Today, at the historic 47th convocation ceremony of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Professor Toyin Falola, a distinguished scholar who earned his B.A. and Ph.D. in History in 1981 at the then University of Ife, Ile-Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), has just been conferred an Honorary Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) from his alma mater.
Professor Falola expressed deep humility and gratitude with his acceptance speech on the university’s decision to honour his longstanding contributions to academia. Having earned both his B.A. and Ph.D. in History at the institution, Professor Falola’s academic journey has come full circle with this prestigious recognition. His contributions to the field of African Studies, as well as his influential work in Arts, Culture, and Literature, have left an indelible mark on the academic landscape.
This ceremony holds special significance as it not only celebrates academic excellence but also pays tribute to Professor Falola’s enduring connection with Obafemi Awolowo University. It serves as a testament to the lasting impact of his scholarship and the enduring legacy of academic pursuits at the university.