Africa’s first professor of Geology, Professor Mosobalaje Olaloye Oyawoye (CON), is dead.
In a statement by the Kwara state government on Monday evening, the powerful Crown Prince of Offa, Offa local government area of Kwara state, Professor Oyawoye, died at the age of 95 years.
In a condolence message issued by the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the state governor, Rafiu Ajakaye, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq described the death of the elder statesman as a huge national loss, saying that he was one of the greatest Nigerians of all time and a pride of the state.
The Governor said the death of Africa’s first professor of Geology is the end of a great era in academic accomplishments, dedication to community service, and statesmanship.
“My heartfelt condolences go to the Olofa of Offa Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi Esuwoye II, the Olofa-In-Council, the Muslim community in Kwara State for whom he was the Baba Adini, and the Oyawoyes on this sad development. Prof. Oyawoye was in a class of his own in philanthropy, academic accomplishments, community service, leadership, and support for national development. He was one of the last men standing, and his death represents a huge void in everything he represented for Offa people, Kwara State, and Nigeria,” the Governor said.