Africa’s First Professor of Geology Is Dead


 Jamiu Mosobalaje Oyawoye, Africa's first professor of geology, died at the age of 95. He was married to two women and had ten children. 

AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, the governor of Kwara State, in a condolence message praised him as one of the finest Nigerians of all time and a source of pride for the state. His death was viewed as a fitting climax to a magnificent age of academic achievement, community involvement, and statesmanship.

"My heartfelt condolences go to the Olofa of Offa Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi Esuwoye II, the Olofa-In-Council, the Muslim community in Kwara State for whom he was the Baba Adini, and the Oyawoyes on this sad development. Prof. Oyawoye was in a class of his own in philanthropy, academic accomplishments, community service, leadership, and support for national development. He was one of the last men standing, and his death represents a huge void in everything he represented for Offa people, Kwara State, and Nigeria.

“We find comfort in his fine legacies as the father of Geology in Africa, a powerful Crown Prince of Offa, and a statesman who wielded so much influence and deployed the same for public good. We beseech Allah to forgive his shortcomings, grant him Al-jannah Firdaus, and keep his family on the right path.”

The late Baba Adini of Kwara State reportedly died on Monday evening, May 22, in his residence in Kwara State's Offa Local Government Area, of an age-related disease.


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