Ezekwesili Mourns Oluwole

Prof Oluwole

The presidential candidate of the Allied Congress of Nigeria (ACPN), Dr.  Obiageli Ezekwesili, has commiserated with the family of the late Prof. Sophie Oluwole over her demise.

Her condolence message was contained in a press statement on Tuesday.

Ezekwesili described the deceased as an academic whose contribution to   education in Nigeria would be continuously cherished. She expressed concern that the professor died when her contributions were mostly needed in the country.

She said,” She was a trail blazing academic for whom I would continue to  have huge affection for, especially in her candour and quest for  distinction. She was ever so generous to me when I became the Minister  of Education and her strong support for educational development never  went unnoticed.

“Nigeria has indeed lost a great academic at a time when our educational  system is facing a serious challenge. Her death is saddening and a great  loss to the intelligentsia community. I commiserate with members of her family and pray that God gives them the fortitude to bear her loss.”

Oluwole died at the age of 83. Born in Igbara-Oke, Ondo State, in 1935, Oluwole studied History,Geography and Philosophy at the University of Lagos, after which she worked briefly as an assistant lecturer in 1972.

The deceased bagged her doctorate degree in the field of Philosophy in  1984 and was the first Nigerian woman to do so. She was a foremost Yoruba philosophical thinker and author  whose work was influenced largely by African and western trade-religious beliefs.