ode to a gem

I met Professor Adetokunbo Babatunde Sofoluwe thrice last year and each time is humility humbled me, he redefined the word. He was a source of inspiration to a lot of us were privileged to meet him before his demise. So when I was asked to feature this ode I couldn’t say no.

A great soul is gone
A mighty tree has fallen
A source of inspiration to the meek
A great achiever
Listener to our hearts

A gem is gone
A chapter is forever closed
Our words cannot encompass the transitions and lessons your life has introduced to our path
A paragon of excellence
A moral glory to be preached to generations yet unborn

Why hath thou removed the candle off its stand?
Why hath thou weaned us while yet desiring more qualitative nutrients?
Why our school daddy?
Why him?
Why now?

Yet we take succor in the fact that your legacy lives in our hearts
Sleep on papa
Rest in the heart of glory enthroned in his majesty
Adieu baba shoffy the grammarian the flame will keep burning brightly forever.

Sofoluwe, a professor of computer sciences, was born on April 15, 1950 and was appointed the 10th VC of UNILAG on 31 january, 2010. He graduated in special mathematics in June 1973 from the university and earned his masters degree in 1975 and doctorate in 1981 from Edinburgh University, Scotland.
He became a graduate assistant at UNILAG in 1976 where he rose to become a full processor in October 1996
Sofoluwe was a two time acting head of department of computer science from 1989 to 1991 and 1994 to 1996. He was also Dean of the faculty of science between 1998 and 2002 and was elected as a member of the governing council of the university of Lagos in 2000. He was the third alumnus to be appointed to the position in January 2010.
Our condolence goes to his immediate family, students, the staff of the faculty of science and the entire university community over this great loss. He will surely be greatly missed by us all
Adieu papa shoffy.

There will be a candle light processionrom the senate building at 6pm on tuesday

Courtesy : University Of Lagos Science Students Association(ULSSA) Executives

4 thoughts on “ode to a gem

  1. This is so sad…..may his soul rest in peace

  2. Lovely piece morgan…(Y)

  3. 😦 may his gentle soul rest in perfect peace

  4. I love dat man may his soul rest in peace

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