The Nigeria Tennis Federation has expressed deep regret following the death of its board member, Professor Philomena Ikulayo who passed on March 24, 2016 after a brief illness in Lagos.

NTF President, Sani Ndanusa, described the deceased as a great lover of tennis whose contribution to the game in Nigeria cannot be overlooked.

“She is a great woman who is revered in the academic field and her contribution to tennis in Nigeria is quite significant. She brought lots of ideas to the board of the NTF which helped in the uplifting of tennis in Nigeria.

“I have known and familiarised with her for more than a decade and I can say she is a great woman. I pray that her soul rest in peace,” Ndanusa said.

In his own tribute, 1st Vice President of the NTF, Yemi Owoseni, lamented the exit of Prof. Ikulayo while extolling her virtues. “She was a very pleasant woman; a sports woman, very amiable. She was a lover of children, she loved sports and she equally loved Nigeria. May her soul rest in peace.”

Owoseni added that part of the deceased legacy in the academic and sporting field culminated in her getting a merit award from the Ekiti State government in October 2014.

The late Ikulayo was born on June 2nd 1948 in Ikoro-Ekiti. She is a professor in Education/ Human Kinetic & Health Education in the University of Lagos.

A barrister at Law, she is credited to have co-authored 173 publications and she had at several times deliver papers at events organised by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports.