Following are a few reactions from the many readers of the Tributes to Adekanye on turning 70. Communicated by email and with copies to the celebrant, these reactions are obviously in respect of only the Olukotun piece. They appear in the Compass (Lagos), Thursday September 1, 2011, 20, and do not include those by many other readers communicated by email, texts, and phone calls directly to the celebrant, and which deal with the three other Tributes (Osaghae, Onabolu, and Fayemi). Even so, the few reactions here published will seem to capture the essence of all.
Thanks for this excellent article on an excellent scholar and teacher to me- I look forward to the festschrift and thank you and Prof. Amuwo for organizing it.
Prof. Adigun Agbaje,
Professor of Political Science &
Former Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Acad.)
University of Ibadan
Thank you very much, particularly for the festschrift. Prof. Adekanye/Adekson was one of my professors at UI. I studied Political Science there, from 1976-79.
Mojubaolu Olufunke Okome, PhD
Professor of Political Science, African & Women's Studies
City University of New York (CUNY),
New York, USA.
This is a typical Olukotun piece incisive, and insightful. Well done and congratulations to the aging war horse.
Prof. Adedeji Olukoju,
Caleb University, Ikorodu,
Though I do not celebrate birthdays on account of my religion and my understanding that everyday is as important as the other, I'm still convinced that this article is a brilliant acknowledgement of the contributions and dedication of an unusually brilliant and penetrating mind. I bear testimony to both the brilliance of the testimony in the article as well as the brilliance and penetrating mind of the subject of the testimony. Kindly count me in on the book to celebrate our own Adekanye, not necessarily for turning 70 but for being such a fecund mind in the field of political science in Nigeria, in Africa and indeed in the whole world. I look forward to getting further details about the planned book.
Prof. Wale Olaitan,
Olabisi Onabanjo University,
Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State.
The article is fantastic. It is vintage Ayo Olukotun.
Prof. Kunle Amuwo,
International Crisis Group, Dakar.
Thanks so much for this well crafted article. It is much appreciated. You spoke well for many of us. I am grateful.
Prof. Adebayo Olukoshi,
United Nations (UNEP),
This is an excellent tribute to Prof. Adekanye and accurately captures the essence of a scholar who is personally a mentor and teacher and constant inspiration. Thank you for the article and I will like to know when the festschrift is to be presented publicly.
Dr. Jumoke Yacob-Haliso,
Department of Political Science,
Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State
Thanks for this eloquent tribute. Professor Adekanye has been a great mentor and inspiration to me and several other colleagues.
Prof. Rotimi Suberu,
Thanks for the article and please let me know the plan for the book project in honour of Prof. Adekanye; I will certainly like to be part of it. He is no doubt a scholar par excellence.
Prof. Sat Obiyan,
Head of Department of Political Science
Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
I read and thoroughly enjoyed your write-up on Prof. Adekanye.
Dr. Wale Adebanwi,
University of California at Davis,
Excellent tribute! May we all live long like Prof. Adekanye and fulfill our purpose in our generation.
Prof. Banji Oyeyinka,
United Nations, Nairobi,
Thanking you for this tribute. I join others in congratulating our dear teacher and mentor. I wish him many happy returns and more years in the service of humanity.
Prof. Antonia Simbine,
Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER),
Permit me, dear all, to use this informal but fast medium in expressing our great appreciation and heartfelt gratitude for those kind words, thoughts, and wishes contained in the Tributes along with congratulatory messages publicly circulated on the occasion of my 70th birthday. All four, superbly crafted tributes, namely by Ayo Olukotun, Eghosa Osaghae, Segun Ayobolu, and Kayode Fayemi, apart from complementing one another, were simply gracious. You would not believe the sheer volume of goodwill messages (via email, texts, phone calls, personal visits, greeting cards) that the Tributes attracted from many of your readers across the globe! So even though the family decided not to mark August 19th with any fanfare or celebration, your Tributes had made the event very memorable indeed. On behalf of my wife Professor Tomilayo Adekanye, children, and I, accept our thanks.
Professor J. Bayo Adekanye,
Department of Political Science,
Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State.