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Akin Mabogunje, Ace Geographer, Dies At Age 90

Akin Mabogunje, Ace Geographer, Dies At Age 90

Akin Mabogunje, Ace Geographer, Dies At Age 90

Akin Mabogunje, Ace Geographer, Dies At Age 90

The International Geographical Union’s first African president, Akin Mabogunje has passed away.

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The death was confirmed by a family friend who talked with The PUNCH, but the hospital where he passed away was kept a secret.

Mabogunje, a well-known friend of the late President Olusegun Obasanjo, became the first African to be chosen as a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States in 1999.

Akin Mabogunje, Ace Geographer, Dies At Age 90

 Served variously as a member of the Western Nigerian Economic Advisory Council in 1967, member, of Federal Public Service Review Commission, 1972, Chairman,  Nigerian Council for Management Development, 1976, and Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Ogun State University.

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Mabogunje was the author of the seminal work, “Urbanisation in Nigeria”, in 1968, which explores urbanization and state formation in the country.

Until his death at 90, Mabogunje was the Chairman of the Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy and mentor to its founder, Tunji Olaopa.


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