UI names library corner after emeritus professor Akinkugbe

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University of Ibadan Vice-Chancellor, Professor Idowu Olayinka (middle) flanked by Emeritus Professor Oladipo Akinkugbe (right) and Emeritus Professor Ayo Banjo (left) at the opening of the Emeritus Professor Oladipo Akinkugbe Corner, Postgraduate Reading Room, Kenneth Dike Library, University of Ibadan on Monday, 10th February, 2020
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The University of Ibadan has named a section of the Kenneth Dike Library (KDL) after Emeritus Professor Oladipo Akinkugbe.

The Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Idowu Olayinka, on Monday, 10th February 2020 officially commissioned Emeritus Professor Oladipo Akinkugbe’s Corner at the Postgraduate Reading Room within the KDL.

Olayinka, a professor, appreciated the honour Emeritus 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 the books, which have been digitalised by the university’s main 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 KDL.

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Akinkugbe further said the endowment is not just in books but also 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, KDL.

Earlier in her remarks, the UI 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 icons.

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.

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