It was a sad day in the University of Ibadan (UI) with emotions literally overwhelming the community during the lying-in-state ceremony in honour of the late Professor of Exercise Physiology, Ademola Olasupo Abass who died last Wednesday at the age of 52.
The sadness trailing the sdden death of Prof. Abass was so palpable to the extent that the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Abel Idowu Olayinka broke down in tears as he read his tribute, just as friends, family members, well-wishers and members of the university community were all seen sobbing, weeping and wailing.
Several speakers at the occasion extolled the virtues of the late scholar. However, the common tread running through the lachrymal tributes was that Prof. Abass was intelligent, hardworking and humble who contributed to the development of the university in various ways.
Shorty after the ceremony at the Trenchard hall, the corpse was taken to New Covenant Church, Samonda Ibadan for internment.
Born on 11 March, 1966, the late Abass became a professor in 2011. He had National Certificate in Education of Osun State College of Education Ilesa 1985 and B.Ed. in Physical and Health Education (First Class Honours) at the University of Ibadan, in 1990.
He is survived by his wife and three children.