Prof. Jadesola Akande Dies At 68

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April 29, 2008



Prof. Jadesola Akande Dies At 68
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Former Vice Chancellor of the Lagos State University, LASU, Ojo, Prof. Jadesola Akande is dead.

P.M.News gathered that she died at her residence yesterday morning.

Many Nigerians were bewildered by her death, wondering how  a woman who was very lively two days ago, and even participated in the cutting of the cake at a ceremony to mark the 70th birthday anniversary of  ailing Chief Gani Fawehinmi, would succumb to the cold hands of death within such a short interval.


P.M.News observed that throughout the ceremony where Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, delivered a lecture, Akande did not betray any sign of illness.

The late Professor Akande was born on 15 November, 1940 in Lagos.

She was married to the late Debo Akande(SAN) in 1963.

She started her career as the administrative officer/state counsel, Western Region, in 1964; Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law at the University of Lagos (1965/79); Associate Professor, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (1983); Regional Vice-President, International Federation of Women Lawyers (1981-83).

She was also the Vice Chancellor of the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos, and later a Barrister at Law of Inner Temple and Nigerian Bar.

She is survived by many children. Until her death, she was the vice chancellor of Lead City University, Ibadan, Oyo State.






Jadesola Akande, ex-LASU VC, is dead – 2 days after attending Gani’s birthday programme

Muda Oyeniran, Lagos – 30.04.2008

FORMER Vice-Chancellor of the Lagos State University (LASU) , Professor Jadesola Akande, is dead. She died in her sleep on Tuesday in her Lagos home. She was aged 68.

A distinguished jurist, widely acclaimed academician and a renowned contributor to women development, she was one of the few female academic pillars in the country.

A law graduate of the University College, London, 1963, she was called to the bar at Inner Temple, London. She returned to Nigeria in 1965 and worked in the West Regional Civil Service as an Administrative Officer/State Council for one year before proceeding to do the then Statutory three months course at the Nigerian Law School, Lagos.

For 14 years thereafter, she taught law at the University of Lagos Law School during which she also worked as a staff candidate for both her Masters Degree (LLM), 1968 and Ph.D., London, 1971. She ran until her death the Family Laws Center, a part of Ford Foundation–funded free Legal Aid Center for poor people which she initiated in 1984.

The incumbent Vice-Chancellor of LASU, Professor Lateef Akanni Hussein once described her as one of the most distinguished academics in the country whose time as the Vice Chancellor of LASU helped to move the institution to great heights.

She was also the wife of the late Dr. Debo Akande (SAN) who was a counsel for the late Bola Ige family.

Professor Akande passed on barely 24 hours after she was last seen, hale and hearty at a public function in Lagos.

She attended her last function two days ago, at the Campaign for Democracy (CD)–organised programme in honour of Chief Gani Fawehinmi’s 70th birthday.

Reacting to the death, Lagos State governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, said it was shocking on Tuesday described death of Professor Jadesola Akande as shocking and a loss to the nation’s academic community.

Fashola, who visited the family house at Ikoyi in company with his immediate predecessor, Senator Bola Tinubu, advised the family members of the respected legal scholar to take solace in the fact that she lived a very fruitful and fulfilled life.


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