JUST IN: Another prominent Ogbomoso indigene, Prof. Alex Gboyega dies
This is not the best of time for Ogbomoso as another egghead Prof Alex Gboyega is dead. He is reported to have died today as well aged 75.
This is coming after the news of the death of former Governor Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala, who also passed on today (January 12); the Soun of Ogbomosoland Oba Oladunni Oyewumi Ajagungbade III who died on December 12, 2021; and Prof (Mrs.) Bolanle Taibat Danmole (then eldest surviving child of late Soun) who transited last Saturday, December 8.
Prof Alex Gboyega formerly of the Department of Political Science, University of Ibadan, was a patriot of Ogbomoso who many times deployed his intellectual capacity to the progress and development of Ogbomoso.
Prof Gboyega was the author of several papers and memorandums presented to further the progress of the community.
Over the years he was saddled with writing several memos submitted to articulate the position of Ogbomoso on state creation, those presented to several constitutional/national conferences in the country among others.
He also was guest speaker at many fora on the development of Ogbomoso. Last year he was the keynote speaker at a security summit organized by Ogbomoso stakeholders held at Ogbomoso Recreation Club.
Sources close to the family informed that he had been ill.
Alex Gboyega was a Professor of Political Science who specialised in Public Administration, Local governance and indigenous political institutions.
He was a consultant to the World Bank DFID. UNDP,USAID and several local institutions. He was also a Consultant to NERAD – Nigeria for the African Peer Review Process in which capacity he participated in preparing the country’s Self-Assessment Report and related activities leading to Nigeria’s review.
He had very keen interest in the development, promotion and use of the Yoruba language in different domains He was a co-founder of Babs Fafunwa Centre for Yoruba Language Engineering.
Prof Gboyega was a graduate of the University of Ghana, Legon, where he obtained his first degree in Political Science. He undertook his Postgraduate Studies at the University of Ibadan. And later worked there. He became a Professor in October 1989. In 2011, he retired from the University of Ibadan after 35 years of service.
He was a member of several Ogbomoso socio-cultural associations devoted to the development of the land such as Ajilete Group Ibadan, Ogbomoso Development Association, Ogbomoso Progressive Club of Friends and Ogbomoso Community Foundation.
His death is another big loss to the famed Land of the Valiant.