At the College of Liberal Studies, our students are known for being lifelong learners who give back to their communities. That's why we're proud to bring you yet another example of a CLS student doing just that.
Born in southern Nigeria, Kingsley Ogbuji completed a Bachelor of Library and Information Science degree at Nigeria’s University of Ibadan in 2005. After working as a high school teacher in his country’s National Youth Service for one year, Ogbuji immigrated to the United States.
“Everybody in Africa and other parts of the world who wants to come to the United States does so for one of two obvious reasons – in search of a greener pasture or education,” Ogbuji said. “In my own case, the former was the major reason, although I had intended to further my education at some point after settling down.”
Shortly after his arrival, Ogbuji enlisted in the U.S. Army – a decision prompted by his desire to give back to his newly adopted country.
“My decision to join the U.S Army was guided first by my belief in serving a course that is greater than oneself, and second, as a show of appreciation and gratitude to a country whose values I have always cherished from childhood,” Ogbuji said. “America has achieved a lot for the entire world through its military in terms of freedom and democracy, and I wanted to be part of that positive force.”
While deployed to Iraq in 2008, Ogbuji scouted through programs listed in the GoArmyEd portal, a virtual gateway where soldiers pursue their postsecondary education and receive guidance from Army education counselors. It was there that he learned about the Master of Arts in Administrative Leadership degree program offered at CLS.
“I became interested in the program because it was consistent with the larger vision of what I want to do outside the military and was also relevant to my Military Occupational Specialty as a human resource specialist,” Ogbuji said.
Now a joint awards officer in the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon, Ogbuji says that he can draw a direct path between his personal, educational and career success.
“I made a promise to myself to get the type of education that will not only be respected in the United States but one that is world class,” he said. “The University of Oklahoma is a citadel of higher learning and that is why I chose it over several other prominent institutions. I can proudly say that I am more than satisfied with the education I received in the Administrative Leadership program.”
Update: The College of Liberal Studies was renamed the College of Professional and Continuing Studies in 2017.