By Usman Aliyu
Ilorin – The Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, on Friday turbaned the first African professor of geology, Mosobalaje Oyawoye, as the first Baba Adinni of Kwara.
In his address, Sulu-Gambari said Oyawoye was considered for the title because of his notable contributions to the development of Islamic education in the state.
The monarch said Oyawoye deserved the honour for his numerous contributions to the Jamatul Nasir Islam, among which was building a mosque for the Islamic group.
He said he was proud of the professor’s feat in the state and country as a whole.
Sulu-Gambari recalled that Oyawoye was among the first scholars to portray Kwara in positive light when the state was still young.
Responding, Oyawoye said he was overwhelmed with the title bestowed on him, particularly as it was done by the emir.
He attributed his contributions to Islam as the will of God.
The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that eminent personalities that graced the occasion extolled the virtues of the front line geologist, describing him as a bridge builder.
They, however, urged him to continue to work for the unity of Islam and the progress of the state.