IT is most disheartening and heart-rending that one has to write about Professor Tejumola Olaniyan in the past tense. He was so full of life and ideas that one would never have imagined him leaving us so soon.
Teju’s death has reminded us all of our own immortality. What he taught us was the transience of life and the need to live every single day of our lives as if it was the last.
My last memory of Teju was at the FSG Conference at Akure, Ondo State ,last August.
He was not only full of ideas but also full of energy all through the Conference.
As the Convener, the lot fell on him to take charge of the organisation and direct proceedings. This he did with effortless ease as he ensured that the timing of sessions and programmes was precise and that discussions were frank, scholarly and sincere.
Teju was a man not given to flamboyance, yet he had the gift of a robust intellect, incomparable organisational acumen and an unwavering commitment to intellectual…