- A seasoned academic from the University of Ibadan has kicked the bucket
- Mr Nigel Henry who was a lecturer of the department of classics died at the age of 71
- Henry who passed away on Saturday, January 30, 2021, with a lecturing period spanning four decades has been described as an academic of the highest order
Saturday, January 30 was a black day for the University of Ibadan, Oyo state as they lost a seasoned academic.
In a statement made by the university on Sunday confirming his demise and seen by Legit.ng, they expressed sorrow over the indelible loss.
They described him as an outstanding student of the highest order.
The academic who died at the institution's College Hospital, Ibadan over undisclosed reason is said to have lectured in the university for more than four decades making him the longest-serving lecturer.
He specialized in sub-disciplines of Classics, especially in Greek and Latin languages and literature in the department of classics.
Excerpt of the statement issued by his department read:
"With a deep sense of sorrow the Department of Classics announces the passing of Mr. Nigel Henry which regrettable event occurred on the night of 30 January, 2021, at the University College Hospital, Ibadan.
"Mr. Henry, our longest-serving academic member of staff, who spent over four decades nurturing students in the various sub-disciplines of Classics, especially in Greek and Latin languages and literature, was an outstanding student of the highest order.
“He took the M.A. (Classics) with First Class Honours (1969 – 73) from the University of St. Andrews, and the B. Phil in Classics (1973 – 75) from the University of Oxford.
“Mr. Henry brought to Ibadan the best traditions of Classical scholarship, having been taught by such eminently acclaimed scholars like Sir Kenneth Dover and Prof. Hugh Lloyd- Jones.
“Every current member of staff of the Department is a former student of Mr. Henry.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported how University of Ibadan student lit up social media with a pencil drawing of Jay Jay Okocha.
Many tweeps in the comment section asked how much he charges if he were to do their portraits with such great details.