A foremost Historian, Broadcaster and University Lecturer, Professor Timothy Adedeji Awoniyi is dead

He was the first professor of Early Childhood/Mother Tongue Education at the University of Ibadan

Pa Awoniyi died on Sunday, according to an announcement by the University of Ibadan Staff Club and which was corroborated by the Zonal Director of the FRCN, Ibadan Zonal Station, Mrs Bolatito Joseph.

Born on July 7, 1939, in Ila Orangun, Osun State the prolific writer and public analyst was a chairman, Governing Council, College Of Education, Ila Orangun, member of Governing Council, Ladoke Akintola University Ogbomoso, a former member of Board of Directors BCOS, among others.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Oyo State Council on Sunday mourned the passage of the foremost Historian.

In a statement, the NUJ Chairman, Ademola Babalola admonished the family to rejoice because their patriarch left indelible marks on the sand of time.

The deceased, according to the immediate past Senior Assistant National Secretary of NUJ, Mr. Gbemiga Bamidele, was an intellectual giant and encyclopedia of Yoruba cultural norms and history.

Bamidele said he started listening to the deceased programmes on the then Radio OYO and WNTV in the early seventies! “May Baba find solace in the bosom of his creator. Amen,” he said.

The Zonal Director, Radio Nigeria, Ibadan, Mrs Bolatito Joseph said Baba also known as Eri Okan was until his death the Asiwaju Agbakin of Ede.

Mrs Joseph hinted that before his demise, he was a retired professor in Early Childhood Education at the University of Ibadan.

The deceased who was aged 82 years, is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren.

Burial arrangements will be announced later by the family.

PR/Sola Agboola


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