…By Joseph Benjamin for TDPel Media.
The news of the demise of Professor Lai Oso, a highly regarded communication scholar, has left the academic community in mourning.
The Nigerian professor, who taught at the Faculty of Communication and Media Studies (FCMS) in Lagos State University (LASU), met with a fatal accident on the Ore-Sagamu expressway in the Ijebu axis.
Tragic Loss at 67:
At the age of 67, Professor Oso’s life was tragically cut short on Saturday evening.
The shocking news of his passing has sent ripples of sorrow throughout the academic and communication circles in Nigeria.
Confirmation by the Dean of FCMS:
Professor Sunday Alawode, the Dean of the Faculty of Communication and Media Studies at LASU, officially confirmed the devastating news.
In a statement released on Sunday, he expressed his condolences and shared the details of the accident.
The Nation reported the dean’s heartfelt message.
Grief and Commiseration:
The sudden loss of Professor Oso has deeply affected the entire academic community, especially those in the field of communication.
Professor Alawode extended his sympathies to the grieving family, including Mrs. Oso, their children, and loved ones.
He also expressed solidarity with the worldwide communication family, the LASU community, and all others affected by this tragedy.
Legacy and Contributions:
Throughout his career, Professor Lai Oso made significant contributions to the field of communication.
He served as the Dean of the Mass Communication School at LASU from 2011 to 2015 and held the esteemed position of President of the Association of Communication Scholars & Professionals of Nigeria.
Professor Oso’s academic journey included obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos.
He furthered his education with a Master of Science degree in International Relations from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
In 1977, he earned his Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Leicester in England, supported by a scholarship from the Federal Government.
The untimely demise of Professor Lai Oso has left a void in the academic world, particularly within the realm of communication studies.
His remarkable achievements, leadership, and scholarly contributions will be remembered and cherished.
The tragic accident serves as a stark reminder of the fragility of life and the profound impact individuals can make in their chosen fields.
May Professor Lai Oso rest in peace, and may his loved ones find solace in the memories of his impactful life.
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