Emmanuel Funso Oluyitan, PhD, Ed.D. is a 2015 graduate of the PhD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.

Dr. Emmanuel F. Oluyitan [center] at his Dissertation Defense, March 2015 with Committee Member, Dr. Lize Booysen [left] and Committee Chair, Dr. Philomena Essed [right].

Dissertation Committee:

  • Philomena Essed, Ph.D., Committee Chair
  • Lize A.E. Booysen, D.B.L., Committee Member
  • Iyorwuese Hagher, Ph.D., Committee Member
  • Karin, Sporre, Ph.D., External Reader


Nigeria, corruption, life story, anti-corruption, anticorruption, Africa, leadership, voluntary public oaths, non-governmental organizations, NGO, biographical method, ethics, ANAC, Association of Nigerians Against Corruption, civil action

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Nigeria ranks as one of the most corrupt nations in the world. Its abundant natural resources are being exploited by some privileged few while the majority suffers abject poverty. In spite of a series of laws and reforms directed at waging war against corruption and campaigns against corruption by both government and non-government organizations (NG0s), corruption still reigns in Nigeria and has become part of Nigerian culture. The Association of Nigerians Against Corruption (ANAC), which I founded in 1984, is one such NGO campaigning against corruption through a series of seminars. ANAC focuses on appealing to the minds of individuals and capitalizing on the participants’ faith by requiring that they take voluntary public oaths against corruption. This study is about oath takers at the ANAC seminars. Using the life story approach, selected participants reveal why they took oaths against corruption and how it has impacted their lives. The findings will be useful in future seminars to be conducted in Nigeria and other countries where Nigerians are living. It will also help in developing a guideline for the several anti-corruption programs in Nigeria and other African countries. The electronic version of this dissertation is at OhioLink ETD Center, and AURA


Emmanuel Funso Oluyitan, Ph.D., Ed.D.

Emmanuel Oluyitan is highly intelligent and well read. He has a bachelor degree in political science, a master in public affairs and journalism and two doctorate degrees, Ed.D. in Educational Technology and Ph.D. in Leadership and Change. He has built his life on the foundation of honesty, responsibility, integrity and ethical principles. At the age of 17 he joined an anti-corruption organization in his country of birth, Nigeria, to campaign against injustice promoted by corruption. At the age of 44 he founded the Association of Nigerians against Corruption while teaching at a premier university in Nigeria. He has been running workshops and seminars in Nigeria and the United States instilling in the younger generations the virtues of corruption free nations (

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