Ademola Babalola in Ibadan
An Islamic scholar, Professor Kamil Koyejo Oloso, has reminisced on his academic journey in the Premier University of Ibadan since 1984 when he bagged his doctoral degree from the institution. Oloso who recently bagged his professorial award from the institution, recalled how he was persecuted and denied the honour for decades.
Speaking at the professorial reception held in his honour by Senator Soji Akanbi and his wife, Folake, in Ibadan recently, Oloso said very many of his students had bagged professorial awards and the development made many universities within and outside Nigeria to beckon on him for the award, as a mark of honour to him.
Justifying why he turned down the institutions like Crescent University, a varsity in Saudi Arabia among others for such honour, Oloso said his belief in his alma matter, UI as the first and the best in Nigeria made him to become resolute, unyielding and highly focused that one day, he would be so honoured because he deservedly merit the award going by his academic records of excellence and managerial acumen spanning decades of meritorious teaching and learning in the institution and beyond.
Oloso who lauded the new Vice-Chancellor of the Institution, Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka for taking the bull by the horns in correcting the alleged injustice meted to him over the years, also said that he would continue to do his best to uplift the department of Arabic and Islamic Studies for greater academic excellence which it has been renowned for.
Earlier, Senator Akanbi representing Oyo South in the National Assembly had described Prof. Oloso as a “distinct academician, highly knowledgeable Islamic scholar, father, uncle and confidant whose life remains a reference point for bridging the gap between the town and the gown.”