The Nigerian academic community mourns the loss of Prof Lai Oso, a prominent communication lecturer at Lagos State University (LASU), who tragically lost his life in a car accident.
According to a report, the incident occurred on Saturday evening along the Ijebu axis of the Ore-Sagamu expressway, according to a report.
Prof. Oso was returning from his duties as an external examiner in the Mass Communication department at Delta State University (DELSU), the report says.
The university has not yet issued an official statement, but news of the heartbreaking incident circulated online, confirmed by a colleague from the English Department.
Condolences and tributes poured in from devastated students and colleagues who held Prof. Oso in high regard.
Layigbade Mola Oke, one of his students from the Mass Communication department, expressed his deep sorrow, emphasizing the profound impact Prof. Oso had on his academic journey. Oke acknowledged the invaluable knowledge gained from Prof. Oso’s book, “COMMUNITY MEDIA,” which played a crucial role in his thesis and continues to guide him in his pursuit of effective and pragmatic community policing.
Salaudeen Abdullahi Olasukanmi, reflecting on the loss, described Prof. Oso as the end of an era in Mass Communication and Journalism. He wished for the departed soul to find eternal peace.
Steve Aborisade, deeply affected by the news, lamented the loss of his pillar of support. He praised Prof. Oso as an exceptional man and expressed gratitude for his mentorship, collaborative work, and unwavering guidance.
Aborisade firmly believes that Prof. Oso now rests in the presence of God.
Abdur-Rahman Balogun, a former student of Prof. Oso from 1987 at Mass Communication, Ogun state Polytechnic, shared his shock at the sudden departure. Having recently encountered Prof. Oso at a lecture where they were both speakers, Balogun expressed regret that he had no idea it would be their last meeting.
He bid farewell to a great mentor, teacher, and friend, wishing for Prof. Oso’s soul to rest in perfect peace.
Prof. Lai Oso had a distinguished career, having previously served as a lecturer at Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY) and Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago Iwoye.
At the time of his passing, he held the position of Professor of Communication at Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo.
The news of Prof. Lai Oso’s tragic demise has left a void in the academic community, as his profound knowledge, guidance, and contributions will be deeply missed.
The LASU community and the wider field of communication mourn the loss of a remarkable educator and mentor.
May his soul rest in peace.