Prof Ayo Banjo, Ex-UI VC Passes Away Peacefully 3 Weeks After His 90th Birthday

He was the vice chancellor of UI between 1981-1991 and until his death, the pro-chancellor of Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo.

A former vice-chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Professor Ayo Banjo, is dead. He breathed his last, peacefully surrounded by his family, in the early hours of Friday, exactly 22 days after his 90th birthday.Three weeks ago, when he turned 90, there were activities organised for the celebration. One of such was a birthday concert organised by The Ibadan Philharmonic Society in conjunction with the University of Ibadan to celebrate Professor Ayo Banjo at 90. He was represented at the concert by his son, Mr. Tunde Banjo. The Vice-Chancellor of UI, Professor Kayode O. Adebowale at the event said the University of Ibadan can not present a citation or offer a tribute but a note of gratitude to the Professor Emeritus who he described as a distinguished scholar, outstanding administrator, mentor, author, and sportsman, for whom no tribute can be complete,  no eulogy can be sufficient. He described Professor Banjo as a gift to humanity and, more importantly, to the University of Ibadan, where  he is remembered as the longest serving  Vice-Chancellor.

Born Ladipo Ayodeji Banjo, on May 2, 1934, the emeritus professor of English language was the vice chancellor of the University of Ibadan between 1981-1991 and until his death, the pro-chancellor of Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo. He attended St. Andrews Anglican primary school and Christ Cathedral primary school in Lagos. He attended Igbobi College between 1947 and 1952. In 1966. He won the American State Department scholarship award for a Master of Art (M.A) degree in linguistics at the University of California, Los Angeles, United States. He later obtained a Doctorate degree (P.hD) in 1969 from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He began his career as a lecturer at the department of English language, University of Ibadan in 1966. He was appointed associate professor in 1973 and became a full professor in 1975 at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

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