As the remains of the late Vice-Chancellor is prepared to be laid to rest, I decided to write this piece to reflect on his days on earth- ‘a life well-spent’.
Professor Sofoluwe was born on April 15, 1950. The Professor of Computer Science graduated with a Second Class Upper Division (Honours) in Special Mathematics in June 1973 from the University of Lagos.
During his undergraduate years, he received the prestigious German Scholarship award for Academic Brilliance. He also won the Dean’s Prize in the 1971/72 Session.
He was a pioneer National Youth Corps Member in the old South Eastern State of Nigeria.
At the end of the Youth Service, he won a Commonwealth Scholarship to Study at Edinburgh University, Scotland. He earned his Masters Degree in 1975 and Doctorate in 1981 from Edinburgh University.
The astute Scholar-Researcher started his teaching career as a Graduate Assistant at the University of Lagos in 1976 and rose steadily through the ranks to become a full Professor in October 1996.
A versatile administrator, Professor Sofoluwe was a two-time Acting Head, of the Department of Computer Science from 1989 to 1991 and 1994 to 1996.
He served as Dean of the Faculty of Science between 1998 and 2002. Professor Sofoluwe was elected as a member of the Governing Council of the University of Lagos in 2000, for four years. By virtue of his appointment as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services), he returned to the Governing Council in August 30, 2006 and has been there till date.
Prior to his appointment as Deputy Vice Chancellor (Management Services), Professor Sofoluwe was the Director of Academic Planning Unit of the University.
On June 6, 2010 he was honoured by CMS Grammar School Old Boys Association as a Distinguished Grammarian.
He was also Dean of the Faculty of Science between 1998 and 2002 and was elected as a member of the Governing Council of the University of Lagos in 2000. He was the third alumnus to be appointed Vice-Chancellor of UNILAG when he was appointed to the position in January 2010.
Professor Adetokunbo Babatunde Sofoluwe (1950 – 2012).
Rest in Peace dear Prof; you will be dearly missed!!