A Ph.D. candidate in the School of Business & Entrepreneurship, Rabiu Olowo, spoke at the 2017 Annual African Fraud Conference in South Africa organized by the Texas-based Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).
The South African chapter of ACFE is a recognized professional body, representing and governing fraud examination professionals in South Africa. The body is one of the world's largest anti-fraud and white-collar crime organizations; it is a premier provider of training and education in these areas.
At the conference, the graduate student, who heads the Internal Audit Division of GlaxoSmithKline West Africa, presented on the "Cultural Orientation and Whistle Blowing in Africa: Issues, Challenges, and Recommendations.” He said that one question that stood out was, "What is my take on incentive-driven whistleblowing, that is, financial compensation for whistleblowers?”
Mr. Olowo responded that whistleblowing is a key factor of fraud detection in business. Understanding various impediments to whistleblowing among staff members in corporate Nigeria will go a long way in providing insight and finding ways to encourage whistleblowing as an acceptable behavior.
“My doctoral work in AUN made me a vibrant choice to speak on whistleblowing in corporate Africa,” said Olowo, whose postgraduate dissertation research focus is in the area of white-collar criminality.
In 2015, because of his role in raising awareness on the implementation of the Anti-bribery and Corruption Framework for business in Nigeria, Mr. Olowo was a speaker at the ACFE Global conference, and in 2012, he also presented in Baltimore, USA.
The doctoral candidate considers it an honor to share his research work with over 2,000 professionals across the world in South Africa.
By Nelly Ating