Personality of the week

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    Dayo Duyile, PhD at 82, By Simbo Olorunfemi

    Last week, news broke that an octogenarian-veteran Journalist by the name Dayo Duyile was to be formally conferred with a PhD at this week’s Unilag Convocation ceremonies. Much was made of the age of the graduand, even if the newspapers couldn’t quite agree on how old he exactly was. Different reports put his age between 80 and 83. The moment…

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    Celebrating Professor Bolanle Awe at 90: A pioneer and towering influence, By Toyin Falola

    Welcome to the big feast in honor of Professor Bolanle Awe! We start on January 28 with a social celebration organized by family and friends. Next, Professor Dele Layiwola is presenting a festschrift in the months ahead. And the “queen“ of all the events, a major collaborative partnership by the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Lagos, and…

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    In honour of Ezeilo and Okafor: Two distinctive women, By Omoniyi Ibietan

    So, the other day, about 50 of us gathered at the instance of the Neliakus, to honour Professors Ngozi Joy Ezeilo and Kathleen Ebelechukwu Okafor, who recently became Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN). It was at Asokoro, the Ikoyi of Abuja, a neighbourhood that had recognisable roads for promenading. I used to live on Samora Michel, next to the Anenihs.…

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    Toriola: Another Nigerian glory, By Omoniyi Ibietan

    Professor Toriola, a molecular cancer epidemiologist, reputed for revolutionary research on breast cancer, who earned his first medical degree at OAU, Ile-Ife, just got Nigeria another honour. “Adetunji T. Toriola, MD, PhD, a professor of surgery in the Division of Public Health Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has been named a William H. Danforth Washington…

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    Olu Jacobs at 80: Celebrating life of an acting icon

    With over 50 years of acting experience, Olu Jacobs can rightly be regarded as one of the fathers of modern day acting in Nigeria. Born Oludotun Baiyewu Jacobs July 11 1942, Olu Jacobs as he is fondly called was greatly influenced in his early days by Hubert Ogunde while growing up in the ancient city of Kano. He obtained his…

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    Meet Felicia Ogunsheye, Late Colonel Victor Banjo’s Sister Who is Nigeria’s First Female Professor

    Felicia Adetoun Omolara Ogunsheye is the first female Professor in Nigeria. She is a Professor of Library and Information Science at the University of Ibadan. Ogunsheye was born on December 5, 1926 in Benin City, Nigeria. She is the elder sister of Lieutenant Colonel Victor Banjo and Ademola Banjo. Felicia had her secondary education at Queens College, before becoming the…

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