Fela, Soyinka, Chike Obi, other make Nigerian Hall of Fame

Twenty eight leading lights of science and letters in Nigeria will on October 9th be inducted to The Nigerian Hall of Fame for Science and The Nigerian Hall of Fame for Letters at a prestigious gala held by Nigeria LNG Limited, The Nigerian Academy of Science and The Nigerian Academy of Letters.

They will be honoured for outstanding contribution to science and letters which has put Nigeria on the world literary and scientific map, promoted learning and scholarship and bettered the lives of Nigerians.

The winners of The Nigerian Prize for Science and The Nigerian Prize for Literature will also receive their prizes at the event.

The decision to honour these eminent compatriots was a culmination of three months of extensive consultations and scrutiny by eminent panellists empowered by The Nigerian Academy of Science and The Nigerian Academy of Letters.

The science panel was led by the President, The Nigerian Academy of Science, Prof. Oye Ibidapo-Obe and the letters panel, by Prof. Romanus Egudu, President of The Nigerian Academy of Letters. Other members are Prof. Ekanem Braide, former Vice-Chancellor Cross River University of Technology, Sunday Bwala, Professor of Neurology, University of Maiduguri, Prof. Emeritus Ayo Banjo, two-time Vice Chancellor of University of Ibadan and Pro-Chancellor of University of Ilorin and renowned author, Prof. Zaynab Alkali.

Amongst the honourees are the iconic musician, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, his elder brother, Professor Olikoye Ransome-Kuti and eminent cousin Professor Wole Soyinka were selected for The Nigerian Hall of Fame for Letters and The Nigerian Hall of Fame for Science. Soyinka is the first African to win a Nobel Prize in literature.

Africa’s foremost novelist, Professor Chinua Achebe, venerable Ladi Kwali, the master potter and Professor Gordian Ezekwe of the Biafran Ogbunigwe fame, are also amongst the 28 eminent Nigerians who will be inducted to the halls of fame by The Nigerian Academy of Science and The Nigerian Academy of Letters. Specifically, the honourees were selected for the following reasons:

1. Adenike Abiose (1943--) is admitted into the Nigerian Hall of Fame for Science in recognition of her pioneering research on field trials and operational use of Mectizan for the control of onchocerciasis (river blindness)

2. Oluwafeyisola S Adegoke (1937--) is admitted in recognition of her monumental contributions to the study of bitumen (tar sands) in Nigeria

3. Oladipo Olujimi Akinkugbe (1933 --) is admitted in recognition of his contribution to the management of hypertension

4. Gordian O Ezekwe (1929-1977) is admitted in recognition of his contributions to product development and the improvement of engineering infrastructure in Nigeria

5. Thomas Adeoye Lambo (1923-2004) is admitted into the Nigerian Hall of Fame for Science in recognition of his introduction of Village Care System in psychiatry

6. Samuel L. Ayodeji Manuwa (1903-1977) is admitted in recognition of his eminent contribution to mental health and tropical medicine

7. Idris Mohammed (1942 --) is admitted in recognition of his original work in the development of polyvalent vaccine against meningococcal meningitis in Nigeria.

8. Ifedayo Oladapo (1932-2010) is admitted for his contribution to growth of civil and structural engineering in Nigeria.

9. Chike Obi (1921 –2008) is admitted for his monumental contribution to the area of modelling with second order non-linear differential equations.

10. Sanya Onabamiro is admitted in recognition of his work on the taxonomy and life cycle of Cyclops vectors of guinea worm disease which formed the basis for development of strategies for the successful eradication of the disease in Nigeria.

11. Benjamin O. Osuntokun (1935 – 1995) is admitted in recognition of his contribution to his pioneering work in neurology in Nigeria.

12. Victor A Oyenuga (1917-2010) is admitted in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Animal Science.

13. Umaru Shehu (1930 --) is admitted in recognition of his crucial role in stemming the scourge of poliomyelitis in Nigeria.

14. Olikoye Ransome-Kuti is admitted for outstanding work in primary healthcare in Nigeria.

15. Chinua Achebe (1930 --) is admitted in recognition of his tremendous achievement in the field of literature, which has brought pride to African traditional cultures and earned him a worldwide acclaim as a master story–teller.

16. Jacob Ade Ajayi (1929 --) is admitted for his outstanding contributions to the study of African History.

17. Fela Anikulapo Kuti (1938-1997) is admitted in recognition of his prophetic, instructive and creative integration of the Nigerian idiom into world popular music.

18. Ayo Bamgbose (1932 --) is admitted to the Hall of Fame of the Nigerian Academy of Letters in recognition of his pioneering work in linguistics in Nigeria.

19. J.P. Clark Bekederemo (1935 --) is admitted in recognition of his contribution to the growth of drama and poetry in Nigerian.

20. Kenneth Dike (1917-1983) is admitted in recognition of pioneering contributions to the evolution of African historiography.

21. Michael Echeruo (1937--) is admitted in recognition of his contribution to theoretical foundation for the study of Nigerian traditional drama and his rebuttal of the European stereotype ideas about Africa.

22. Ben Enwonwu (1921 – 1994) is admitted in recognition of his distinguished contribution to the development of visual art in Nigeria.

23. Abubakar Imam (1911-1981) is admitted in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Nigerian indigenous literature.

24. Ladi Kwali (1925-1984) is admitted in recognition of her work which has brought Nigerian traditional pottery to international limelight.

25. Emmanuel Obiechina is admitted in recognition of his contribution to the study of West African novels in English and popular literature.

26. Christopher Okigbo (1932 – 1967) is admitted in recognition of his contribution to the growth of poetry in Nigeria.

27. Fela Sowande (1905-1987) is admitted in recognition of his contribution of modernization of Nigerian music and introduction of the Nigerian idiom into symphonic music.

28. Wole Soyinka (1934 --) is admitted in recognition of his outstanding contribution to world literature which has brought fame not only to Nigeria but to the entire African continent.

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