Eminent historian, Prof Ade Ajayi, dies at 85




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Eminent historian, Prof Ade Ajayi, dies at 85IBADAN – Eminent historian, Prof. J.F. Ade-Ajayi, 85, is dead. He died at the College Hospital, Ibadan after a brief illness.
Vice Chancellor, of Ibadan, Prof. Isaac Adewole described the Ade Ajayi as an intellectual colossus and fountain of knowledge who blazed the trail in establishing the validity of African history as an academic discipline.
“The Ajayi was an important part of the anti-colonial, and post-independence, scholarship that successfully established the that Africa had a history which pre-dated European encounters with the continent. Mentor of many generations of historians, Ade Ajayi was an ethical researcher and outstanding scholar, who with others established the Ibadan School of History.”[eap_ad_2]
Prof. J. F. Ade Ajayi was a foundation student of of Ibadan, then known as University College in 1948.
He was Head of the Department of History at the of Ibadan from 1966 to 1969, and Dean of the Faculty of Arts between 1964 and 1966. Between 1972 and 1978, Ajayi was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos. He also held teaching and research appointments at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Stanford University, among others. He retired from the University of Ibadan in 1989.
For his contribution to scholarship and nation-building, Prof. Emeritus Ade Ajayi was honoured by the of Ibadan, his alma mater, with a honorary doctorate in 2012.
He was born on 26th of May 1929 and he had his early at St. Paul’s School, Ikole-Ekiti and ’s School, Ado-Ekiti in 1940. [eap_ad_3]