I have lost (Parted With) A Gem – Prof. Emeritus Adeoye A. Akinsanya
For the third time in my life and chequered history, my head was bloody and bow this morning when the news of the death of Prof Adeoye Akinsanya was broken to me. I was no longer at ease with my body, spirit and soul. I became highly disturbed, unsettled and perturbed; terribly shaken with uncontrollable tears in my eyes that have refused to wane to consolation because I have lost a gem in Prof. Emeritus Adeoye A. Akinsanya to the cold ✋hand of death at Babcock University Teaching Hospital, Ilisan- Remo, Ogun State today 14th July, the year of our Lord, 2020 at about 10:30am. Adieu Prof. Adeoye Akinsanya!
Where do I start this tribute from and what can I say? Right now, I am totally short of words, as I was few minutes back, bemused, flabbergasted, bewildered, perplexed, in a state of hugger-mugger, higgledy-piggledy and of course in deep shit state of topsy-turvy and raggle-taggle. A Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Public Administration, astute Publisher, Author, Editor and a Systemic Political Analyst and Orator is gone! Wake up from your slumber and deep sleep Prof, Ikenne awaits your reincarnation!
Prof. Adeoye Akinsanya, now late together with his senior brother, Prof. ‘Yemi Akinsanya (still living), were/are/is clearly one of the bests hands we have in Ikenne if not the very bests because they, from their generations, are very descerning in thinking, thoughts, learning and character.
Who is a discerning mind?
A discerning mind is somebody savvy, shrewd well-informed, sagacious, of keen insight, good judgement and perception. That was Prof. Adeoye Akinsanya. Not only that, he was erudite, acute, eagle and hawk-eyed, perspicacious, judicious in decision making and ingenuous; intelligent and clear-headed to success and victory always. That is why you have defeated death today and gained victory over death and now resting in the bossom of our Lord Jesus Christ. Oh death! Where is thy stings?!
Emeritus Prof. Adeoye Akinsanya was the former Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Ilorin, also at University of Calabar and Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State. He was also a one-time Prof. of Political Science and International Studies at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna; a Professor of Political Science at University of Uyo in Cross Rivers State and Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Ogun State. He was a product of the second set of Mayflower School in Ikenne, an Alumni of the First and the Best – The Premier University, University of Ibadan. He studied for two Masters Degrees and bagged Ph.D from the United State of America. He has taught both in Nigerian Universities and abroad.
At my LL.B (Hons) degrees at Nasarawa State University, Keffi, where I was privileged, honoured and opportuned to work closely and relate indept with him, he was the Chair, Head of Department and a Professor in the Department of Public Administration, Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Nasarawa State until his retirement and he returned back to Ikenne.
Prof. Adeoye Akinsanya is from the royal ruling house and class of the Gbasemo Luteshi Dynasty of high disciplinary standard, etiquette and decorum with very little, negligible or no blemish. His grand father Baba Alagbede, was one of Wesleyans and founder of Methodist Church in Ikenne and provider of the piano 🎹 while his own father, The Headmaster, Pa Akinsanya served with all his might at Methodist Church in Ikenne and was a pianist/organist in the same church.
It is for these reasons and many more that I mourn the transition to the great beyond today of Prof. Adeoye Akinsanya with his Oriki from the Gbasemo Clan.
‘Deoye Akinsanya, Omo Gbasemo Luteshi, Omo onigboo ma boju weyin, Ko bo ju weyin, aro wun Ke, Ke, Ke. Omo ‘Gbedu mo ki. Eee gbokulu, gbokulu, gborogodo, Gbasemo, Gbasemo, gborogodo, Omo Oba mi la wa ruun je ni’le. Lamasa Ara ofee, leewoo, eshikomo, Omo agbalafo keri, keri. Omo onirin merinlelogun, mejo ni’Irolu, mejo ni’Ilisan ati mejo ni’Ikenne. Sun reee oooo.
It is with this few words that I send you forth back to your maker. You came, you saw and you conquered. Continue to rest in perfect peace till we shall meet to part no more with our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭.
Michael ‘Tope Fasipe, lives and writes from Abuja.