The management and students of University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, Lagos are yet to recover from the shock of the sudden death of the Head of Department of History and Strategic Studies, Prof. Michael Monday Ogbeidi, whose news of his death threw the entire campus into mourning.
Ogbeidi, a Professor of Business History at the Department of History and Strategic Studies and an alumnus of the university, was said to have died after a brief illness.
The fond memories of the late lecturer, described as a ‘gentle and consummate teacher, had continued to linger in the ivory tower, especially among students in the Faculty of Arts, who expressed great shock over the don’s demise.
The late Ogbeidi was said to have pioneered the sub-field of Business History, which he carved out of Economic History and tagged “the Lagos School of History,” the first of its kind in the country, where Business History is being taught as a course of study at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
His work on Fundamentals of Business History, Telegraph Campus gathered has remained the only one with particular focus on Nigeria. An alumnus of the University of Lagos, where he obtained B.A History, he joined the university in 1997 as Lecturer Grade II and later obtained his PhD Degree in 1999, in the same institution and was elevated to a Professor in October 2015.
Ogbeidi, who was greatly influenced by the works of Prof. Akinjide Osuntokun and late Prof Babatunde Agiri during the early period of his career, initiate the Advanced Diploma in Law Enforcement Administration (ADLEA) and later the Advanced Diploma in Counter-Terrorism (ADCT) Programmes at the university.
Prof Ogbeidi’s works in-clude the “Dynamics of the Nigerian Financial System in 2016,” which was almost frustrated by his health condition. The late Ogbeidi hailed from Fuga in Etsako Central Local Government Area of Edo State. Several major activities were said to have been suspended at the UNILAG on March 17, in his honour to bury the 55-year-old lecturer after a service of songs at the University Chapel of Light.
The staff and students, however, described the late Ogbeidi as a jolly good fellow and lecturer, whose brief stint as HOD between August 2016 and February 2017, was said to be eventful, given his administrative skills and simple life.
One of the lecturers in the department, Dr. David Aworawo, described Ogbeidi as a shining example of how to succeed in the face of adversity, saying: “Ogbeidi was a scholar with unique virtues, who was interested in researching into different themes of public history and practical activities relating to social and economic development. He will sorely be missed.”