Oyo NUJ mourns Prof Awoniyi’s passing

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Oyo State Council on Sunday mourned the passing of a foremost Historian, Broadcaster and and University Lecturer, Professor Timothy Adedeji Awoniyi.

In a statement by the NUJ Chairman, Ademola Babalola, he mourned the demise of the deceased, but admonished the family Baba left behind to rejoice because their patriarch left an indelible marks on the sand of time.

Pa Awoniyi died on Sunday, according to an announcement by the University of Ibadan Staff Club and which was corroborated by the Zonal Director of the FRCN, Ibadan Zonal Station, Mrs. Bolatito Joseph.

The deceased, according to the immediate past Senior Assistant National Secretary of NUJ, Mr. Gbemiga Bamidele, was an intellectual giant and encyclopedia of Yoruba cultural norms and history.

Bamidele said he started listening to the deceased programmes on the then Radio OYO and WNTV in the early seventies! “May Baba find solace in the bossom of his creator. Amen,” he said.

The Zonal Director of Radio Nigeria, Mrs Joseph said Baba also known as Eri okan was until his death the Asiwaju Agbakin of Ede.

Joseph hinted that before his demise, he was a retired professor in Early Childhood Education at the University of Ibadan.

The deceased who was aged 82 years, is survived by his wife, children and grand children.

Burial arrangements will be announced later by the family.

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