The Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) mourns the loss of Professor Adetokunbo Babatunde Sofoluwe, Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Nigeria which sadly occurred on 12 May, 2012. He was a professor of Computer Science and Fellow of NCS and was 62 years old.
In addition to being an astute administrator, he established an outstanding and incalculable academic and intellectual legacy. He contributed immensely to the growth and development of learning and research in Nigeria and Africa. He started his teaching career as a Graduate Assistant at the University of Lagos in 1976 and eventually rose to become a full Professor of Computer Science. Professor Sofoluwe was a two-time Acting Head, of the Department of Computer Science from 1989 to 1991 and 1994 to 1996. He served as Dean of the Faculty of Science between 1998 and 2002.
Professor Sofoluwe was elected as a member of the Governing Council of the University of Lagos in 2000, for four years. He was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services) in 2006. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Vice Chancellor (Management Services), Professor Sofoluwe was the Director of Academic Planning Unit of the University. He was appointed the 10th Vice Chancellor of UNILAG on 30 January, 2010.
Some of his notable laurels include: the prestigious German Scholarship award for Academic Brilliance; the Commonwealth Scholarship to Study at Edinburgh University, Scotland where earned he earned his Masters Degree in 1975 and Doctorate in 1981.
In addition to being a Fellow of NCS and in recognition of his achievements and the significant impact he made in accelerating IT development he was honoured by NCS as an outstanding IT professional and contributor in June 2010. In his position as Vice Chancellor, he had in fact applied IT to administrative and other issues in UNILAG to improve the institution’s impact, organization and service delivery.
Hardworking and always humble, despite his achievements and position, the news of his passing away was received with shock and surprise. He will be sorely missed by the Nigeria Computer Society and the larger technology community. His death is a great loss that will be felt massively in academics, administration and IT. NCS urges these communities and Nigeria build on his worthy legacies.
In this respect the leadership of the Information Technology profession led by the president of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), Sir ’Demola Aladekomo, paid a condolence visit to the University of Lagos (UNILAG) community. During the visit Aladekomo described late VC as a thoroughbred Information Technology (IT) professional.
May God comfort his family and those he left behind. May his gentle soul rest in peace.
Chairman, Publicity and Events Committee of Nigeria Computer Society
May 14, 2012