Good delivery, display of emotions, cheers and pomp last Wednesday characterized the University’s 34th Inaugural Lecture, held at the Julius Amioba Okojie Lecture Theatre Complex.
As early as 2:00p.m, members of the University Community, family member, old school mates, especially from St. Theresa’s College, Molete, Ibadan, professional associates and senior colleagues of the Inaugural Lecturer, Prof. (Mrs.) Bolanle Idowu Akeredolu-Ale, had started arriving the sprawling JAO Lecture Theatre Complex.
As at 2:45pm, the venue had been jam-packed and filled to the brim.
An intimidating, long train of academic procession was a sight to behold comprising of members of staff, who had turned out massively from all sectors of the University.
The procession, had in its retinue, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, whose entrance to the venue was greeted with a loud ovation.
The colourful occasion was also graced by the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the University’s Governing Council, Chief Lawrence Ayinde Olakunle Osayemi, who led other members.
Also in attendance were the Director of the London Academy Business School for Higher Education, Dr. Larry Jones-Esan; English lecturers from the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, University of Ibadan, University of Lagos, Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) and the Federal College of Education, Osiele, and Head, Department of Biochemistry, FUNAAB, Professor (Mrs.) Elizabeth Balogun, among others.
The mother of the Inaugural Lecturer, Alhaja Abibat Kassali; the lecturer’s spouse, Prof. Oladehinde Akeredolu-Ale; daughter, Precious Omorinola Oreoluwa were also present.
Professor (Mrs.) Akeredolu-Ale did justice to her task, holding her audience spell-bound with her flawless and eloquent delivery of the stimulating Lecture.