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Obasanjo’s ally, Akin Mabogunje, dies at 90



Prof. Akin Mabogunje, a well-known associate of former president Olusegun Obasanjo, has passed away.

Mabogunje passed away on Thursday after receiving treatment for a health issue. His age was 90.

He served as the International Geographical Union’s first-ever African president (IGU).


Mabogunje presided over the Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy up until his death.

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his condolences for the late Professor.

Prof. Mabogunje’s passing “will be greatly felt by the nation, especially the academia,” according to a statement by Femi Adesina, the Special Advisor to the President on Media and Publicity.

Buhari also expressed his condolences to Prof. Mabogunje’s family, friends, and colleagues.

The statement continued, “The President sympathises with Prof. Mabogunje’s network of professional colleagues and experts, at home and abroad, who have shared in his vision of nation building with intellectual works in urbanisation, human and regional development, geographic perspectives, and shelter provision.

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More information on Prof. Mabogunje
Professor of geography Akin Mabogunje is a well-known and respected intellectual from Nigeria.

His BA(Hons) and Masters degrees were earned at University College London (UCL), and between 1956 and 1961, he completed a PhD at the University of London.

At the yearly International Festival of Geography in Saint-Dié in northeastern France, he was awarded the Prix Vautrin-Lud, which is considered the “Nobel Prize for Geography” for 2017.

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