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Nigeria’s 1st Computer Science Professor, Olu Longe Dies aged 88

Nigeria’s first Professor of Computer Science, Oluwunmi Longe, has passed away.

This was contained in a statement released by the deceased family.

The statement read, “Professor Olu Longe died on Monday, 14 December 2020 in his residence at Olu Longe Street, Ikolaba Estate, New Bodija, Ibadan, owing to old age factors. He was aged 88.”

The statement which was signed by the wife of the deceased, Prof. Remi Longe, also gave up some information about the pedigree of the late Longe.

The statement further said: “He obtained his PhD in Computer Science from Ohio State University, USA in 1974 and returned to Nigeria in the same year to begin the Department of Computer Science, University of Ibadan and subsequently its pioneer Head of Department. He had earlier been the first Director of the University Computing Centre, 1968-1978.

“As first Head of Department, he delivered the first Inaugural Lecture of the department, titled “Ifa Divination and Computer Science”, on Monday, 22 December 1983, in which he gave insight into some similarities, remarkable relationships between IFA divination and Computer Science.

“The topic of the lecture which many described as oxymoron, did credit simultaneously to his research prowess and the ingenuity of Yoruba people.”

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