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UI Senate Holds Special Session For Tamuno

Posted: May 13, 2015 at 1:30 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Oladele Ogunsola

 Ibadan

 

The Senate of the University of Ibadan (UI) has held a special session in honour of its first alumnus Vice Chancellor, Emeritus Prof. Tekena Tamuno, who died on the April 11 at the age of 83 years.

It was the first of such meeting of the university’s highest decision making body to honour a departed member of staff.

The solemn Senate session also had in attendance members of the late Tamuno’s family led by the deceased’s widow, Olufunmilayo.

Speaking at the session, where tributes were paid to the departed academic icon, Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Isaac Adewole, described the session as the first of its kind, noting that the institution had never held such for any of its staff in its almost 67 years of existence.

Adewole said there were countless number of lessons to be learnt from the life and times of the late world-class professor of history.

He recalled that during Tamuno’s tenure as VC of the University of Ibadan, “the institution witnessed phenomenal advancement in the areas of infrastructure, staff development and academic standard”. “History will speak favourably for the late Tamuno because as an historian, he was wise to write clearly, his own history in the hearts of men while being God fearing,” the VC said.

Similarly, President of Historical Society of Nigeria and Head of UI Department of History, C.B.N. Ogbogbo,  described the late Tamuno as a man of unparalleled achievements.

“We would remain thankful for the quality of life Tamuno lived, his impact on humanity and his contributions to the placing of UI and Historical Society on the global educational map.

“He easily fits into the pantheon of Ibadan icons, one whose writings will keep him in the hearts of future generation of historians,”, Ogbogbo said.

Also, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Aderemi Raji, and Director of the Institute of African Studies, Dele Layiwola, both described Tamuno as the doyen of peace studies in Nigeria.

They said the late scholar worked and achieved fame, lived a worthy life of peace and development as virtues.

The late Tamuno was also a former Director, Institute of African Studies, former Head and Dean of the History Department all in the university.