Nigeria is a country filled with intellectuals and people whose academic achievements inspire the new generation of compatriots. Many young people have these accomplished Nigerians as their role models
Legit.ng brings you seven famous Nigerian professors
1. Adebayo Adedeji
Adedeji was a Nigerian economist. Adedeji, who was born on December 21, 1930, became a professor at the age of 36, Wikipedia reports.
He was Nigeria's federal commissioner for economic development and reconstruction from 1971 to 1975.
Adedeji died on April 25, 2018.
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2. Ayodele Awojobi
Awojobi was a Nigerian academic, author, inventor, social crusader and activist.
Awojobi, who was born in 1937, quickly advanced in his field to become the youngest professor in mechanical engineering at the University of Lagos, Nigeria in 1974.
He died in 1984.
3. Ambrose Alli
Alli was a medical professor who served as governor of the defunct Bendel state (now Edo and Delta states) between 1979 and 1983.
He was born on September 22, 1929, and breathed his last in September 1989.
4. Dora Akunyili
Akunyili was a pharmacist and the director-general of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) from 2001 to 2008.
She was born on July 14, 1954, and died on June 7, 2014.
5. Babalola Borishade
Borishade was a Nigerian politician. He was born on March 7, 1946.
He was a four-time federal minister in Nigeria, between 1999-2011. He was known as an electrical engineer, teacher and political strategist.
He died on April 26, 2017.
6. Wole Soyinka
Soyinka is a Nigerian playwright, poet and essayist. He was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature, the first African to be honoured in that category.
Soyinka was born on July 13, 1934.
The world acclaimed playwright has inspired a lot of Nigerians through his work.
7. Niyi Osundare
Niyi Osundare is a poet, dramatist and literary critic. He was head of English (1993–97) at the University of Ibadan.
His art and criticism is associated with activism.
37-year-old Nigerian man reveals how he became full professor at 32
A 37-year-old Nigerian professor, Damilola Olawuyi, has revealed how he bagged a full professorship at the age of 32.
In an interview with Legit.ng's regional reporter, Adeoye Adewunmi, Professor Damilola, who also doubles as the youngest Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN, Academic Section), Olawuyi ascribed his successes and academic achievements to the mentorship of a veteran lawyer Aare Afe Babalola who reached out to him having heard of his academic stint both at the university and law school.
The professor, who has also been recently inaugurated on the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) Board, described Aare Afe Babalola as highly cerebral, versatile and supportive father figure whose love for mentoring young people is unparalleled, adding that his head and brain size have enlarged at least 10 times more since he met Aare Afe Babalola.
In his words:
“Through my father figure and mentor, Aare Afe Babalola I have been able to accomplish several professional milestones at a very young age, which includes becoming a full professor of law at 32."