Prof. Jane-Frances Obiageli Agbu
"The best thing in life is the air we breathe and is so open, it is cheap, it is free. It is there for everyone. And that is why we are surviving God in all His wisdom. Give us that. Okay, so why are we so myopic and narrow minded?"
Nigerian Professor Agbu is a laureate of the Institute of Open Leadership and holds an International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) Chair in OER and is a board member of Open Education Global.
Prof Jane-Frances describes herself as a therapist who uses an open ethos to heal the world around her. Her need to be open in her work is rooted in the love and guidance she received from her mother and people in her life she describes as her significant others. She strives to pass this love on, making the lives of others better in multiple and important ways. Prof Jane-Frances has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from University of Lagos. Her journey towards open education started in 2006 when she joined the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN). She rose through the ranks and earned her professorship. She is a laureate of Institute of Open Leadership, holds an International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) and a Board member of Directors, Open Education Global. In October 2021, she joined the Commonwealth of Learning as Adviser: Higher Education. Despite her many accomplishments, it was only when COVID-19 changed learning in traditional universities, did her colleagues in the Nigeria Psychology Association begin to understand the value of open education.
After years of cynically referring to her as “that lady from that Open University” at conferences, they suddenly took note of the groundwork she laid for them and the name Prof Jane-Frances became one all turned to for assistance.
This is her story, and it is one filled with light, love and laughter.
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