Encomiums as Osofisan turns 70

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All Professors. L-R: Niyi Osundare, Ayo Banjo, Niyi Osundare and his wife Adenike, Abel Idowu Olayinka and Remi Raji

All Professors. L-R: Niyi Osundare, Ayo Banjo, Niyi Osundare and his wife Adenike, Abel Idowu Olayinka and Remi Raji

GBENRO ADESINA/IBADAN

Professor Babafemi Adeyemi Osofisan has been described as an ambassador of peace and reconciliation in Nigeria, Africa and beyond.

These and many more were the encomiums poured on Osofisan as the four-day international conference entitled: “Femi Osofisan, Post-Negritude Tradition and 50 Years of Literary Drama” organized to celebrate his 70th birthday kicked off on Monday at the Conference Centre, University of Ibadan, Oyo State.

Among the participants were Emeritus Professor Ayo Banjo, the institution’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka, and his Deputy in charge of Administration, Professor Emilolorun Ayelari, an international poet, Niyi Osundare, Professor Adenike Akinjobi, Professor Duro Adeleke, Professor Olabode Lucas, Professor Festus Agboola Adesanoye, Professor Albert Lekan Oyeleye, and Professor Ayo Kehinde.

In his welcome address, the Dean, Faculty of Arts, Professor Adebola Ekanola described Osofisan as an intellectual colossus, icon of theatre, international artist, poet, author, novelist, editor, newspapers columnist, and man of immense status said that the celebrant is an epitome of success.

Also, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Banjo, described Osofisan as an eminent, dutiful, diligent, distinguished, cerebral and globally celebrated Emeritus Professor.

According to him, Osofisan began his academic sojourns as a student in then then Department of Modern European Languages now the Department of European Studies of the premier university. He noted that ever since, Osofisan has made his mark as a renowned writer, critic, translator and poet, who writes under the name Okinba Launko, a serial award winning dramatist and playwright, an actor, director, novelist, biographer, essayist and columnist.

“He is on the overall recognized as a multi-talented creative artist and scholar. His relevance and significance to this generation is in the outstanding values his work embodies including but not limited to …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper