UI VC commissions Emeritus Professor Oladipo Akinkugbe’s Corner at KDL  

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The Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Professor Idowu Olayinka, today, 10 February 2020 has officially commissioned Emeritus Professor Oladipo Akinkugbe’s Corner, Postgraduate Reading Room at Kenneth Dike Library (KDL), University of Ibadan, Ibadan.   The Vice-Chancellor, Prof Olayinka appreciated the honour Emeritus Prof Akinkugbe bestowed on the University of Ibadan by donating his collection of books. The Vice-Chancellor also commended the donor for recently attracting a sum of Three Hundred and Fifty-Two Million Naira (N352,000,000:00) to the University of Ibadan, stressing that books, which have been digitalised by Kenneth Dike Library will further enrich intellectuals of various fields of study in this dispensation and the future. He assured the donor that KDL will put the collections to good use, and requested that the link to the digitalised materials be publicised.   The benefactor, Emeritus Professor Akinkugbe applauded the ancient landmark of the University of Ibadan. He hinted that the urge to donate one-quarter (¼) of his collections was borne out of the quest to replace some of the KDL books that are already wearing out; torn and gathering moist, adding that he chose to donate the books that are relevant to the economy, library, politics, medicine to the postgraduate section of the Kenneth Dike Library. Prof Akinkugbe further said the endowment is not just in books but also in a statue and an image that depicts gods and goddesses of ancient Greeks. He, therefore, appreciated the Vice- Chancellor for the opportunity given him to donate to the University Main Library, Kenneth Dike Library. Prof Akinkugbe noted the relationship between digital and people, cautioned that few years to come, most people that believed passionately in digital format will still see that hard copies are still essential to education.   Earlier in her comments, the University Librarian, Dr. Helen Komolafe-Opadeji said this is the first time the University Library System would set aside space for donated collections of one of its living legends. She added that the collection is a mixture of ancient and modern medical and non-medical books that were acquired as far as 1948 to date. The collections are referred to as prized books that included biographies of notable individuals at the local and international levels and reports from Elliot Asquith and Ashby Commission. The University Librarian was, therefore, full of gratitude noting that the donation will immeasurably add value to the present print collections in KDL and support learning, teaching and research activities.   Present at the occasion were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Prof Kayode Adebowale; Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Innovation and Strategic Partnerships), Prof. Olanike Adeyemo; Registrar, Mrs Olubunmi Faluyi; Provost, College of Medicine, Prof Olubunmi Olapade-Olaopa; Dean of Students, Prof. Keye Abiona; Deans of Faculties, Directors of Centres/Institutes, Heads of Departments, members of staff, friends and family. By Nike Okotete Senior Communication Officer Directorate of Public Communication
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