By Simeon OSAJIE
A professor of Mass Communication at the School of Communication, Lagos State University (LASU), Prof. Lai Oso has died in a ghastly motor accident.
The accident was said to have occurred in the evening of Saturday 24th June, 2023 while he was returning from a conference in Abraka, Delta State.
A broadcast message by the Dean, Faculty of Communication and Media Studies, LASU, Professor Sunday Olayinka Alawode confirmed the incident.
“Good morning family. I am constrained to inform us of the involvement of Professor Muraino Olayiwola OSO, (we all fondly called Baba Lai Oso) in a ghastly auto accident which claimed his life yesterday 24th June 2023.
According to the broadcast message, “It’s a rude shock to all of us even as we commiserate with Mummy Oso, the children and his entire family, the Communication family worldwide, LASU Community and all others.
“Baba, your sudden exit is painful, but we rest in the comfort that you have gone to be with the Lord. Rest in Peace. Adieu Baba of the Communication family.”.
Lai Oso, a 67-year-old was the Dean of the School of Communication between 2011 and 2015. He was President, Association of Communication Scholars and Professionals of Nigeria.
He was educated at the University of Lagos (B.Sc. Mass Communication), Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (M.Sc. International Relations) and obtained a PhD degree in Mass Communication as a Federal Government scholar at the University of Leicester, England in 1977.
Oso worked as a Reporter on both Radio and the News Agency of Nigeria and taught courses in Journalism, Media and Governance, Political Communication, Development Communication and Theory. He was born on October 15, 1956.