Zekeh S. Gbotokuma, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy at Morgan State University, received an A.I.M. Award from Afrimpact Magazine during a ceremony in Lancaster, Pa., in December. The awards celebrated 100 influential people who are making a difference in their communities.
Dr. Gbotokuma is an international educator and is the former director of the Center for Global Studies and International Education at Morgan. Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, he has lived and/or studied, worked and traveled in Africa, Europe, North America, the Caribbean and Asia. Multilingual, and literate in Latin, Dr. Gbotokuma is the founding president of Polyglots in Action for Diversity, Inc. (PAD), an organization whose mission is “to promote positive diversity, interculturalism, global citizenship (‘cosmocitizenship’) and international, peaceful coexistence through multilingualism and relevant action.” He was also the 2008 recipient of the Dr. Sandye Jean McIntyre II International Award for demonstrating “extraordinary commitment to global learning and international understanding…at Morgan State University.”
During his 12-year stay in Europe, Dr. Gbotokuma earned a doctorate in philosophy from Gregorian University, a bachelor’s degree in theology from Pontifical Urban University and a diploma in international studies from the Italian Society for International Organization, all in Rome, Italy. His publications include, among others, “A Polyglot Pocket Dictionary of Lingala, English, French, and Italian” (2016), “Global Safari: Checking In and Checking Out in Pursuit of World Wisdoms, the American Dream, and Cosmocitizenship” (2015) and “A Pan-African Encyclopedia” (2003).
Morgan salutes Dr. Zekeh Gbotokuma for his award-worthy work in the global community.