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Wale Omole turns 77

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Professor Wale Omole, who retired as Vice Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, 20 years ago and current Chairman of the Editorial Board of The Guardian, has turned 77.

Born to Pa Emmanuel Adedeji Omole and Mama Beatrice Aarinola Omole, Adebowale attended Ilesha Grammar School (1956-1962); had a stint as a civil servant at the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Ibadan, before his tertiary education at the University of Ife, an institution that shaped his life, times and remarkable career.

Omole commenced his brilliant academic career at the University of Ife, bagging a Bachelor of Agriculture degree and an MPhil in Animal Science in 1968 and 1970 respectively. Thereafter, he proceeded to the University of Alberta, Canada, where he obtained a doctorate degree in Nutritional Biochemistry in 1973. He paid his dues at Great Ife, learning the ropes as Assistant lecturer, to become Lecturer and professor, Animal Science in the early 1980s. He became Dean, Faculty of Agriculture in the same alma mater between 1983 and 1985.

He had a brief stint at the Alabama, A & M University, U.S. in 1986-1987 as professor of Food Science and Animal Industry. His academic career was capped by becoming Vice Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, between 1991 and 1999. Thereafter, Omole became a citizen of the world, bagging several awards and playing different roles in different fields.

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