ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Prof Akinlawon Mabogunje, 90 years old, born on October 18, 1931, and passed away on August 4, 2022. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Lanre Bolu on August 17, 2022
One would wish that uncommonly brilliant and exceptionally nice people like Professor Mabogunje should live forever.
Knowing Prof and working for him was indeed very pleasurable. He was always amenable to professional advise and will always assent to my suggestion with the remark “you do that”.
May God grant his soul eternal rest, comfort and strengthen his family and all of us who mourn his demise. Amen.
Posted by Adebayo Adeyemi on August 17, 2022
     TRIBUTE ON PROFESSOR AKIN MABOGUNJE:
     A DIVINELY ENDOWED “VESSEL OF HONOUR”

Professor Akin Mabogunje, no doubt, is a household name in Nigeria, who is highly acknowledged as one of the foremost Academicians internationally. Hardly would one pass through the University of Ibadan, regardless of the student’s discipline, without knowing or hearing about the erudite Professor of Geography. That was my fortune as a student in the Faculty of Agriculture between 1969 and 1972 during which students of Agriculture had to take a Course in “Climatology” in the Department of Geography. For me, the initial point of getting to know him was at public lectures and debates which were highly intellectual, and fora for enhancing our perceptions of national and international happenings and developments in an era when online information was not available. It was with admiration and respect that I and my colleagues eschew the “all round” Professor.

The opportunity to get very close to ‘a mentor of mentors’ was during my stay as Vice Chancellor, Bells University of Technology, Ota between 2006 and 2016 during which time Professor Mabogunje was the maiden Chancellor (2005 – 2015). This gave me an opportunity to learn at the ‘Master’s Feet’. I found it highly amazing for him to discuss and contribute excellently well on any subject under the sun. His contributions to the solid foundation of Bells University of Technology are well captured in the book on the first ten years of Bellstech. That the University has one of the most thriving and formidable University Parents Forum, Bells University Parents Forum (BUPF), in Nigeria is at the instance and contributions of the founding Chancellor. Professor Mabogunje is a repository of knowledge in all facets of administration; and served as a ‘Consultant’, for free, to countless Vice Chancellors. I recollect visiting him in his Ibadan residence for consultation, in a usual father-to-son discussion; and after such, he said jokingly that, “you people just come here to tap my brain”. It was then I got to know that barely less than 30 minutes before my arrival, a former Vice Chancellor in the foremost Nigerian University just left his residence. Also, I cannot forget his contribution to my valedictory lecture in 2018 when his recorded voice on the subject matter, “Town and Gown”, resonated in the course of the lecture.

“Seest thou a man diligent in his ways, he will stand before kings and not before mean men”. Professor Akin Mabogunje indeed was truly such a man. He had opportunities of being a Vice Chancellor, which he declined. He would rather raise and nurture Vice Chancellors than be one. Apart from his strong and exceptional family values, he was a man imbued with respect, dignity and moral uprightness. He was equally a man who served in the academia, various public and private sectors without blemishes. It will be very remiss of me not to mention that, in spite of his tight schedules, he was able to carry his family successfully along and throughout his career. All in all, he was a man you will meet once and be convinced he radiates with the ‘gift and fruit of the spirit’. To me, he was a vessel of Divine honour, which is “A Measure of Grace”.

May the soul of Professor Akin Mabogunje continue to rest in the bosom of Jesus Christ.

Professor Isaac Adebayo Adeyemi, FAS, FNIFST
Immediate Past Vice Chancellor,
Bells University of Technology, Ota



Posted by ADEOLA OWODUNNI on August 17, 2022
TRIBUTE TO “PROF.”
I GOT TO KNOW PROFESSOR AKIN MABOGUNJe, Prof. as we fondly called him, when I joined the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria in 2007. At that time, Prof was the Chairman of the Presidential Technical Board set up to restructure the Bank. The Board had commenced a recruitment exercise and I had applied for the position of a Legal Adviser and was invited for the interview. Some family members advised me not to waste my time travelling to Abuja to attend the interview as the advertisement was a mere formality to fulfill all righteousness. They said this is Nigeria where nepotism is the norm. Nevertheless, I decided to attend the interview and, lo and behold, I got the job without going through anyone. This is just one of the several experiences of Prof’s transparency and integrity.
I subsequently became Board Secretary and Legal Adviser and was privileged to work more closely with Prof. The Board introduced improved benefits for directors and yet did not benefit because Prof. was of the view that they were performing a civic duty. His disregard for material things was well known as we often heard stories of customers who tried to offer him gifts leaving in embarrassment. Prof. as everyone knew was highly intellectual and yet humble. He was a perfect gentleman – polite and courteous using the phrases “Please” and “Thank you” with a smile and correcting one in a soft tone. I admired and respected him a great deal and thus even after we had both left the Bank, I strove to maintain my relationship with him by the annual festive season telephone calls and messages; and being the gentleman he was, he would return any missed calls.
I pray Prof’s soul rests in peace in the bosom of the Lord. Eternal rest grant him O lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. Amen.
Adieu Prof.
Dr. Adeola Owodunni
Posted by Oluwemimo Oluwasola on August 17, 2022
Baba as we fondly called him since I came to work with him when he was the Executive Chairman of the Development Policy Center, Ibadan and the President of the Foundation for Environmental Development and Initiatives was a different kind of man. An academic giant and scholar per excellence. He cherished knowledge acquisition and disemination like life. He knew everything and was willing both to share and to teach. The beautiful thing about him is that in spite of his vast knowledge, he joyfully allowed the young ones to fly. A wise and thoughtful man, he made us to think and work for the challenges confronting the marginalized. He would say: what do you think can be done for the retirees? This was the begining of the contributory pension scheme as he put a scholar to work on it. How do we check the continuous economic poverty in cities? This gave birth to the Ijebu Ode initiatives on poverty reduction. And many more. A very loving and kind man. Those of us who fell into the category of his "Grand Students" he treated like his own Grand children. A man with a Grand global reputation although this got many of us in to trouble. Ones you are from him you are expected to know and be intelligent. This forced us to read and became better. He will tell you when you complain: don't mess me up there. In Australia, USA, every where, it was like that. Baba as we call you, Chairman as Professor Abumere called you, you lived a good, worthy, prosperous and exemplary life but I still have this feeling of loss. We will miss your wisdom, your vision, your liove, and tutelage. Adieu and rest in perfect peace. Professor Oluwemimo Oluwasola, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
Posted by Oluseun Mabogunje on August 17, 2022
Tribute by Prof. (Mrs) Bisi Sowunmi

He indeed was an outstanding and greatly talented man, widely acclaimed and honoured locally and internationally. Yet he remained a very jumble, modest, soft-spoken, charismatic Christian gentleman-- an admirable and devoted family man, and one who laboured to make the country a better place to live in, while locally in his hometown, Ijebu Ode, he was one of the ardent operators of poverty reduction programme.
There goes a man of excellence and selfless and self-effacing apostle of a better life for all. A committed follower of Christ, who also nurtured all.his children in the way of the Lord. Whence comes another?
He is already in eternal bliss with his Lord and Saviour.
May God continue to uphold and console his beloved wife, Justice Titi Mabogunje (rtd.), the children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, the rest of his family, colleagues and friends.
Posted by Oluseun Mabogunje on August 16, 2022
A tribute to our cousin, Professor Akin Mabogunje:

In writing this piece i kept dilly-dallying, nay confused..... for how does one capture the essence of essence itself?
I had a rude but indelible introduction to the giant stature of my much older cousin, Prof Mabogunje, in my form one at Government College Ibadan by one of our most reverred teachers a Mr Adelaja ("Young Ade") our Mathematics teacher. He would boom "you must know Maths and become successful in life like your uncle Professor Akin Mabogunje whom i know very well". My dear uncle, suffice it to say you and our darling Auntie, your jewel, Mama Justice Mabogunje (Rtd) positively influenced and encouraged my wife, Onikepo and i, during the last four decades. You stood by us and you were a shining light that never dimmed until the call of your Creator came on the 4th day of August 2022.
Our very dear uncle, you are unforgettable. Your unique voice and memory linger on in the hearts of Onikepo and i. Uncle, you have had a good inning and deservedly gone to rest...

Rest in the bosom of your Lord.

Laja and Onikepo Atewologun
Posted by Adenike Ogunbona on August 16, 2022
My lovely and adorable father, l thank you so much for loving and accepting me as your own. What l am today, is because of you and Mummy.
You made me to to love learning and l never stop doing just that.
I remember the day l played prank on Mama, because l did not want to go to school that day. I told her that l was not feeling well. But, when you heard, l, you told me to get ready in mins. Since, then, l have never missed school.
Thank you for visiting me in Glasgow and Surrey whenever you came to Britain.
Daddy, l love your words of wisdom about wealth and life, being honest in all things and the importance of hard work.
You are always kind and grateful for things done to you. Always saying thank you even to the drivers and for making your meals, even though you provided it all.
You are a man of honour, both in life and in death. You are highly regarded, yet , yet you humble your self.
Daddy, you will be greatly missed by us all.
Su re, papa mi owon.
Posted by Oluseyi Afolabi on August 16, 2022
I met Prof and Justice Mabogunje in Port Harcourt sometime in 1986/87 when they came to visit their daughter, Bimpe, who was on NYSC posting and was living with me at the time. Prof Mabogunje commanded respect. You cannot see him without immediately recognizing his respectable personality. He didn’t say much to me but his presence was quite noticeable.

My first impression has never been tainted as he remained one of the few ethical Nigerian public servants who I have never read or heard any untoward information about. Nigeria has lost a respectable elder statesman.

May his gentle and respectable soul Rest In Peace Amen.

My sincere condolences to his family especially Mummy Mabogunje. God comfort you all. May the Holy Spirit fill the vacuum created by his departure to his permanent residence. 
Posted by Itodo Chidinma on August 16, 2022
A Tribute to my BEST Boss
A friend of yours brought me to you to work as your secretary, he told me not to look at the salary you will pay me, but to take it as an opportunity to work with an Icon and a very respected man in the Society. I hold on to those word and on the 3rd of January 2018 I met you in person and I have never regretted working with you. Immediately, you encourage me to take a form and go back for my HND even why working with you,and that same year I took the form and to God be the Glory am now a graduate. 
The Bible say no one is perfect, but Daddy was the best Boss I never had. I never got tired going to office everyday because I keep on learning from you every blessed day .
Even when I got married in 2019, and my husband lives in different state, I still decided to stay and work with you.
Who will call me Ruuuuuuth again in Daddy's voice.
Mrs Ruth Itodo
Daddy's Secretary
Posted by Babatunde jacobson Osho on August 15, 2022
A.L Mabogunje (Prof), I MOURN YOUR DEPARTURE
I am grateful to God to have made it possible for me to come in contact with Prof while working for First Interstate Merchant Bank/First Interstate Bank Plc with Prof as chairman.
Being the first Branch Manager of the bank with the bank branch in Abuja and arising from the mandate to source and ensure that marketing targets were met. While marketing, I got to an office in Abuja, and after several visits God favoured me before the Finance & Administration Director,D(F&A), and Prof. D(F&A) said that I should invite my chairman,Prof Mabogunje to speak with the FCDA Minister to be able to release the funds.
You could imagine my predicaments, that I needed to speak with my chairman was a challenge for me. I now devised a means of speaking first with my GM, Mr. Omosona who spoke with him on my behalf. Guess what, Prof requested for my number and he called me directly and later instructed me to be calling him in case there was any challenge.
Prof visited Abuja and asked that I should go to the Minister with him.
When we were about to move and I went to sit in the front, Prof asked me to sit with him at the back.
With his influence and support my first N500m deposit came in. Also in Porthacourt he was instrumental to the deposit of N1.5bn. As highly placed as the Chairman was, he often came to my level and most times would share pleasantries with me on our return from marketing.
He was humble and highly loved by the staff.
Quite a lot will continue to miss him, including those that may read later about his works.
Adieu Daddy, Adieu Prof, Adieu my Chairman.
May the good Lord console us all.
Posted by Bami Ibu on August 15, 2022
"Sweet is the memory of the righteous"

Daddy Akin Mabogunje you lived a life that touched many lives! Every minute spent with you was always filled with laughter and joy. Your sincere and genuine love for everyone was unparallel. As a family we will never forget your unwavering love, support and encouragement especially when we were going through the storms and challenges of life. You and aunty stood firmly by us and we remain eternally grateful to both of you. We will never forget our many visits to your home in Ibadan and how you always welcomed and treated us like a VIP. We will always remember how without fail you would on every visit to the UK call those of us who reside there to let us know you have arrived in the UK and would ask to see us to find out how we are faring. As a family we are truly blessed to have lived life with you and you will be so missed. We join others to celebrate your beautiful life, a life of love, humility, contentment and excellence.

May your beautiful soul rest peacefully.

The Fapohunda Family
Posted by Oluseye Mabogunje on August 15, 2022
Dearest Uncle, I know you are up in heaven and I love you and miss you very much and can’t stop thinking about how you have impacted my life, not only as an Uncle or the head of the family but as a constant example of industry, integrity, leadership, philanthropy and devotion to family.

Indeed your shadow loomed large, guiding me in my every choice, when the lure of following the crowd, cutting corners, taking the expedient route, looked so appealing, I would think to myself “Rántí omó eni tí o jé”, what would Prof do?; “He would do the right thing and he would do it right”; so I could do no less.

Thank you for being a great example, truly we stand on the shoulders of giants. I pray that those of us you have left behind will continue to make you proud and maintain the great legacy you’ve left behind.

Rest well till we meet again.
Posted by Oluseun Mabogunje on August 15, 2022
Short Tribute To My Late Brother :
Prof. Akinlawon Oladipo Mabogunje.
HE MADE HIS LIFE COUNT
= HE IS A GIVER =
My Big Brother, Prof. Akinlawon Oladipo Mabogunje is the first son but the fourth child of Pa and Mama J O Mabogunje. Many things had been written and spoken about Prof. Mabogunje; he is everything everyone says about him. But please, there is this part of him that is seemingly very silent. He is a GIVER by every letter of the word. He made his life count, to the Nation, to the Continent even to the World. He was not a pleaser of men but a server of men. Starting from his 'Jerusalem ' he was the rallying point of the family get together, the soft spoken wisdom (sage) of the family. He served many generations of Nigerian' leaders in government; he served, Continentally, he served Globally, he served person to persons and more so, he served God to the best of his understanding. I am a sincere witness to one of the humblest man that I know. I am the last born of his father's fourteenth child in his generation. I testify, "he made his life count"--"he is a giver" in his own words he said it is just "A measure of Grace". Adieu Brother, we missed you already, Good Night !!!, we will see you in the Morning !!!

Rev. Dr. J O T Mabogunje.
Posted by Richard Asabia on August 15, 2022
Professor Akinlawon Mabogunje. Gentleman, Erudite Scholar, Teacher, Patriot, Leader of men. May the road rise up to meet you and the wind be forever at your back. Rest in Peace Sir.
Posted by Oyebanji Oyelaran-Oyeyink... on August 15, 2022
Prof Mabogunje was a remarkable intellectual, an amazing teacher and mentor. We met on the platform of the Awolowo Leadership Foundation but he also took great interest in me and my career. When I launched my book: “Rich Country Poor People” in Lagos, 2014 he came all the way from Lagos despite the bad road. It was unforgettable as his presence energized the event which has governors, Dr. Dosunmu-Awolowo & the current VP in attendance. RIP dear Prof.
Posted by Adebukola Daramola on August 14, 2022
Hoping we have more institutions like him in the field of Geography. Rest in Peace Sir.
Posted by Laitan Lawanson on August 14, 2022
I celebrate the life of a man of great intellect who was generous of heart and spirit. He shared his knowlege liberally, and was a worthy mentor and true inspiration.
Rest in perfect peace Professor Akin Mabogunje. Yours was a life of service and great grace.

Taibat Lawanson
University of Lagos. 
Posted by The Yunusa Family on August 14, 2022
We express our heart felt condolences to the Mabogunje family. May the good Lord bless and comfort you. Our late mother was mentored by Professor Mabogunje on her professional journey as a Town Planner. May he rest in eternal peace.

The Yunusa Family.
Posted by Oluwafemi Faturoti on August 14, 2022
Truly, there are legends in this world and I must say "you are one of the few".
It was during my NCE at EACOED that I first heard the name Prof. Mabogunje in our geography class, ever since then, my interest and love for geography has been on another level totally.
Though I wasn't chanced to meet you physically, yet you have impact my knowledge with the great works you did as far as geography is concern. Hardly will a semester go during my studies in University of Ibadan that I won't learn about the contribution of Prof. Mabogunje. Regional planning, Urbanization and even Geographic Information System (LOML) would not permit me to forget who Prof. Mabogunje is.
You are gone but your memory lives on even to generations to come except Geography does not exist again in Nigeria. No one can put on this shoe you left behind, so it's better kept in the museum for generations to see but God helping me, I will try my possible best to makes impact as such too. You are an inspiration sir and this I respect.

Rest well sir,
I pray God uphold the family.
Posted by Yacoob Abiodun on August 13, 2022
TRIBUTE TO AN INTELLECTUAL GIANT AND A GREAT PATRIOT

With the passing away of Professor Akin Mabogunje, Nigeria has lost one of the best among her few acknowledged patriots. According to a friend with whom I often chat through social media, death reveals a man's greatness. So it is about Professor Mabogunje.

Prof, as he was fondly called by colleagues, students, and mentees, was a world-class geographer,an international scholar with seminal/prodigious ideas, and a distinguished development policy initiator.

Nigeria as a nation benefitted immensely from ideas emanating from his fertile mind. Professor Mabogunje was responsible for the establishment of a few purpose –specific governmental institutions such as the Peoples Bank, Community Bank, Urban Development Bank, and DFRRI. In the housing sector, he left his footprints by facilitating the creation of key stakeholders: two public associations such as REDAN and BUMAN, which are still vibrant to date.

Among his global awards was the prestigious UNHabitat Scroll of Honour in 1998, a commemorative global award in celebration of World Habitat Day designated by the UN. Despite his busy schedule, Professor Mabogunje was a regular Guest Speaker on the themes chosen to mark the global ceremony on the first Monday of October every year whenever he was invited by his adopted and darling Federal Ministry of Works and Housing. 

Professor Mabogunje was humility personified and never given to hubris despite his intimidating scholarship and lollapalooza(extraordinarily impressive) resumè. A father figure to many and demonstrably a man of peace with a gentle mien.

Nigeria's loss is heaven's gain. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace in the bosom of his creator. Adieu to an uncommon intelligentsia.

Tpl.Yacoob Abiodun (Pioneer Secretary, Housing Policy Council, FMWH, Abuja).

Posted by Mustapha Zubairu on August 13, 2022
Professor Mabogunje had been a father figure to me. He advised the federal government of General Ibrahim B. BABANGIDA on the establishment of the Urban Development Bank of Nigeria PLC in 1992. I was appointed General Nanager, Lagos Regional office of the Bank, in charge of all the states in the southern part of Nigetia upto Kwara state.
Due to the newness if the Bank, Prof. Mabogunje spent a lot of his time offering my staff and I series of advise on how best to operate the bank in discharging its twin functions as a Development Agency and as a Financial Institution.
He remained my close adviser and a source of inspiration throughout my tenure as Managing Director/Chief Executive of the Federal Housing Authority from 1999 to 2001.
It was my privilege to have recommended him for the award of the Honourary Doctorate Degree of the Federal University of Technology, Minna two years ago.
Posted by Bayo Oduwole on August 13, 2022
Prof Akin Mabogunje was know all over the world as an erudite scholar and a man of great intellectual capacity. I doubt if many knew him as a lover of common man and the down trodden. This quality I found in him when he started Ijebu Development Board on Poverty Reduction IDBPR which metamorphosis into Ijebu Development Initiatives on Poverty Reduction IDIPR.
He translated his academic pursuit to Development of people and creating a better living for people.
Prof has left Ijebu ,Nigeria and the world better than the way he found them . Rest in peace
Brig Gen rtd Lamidi Adebayo Oduwole.
Posted by Peter Adeniyi on August 13, 2022
TRIBUTE TO A GREAT SCHOLAR, MENTOR AND A GENERATIONAL LEADER: PROFESSOR AKINLAWON LADIPO MABOGUNJE
It is a trying time for everyone connected to Professor Akinlawon Ladipo Mabogunje either by birth or by academic and social networking to live with the emergent reality of the demise of their great patriarch, leader and mentor. For me, in particular, I continue to feel the agonies that come with the most untimely, most irreplaceable and most irreparable loss of this great benefactor, whose complete life has been dedicated to the uplift of humanity.
My relationship with Professor Mabogunje spanned fifty years. I never studied under Prof. Akin Mabogunje so I don’t know how he discovered me. However, I became one of his disciples through his academic writings, which were very unique, unparalleled and exceptional in intellectual impact. After obtaining my master’s degree in Air Photo Interpretation for Land use studies at the International Institute for Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences (ITC) Enschede, the Netherlands in 1973, the Department of Geography, University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU) invited me for an interview for the post of Lecturer II. Professor Udo of the Department of Geography, University of Ibadan was a member of the panel. The interview was to take place at 10 a.m. But I was not called in until 4.00 p.m., and when I was eventually called in, I was asked to leave without any interview. When Professor Akin Mabogunje heard about this development, perhaps through Professor Udo shortly after, he was not happy about it. So when the Department of Geography, University of Ibadan wanted to hire me as a technical person later, Professor Mabogunje, whom I had not met up to that time, felt that would be an unacceptable underutilization of a highly trained personnel.
At a later time in my career at the University of Lagos, Professor Mabogunje one day invited me to join him at the Directorate of Food, Roads and Rural Infrastructure (DFRRI). When I did not respond to the invitation immediately, he reported me to the then Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Professor Nurudeen Alao, who then called me to his office. When they asked me why I had not responded to the invitation, I told them that the University of Lagos had just approved my one-year sabbatical leave (9 months in Germany, and three months in Canada), and since I had never enjoyed such leave, I thought I should not miss the opportunity. Professor Mabogunje interjected that people developed the countries that I wanted to go for my sabbatical and he queried me, saying why wouldn’t I like to join him in DFRRI to develop Nigeria.
I was moved by his passion for the development of Nigeria. That was how I dropped the idea and I joined him in DFRRI. I must confirm that I learnt many development and governance issues than I could ever read in any book in my engagement at DFRRI under Professor Mabogunje. He created a wide latitude for me to operate and I became the Head of Unit in charge of the management of DFRRI data and the publication of the Directorate’s reports.
Professor Mabogunje was a bearer of good news to me. On November 13, 2001, he invited me to a workshop in Abuja to speak on Geo-information Technology and Sustainability Science. As I got to Abuja Airport that morning, Professor Mabogunje called to inquire where I was because they were expecting me to have come the previous night. I told him that I had just landed at Abuja Airport and that I was on my way to the venue of the workshop. On getting to Sheraton Hotels and Towers, the venue of the workshop, Professor Akin Mabogunje was waiting for me outside of the hall. And, on getting to him he said, “Congratulations!”. “For what Sir?” I asked. Before answering me, he said, “Have you now dropped your first name ‘Peter’ because of your becoming a Vice-Chancellor?”. Of course I said “No”. He had got wind of my appointment as Vice-Chancellor at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), and was congratulating me.
Professor Akin Mabogunje fondly called me Peter, and any time my telephone rang and I had the word Peter, I always knew it would be Professor Mabogunje. He was keenly following my activities in FUTA and as a show of his love towards me and his interest in education, he and his wife Justice Mabogunje attended the convocation ceremonies of the University in 2005 under my Vice-Chancellorship. He was the chairman of the occasion marking my official retirement from the University of Lagos in 2009. At the event, he whispered to me, “Have you got your own house”? When I said “Yes”, he congratulated me. That was how loving he was to me.
Professor Mabogunje nominated me as a member of the Presidential Technical Committee on Land Reform (PTCLR) in 2009. And, following his voluntary disengagement on his attainment of 80 years of age in 2011, he recommended me to the Federal Government to become the next PTCLR Chairman. He ceaselessly supported me on the assignment and whenever I expressed any frustration, he had a way of smoothing the rough edges. His divine advice has always been that I should document whatever we were doing, believing that, if they do not appreciate it now, someone would appreciate it in future. At 87 years of age in 2018, Professor Mabogunje came to Abuja to attend PTCLR’s dialogue on land reform. I am therefore at pain to note Professor Mabogunje was not able to see a recent book edited by Dr. Akingbade A. O. and Professor Ajala O. A. on Land Administration Reform in Africa: Lessons from Southwestern Nigeria, where the authors dedicated the book to former President Musa Yar’Adua, Professor Akin Mabogunje and my good self.
Beyond being a scholar of uncommon inter-continental repute, Professor Mabogunje was a passionate lover of Nigeria. He spent most of his lifetime seeking solutions to Nigeria’s problems especially those of rural and urban development, urbanization, environmental sustainability, social and economic development, etc. There is no doubt then that the various awards and recognitions given to him by prestigious national and international organisations as well as those conferred on him by the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria are all well deserved.
His passing into glory at this time is a great loss to Nigeria and many Nigerians. And to me personally, it is, and will remain, a colossal loss. As we battle with the harsh realities of his demise, we get consoled by the fact that the inter-generational legacies he left behind in the academia and national development will continue to immortalize him. What a great builder of men, the humanity has lost!
Ká tó ri erin ó digbó;
ká tó ri Ẹfọ̀n ó dọ̀dàn;
ká tó ri eni bi Prof. Akin Mabogunje;
a to ojo meta o
May God grant his soul eternal rest and comfort Mama, the children and members of his extended families.


Emeritus Prof. Peter O. Adeniyi
Posted by Oluseun Mabogunje on August 12, 2022
TRIBUTE TO LATE PROF AKIN MABOGUNJE
      By
  V I Maduka
I had not seen Professor Mabogunje for some time before the party held at Ikeja to celebrate his 90th birthday, in October, 2021. Given his age, it was not surprising that Prof had difficulty recalling the faces and names of some of the guests who came forward to congratulate him where he was seated, gently, with one or two old friends and relatives and, of course, his life partner, Mrs. Justice Mabogunje. But to each guest he gave his old, kind smile, his signature, composed with his entire face, and accompanied with his usual soft, gentle voice: not many people smile so warmly and affectionately, like Prof.

His “age-mates” and associates called him Akin and, apart from his family, perhaps, the rest of us referred to him as “Prof”. I first met Prof in the company of my late friend, Tayo Akpata of the University of Ibadan, and Tayo’s friend, Professor Aboyade, all three of them, UI. Subsequently, I had the privilege of serving with these two Ibadan professors on two separate corporate/advisory bodies. Along with Dr. Michael Omolayole and Dr. Christopher Kolade, for example, he belonged to a formidable pool of highly eloquent intellectuals, from about the 1980’s onwards. They were always being consulted by people at the top in government in Nigeria, from permanent secretaries to heads of government, whether military or civilian, indeed, “reigning” or “ex”.
I witnessed sessions where Prof and his colleagues engaged in heated debates, arguments, but I do not recall that he ever resorted to shouting, nor did I ever see him actually lose his cool. That’s not to say that he never got angry: just that I did not ever see him scream at someone out of anger. During a particular formal meeting where I was present someone, disagreeing strongly with him and his friends, seemed visibly to be trying to make them angry. I watched how Prof kept to the issue, stood his ground, and at the end of that meeting, he and his party withdrew completely from the body. Perhaps, that was the other party’s desire, but what struck me was that Prof never shouted back.
I once came across volumes of work, a tome, that Prof. Mabogunje had produced in his capacity as a renowned geographer, scholar and consultant that he was. It contained a proposal for modernizing the postal address (post code or other) system for the “ancient city”, Ibadan. That scheme was, apparently, never carried out fully. And so, Prof’s home at Ibadan Oluyole, probably, still bears one of those convoluted Ibadan addresses that I used to struggle with there, 60 years ago. And no fault, at all, of his, the renowned and first Nigerian Geography Professor.
We pray that the Lord forgive his sins. And may his soul, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Vincent I. Maduka
August, 2022
Posted by IDBPR IJEBU on August 12, 2022
Chief Olu. B. Okuboyejo
Obasewa of Ijebu-Ode


I write to commiserate with you and the entire Mabogunje family on the demise of your husband and patriarch; my brother and boss, Professor Akinlawon Ladipo Mabogunje, CON,NMON, CFR.

His demise remains one of the most unquantifiable losses of the Nation in recent time. Baba Mabogunje was a hero whose life transformed the way we see life itself. He made indelible contributions to our conceptual, intellectual and national infrastructures. He bestrode every facet of his life like a colossus, shattered all limiting ceilings and chartered paths that seemed unpassable. His exploits made us realize the abundance of our transformational abilities and social capital which surrounds us. In all, I am consoled by the fulfilled life he lived.

Professor Mabogunje was a patriotic exemplar extraordinaire who never turned down any opportunity to serve his country and local community. Many life-transforming governmental and non-governmental programmes, locally and globally, were borne out of his ingenuity. Baba Mabogunje, despite being a globally celebrated scholar, made timeless contributions to his core constituency, his roots – Ijebu.

I was opportune to work with him in several Institutions in government, church and community but for the purpose of space, I will limit myself to the latter. I was involved in the processes, which he initiated, that culminated in the establishment of the Ijebu Development Initiative on Poverty Reduction (IDIPR) in 1999. He assiduously and selflessly served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees from inception in 1999 until his death. I was privileged to serve under him as a one-time treasurer, Chairman, Board of Directors and Member, Board of Trustees. Professor Mabogunje’s consistent pivotal counsel helped transform IDIPR from being a mere product of an experiment into a globally applauded model that it is today.

Working with him made me realize how much of a gift to humanity he is. Virtually everyone testifies of his integrity, diligence, astute dedication towards work, calm and unassuming demeanor and many other of his outstanding attributes. The Ijebu Community has lost an inestimable gem, but his works will continue to speak well of him multiple generations to come.

My heart and prayers are with you and the family at this time.
Posted by IDBPR IJEBU on August 12, 2022
PROFESSOR AKINLAWON LADIPO MABOGUNJE, CON, NMON, CFR:
THE COLLOSUS GALLANTLY EXITS

On behalf of the Grand Patron, Trustees, Governing Council and the entire Ijebu Development Initiative on Poverty Reduction (IDIPR), we want to commiserate with your family on the demise of Professor Akinlawon Ladipo Mabogunje.

Professor Mabogunje's demise is a huge global loss that cannot be measured. He successfully etched his footprints on the rocks of history through his numerous contributions to academia, nation-building, human development, and poverty reduction, among many others. We are, however, comforted by numerous testimonials of his outstanding developmental achievements on a local, national, and international scale.

Professor Mabogunje excelled greatly in all aspects of his life. He was a resourceful academic and social engineer who raised many high flyers and established numerous development programmes that impacted the lives of thousands of people worldwide. Our Initiative, Ijebu Development Initiative on Poverty Reduction (IDIPR), a leading National Community-Based Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that combats poverty and improves livelihoods, which he initiated and selflessly served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees from its inception in 1999 until his death, is one of his immense contributions to humanity. The Initiative, through Baba’s resourceful efforts, grew tremendously from a Community-based NGO into a globally recognized model that is worthy of being replicated across the country and beyond. Indeed, Professor Mabogunje’s exploits remain unquantifiable.

From him, we learned the art of dedication, impeccable character, hard work, diligence and conscientiousness. His timely and fatherly guidance will be sorely missed. Since his demise, we have received multiple heartwarming tributes and testimonials of Baba’s great strides, passion for development, humility and selflessness from Directors, Staff, Stakeholders and Development Partners.

In all, we remain grateful for the opportunity to have shared a part of his life and as well being beneficiaries of his always highly valued wisdom, forthrightness and service to humanity. We pray that God grants the family and the entire nation the fortitude to bear the loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during these times.
Posted by sola mabogunje on August 12, 2022
By Prof Bisi Sowunmi

He indeed was an outstanding and greatly talented man, widely acclaimed and honoured locally and internationally.

Yet he remained a very humble, modest, soft-spoken, charismatic Christian gentleman-- an admirable and devoted family man, and one who laboured to make the country a better place to live in, while locally in his hometown, Ijebu Ode, he was one of the ardent operators of poverty reduction programme.

There goes a man of excellence and selfless and self-effacing apostle of a better life for all. A committed follower of Christ, who also nurtured all.his children in the way of the Lord. Whence comes another?

He is already in eternal bliss with his Lord and Saviour.

May God continue to uphold and console his beloved wife, Justice Titi Manchu(retd.), the children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, the rest of his family, colleagues and friends.
Posted by sola mabogunje on August 12, 2022
By Timi Afanu

Words fail me...

Before I knew he was a Professor or even what a Professor was, I knew him as _Uncle Akin_.
He was my Mother's BIG BROTHER.
He was My Big Uncle... My First Uncle.

His coming to our House in Balham was a BIG EVENT and when he left... It was like the Sun had left and taken the Summer with it.

I heard his Health was failing...
I feel so blessed to have been in his presence in Dec 2019 at the Family Reunion, to have visited (along with Kemi, my Wife) Him and Aunty at Home in Ibadan and to have seen Him in London again last summer.

Uncle Akin..!
The one Man, I know that my Father really and truly had a deep reverence for...
_My Uncle Akin..!_
_My Big Uncle..!_

A Light has Gone...!
A Star is missing from the constellation of our Lives..!

But words fail me...

How do I offer commiserations..? How do I console my Big Aunty and my Darling Cousins..?
How do I greet my Family for this colossal loss, with _words_... So, so inadequate.

My Uncle to Me was 10-Men-One... I honestly do not know anyone more accomplished.
He was the _Pinnacle_, the _Beacon of Achievement_ to me, *The North Star*.

Words Fail Me..!

RIPP Uncle Akin..!
Posted by sola mabogunje on August 12, 2022
By Professor Olayinka Balogun

He lived a very good and enviable life that I am still proud of as his Geography student in the late sixties. He was a Professor that made me proud when I was a graduate student in The University of Wisconsin-Madison where the Chairman of the Department told me that they wanted him desperately to join their geography faculty  in the seventies.

In the University College, London in 1980/81 where I was a Visiting Research Fellow in the University College, London for six months, the Department of Geography was proud to inform me that Prof Mabogunje was a Fellow of the The University College London (a rare honour).
The Geography world has definitely lost a colossus.

May his Soul rest in perfect peace and May God give him a comfortable place in heaven.
My prayer to his family is for God almighty to give you the fortitude to absorb the shock arising from his departure. May God be with all members of his family. IJN I pray.
Posted by sola mabogunje on August 12, 2022
By Adeyemi Adefulu, MFR

The death of Professor Akin Mabogunje yesterday brought back to mind the era of honor and great promise in Nigerian affairs. I first saw Professor Mabogunje on the new WNTV/WNBS in the early days of television broadcasting teaching geography. This must have been about 1961/62. My youthful mind was very impressed.

A most resourceful academic, thinker and social engineer, Akin Mabogunje bestrode the world like a colossus.Originally a geographer, he metamorphosed into social engineering and a deep reflector and builder. Let me name just one, original, earth-shaking project. When the respected Awujale, Oba Sikiru Adetona,Ogbagba the second, was concerned about the unengaged youths in Ijebuland and the danger they portended for the polity,it was to Prof Mabogunje that the community turned for a solution.He, ingeniously, I came up with a poverty alleviation project called Ijebu District Poverty Alleviation Program IDIPR which today, from a humble beginning and excellent husbandry, has become a world beater. It created an aquacultural project which turned many youth, men, women and pensioners into aquaculture. Today, because of this project, many youths were redeemed and prosperity was established. Ogun State is the biggest in aquaculture in Nigeria because of this project. The venture has also extended to other areas of agriculture and other ventures. It’s credit scheme has enjoyed 98% recovery. Any debtor who did not pay had the Awujale at his doorstep or his father’s! The IDIPR is a home grown solution using the estuaries of the several rivers flowing through ijebuland into the lagoon and tapping heavily on the proverbial Ijebu entrepreneurial spirit. The IDIPR has been so successful that several states have been visiting to copy it. When many NGOs received loans from the Federal Government during the presidency of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, the IDIPR was the only one which went back at due date to make repayment! OBJ was so stunned by the exemplary performance that he ordered that the loan be turned into a grant!

The IDIPR represents a people desirous of helping themselves. It is now enjoying a lot of multi lateral funding from several countries.It is also now recognized by the World Bank as the Ijebu model of poverty alleviation. It stands for the value and virtue, decency and credibility of our people.

Professor Mabogunje was truly an exceptional man. He was a world beater,a consummate professional, competent to the hilt, one of the last titans from the Ibadan school of scholars, public administrators,professionals, artisans, artists, public servants and businessmen who showed the light to this country in multiple areas of endeavor. These ones served their generation and they served well.

The elements were so well mixed in the late Professor Mabogunje. He was an erudite, shy, self effacing person and a family man per excellence and a gentleman. His wife retired as a judge of the Ogun State High Court and they were blessed with very accomplished children. May his gentle soul Rest In Peace.

Posted by Omotara Talabi on August 11, 2022
Shoes Too Big to Fill

My darling uncle, I knew your time was near but it still came as a shock when I woke up to the news of your departure. I know you were a National Treasure but to me, you were my big uncle, my mother’s big brother. You were the uncle that always sought me out just to check on me and make sure I was okay. You looked for my siblings as well, carving out precious time from your busy schedule just to see us. Who will do that now? Your shoes are too big to fill.

You were my uncle, the first son of your father, making you the head of the Mabogunje family for as long as I can remember. You held the office well, just like you held your academic office well and your national office well, an exemplary force for good wherever you were appointed to. You were a good husband, father, grandfather and even great-grandfather to emulate, a dear brother, uncle, cousin and friend. All that knew you, sing from the same song sheet, you were indeed a great man! Heaven’s gain is now our loss. Who can be all that you have been to this era? Your shoes are too big to fill!

I thank God for your visit to London last Summer, I got to see you one last time. I was honoured to cook for you, you ate the food and said it was tasty, I think I blushed at the praise. I didn’t realise that would be the last time. Thank you, uncle for all you did, for our family, for our nation, for Africa, for Geography world-wide. Who now will wear so many caps, who? Big shoes, shoes too big to fill.

Adieu Uncle, Rest in Peace Sir.
Posted by Oluseun Mabogunje on August 11, 2022
My Godfather, like no other- Professor Akinlawon Ladipo Mabogunje. (1931-2022).

I have known Prof for as long as I have known myself! He and my father, Bola Ige were classmates at Ibadan Grammar School and University College Ibadan, now University in Ibadan. He and my dad grew up in the North and would speak Hausa, when they didn’t want others to hear their conversation. They both married lawyers, both pioneer female lawyers, who later became Judges.

I am the first of my parents’ children and they took our upbringing very seriously. When I was to be baptised, being a girl, I only had one Godfather and my parents chose a Godfearing Christian who shared the same values as them. They chose the best person for me, Professor Akin Mabogunje. He took his Godfather role very seriously and as I prepared for my Confirmation in 1973, he explained the meaning of the Christian milestone-that I was then old enough to confirm the vows he had taken with my parents at my baptism, that jointly, they would raise me in the ways of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I remember he gave me a white Zondervan Bible for my Confirmation, autographed in his beautiful handwriting.
When I was 21, and I had a thanksgiving service he and his wife, Hon. Justice Titilola Mabogunje( my mum’s lookalike), gave me my first Omega wristwatch- it was a Seamaster edition.
Before I got married, I took my then Fiance, Gbenro Adegbola to meet him and of course, he gave his seal of approval. He gave me a handsome cash gift for my wedding.

Prof and Justice Mabogunje have been at every milestone of my life. They were there at my wedding, 40th, 50th, 55th birthdays. When I shared my vision of running a private secondary school, The Vale College, with him, he was most supportive. Hon. Justice Titilola Mabogunje was one of the Founders’ Day Lecturers in the early years of my school. They both attended nearly every Founders’ Day of the college. In 2020, he and his beautiful wife were given the award of PILLARS OF THE VALE for their support and contribution to the vision of the school. When I was building my College Hall, they gave the biggest donation. I am grateful to them for their generosity.

In 1995 when I moved to the same neighborhood, we became even closer in proximity. When my mum was transferred to Benin and Kaduna, she was happy that I and my family were in good hands, with the Mabogunjes, Ojos and Ade-Ajayis within walking distance.

However in 2003, when I lost both my parents within the space of 16 months, and I was totally emotionally shattered and devastated, my Godfather, now became truly ‘in loco parentis’, our relationship became even stronger. He helped us with the Order of Service for my mum’s service of songs and funeral.
Since his house was within walking distance, I would often, just stroll to spend time with him, sharing both the high and lows of my life. He would cheer and encourage me on.

He and his wife, like my parents, are my role- models in marriage- two professionals united in love yet giving each other space to grow and flourish, without taking the shine off one another. They would both take walks round the neighborhood right till their 80s. I was happy to be present at their 60th wedding anniversary, surrounded by their children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren.
Prof was the epitome of a complete gentleman. Very calm, polite and soft-spoken. He was extremely clever yet not arrogant. He was a man of peace and distinction- very measured, articulate, meticulous and detailed in his dressing as well as his calligraphy.

One of the attributes I love most about him, is his love for family and loyalty to friends. He loved and supported his beautiful wife, Hon Justice Mabogunje. I thank her for the way she looked after him especially in the past one and a half years. Thank you mum, for your unconditional love and care for dad. May the Lord bless and keep you, grant you good health and long life IJN. Amen. I pray that the Holy Spirit the Comforter will suffuse you with His presence and abide with you always IJN. Amen.
Mum and Dad are blessed with such wonderful children- how many families have 2 Professors as children, including Professor Sade Ogunsola, the first female Acting Vice-Chancellor of University of Lagos. He was really blessed and highly favored- Father of Professors, literally and
metaphorically! Indeed God gave him a great measure of His grace.

His children- Segun and Sade Ogunsola, Seun and Toki Mabogunje, Gboyega and Nirvana Mabogunje, Femi and Bimpe Oye and Sola and Sinmi Mabogunje gave him the very best care, medically and emotionally. Indeed Gboyega spent two months at his bedside. What a great family full of sacrificial love for one another. You are all very worthy children and my prayer is that you will all live long in good health and that your children will care and pamper you just as you did for your parents. Amen.

Prof died peacefully in his sleep, quietly and without any pain, just as he lived. A true child of God has returned to his Father who he loved and served all his life. He loved hymns and spiritual songs and would sing lustily in his sonorous voice, knowing the lyrics by heart. To say I would miss him, is an understatement- When my dad died, I told myself ‘Baba ku, baba ku’, now that my Godfather has gone to meet my dad on the other side, all I have left and will always have is my Almighty Father, the Lord Jesus Christ.

I bless God for the past 20 years that I had Prof as a strong father figure in my life. He saw me flourish and saw both my children get married - he was very present at my daughter’s marriage introduction. I cannot thank God enough for sparing his life for the birth of my first two grandchildren, with my granddaughter being born the day before his 89th birthday .

We Yorubas believe that our dear departed ones meet in heaven, I am sure you and your friends- my parents, would have met by now and you can tell them how great a support you have been to me and mine. Rest In Peace my Outstanding Irreplaceable Godfather, I love you very much but I know Jesus loves you more. You lived well, loved much and served God, family, nation and the entire world, to the best of your ability. You gave your all to humanity, impacting and touching millions of lives, directly and indirectly. We are assured that you are in the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ and so, I bid you Goodnight and see you on the Resurrection morning, when we shall meet to part no more. May the angels carry you and may light perpetual shine upon you. Amen.

Goodnight my one and only Godfather, an icon and exceptional academic and statesman. I will always love you and all that you loved! Rest In Peace my Godfather, like none other!

Funso ADEGBOLA
Nee Ige.
Posted by Olayinka Olasimbo on August 9, 2022
Prof was a great Father to many of us who were not his biological children.He was very close to my late father Dr Olarewaju Olasimbo and after we lost him almost thirty years ago ,he was always there to support our family.

I always call him on his birthday because we share the same birthday month October
He was a giant in the academic world and highly cerebral in his discussion and always soft spoken

The role he played in my University Olabisi Onabanjo University can never be forgotten as the first pro chancellor and chairman of council
His works in eradicating  poverty in Ijebu land will always be remembered.

Prof continue to rest in the bosom of your savior
Adieu Prof
Dr Olayinka Olasimbo
Posted by Bolaji Akinwale on August 9, 2022
Knowing and interacting with Professor and Justice Mabogunje was always a privilege for me. My parent’s closest friend's; uncle and auntie were always there for them, and for my sister and I. Uncle was a professor for as long as I knew him, and undoubtedly, one of the smartest people I’ve met anywhere in the world. Like Einstein, he had an ability to break down the most difficult concepts or ideas, and simplify them in a manner anyone would understand.

If he wasn’t a professor of geography, he would have excelled in whatever he tried, and with his sense of humour and ability as a raconteur, he could have been a professor of comedy.

May his soul RIP, and may the good Lord console and continue to bless Auntie and the entire family.
Posted by sola mabogunje on August 9, 2022
By Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina
AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK GROUP
President
6, Avenue Jean-Paul II – 01 B.P. 1387 – Abidjan 01 (Côte d’Ivoire)

It is with a very heavy heart that I learnt of the passing away of Professor Akin Mabogunje. Nigeria, Africa, and the world have lost a great intellectual giant.

Prof. Mabogunje’s name is synonymous with geography, and he was globally respected in the field.

He was a man of many firsts. He was the first Nigerian professor in geography. He was the first African to be elected to the globally prestigious United States National Academy of Sciences, as a Foreign Associate. A prodigious writer, his work and contributions got him elected as President of the International Geographical Union and he was the first African to hold the position.

He was awarded the Vaudrin Lud Prize, the highest global distinction in geography, widely considered as the ‘Nobel Prize in Geography’ for his immense contributions.

Prof. Mabogunje contributed immensely to the knowledge and understanding of urbanization, spatial economic development, and critical role of rural infrastructure development in reducing rural-urban migration.
Known as the ‘father of geography in Nigeria’, Prof. Mabogunje for decades advised state, regional, and Federal governments with the power of his ideas to support balanced economic growth models that consider the environment and people’s wellbeing.

He was passionate about geography with spiritual fervency, seeing it as an opportunity to serve God in managing land, people and all that dwell on it.
As Prof. Mabogunje said when he was awarded the Vaudrin Lud Prize “the totality of the environment is what geography means to me.’’
A passionate promoter of the need for a balance between development and the environment, Prof. Mabogunje said “nature is now showing that man cannot go beyond certain boundaries. Our pollution has shown us the limits to which we can go. The environment is now more important than it was before.’’

Prof. Mabogunje was exceptional and extremely brilliant, becoming a full Professor at the University of Ibadan at the age of 34 years, just seven years after earning his doctorate degree.

His contributions to Africa’s development were immense. He was the Vice-President, Governing Council for Pan African Institute for Development (1972-78); Chairman, International Committee for Overcoming Hunger in the 1990s (1988-1994); Visiting Research Fellow, World Bank, 1990; Member, Executive Committee, Senior African Leadership Forum (1992-date); Adviser to the Secretary General, United Nations Second Conference on Human Settlements (1994-1999).

He helped to chart a path for national recognition of professional academic excellence in Nigeria and was a Member of the National Merit Award Endowment Fund (1983-89) and Chairman of the Fund (1989-1994).

Despite being such an intellectual giant, Professor Mabogunje was incredibly humble. He related with me as if we were contemporaries.

I treasured sharing the same name ‘Akin’ with him, and he always calling me ‘Namesake’. I will greatly miss the precious moments we spoke; he always encouraged me to keep on being an ‘Akin’ (a warrior and conqueror).
Namesake, Professor, you were truly an ‘Akin’: you used your very sharp brain to fight wars on underdevelopment and you conquered many knowledge territories, in Nigeria, Africa and globally.

Your legacy is indelible.

With your passing, Nigeria has lost a great mind, a jewel, an intellectual colossus, an exemplary human being, a great role model, and a national patriot who made Nigeria and Africa so proud.
May God comfort your loving family. Sleep well, ‘Namesake, Professor’! May your soul rest in peace.

Posted by sola mabogunje on August 9, 2022
By Tony Marinho

We will not fail to weep when great men and women,who we have never lacked in number, sleep the final sleep.

Such persons are eminently exemplified by Emeritus Professor Akin Mabogunje who tirelessly fought the good fight till very close to the end. Today he has finished the race, breasted the tape between life and eternal glory. Meanwhile we are forced to ask why others are so deaf, their brains impervious to the desperate need of the many and to the 70 years of sound guidance repeatedly given by such greats great men and women as we look around and ask ' How did we get to this dark place here with so much good will, so many meetings, so many conferences, so many papers, so many feasibility studies?
The great man's work is done.
May he RIPP and grant Aunty Justice and the family strength at this time of a painful present and glorious memories. Amen
Posted by sola mabogunje on August 9, 2022
From the Department of Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ibadan.


Professor Akin MABOGUNJE, former Dean of Faculty of the Social Sciences, UI (1968 - 1970) joined the triumphant Angels on 4/8/2022

Our Department & Faculty will miss Professor Akin Mabogunje very sorely.

A rare breed, an icon, an institution and indeed a moving archive.

He epitomized sagacity, erudition and uncommon insight.

Yet, the great man was profoundly humble and soft-spoken.

One could always easily relate with an aura of peace and happiness around him.

I remember a few years back when some Britons that visited Nigeria, on a project that Prof. Ibidun Adelekan led its Nigerian component, insisted that they needed to have him sign autographs for them.

Their request was granted and that alone made their trip . He was unarguably a global scholar.

Geography Department will sorely miss him..

Faculty of the Social Sciences will miss him greatly.

University of Ibadan will.. Humanity definitely will..

What a man!

Adieu, an achiever of repute. Adieu, the Geographer. Adieu, the social scientist
Posted by sola mabogunje on August 9, 2022
By Sola Adelaja GCI old boy

I am extremely grateful to God for the golden opportunity of thanking Papa directly several times, for the invaluable role God enabled him to play, in blessing me with my wonderful wife, about 23 years ago. The last opportunity I had was at the funeral ceremony of Biodun Ogunmekan's Dad, at Ibadan.

I actually ensured that Biodun witnessed our conversation.

I also recollect what the the former spokesman to the late President Yaradua wrote in his Book on President Yaradua. He quoted President Yaradua 's observation to the effect that Professor Mabogunje was one of the extremely few Nigerians, who never discussed personal favours during or after their Meetings,in Aso Rock.He added that Professor Mabogunje kept very strictly to discussions on the solutions to the problems of Nigeria.

I am reminded about the comment of the son of Sir Christopher Wren, who designed the magnificent St.Paul's Cathedral in London.

Some people in authority asked him for suggestions on memorializing his late father, Sir Christopher Wren.

His reeponse was to the effect that the magnificence of the Cathedral his father designed was the best way of memorializing him.

All will be well !
Posted by sola mabogunje on August 9, 2022
By Prof Eyitayo Lambo

ODE TO THE LATE SAGE
He came, he saw, he conquered!
His reputation precedes him.
His name evokes great aura of intellectualism and science .
His presence exudes wisdom.
His works ooze excellence and novelty.
Indeed, a gold fish has no hiding place.

An omnibus of knowledge.
Master of all!
Daring and endearing.
A barrel full of substance,
Not a moment for vain noises.
Hear him speak, wisdom echoes;
Yes, resonating in the minds of the seekers.
His works are knowledge to thrones,
Great wisdom to crowns,
Insightful to scholars and sages.
An ode to the iconic

Behold again Emeritus
Professor Akin L Mabogunje!
The son of the soil.
The first among many.
A great African,
Yet a global pride.
A think tank!
A geographer, a planner, an economist, a linguist, a poet, a philosopher and a statesman.
For the masses he professed.
Yes, a proponent of prosperity for the masses
'O poverty in the midst of plenty' he lamented.

Adieu!
Gandmaster of the greatests!
Professor of professors!
The nation mourns thee!
The world mourns thee!
Geography mourns thee!
I mourn thee!
We mourn thee!
Adieu Emeritus Professor Akin L. Mabogunje.
Good night!

(C) Amiolemen 2022
Posted by Gbenga Olugbake on August 9, 2022
My heartfelt condolences go to the Mabogunje family who will surely miss his love and care. I pray that his brilliant soul shall find that absolute peace in the Lord's bosom.
Posted by Wale Mabogunje on August 8, 2022
The Mabogunje clan is dealing with a painful loss, but as the many tributes will undoubtedly show, while this is a sad time we can all attest to and take solace in our patriarch's indelible mark on his immediate and extended family, his country and the world. He was a renound accademic, a fierce champion of his beloved Nigeria and a passionate advocate and teacher. Its been said the true measure of a person is intangiable and can be best be summed up sucintnly in the 5 Cs. Creed, character, conversation, contribution and conduct. Rather than enumerating singular examples of each of these traits from my personal experience with my beloved uncle (there'd be too many mention), I'd rather leave it to each of us to reflect on our own individual interactions with him and each of these traits.
"Uncle the professor" and we fondly called him was a true example of humility, intelligence and honor. He led by example, spoke softly, yet with conviction and took every opportunity to impart knowledge. My early memories of him included him calling my siblings amd me "master" in deference to our young age and marking our transition to manhood by then calling us "mister" as we came of age. He would tell us upon graduation from university that we were now the same as him (we were now graduates), even tough we knew full well this was a joke. He would speak to us in Hausa since we grew up in the north and switch to yoruba with such ease.... all the while probing genuingly, about our progress with school, career and life in general.

like everyone else I relished every opportunity I had to sit and talk with him, his insight into several aspects particularly history of Nigeria and Africa in general was so illuminating, plus it was never the stuff in the history books but first had account of certain histoeic occurences and decisions because he was actually in the room.The nigerian history i expected but he did the same with Zimbabwean history when we spent some time in Harare in '15. That ride was an hour long and yet it felt like a few mintutes on account of his recantment of nuanced detail.The fact that he was on first name basis with more than one Nigerian president and other foreign leaders was fascinating to me. He was called to serve, to advise, to solve problems, to establish processes, to delivery results. In his every endeavor he embodied the 5 Cs unequivocally. May we all be so blessed to live full and rich lives following in his footsteps. Big shoes to fill but...we must try.. Rest well uncle....rest well.
Posted by ike mowete on August 8, 2022
A veritably distinguished scholar and gentleman of the old school. Sir, to the Glory of God, yours was a remarkably exemplary and eminently accomplished life, which impacted positively on numerous individuals, and very many communities and countries. May the Almighty God graciously grant eternal rest, and may divine consolation abide with the family, amen
Posted by Vide Adedayo on August 8, 2022
Thank you sir for your contributions to human development especially in theoretical and practical Geography, of which I benefited immensely. May you gentle soul Rest In Peace and May God grant your family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Posted by Omotara Talabi on August 7, 2022
My Darling Uncle, assuredly there is a time and season for everything under the sun and indeed it's your time to leave us. We knew it was coming but it still hurts to say goodbye. I sigh heavily as I realise it's time for my generation to rise up and take the helm and learn the precious lessons that you left for us to follow. But who Uncle, can walk in your footsteps? Who can en masse all your qualities, hardwork and dedication and put them on so elegantly just like a cloak and lead as you have led? Who will serve Family,Education, Nation, Continent and beyond all at the same time, all with such humility, I ask who?
Thank you Sir for all you did. Thank you Sir for including me and mine in your agenda. Thank you Sir for heading our great Mabogunje clan with love, understanding and patience, thank you Sir for nurturing the next generation and showing us the way to go. We will not let you down, the name Mabogunje will continue to be synonymous with integrity, by God's grace.
Adieu Uncle, Rest in Peace Sir.
Posted by Kayode Onifade on August 7, 2022
Baba Mabogunje, I just want to thank God for the opportunity of knowing you and the lessons learnt through you while here with us.
You came, you saw and you conquered, the mark you left in our heart can never be erased because you are a good father
Papa continue to rest in the bosom of your God.
Rest on BABA ONINURE. 
Posted by Olubunmi Rotimi on August 7, 2022
Adieu uncle! You have left your indelible mark on the sands of greatness and your legacy is larger than life. I watched you sing a Yoruba song from verse 1 to 5 off head once at your granddaughters wedding and I said what a genius! That perception is shared by many around the world.
I pray that God accepts you in His bosoms and grants you a walk with the Saints above. Rest In Peace.

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Posted by Lanre Bolu on August 17, 2022
One would wish that uncommonly brilliant and exceptionally nice people like Professor Mabogunje should live forever.
Knowing Prof and working for him was indeed very pleasurable. He was always amenable to professional advise and will always assent to my suggestion with the remark “you do that”.
May God grant his soul eternal rest, comfort and strengthen his family and all of us who mourn his demise. Amen.
Posted by Adebayo Adeyemi on August 17, 2022
     TRIBUTE ON PROFESSOR AKIN MABOGUNJE:
     A DIVINELY ENDOWED “VESSEL OF HONOUR”

Professor Akin Mabogunje, no doubt, is a household name in Nigeria, who is highly acknowledged as one of the foremost Academicians internationally. Hardly would one pass through the University of Ibadan, regardless of the student’s discipline, without knowing or hearing about the erudite Professor of Geography. That was my fortune as a student in the Faculty of Agriculture between 1969 and 1972 during which students of Agriculture had to take a Course in “Climatology” in the Department of Geography. For me, the initial point of getting to know him was at public lectures and debates which were highly intellectual, and fora for enhancing our perceptions of national and international happenings and developments in an era when online information was not available. It was with admiration and respect that I and my colleagues eschew the “all round” Professor.

The opportunity to get very close to ‘a mentor of mentors’ was during my stay as Vice Chancellor, Bells University of Technology, Ota between 2006 and 2016 during which time Professor Mabogunje was the maiden Chancellor (2005 – 2015). This gave me an opportunity to learn at the ‘Master’s Feet’. I found it highly amazing for him to discuss and contribute excellently well on any subject under the sun. His contributions to the solid foundation of Bells University of Technology are well captured in the book on the first ten years of Bellstech. That the University has one of the most thriving and formidable University Parents Forum, Bells University Parents Forum (BUPF), in Nigeria is at the instance and contributions of the founding Chancellor. Professor Mabogunje is a repository of knowledge in all facets of administration; and served as a ‘Consultant’, for free, to countless Vice Chancellors. I recollect visiting him in his Ibadan residence for consultation, in a usual father-to-son discussion; and after such, he said jokingly that, “you people just come here to tap my brain”. It was then I got to know that barely less than 30 minutes before my arrival, a former Vice Chancellor in the foremost Nigerian University just left his residence. Also, I cannot forget his contribution to my valedictory lecture in 2018 when his recorded voice on the subject matter, “Town and Gown”, resonated in the course of the lecture.

“Seest thou a man diligent in his ways, he will stand before kings and not before mean men”. Professor Akin Mabogunje indeed was truly such a man. He had opportunities of being a Vice Chancellor, which he declined. He would rather raise and nurture Vice Chancellors than be one. Apart from his strong and exceptional family values, he was a man imbued with respect, dignity and moral uprightness. He was equally a man who served in the academia, various public and private sectors without blemishes. It will be very remiss of me not to mention that, in spite of his tight schedules, he was able to carry his family successfully along and throughout his career. All in all, he was a man you will meet once and be convinced he radiates with the ‘gift and fruit of the spirit’. To me, he was a vessel of Divine honour, which is “A Measure of Grace”.

May the soul of Professor Akin Mabogunje continue to rest in the bosom of Jesus Christ.

Professor Isaac Adebayo Adeyemi, FAS, FNIFST
Immediate Past Vice Chancellor,
Bells University of Technology, Ota



Posted by ADEOLA OWODUNNI on August 17, 2022
TRIBUTE TO “PROF.”
I GOT TO KNOW PROFESSOR AKIN MABOGUNJe, Prof. as we fondly called him, when I joined the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria in 2007. At that time, Prof was the Chairman of the Presidential Technical Board set up to restructure the Bank. The Board had commenced a recruitment exercise and I had applied for the position of a Legal Adviser and was invited for the interview. Some family members advised me not to waste my time travelling to Abuja to attend the interview as the advertisement was a mere formality to fulfill all righteousness. They said this is Nigeria where nepotism is the norm. Nevertheless, I decided to attend the interview and, lo and behold, I got the job without going through anyone. This is just one of the several experiences of Prof’s transparency and integrity.
I subsequently became Board Secretary and Legal Adviser and was privileged to work more closely with Prof. The Board introduced improved benefits for directors and yet did not benefit because Prof. was of the view that they were performing a civic duty. His disregard for material things was well known as we often heard stories of customers who tried to offer him gifts leaving in embarrassment. Prof. as everyone knew was highly intellectual and yet humble. He was a perfect gentleman – polite and courteous using the phrases “Please” and “Thank you” with a smile and correcting one in a soft tone. I admired and respected him a great deal and thus even after we had both left the Bank, I strove to maintain my relationship with him by the annual festive season telephone calls and messages; and being the gentleman he was, he would return any missed calls.
I pray Prof’s soul rests in peace in the bosom of the Lord. Eternal rest grant him O lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. Amen.
Adieu Prof.
Dr. Adeola Owodunni
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Daddy knew me since I was born in Kano about 70 years ago.Our parents were very good friends back in the day in Kano.Our mothers were best friends till they both passed on to glory in Ijebu and Ibadan Decades after I left Kano,graduated and married daddy saw me leading Praise and Worship during Martins at All Souls’s Church Bodija Ibadan.Daddy,a loving and humble man that he was approached me after the service and enquired if I was an Oni daughter from Kano.Daddy a genius was sure that I must be,being the eighth of nine siblings.We Re-connected after over thirty years because he didn’t forget that family.The reunion thereafter has been miraculous.When I introduced my late husband Architect Olu Akintorin to him we became his son and daughter and junior friends.Daddy loved The Lord and loved people irrespective of age class or race.A mogul full of The Holy Spirit and wisdom.He was key under God to all major landmarks in our lives and ministry.He truly loved ,was truly loved and will be missed greatly.Good night Daddy beloved forever.Mrs Gbemi Akintorin 

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Shared by Kamil Lamidi on August 15, 2022
Dad,
You led a long and impactful life we are all so proud of.
We love you but your make loves you more… rest well in HIS bosom.
Goodnight sir!
Kamil Ademola Lamidi and family
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