*Photo R-L: Prof Ishaq Oloyede, Suv Hassan Elias, Professor Yusuf Olaolu Ali SAN, Alhaji Musa Ayeni( former Deputy Governor of Ondo State) and Dr Aliu Badmus, Proprietor of Iqra Group of Schools, Ilorin*
Sunday, 7th January,2024 was a memorable day for Mallam Yusuf Olaolu Ali, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), as a prayer session and reception were held at his Alma Mater, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife to mark his appointment as Professor of Practice by the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti.
*Photo L-R: Prof M.O.A. Rahaman, Prof ( Chief Imam) Abubakar Sanusi, Prof Yusuf Olaolu Ali SAN and Alhaji Rafiu Ebiti*
*Photo R-L: Barrister Hassan Taiwo Fajimite, Prof Yusuf Olaolu Ali SAN, Alhaji Mikail Adegoke Mumuni (Publisher of The Shield Online) and Alhaji Mohammed Buari, Vice President National of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife Muslim Graduates Alumni (UNIFEMGA)*
*Photo L-R: Dr Suleyman Adediran, Professor Kehinde Yusuf and Alhaji Moshood Azeez*
A professor of practice is a faculty member that a higher educational institution appoints to help students with their practical instruction. They typically have non-academic backgrounds but are highly successful and knowledgeable in their fields.
*Photo ( Immediately below)L-R: Emeritus Prof M.O.A. Rahaman, Dr Tunde Akanni, Prof Yusuf Ali and the Vice Chancellor, University of Ilorin, Prof Wahab Egbewole, at the occasion*
The prayer and reception organised for Professor Ali by Emeritus Professor of Geology, Professor M.O.A. Rahaman, and held at the OAU Central Mosque, attracted several eminent personalities in the academia and professional circles. Also in attendance were Muslim Clerics.
*Photo: Prof Yusuf Olaolu Ali SAN *
For Professor Rahaman it was a payback as Ali had hosted a similar reception for him in 1987 when he was promoted Professor of Geology by the Obafemi Awolowo University,Ile-Ife.
A Professor of Medicine and Chief Imam of OAU Central Mosque, Abubakar Sanusi who anchored the prayer session said the Senior Advocate of Nigeria was well deserving of the elevation as a Professor of Practice as well as the honor done him by Professor Rahaman and all those who attended the event.
Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and former Vice Chanceĺlors of University of Ilorin, Professor Ishaq Oloyede concured with Professor Abubakar Sanusi.
He disclosed that Professor Yusuf Olaolu Ali SAN had indeed been lecturing at the University of Ilorin Faculty of Law for the past 25 years more out of passion for the expectation of becoming a Professor one day.
Thus both Professors Sanusi and Oloyede said the elevation was a fulfilment of Allah’s design for the life of Mallam Yusuf Olaolu Ali SAN.
The duo and other speakers at both the player session and the reception urged all and sundry to learn from the honoree’s devotion to selfless service, philantropism and abiding faith in Almighty Allah.
Vice-Chancellor of FUOYE, Prof. Abayomi Sunday Fasina while justifying the appointment of Malam Yusuf Olaolu Ali SAN described him as rare breed.
He added that the appointment would lift FUOYE’s Faculty of Law to prominence given Ali’s vast knowledge of law, erudition and enormous expansion of knowledge in legal practice, spanning over four decades.
Prof Fasina stressed that ” With his new position, he would be required to deliver lectures to our students on procedural and substantive law periodically both online and offline. With his publication of 40 papers in law journals and 20 chapter contributions in books, Professor Yusuf Olaolu Ali, SAN, is no doubt qualified to be given the award. “
The new Professor of Practice of Law gained admission to University of Ife, Ile-Ife (now OAU) in 1978 and graduated with a 2nd Class Upper Division for his Bachelor of Laws degree and was a winner of the Federal Merit Award for undergraduates. He bagged his Masters degree, also in flying colours, from the same university in 1991 and became a Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 1997.