Today In History: September 24th

September 24, 1984

On this day, Nigeria, and indeed the international academic community mourned the death of Professor Ayodele Awojobi. Professor Awojobi passed on this day at the age of 47. At the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Lagos, where he lectured for his last 18 years on earth, the verdict was that Nigeria had lost a genius of superlative intellectual merit. The Dean of Engineering at the University of Lagos at the time, Professor Francis Fajemirokun, described the late Professor Awojobi in a NAN’s report as a brilliant scholar, a great scientist and a wonderful teacher. At the Imperial College, University of London, one of his old professors described him as “a universal scholar.”  Also at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, which the late Awojobi attended when it was still Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology, his death was described as a great loss.

Dr. Tayo Olafioye of the University of Ilorin described the late Professor as a statesman, while Professor Pius Sadar of the University of Benin eulogized him as “a genius and a great man in academics. Although he was controversial, he meant well for his country.”

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