Jadesola Akande, ex-LASU VC, dies at 67

A former Vice Chancelor, Lagos State University, Ojo, Prof. Jadesola Akande, is dead.


Professor Akande's Interview with the Achebe Foundation

Part 1

Part 2 

Published: Wednesday, 30 Apr 2008

A former Vice Chancelor, Lagos State University, Ojo, Prof. Jadesola Akande, is dead

The deceased, a lawyer, researcher and administrator, was 67.

One of her children, Dayo Debo-Akande, confirmed her passage at her Ikoyi, Lagos residence on Tuesday.

"One of her aides told me that she died in her sleep. We will miss her a lot. Her wealth of experience was second to none, " Dayo told one of our correspondents on the telephone.

The Akande and Esan families also confirmed the renowned academic's death in a statement.

"The families of Chief Debo Akande (SAN) and Chief Esan of Ibadanland announce the passing away quietly in her sleep on April 29, 2008 of their daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunty, Prof. Jadesola Olayinka Debo-Akande, OFR," they said.

A lady, who identified herself as Akande's personal assistant said her boss "did not complain of any sickness" before she left her (Akande) residence on Monday.

The deceased's son-in-law, Mr. Tokunbo Coker, told one of our correspondents that Akande visited their house around 5.30pm on Monday and discussed with him and her daughter after which she took mango with them.

"It was unbelievable when I learnt that my mother-in-law died in her sleep this (Tuesday) morning. Her body was still warm when I got to her residence at Ikoyi at 11 am," he said.

Akande's last public outing was of at lecture marking the 70th birthday of a human rights activist, Chief Gani Fawehinmi (SAN), in Lagos on Monday.

At the event, Akande, who until her death was an Executive Director with the Women, Law and Development Centre, officiated the cutting of Fawehinmi's birthday cake and prayed for his quick recovery.

Among those who reacted to her passage were Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN), the President, Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. Olisa Agbakoba; a former Vice -Chancellor, University of Lagos, Prof. Oye Ibidapo-Obe, and his successor, Prof. Tolu Odugbemi.

Others were the President, Campaign for Democracy, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, the Executive Director, Women Advocate for Research and Documentation Centre, Mrs. Abiola Akiode-Afolabi; and Dr. Keziah Awosika.

The Special Adviser (Media) to Fashola, Mr. Akeem Bello, said in a statement that the governor visited the family house of the former vice-chancellor in company with his predecessor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

Fashola advised the "family members who were equally shocked by the sudden transition of the respected legal scholar to take solace in the fact that she lived a very fruitful and fulfilled life."

In the condolence register opened for the deceased, the governor wrote, "Dear Aunty Jade, rest in the bosom of your Creator."

He described her as a "distinguished Nigerian who built many leaders as well as the nation."

In the condolence register, Agbakoba (SAN) wrote, "This is a shocking and terrible news. A great loss to the legal profession and Nigeria. A legal icon and an academic giant."

Agbakoba later issued a statement in which he described Akande as "a legal giant and a woman of substance."

While Ibidapo-Obe said the deceased was "an unrelenting advocate for women‘s rights and empowerment," Odugbemi described her as a "pleasant and brilliant academic," who would be missed by academics and those in the legal profession.

A Judge of High Court of Lagos, Justice Joseph Oyewole, said Akande lived a fulfilled life.

Awosika, who is Akande's partner at WLDC, said they both spoke on the telephone between 10.30 and 11pm on Monday night about a meeting scheduled for Tuesday.

"We talked and discussed about the meeting we were supposed to have in the office today (Tuesday)," she said, before breaking down in tears.

Akiode-Afolabi said Akande's death was a great loss to Nigeria.

"She was a woman of courage, a woman of profound intellect and very resourceful. She was the last woman standing and she had contributed her quota to the struggle for a better society," she said.

Also, the Pro-National Conference Organisation said in a statement by its spokesperson, Mr. Wale Okunniyi, that Akande would be remembered for drafting the people's constitution launched by PRONACO on May 22, 2007.

"PRONACO and the entire democratic movement will no doubt miss her fearless contributions to the renewed effort at reforming the Nigerian polity, " he said.

Born on November 15, 1940, Akande, a distinguished jurist, was a law graduate of the University College, London. She was called to the bar at Inner Temple in 1963.

Akande returned to the country in 1965 and worked in the West Regional Civil Service as an administrative officer/state council for a year before she proceeded to the Nigerian Law School.



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Re: Jadesola Akande is Dead!
VOR posted on 04-30-2008, 20:24:08 PM
Iyaafin

The thing tire me no be small.....
Re: Jadesola Akande is Dead!
Atomic Kitten posted on 04-30-2008, 20:39:59 PM
She was a woman of intergrity and a role model. May her soul rest in peace.
Re: Jadesola Akande is Dead!
Anon posted on 04-30-2008, 20:45:12 PM
This is a big blow... kai, I confirmed it minutes after you posted it VOR. Everyone in the family is shocked and speechless, because no one saw it coming
Re: Jadesola Akande is Dead!
Dapxin posted on 05-01-2008, 02:56:01 AM
They seem to be exiting one after one another - those Nigerians, who lived when there was a bit of connect between them and the concept of a country....

I wonder who will truly empathise with Nigeria, in 10 - 20 years time.

RIP Madam J, you were many peoples' heroine. And if we ever find the grace, to remember those that stood, for the many of us, honourably in times of pain war & peace, we will remember you.
Re: Jadesola Akande is Dead!
Agbonizuanghwe posted on 05-01-2008, 05:36:06 AM
As part of their 5th Anniverssary Programme, would NVS consider creating a genuine hall of fame for the Nigerians that truly meant something to the people? those who can be shown with evidence to have made demonstrable impact, not just held positions of power or were made popular through imaginative use of publicity.

Jadesola Akande would make it into that hall of fame.
Robot posted on 05-01-2008, 05:41:22 AM
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Re: Jadesola Akande is Dead!
LagosBlues posted on 05-01-2008, 05:55:16 AM
Goodnight, Prof. Jadesola Akande...
Re: Jadesola Akande is Dead!
WaleAkin posted on 05-01-2008, 06:11:04 AM
May God in His infinite mercies grant the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

The strife is o'er
The battle done!

O death, where is thy sting?
Where is thy victory oh grave?
Jadesola Akande is Dead!
VOR posted on 05-01-2008, 06:41:19 AM
This is sad sad news!! I am speechless. May her vibrant, beautiful ad sweet sweet soul rest in the bosom of the Lord.

Sun re o!

Jadesola Akande, ex-LASU VC, dies at 67

QUOTE:
A former Vice Chancelor, Lagos State University, Ojo, Prof. Jadesola Akande, is dead
The deceased, a lawyer, researcher and administrator, was 67.

One of her children, Dayo Debo-Akande, confirmed her passage at her Ikoyi, Lagos residence on Tuesday.

\"One of her aides told me that she died in her sleep. We will miss her a lot. Her wealth of experience was second to none, \" Dayo told one of our correspondents on the telephone.

The Akande and Esan families also confirmed the renowned academic's death in a statement.

\"The families of Chief Debo Akande (SAN) and Chief Esan of Ibadanland announce the passing away quietly in her sleep on April 29, 2008 of their daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunty, Prof. Jadesola Olayinka Debo-Akande, OFR,\" they said.

A lady, who identified herself as Akande's personal assistant said her boss \"did not complain of any sickness\" before she left her (Akande) residence on Monday.

The deceased's son-in-law, Mr. Tokunbo Coker, told one of our correspondents that Akande visited their house around 5.30pm on Monday and discussed with him and her daughter after which she took mango with them.

\"It was unbelievable when I learnt that my mother-in-law died in her sleep this (Tuesday) morning. Her body was still warm when I got to her residence at Ikoyi at 11 am,\" he said.

Akande's last public outing was of at lecture marking the 70th birthday of a human rights activist, Chief Gani Fawehinmi (SAN), in Lagos on Monday.

At the event, Akande, who until her death was an Executive Director with the Women, Law and Development Centre, officiated the cutting of Fawehinmi's birthday cake and prayed for his quick recovery.

Among those who reacted to her passage were Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN), the President, Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. Olisa Agbakoba; a former Vice -Chancellor, University of Lagos, Prof. Oye Ibidapo-Obe, and his successor, Prof. Tolu Odugbemi.

Others were the President, Campaign for Democracy, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, the Executive Director, Women Advocate for Research and Documentation Centre, Mrs. Abiola Akiode-Afolabi; and Dr. Keziah Awosika.

The Special Adviser (Media) to Fashola, Mr. Akeem Bello, said in a statement that the governor visited the family house of the former vice-chancellor in company with his predecessor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

Fashola advised the \"family members who were equally shocked by the sudden transition of the respected legal scholar to take solace in the fact that she lived a very fruitful and fulfilled life.\"

In the condolence register opened for the deceased, the governor wrote, \"Dear Aunty Jade, rest in the bosom of your Creator.\"

He described her as a \"distinguished Nigerian who built many leaders as well as the nation.\"

In the condolence register, Agbakoba (SAN) wrote, \"This is a shocking and terrible news. A great loss to the legal profession and Nigeria. A legal icon and an academic giant.\"

Agbakoba later issued a statement in which he described Akande as \"a legal giant and a woman of substance.\"

While Ibidapo-Obe said the deceased was \"an unrelenting advocate for women‘s rights and empowerment,\" Odugbemi described her as a \"pleasant and brilliant academic,\" who would be missed by academics and those in the legal profession.

A Judge of High Court of Lagos, Justice Joseph Oyewole, said Akande lived a fulfilled life.

Awosika, who is Akande's partner at WLDC, said they both spoke on the telephone between 10.30 and 11pm on Monday night about a meeting scheduled for Tuesday.

\"We talked and discussed about the meeting we were supposed to have in the office today (Tuesday),\" she said, before breaking down in tears.

Akiode-Afolabi said Akande's death was a great loss to Nigeria.

\"She was a woman of courage, a woman of profound intellect and very resourceful. She was the last woman standing and she had contributed her quota to the struggle for a better society,\" she said.

Also, the Pro-National Conference Organisation said in a statement by its spokesperson, Mr. Wale Okunniyi, that Akande would be remembered for drafting the people's constitution launched by PRONACO on May 22, 2007.

\"PRONACO and the entire democratic movement will no doubt miss her fearless contributions to the renewed effort at reforming the Nigerian polity, \" he said.

Born on November 15, 1940, Akande, a distinguished jurist, was a law graduate of the University College, London. She was called to the bar at Inner Temple in 1963.

Akande returned to the country in 1965 and worked in the West Regional Civil Service as an administrative officer/state council for a year before she proceeded to the Nigerian Law School.
Re: Jadesola Akande is Dead!
VOR posted on 05-01-2008, 06:41:19 AM

A former Vice Chancelor, Lagos State University, Ojo, Prof. Jadesola Akande, is dead.




Professor Akande's Interview with the Achebe Foundation


Part 1


Part 2 








Published: Wednesday, 30 Apr 2008



A former Vice Chancelor, Lagos State University, Ojo, Prof. Jadesola Akande, is dead

The deceased, a lawyer, researcher and administrator, was 67.

One of her children, Dayo Debo-Akande, confirmed her passage at her Ikoyi, Lagos residence on Tuesday.


"One
of her aides told me that she died in her sleep. We will miss her a
lot. Her wealth of experience was second to none, " Dayo told one of
our correspondents on the telephone.


The Akande and Esan families also confirmed the renowned academic's death in a statement.


"The
families of Chief Debo Akande (SAN) and Chief Esan of Ibadanland
announce the passing away quietly in her sleep on April 29, 2008 of
their daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunty, Prof.
Jadesola Olayinka Debo-Akande, OFR," they said.


A lady, who
identified herself as Akande's personal assistant said her boss "did
not complain of any sickness" before she left her (Akande) residence on
Monday.


The deceased's son-in-law, Mr. Tokunbo Coker, told one of
our correspondents that Akande visited their house around 5.30pm on
Monday and discussed with him and her daughter after which she took
mango with them.


"It was unbelievable when I learnt that my
mother-in-law died in her sleep this (Tuesday) morning. Her body was
still warm when I got to her residence at Ikoyi at 11 am," he said.


Akande's
last public outing was of at lecture marking the 70th birthday of a
human rights activist, Chief Gani Fawehinmi (SAN), in Lagos on Monday.


At
the event, Akande, who until her death was an Executive Director with
the Women, Law and Development Centre, officiated the cutting of
Fawehinmi's birthday cake and prayed for his quick recovery.


Among
those who reacted to her passage were Lagos State Governor Babatunde
Fashola (SAN), the President, Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. Olisa
Agbakoba; a former Vice -Chancellor, University of Lagos, Prof. Oye
Ibidapo-Obe, and his successor, Prof. Tolu Odugbemi.


Others were
the President, Campaign for Democracy, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, the
Executive Director, Women Advocate for Research and Documentation
Centre, Mrs. Abiola Akiode-Afolabi; and Dr. Keziah Awosika.


The
Special Adviser (Media) to Fashola, Mr. Akeem Bello, said in a
statement that the governor visited the family house of the former
vice-chancellor in company with his predecessor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.


Fashola
advised the "family members who were equally shocked by the sudden
transition of the respected legal scholar to take solace in the fact
that she lived a very fruitful and fulfilled life."


In the condolence register opened for the deceased, the governor wrote, "Dear Aunty Jade, rest in the bosom of your Creator."


He described her as a "distinguished Nigerian who built many leaders as well as the nation."


In
the condolence register, Agbakoba (SAN) wrote, "This is a shocking and
terrible news. A great loss to the legal profession and Nigeria. A
legal icon and an academic giant."


Agbakoba later issued a statement in which he described Akande as "a legal giant and a woman of substance."


While
Ibidapo-Obe said the deceased was "an unrelenting advocate for women‘s
rights and empowerment," Odugbemi described her as a "pleasant and
brilliant academic," who would be missed by academics and those in the
legal profession.


A Judge of High Court of Lagos, Justice Joseph Oyewole, said Akande lived a fulfilled life.


Awosika,
who is Akande's partner at WLDC, said they both spoke on the telephone
between 10.30 and 11pm on Monday night about a meeting scheduled for
Tuesday.


"We talked and discussed about the meeting we were
supposed to have in the office today (Tuesday)," she said, before
breaking down in tears.


Akiode-Afolabi said Akande's death was a great loss to Nigeria.


"She
was a woman of courage, a woman of profound intellect and very
resourceful. She was the last woman standing and she had contributed
her quota to the struggle for a better society," she said.


Also,
the Pro-National Conference Organisation said in a statement by its
spokesperson, Mr. Wale Okunniyi, that Akande would be remembered for
drafting the people's constitution launched by PRONACO on May 22, 2007.


"PRONACO
and the entire democratic movement will no doubt miss her fearless
contributions to the renewed effort at reforming the Nigerian polity, "
he said.


Born on November 15, 1940, Akande, a distinguished
jurist, was a law graduate of the University College, London. She was
called to the bar at Inner Temple in 1963.


Akande returned to
the country in 1965 and worked in the West Regional Civil Service as an
administrative officer/state council for a year before she proceeded to
the Nigerian Law School.




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