Why Unilag VC won our Man of Year Award, says Afrikanwatch

An international online investigative publishing outfit, Afrikanwatch Network Communications has explained why the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) Akoka, Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe won her 2021 Man of the Year award.

Ogundipe was conferred with the award, on Saturday, August 21 at the awards and annual lecture of the publishing outfit held at Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH), Lagos.

Ogundipe chaired the event and was honoured alongside other eminent Nigerians including the Deputy Senate President, Mr Ovie Omo-Agege, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, Chairman of Governing Council of Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, Prince Lateef Fagbemi, Chairman of Governing Council of Adekunle Ajasin University (AAU), Dr Tunji Abayomi, and former Special Adviser to the President on Media, Dr Reuben Abati at the event.

The organisers said Ogundipe was honoured based on his refusal to bow to unethical practices and pressure in an institution as UNILAG as well as promotion of research, entrepreneurship and creativities among staff and the students of the university.

Ogundipe, according to Editor-in-Chief of Afrikanwatch, Mark Columbus Otgu, is also known to have demonstrated determination to turn UNILAG into a better brand that would rank better in the comity of world universities.

He noted that other award recipients were equally honoured based on what he described as immense contributions to nation-building and humanity.

Prof Ogundipe in a statement made available by the university’s spokeswoman, Mrs Nonye Oguama, thanked the organisers for considering him for the honour, saying he would forever cherish the gesture.

He, however, charged Nigerians to be positive-minded about the country, saying there is no perfect country, nor institution nor individual in the world.

According to him, every country has its ugly side and what makes the difference is that citizens of some countries choose to celebrate their positive sides over the negative and through that, attracting foreign investments directly into their economies.

“So, let us all take active parts in the processes that will lead our dear country Nigeria to become economically and politically prosperous,” he stressed.

Oguama added that Professor Solomon Akinboye of the Department of Political Science, UNILAG was also honoured as the Afrikanwatch National Grand Mentor at the event.

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