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Professor Tekena Tamuno: 1932 – 2015

Posted: May 7, 2015 at 12:03 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Indeed his death is a great loss to the country and in particular, the academic world

April 11, 2015, Prof. Tekena Tamuno, a foremost historian, erudite scholar and former Vice Chancellor of the University Of Ibadan (UI), reportedly died at 83, after a brief illness.

From a humble beginning, his love for academics spanned throughout his life. The late professor of History attended St. Peter’s School, Okirika, Rivers State, for his primary education. Upon completion, he moved over to Okirika Grammar School for his secondary education. A high flyer by the standards of his time, he gained admission into the University College Ibadan now University of Ibadan to study History from 1953-1958, after which he left the country in 1960 to continue his studies at the Birkbeck University, London and Columbia University. On return in 1962, he joined the Department of History at his alma mater, the University of Ibadan.

He became a Professor of history in 1971 and eventually was appointed the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan in 1975. But before then, between 1972 and 1975, he was the Head, department of History. Also between 1973 and 1979, he was the Dean, Faculty of Arts. He became a Professor Emeritus after retirement.

Beyond his outstanding career in the academia, he was an astute administrator and a talented leader of repute. He chaired many public service commissions and committees.

In 2003, was a member of the Board of New Nigeria Foundation (NNF).  Even prior to his membership of the NNF, 2001 to 2002, he was the Chairman of the Presidential Panel on National Security and Panel on Policing Nigeria Project between 2002 and 2003. As a poet and historian, Prof. Tamuno, was a fellow of both the Nigerian Academy of Letters and Rocketfeller Foundation and a member of the National University commission (NUC). His leadership qualities manifested in his ability to get things done and he produced result far more than his peers.

Prof. Tamuno was also a prolific writer and has many publications to his credit such as Nigeria and Elective Representation, The evolution of the Nigerian State, The Southern Phase, Adebe: Portrait of a Nigerian leader, Herbert Macaulay: Nigerian Patriot, Nigeria: Its People and its Problems, among many others.

Certainly Prof. Tamuno has run a good race. His exceptional legacies in the academic world and in public life have left an indelible imprint which will not be erased in a hurry. Indeed his death is a great loss to the country and in particular, the academic world.