Dr. Yemi Ogunbiyi has been appointed as the Chairman of the new Governing Council of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
To work with Dr. Ogunbiyi as members of the new OAU Governing Council are: Prof Felix U. Madubuike, Mr. Inowei Akono, Mr. Adekunle Sanni and Muhammad Bello Kaoje.
Dr. Ogunbiyi is an iconic drama educator. He once served as the Managing Director of Daily Times of Nigeria in one of the golden ages of that medium.
He also once served as the Executive Director of the Guardian Newspapers in charge of Public Affairs and Marketing.
He was a lecturer in the then Department of Drama and Literature (Drama and Literature are now separate Departments) at Great Ife alongside other greats like Prof. Wole Soyinka; Prof. Kole Omotoso – the author of “Just Before Dawn”, that classic on Nigeria’s first 100 years’ history; and Prof. Biodun Jeyifo – a columnist with The Nation and a Harvard Professor of Literature/African Studies. Before lecturing at Ife, Dr. Ogunbiyi had earlier taught at the Brooklyn College, New York.
It would be recalled that the former Governing Council headed by Prof. Rowland Ndoma-Egba of OAU were dissolved over the crisis that rocked the OAU over the appointment of a new Vice-Chancellor.