Victor Adenuga Oyenuga, CFR, was the first President of the Nigerian Academy of Science and a Nigerian agricultural scientist. On April 9, 1917, he was born, and on April 10, 2010, he died.

He was the first Emeritus Professor at the University of Ibadan. Professor Oyenuga was born in Isonyi on April 9, 1917. In the southern Nigerian city of Ijebu Ode, he was nurtured by late Thomas Oyenuga, a peasant farmer. He attended Emmanuel Primary School in Ado Ekiti before being enrolled to Wasinmi African Church Secondary School in Ijebe Ode.

He continued his education at Durham University in Newcastle upon Tyne, earning a bachelor’s degree in agricultural chemistry in 1948 and a doctorate in agricultural biochemistry and nutrition in 1951. For his exceptional writings in respected journals, he got an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Obafemi Awolowo University in 1977, the same year he was elected President of the Nigerian Academy of Science, and a Doctor of Science degree from Durham University in 1978.

In 1996, he was conferred a Doctor of Research degree by Ogun State University in recognition of his substantial contributions to agricultural research.

He began his career as a school teacher at Ijebu’s Teacher Anglican Church Mission in 1935. He finally joined the University of Ibadan’s teaching staff, rising through the ranks to become a Senior Lecturer in 1958, the same year he was chosen head of the department of agricultural chemistry, a position he held for three years.


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