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JUST IN: Longest UI lecturer, Nigel Henry, is dead


The death of the longest-serving lecturer at the University of Ibadan, Nigel Henry, has been announced, A statement by the Department of Classics in the institution on Sunday said Henry died on Saturday, January 30, 2021, at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.

The statement stated that until his demise, Henry was the longest-serving lecturer in the Department of Classics and in the school as a whole. He died at the age of 71.

“With a deep sense of sorrow, 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.

“Mr. Henry, our longest-serving academic member of staff, who spent over four decades nurturing students in the various sub-disciplines of Classics, especially in Greek and Latin languages and literature, was an outstanding student of the highest order.

“He took the M.A. (Classics) with First Class Honours (1969 – 73) from the University of St. Andrews, and the B. Phil in Classics (1973 – 75) from the University of Oxford.

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

“Every current member of staff of the Department is a former student of Mr. Henry,” the statement read in part.

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