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Three Years To Retirement: “How the LASU Professor, mentor to many journalists and communication scholars globally died on Ore-Sagamu expressway on his way from Delta State University.”

▪️ “A huge Library of communication resources is set ablaze,” Team Lead of Platforms Africa, Adeola Yusuf, Ademola Akinbola, Publisher of The Podium Magazine, other students pen emotional tributes for late communication teacher

A renowned Nigerian Professor of communication, Lai Oso, is dead.

Dean, Faculty of Communication and Media Studies FCMS, Lagos State University, Professor Sunday Alawode, who confirmed this in a statement obtained by Platforms Africa, described Oso’s death as a rude shock.

Oso, according to two of his students, Idris Mohammed and Wasiu Tejuoso, died in a motor accident in Ijebu axis along Ore-Sagamu expressway on Saturday evening.

“He was coming from Delta State University (DELSU) where he was an external examiner at the department of Mass communication. His SUV had reached Ijebu axis on the expressway before the car plunged  into a river,” another student who was called from Ijebu Police station last night said.

Reacting to the sad news, Team Lead of Platforms Africa, Adeola Yusuf  who was a PhD supervisee of Professor Oso, declared that a “huge Library of communication has just been set ablaze.”

Professor Oso “is a good man, a father and lecturer to many communication scholars and journalists across the World. One of the pillars of communication at Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), and a former Dean of School of Communication, Lagos State University (LASU) who has just three year to his retirement.


“HIs death is a terrible blow to the communication community. A huge communication library has just been set ablaze,” Adeola Yusuf wrote.

Professor Alawode, corroborating Yusuf’s view, commemorated with Oso’s wife , the children and the global communication family.

“It’s a rude shock to all of us even as we commiserate with Mummy Oso, the children and his entire family, the Communication family worldwide, LASU Community and all others,” he wrote.

Mr. Ademola Akinbola, Publisher of The Podium International Magazine and one of Prof Oso’s students at Ogun State Polytechnic (now MAPOLY), said his death signifies the end of a glorious era of scholarly communication excellence. “Prof Oso was my favourite lecturer at Ogun Poly. He taught me International Communications and Community/Rural Journalism. His class was always the liveliest and most productive because he knew his stuff and delivered it with so much simplicity and panache. He was at home with almost all aspects of communication. His teachings have shaped my career to a great extent. Our condolences go to his family and the entire academic community, especially the Lagos State University (LASU), where he was the Dean of Communications “.

Idris Mohammed, another student wrote on Facebook; “It s with great sadness and heavy heart that I bring to you the passing away of our very own Professor Lai Oso of the Mass Communication Department, Lagos State University in the evening today as a result of a ghastly accident on his way back to Lagos from Abaraka, Delta State.
Late Lai Oso was one of Professor Pate’s allies and a great communication scholar in Nigeria.

“He was a humble and generous man of exemplary good character.
Goodnight Prof.!!


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