In recognition of his remarkable contribution in entrepreneurship and philanthropy to humanity, the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) will on its 41st convocation ceremony, confer elder Statesman and renowned entrepreneur Oyekunle Alex-Duduyemi with a Doctor of Business Management (DBM) Honoris Causa.
The event is slated for 10am, Saturday, 12th December, 2015, at the Oduduwa Hall of the University.
A letter from the institution with a title ‘’Conferment of Honorary degree’’ signed by its Vice-Chancellor, Prof Bamitale Omole hailed Duduyemi who was also honoured with the award of Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) by the President Olusegun Obasanjo government for his outstanding input in building the nation’s economy.
Part of the letter reads ‘’ it is with great pleasure that I write to inform you that the Governing Council and the Senate of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) have approved that an honorary degree of Doctor of Business Management (DBM) Honoris Causa for your outstanding achievements in the world of business, contributions to public, national and international spheres as well as your sustained philanthropic gestures and positive interest in the progress and development of the university’’
In accordance with the University laws, the honorary degree cannot be awarded in absentia and it was gathered that Duduyemi who is a lawyer by training, has indicated in writing his acceptance for the award.
Through his philanthropic gestures, Duduyemi has helped many to rediscover lost destinies and find hope for daily living.
The story of Aro of the world (as popularly called by friends and well-wishers) is one of resilience, commitment, doggedness and of course, grass to grace.
The octogenarian who clocked 80 last August, 9, is a shrewd multi-dimensional personality and highly industrious with ability for multi-tasking.
He had a brief stint with the politics of the first republic where he was a quintessential and cerebral politician, very eloquent with the gift of the garb.
As a parliamentarian, he represented the Ife Central Federal constituency and was Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Rt Hon Abubakar Tafawa Balewa.
He was a member of the Nigerian Delegation to the 20th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, 1965.
– Uzo Chikere