Pa Alimi Amodu created record in Nigeria, recently, when he lined up at the Convocation Ceremony of Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos, with about 27,000 other graduands, covering three sets, to collect his B.Sc degree in Sociology.
The octogenarian is set to create another record, when he disclosed his intention to register for the Postgraduate Diploma in Cultural Administration (PGDCA) programme of NICO Training School, Lagos, in the 2013/2014 academic session.
Pa Amodu stated this at NICO Ibadan State Office, located at Oluyole Estate, when he had an audience with the Executive Secretary, Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, who was in the State Office to assess the level of preparedness for its 1st edition of the Nigerian Indigenous Language Programme (NILP), starting from Monday, the 12th of August, 2013.
Amodu, the “Baba Kekere” of Ibadan, who told the ES with elation that he was the first to register for the one-month intensive indigenous language programme in the NICO Ibadan State Office Study Centre, also informed that he was desirous of bagging a doctoral degree, by the special grace of God.
Responding, the Executive Secretary, Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, said it was a great honour to interact personally with Pa Amodu, having read the sensational media reportage of his uncommon exploits at the Lagos State University, at the age of 80, adding that his admission into the PGDCA programme of NICO will mark another landmark in the annals of the Institute.
The ES noted that Pa Amodu’s determination, hard work and humility have set him apart from his peers, as an octogenarian whose life is worthy of emulation by Nigerians, both young and old, and that it was an affirmation of the saying that, “education is a lifelong process,” just as he advised the Head of NICO Ibadan State Office, Mr. Adeniyi, to relate with Baba Kekere always as he was an invaluable living human treasure.
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