On October 30, the AUN community bid farewell to the pioneer Dean of the School of Law, Professor Oladejo Olowu.
Opening a torrent of tributes, President Dekle described Prof Olowu as a very reliable administrator.
“Rarely is someone praised for reliability, but you, Dean Dejo, demonstrate this important quality so well that I must take notice. It has made a difference to me as President and to AUN, and I thank you.”
She said the university would miss him.
“As you set sail into unknown waters, I want you to know that I will miss your inspiring speeches at orientation, your wonderful sense of personal style, and your analytical way of approaching challenges and solving problems.”
Law instructor Olanike Adelakun described Prof. Olowu as “more of a father.”
AVP of Human Resources & Planning, Nourah Bamalli, spoke of how Prof. Olowu earned himself an ‘A’ after his espousal of the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) concept, which he said he would bring into the AUN Law program.
“Through ADR, he would alter the concept of Law studies and practice in our country. At that time, I thought it was going to be an impossible task. But here we are today. This is something great he is leaving behind.”
Dr. David Adetoro of the School of Law said Prof. Olowu was both a teacher and administrator “who carried all faculty members along.”
A third-year Law student, Oluwafunmilayo Mary Bankole, described the outgoing dean as a great source of encouragement.
Secretary to the Board, Barrister Idi Ali, paid glowing tributes to Professor Olowu, whom he noted represented the legal profession creditably, academically and character-wise. “A lawyer without character,” Barrister Idi said, “is a waste of legal training.”
SBE Dean, Professor Attahir Yusuf, applauded Prof. Olowu as an inspiration to everyone around him.
VP Academic Affairs & Provost, Prof. Muhammadou Kah, described him as a committed leader.
“You have lived up to expectations by providing the requisite intellectual leadership, facilitating our learning community to realize our vision for high-quality legal education that exceeds the established requirements of the regulators while accommodating the unique founding of AUN as a liberal art, committed university.”
He said Professor Olowu is counted among those who do their best to uplift the University’s learning community.
Before the farewell cake cutting, the outgoing dean waxed philosophical, describing his assignment at AUN as a “time-bound job.” It was best to leave so that better hands could build on the existing structures.”
He assured the gathering that the School of Law would live and asked all to give his successor the necessary support to carry on.
“The structures are there. The system will run. We built on an institution, not a personality. This was not about Dejo Olowu; it was about an enduring and sustainable program that will stand shoulder to shoulder, if not a shoulder above the competition.”
To every student who comes to the AUN School of Law, he said, “You've got a lifetime referee. All you need to do is connect with me, whether it is for scholarships, studies, or jobs. Professor Olowu will be your number one referee.”
Reported by Omorogbe Omorogiuwa