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Obit: Bandele Fasakin, McGill, MIT & Harvard alumnus, Aquinas “old boy”, great university teacher, dead at 77 – Wunmi Akintide

November 7, 2014

Nigeria, Society/Living

Professor Bandele Fasakin who started his educational career at the famous St. Thomas Aquinas College in his Akure hometown, is dead.

Egbon “Kokumo”, whose death Akure is mourning today not only went on to make a grade one in his West African School Certificate examination in 1955, he made 7 distinctions with an aggregate of 6 points which meant that he had A1 in 6 subjects which qualified him for a direct entry to any University in Nigeria on a federal scholarship at the time.

Fasakin was a true patriot who answered the call from the Late Professor Oluwasanmi, the vice-chancellor of the University of Ife who was on scouting missions to recruit the best brains to join him build Ife (OAU) into the great university it has now become.

Before going to Ife, he had achieved great academic success at McGill, (Bachelors), MIT (Masters) and Harvard (Ph.D.) universities for his degrees in Biochemistry but rather than stay back in the States, he answered what was a call to service with many stellar names of the period.

When situation in the country led others like him to flee back to the West, Fashakin remained and, perhaps because of these frustrations, he lapsed into a personal problem that would dog him for many years. He overcame this with the help of his wife.

He is survived by his wife, Janet and children who will miss him. His hometown of Akure where he was involved in many civic activities, will also miss him.

May his soul rest in peace.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2014. 1:25 p.m. [GMT]

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