A former Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Emeritus Prof. Tekena Tamuno, is dead.
He died in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on Saturday at the age of 83 years.
Tamuno was one of Africa’s renowned professors of History and former president of the Nigerian Academy of Letters.
His death came as a shock to friends and colleagues as he was said to have recovered and looking healthy after returning from the United States (U.S.), where he was reportedly treated for prostate cancer last month.
According to the VC, the news of the death of the foremost historian,consummate higher education administrator, public intellectual and former Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Emeritus Prof. Tekena Nitonye Tamuno, OFR, came to the institution, Nigerians and the whole world as a rude shock.
He said Nigerians would really miss him, especially his immediate constituency the academic community.
It is significant to note that “TNT” as he was fondly called, was the first alumnus of the University of Ibadan to become its Vice-Chancellor.
“The man, Emeritus Prof. Tamuno would continue to live in the memories of the University communities, where they had the benefit of his services as the Vice Chancellor or Pro-Chancellor. especially at the University of Ibadan where he stood out for his effective leadership” , Prof. Adewole said in a statement signed by Mr Olujimi Olukoya, the Registrar Born on January 28, 1932, in Okrika, Rivers State, Late Prof. Tamuno studied History at the University of Ibadan from 1953 – 1958 before leaving the shores of Nigeria for further studies at the University of London and Columbia University.
In 1963, he joined the Department of History at Ibadan where he rose to become a Professor in 1971. In the University of Ibadan, his alma mater, Professor Tamuno served as Head of History Department, 1972 – 1975, Dean, Faculty of Arts, 1973 – 1975, Vice Chancellor,1975 – 1979.
UCJUI also uses this medium to mourn the icon. Adieu papa!!!