The longest-serving academic staffer of the University of Ibadan, Nigel Henry, is dead.


This was announced in a statement issued on Monday by the Group of Academics and colleagues of the deceased at the university.


Mr Henry died on Saturday at the University College Hospital, Ibadan. He was 71 years old (December 14, 1950 – January 30, 2021).


“With a deep sense of sorrow but profound appreciation for a life well spent in academia, the Department of Classics announces the passing of Mr Nigel Henry, which regrettable event occurred on the night of 30 January, 2021, at the University College Hospital, Ibadan,” the statement reads.


According to the statement, Mr Henry spent over four decades nurturing students in the various sub-disciplines of Classics, especially in Greek and Latin languages and Literature.


The group said he was an outstanding student of the highest order and bagged the M.A. (Classics) with First Class Honours (1969 – 73) from the University of St. Andrews, and B. Phil in Classics (1973–75) from the University of Oxford.


Mr Henry was reputed to have brought to Ibadan the best traditions of Classical scholarship, having been taught by eminently acclaimed scholars like Kenneth Dover and Prof. Hugh Lloyd- Jones.


Every current member of staff of the department is a former student of Mr Henry, says the statement.


“We shall miss his fatherly tutelage and the inspiration he imbued in us as students of Classics,” part of the statement reads.


OBITUARY: Nigel Henry, UI longest-serving lecturer , is dead

Nigel Henry died on Saturday at the age of 71.

ByAbdulkareem Mojeed February 1, 2021 2 min read

The longest-serving academic staffer of the University of Ibadan, Nigel Henry, is dead.


This was announced in a statement issued on Monday by the Group of Academics and colleagues of the deceased at the university.


Mr Henry died on Saturday at the University College Hospital, Ibadan. He was 71 years old (December 14, 1950 – January 30, 2021).


“With a deep sense of sorrow but profound appreciation for a life well spent in academia, the Department of Classics announces the passing of Mr Nigel Henry, which regrettable event occurred on the night of 30 January, 2021, at the University College Hospital, Ibadan,” the statement reads.


According to the statement, Mr Henry spent over four decades nurturing students in the various sub-disciplines of Classics, especially in Greek and Latin languages and Literature.


The group said he was an outstanding student of the highest order and bagged the M.A. (Classics) with First Class Honours (1969 – 73) from the University of St. Andrews, and B. Phil in Classics (1973–75) from the University of Oxford.


Mr Henry was reputed to have brought to Ibadan the best traditions of Classical scholarship, having been taught by eminently acclaimed scholars like Kenneth Dover and Prof. Hugh Lloyd- Jones.


Every current member of staff of the department is a former student of Mr Henry, says the statement.


“We shall miss his fatherly tutelage and the inspiration he imbued in us as students of Classics,” part of the statement reads.

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