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UI ex-VC, Tamuno, dies at 83

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One of Africa’s renowned professors of History, former Vice Chancellor University of Ibadan(U.I) and former President of the Nigeria Academy of Letters(NAL) Emeritus Professor Tekena Tamuno, is dead.

He passed on in Ibadan on Saturday at the age of 83 years.

His demise came as a shock to friends and colleagues as he was said to have recovered and looking healthy after returning from the United States where he was reportedly treated for prostate cancer mid last month.
Details of his last moments were sketchy as his family members refused interviews describing their loss as “a private affair”.

They also turned down entreaties to copy entries in the condolence register already opened for the deceased, despite being reminded that the late historian was a public figure.

Tamuno served as Chancellor, Redeemer’s University; Chairman of the Presidential panel on National Security from October 2001 to December 2002 and panel on Policing Nigeria Project 2002- 2003.

A poet and historian, Tamuno, was an fellow of both the Nigerian Academy of Letters and Rockefeller Foundation and a member of the National Universities Commission.

Born on January 28, 1932 in Okrika, Rivers State, he attended St. Peter’s School, Okrika, 1938-46; Okrika Grammar School, Okrika, 1947-51; University College, Ibadan, 1953-1958; Birkbeck College, University of London, 1960-62; and Columbia University, New York City, U.S.A. 1965-66.


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