Monday, December 17, 2018 12:51 pm
On Friday 14 December 2018, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, conferred the Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) on Professor Biodun Jeyifo during the instituition’s 43rd Convocation Ceremony.
Biodun Jeyifo, a Professor Emeritus in the English Department at Cornell University, Ithaca, USA and currently a professor of Comparative Literature/African and American Studies at Harvard University, Boston, USA, was born and bred in Ibadan 72 years ago. Jeyifo, a highly gifted and respected scholar was, according to the preface to his interview published in TheNEWS in February 2016, one of the pioneers of radical, Marxist Literary tradition in African universities. He was, as contained in the report, also the first National president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities in Nigeria. With incredible courage, commitment and intellectual panache he led a winning team of unionists—among who were Festus Iyayi, Mahmud Tukur, Dipo Fasina and T.U. Nwala.