UPDATED: Renowned professor of history, Ikime, is dëäd - Watchtower media

UPDATED: Renowned professor of history, Ikime, is dëäd

A renowned scholar and professor of history, Obaro Ikime is dead.
Ikime, the author of many history books, died at the age of 87 on Tuesday in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

He was born in 1936 in a village called Anibeze in the Arohwa clan in the Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State.
Ikime was a retired professor of history, a fellow and former president of the Historical Society of Nigeria.

He was also a retired priest of the Anglican Communion and a former member of the University of Ibadan Governing Council.

His demise was made known to the public through a short message by one of his friends, A.M. Akpeiyi.

Akpeiyi said, “I am deeply saddened to announce that my mentor, my head of house and head of school, internationally renowned historian, Ikime transited today (Tuesday) to glory at about 05: 30pm in Ibadan.

He is survived by his beloved wife of some 60 years, Hannah, Annah and his sons, Mazino, Maino and daughter, Majiro. May his soul RIPP.”

Also, the former Deputy Vice-chancellor, University of Ibadan, Adigun Agbaje. has expressed shock at his demise.

He said, “I just got to know that Ikime, foremost historian and distinguished member of the Ibadan School of History, passed on yesterday (Tuesday) evening in Ibadan.

“May his noble and blessed soul rest. He was my history teacher at the University of Ibadan in 1976-77: an exciting, vibrant, knowledgeable, master of his art, approachable and humane. Nigeria finds it difficult to handle excellence and tends to celebrate ignorance and arrogance.

“Unsurprisingly, Nigeria happened to him at the apex of his distinguished and productive life.

“Thanks to God that although he was scarred by that encounter, he was never bowed. Adieu, my wonderful teacher. May you truly rest. You deserve it.”

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