By Ismaila Chafe, Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday rejoiced with Prof. Godini Darah on the conferment of Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) on him by Michael and Cecilia Ibru University, Agbara-Otor, Delta.
The conferment will hold on Tuesday, Sept. 6, in recognition of Darah’s contributions to advancement of knowledge within and outside Nigeria.
Darah will also the honour to deliver the keynote address at the 4th Convocation Ceremony of the university and 6th Michael Ibru Memorial Lecture on Tuesday.
In a congratulatory message issued by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja, the president joined family, friends and professional associates to felicitate the renowned scholar.
Buhari joined the academia to celebrate with “the folklorist, journalist and administrator, whose lectures, writings and publications of many years continue to enlighten and motivate’’.
He lauded Darah’s revolutionary approach to folklore and to oral literature, and his ingenious treatment of national and international issues.
He also noted that Darah simplified complex cultural, socio-economic and political issues and puts them into relatable contexts, making him a highly sought-after scholar.
Buhari wished Darah the best in all his endeavours.
Darah had taught variously at the University of Ibadan, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, North-eastern University, Boston, U.S.A., Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun, University of Africa, Toru-Orua and Delta State University, Abraka.
He was once the Chairman, Editorial Board of The Guardian Newspapers.