Transition: Professor Olusegun 'Teju Oladipo

Professor Olusegun 'Teju Oladipo

Professor Olusegun 'Teju Oladipo, of the Department of Philosophy, the University of Ibadan (UI), Nigeria, is dead. Oladipo transitioned to sudden ancestor-hood after a brief illness, on December 11, 2009, at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Nigeria, aged 52.

The deceased was born on August 23, 1957 at Accra, Ghana, to the family of Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Oladipo of Faji, in Odo-Otin Local Government Area of Osun State, Nigeria. He had his primary and secondary education in both Ghana and Nigeria. He was admitted to the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria in August, 1979 and graduated in July 1982, with a B.A. First Class Honours Degree in Philosophy.

The late professor joined the Department of Philosophy as an Assistant Lecturer in 1984, after completing his Masters Degree in Philosophy in the same Department, and he was promoted to Lecturer II in 1987. He completed his PhD in Philosophy in 1988, and rose to the position of Lecturer I two years later. He was promoted Senior Lecturer in Philosophy in 1993 and became a full professor in October 2000.

During his life, the deceased served the University of Ibadan in various capacities. He was from 1991 to 1993 the sub-Dean, Faculty of Arts, and Acting Head, the Department of Philosophy, University of Ibadan, between 1995 and 1997.

Until his untimely death, Professor Oladipo was the representative of the Faculty of Arts on the Central Appointments and Promotions Committee of the University. He supervised numerous PhD theses in Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria.

The deceased was a member of many professional associations and served as external examiner to many academic departments. He was the chief examiner for Logical Thinking for the Public Service Examination of the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON) from 1993 to 2007.

Oladipo was also Vice-President of the Nigerian Philosophical Association (NPA) from 2004 to 2008. He had more than 50 publications to his credit, including 10 books. One of the books is the celebrated The Idea of African Philosophy.

He was buried on December 18, 2009. He was survived by a wife and two children: Oluwaseyi and Opeyemi.