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UNILAG VC Dies at 62

UNILAG VC Dies at 62

Professor Adetokunbo Sofoluwe, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos has died of cardiac arrest.

The 62-year old professor was rushed to the University of Lagos Health Centre on Friday night from the Faculty of Sciences and as his condition got worse, he was then transferred to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital Idi-Araba where he was pronounced dead early Saturday morning.

Sofoluwe who was known for his remarkable transformation of the institution showed no sign of any kind of illness on Tuesday when he addressed the institution at the press conference marking the Golden anniversary of the University where he also attended for his first degree.

Background

Born April 15 1950, Sofoluwe attended CMS Grammar School for his secondary education after which he proceeded to the University of Lagos to study Computer Science and graduated with a Second Class upper Division (Honours) in 1973.during his days as a student, he was awarded a German scholarship award for being brilliant academically, he also won the Dean’s prize back to back in the 1971/72 session.

After graduation from the University of Lagos and the completion of his one year compulsory service to the nation, he proceeded to Edinburgh University in Scotland where he earned his Masters and Doctorate in 1975 and 1981 respectively after he won a Commonwealth Scholarship.

Back  home, he kick-started his teaching career at the University of Lagos as a graduate assistant in 1976 ,rose through the ranks till he became a full professor in 1996.

 Achievements

*Professor Sofoluwe served twice in the computer science department as the head of department (1989-1991 and 1994-1996).

*Served as a Dean of the faculty of science between 1998 and 2002.

* He was elected as member of the Governing Council of the University of Lagos (2000-2004).

*While he was appointed as a Deputy Vice-Chancellor, he returned to the Governing Council in August 30, 2006 by virtue of the appointment.

* On January 30, 2010 Professor Adetokunbo Sofoluwe was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos.

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