By Adejumo Kabir
Obafemi Awolowo University , Ile – Ife located in Osun State, South West Nigeria, is considered to be the most productive university in Nigeria for its fundamental uniqueness. Kabir Adejumon shared 10 desirable facts about the university
Obafemi Awolowo University was founded in 1962 as the University of Ife but christened by the Federal Military Government as Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, on May 12, 1987.
The university is situated on 13,000 acres (53 km2) of land.
The architectural structure of the citadel of learning considered the university to be regarded as “Africa’s most beautiful campus”, endowed with beautiful architecture built on about 5,000 acres of a total of 13,000 acres of the university owned land.
OAU has a Glasgow University Graduate and Nigeria’s first Professor of public health recruited from the University of Ibadan, Professor Oladele Ajose (MD, PhD) as her first Vice-Chancellor who served from 1962 to 1966.
Surgeons at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex (OAUTHC), Ile-Ife, successfully separated a set of Nigerian Siamese twins with a common anus and fused lower spine on May 6, 2002.
OUA was listed as the 1st of top 20 Research Universities in Nigeria by National Universities Commission in 2005 and in July 2007, the institution inaugurated a Computer Assemblage Plant.
Also in October 2007, the students of the university from the Faculty of Administration won awards for Nigeria at Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) held in New York City, USA.
The institution is ranked as the most productive university in Nigeria by the National Universities Commission (NUC) and by Shanghai University world rankings as it relates to Africa.
Senior Special Assistant to Nigeria President on Diaspora, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa graduated from the OAU with Bachelor of Arts ( Hons) in English Language in 1983 and in 2008, she won the Great Ife Alumni Award for Excellence in the Management/Public Administration category.
Nigeria’s only Nobel prize winner (in literature), Wole Soyinka, served as professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Ife and was also appointed an emeritus professor of Dramatic Arts at OAU Ife.