Adieu! Emeritus Professor Ayo Banjo dies 3 weeks after 90th birthday


Some three weeks after he was widely celebrated as he clocked 90, legebdary scholar and administrator, Professor Ayo Banjo, has passed on.

The iconic scholar died on May 22, while he clocked 90 on May 2, 2024.

With his full name as Ladipo Ayodeji BanjoCON , he was an Emeritus professor of English language, educational administrator, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of IbadanNigeria as well as former pro-chancellor of Ajayi Crowther University.

Ladipo was born on 2 May 1934, in Oyo State to the family of Reverend Ayodeji Banjo. He attended St. Andrews Anglican primary school and Christ Cathedral primary school in Lagos state, Nigeria. He attended Igbobi college in Lagos State, Nigeria between 1947 and 1952. In 1966, he won the American State Department scholarship award for a Master of Art (M.A) degree in linguistics at the University of CaliforniaLos AngelesUnited States. He later obtained a Doctorate degree (P.hD) in 1969 from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

He began his career as a lecturer at the department of English language, University of Ibadan in 1966. He was appointed associate professor in 1973 and became a full professor in 1975 at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He was appointed vice chancellor of the University of Ibadan in 1984, a position he held till 1991. During this period, he was the chairman committee of vice chancellor of Nigerian universities. He served as visiting professor for one year at the University of West Indies at Cave Hill as well as visiting fellow at the University of CambridgeEngland between 1993 and 1994. He was appointed as the pro-chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt between 2000 and 2004. After his tenure he was appointed as pro-chancellor of the University of Ilorin for two years (2005-2007). He also served as the incumbent pro-chancellor of Ajayi Crowther University.

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