either or both groups. Programmes of the Society include commissioned research, commissioned survey, workshops, seminars, colloquiums, publications etc. Programmes are carried out mainly online with occasional physical activities. For membership biodata form, please click here.
Some publication media in which the society is an active collaborator include: (a) African Journal of Computing & ICT, https://afrjcict.net (b) African Journal of Management Information System, https://afrjmis.net
Associate Membership is open to all irrespective of social, religious, economic, financial, academic, ethnic or religious status. That is, the Society is open to both the low and the mighty; the proletariat/peasants and the bourgeoisie; pupils, students, artisans, traders, business executives, civil and public servants, teachers etc. Apart from having a State Coordinator in each of the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria, it is the goal of the Society to have an International Coordinator in each of the continents of the world.
A person who is interested in becoming an Associate Member of the Society is simply required to express interest by completing and submitting the online membership biodata form available here. On receipt of the completed form, a confirmation of membership acknowledgement letter will be sent. General enquiries, comments, questions and suggestions may also be communicated by completing the form or via the Society’s email (email@example.com).
Membership registration is currently NGN 500 (USD 5) while annual due is NGN 1,500 (USD 15). However, at the moment and until further notice, these fees have been waived for all potential members. Thus, no membership fee or annual due is required from any prospective member. In general, it is a policy of the Society that no interested member shall be denied membership on account of inability to pay membership fees. However, voluntary donations are welcome from the public. Also, payment may be requested for certain special services of the Society like conferences. Moneys accruing exclusively to the Society shall be solely utilized for the Society’s purpose.
In the nearest future, it is envisaged that the Society will source for funds and award grants to active scholars and students working on specific important projects within the focal areas of the Society. Scholarship will also be awarded to indigent students. The ultimate goal is to improve understanding and welfare of mankind. Individuals, corporate organizations and institutions who intend to partner with the Society and/or intend to sponsor a commissioned research project relating to the interest of the Society are requested to contact the society’s Administrative Secretary or President. Such bodies will be publicly acknowledged based on terms agreed on in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
A glimpse into the interests of the Society may be obtained from the following research presentations and publications viz.
*Oluwade, ‘Dele (Bamidele) (2001), ‘A Metaphysical Model of the General Communication System‘, poster presentation at the Annual Meeting and Research Forum of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, Research Triangle Park, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA (The conference took place at the Sheraton Capital Centre, Raleigh, USA in November 2001).
*Oluwade, ‘Dele (Bamidele) and Longe, Olu (2003), ‘On the Code Characteristics of the Ifa Divination Codes‘, The Journal of Computer Science and Its Applications (An International Journal of the Nigeria Computer Society), Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 23-28.
Oluwade, Bamidele (2011), ‘Design of a Byte-based Coded Character Set’, The Journal of Computer Science and Its Application (An International Journal of the Nigeria Computer Society), Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 42 – 54.
*Oluwade, Bamidele; Osofisan, Adenike; Ilori, S. A; Shola, P. B; and Akin-Ojo, R. (2020), ‘A Computational Model for Studying the Characteristics of Languages using Coded Character Sets‘, University of Ibadan Journal of Science and Logics in ICT Research, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 85-95.
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