Former OAU Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Admin), Ajila, Passes Away

By David  Ogunlade

  The Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun, Nigeria has on Tuesday, 9th of January, 2023 announced the departure of Professor Christopher Olugbenga Ajila, the immediate-past Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration) who died as a result of a protracted illness.

A press release made available earlier this morning on the official X (formerly Twitter) handle of the university confirmed the incident.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Adebayo Simeon Bamire, on behalf of the management, Senate, staff, and students, announced the passing of the immediate-past Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration).

Bamire, through the press release, said “ This news, no doubt, has cast a pall of sadness over the University community, and management wishes to extend its deepest condolences to the family of the late erstwhile two-term DVC (Admin) during this difficult time.

Professor Chris Ajila, as he was fondly called, served the University with unwavering dedication and exceptional leadership during his tenure as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor.”

It was said that Prof. Ajila played a pivotal role in advancing the university's mission, and his contributions have left an indelible mark on the academic and administrative landscape of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

 The late Professor Ajila was said to have begun his academic career at the University in 1991 as an Assistant Lecturer and rose through the ranks to become a professor in 2005.

 He has also served the University in various capacities such as Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences (2015-2017); Head of Department and Chief Examiner; Examination Officer; Staff Adviser; Representative of the Dean on various Boards; Faculty Representative in the Senate; Chairman, Faculty Postgraduate Committee; Chairman, Central University Examination Malpractices and Disciplinary Committee, among others.

 On behalf of the University Community, the Vice Chancellor offers deepest sympathies and support to the late Professor Chris Ajila’s family.

 “May the memories of Professor Ajila serve as a source of comfort and inspiration to all who had the privilege of knowing him. In honouring his legacy, we will continue to uphold the values and principles that he championed.” He said.

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