Former Nigeria national football team captain, Segun Odegbami has been chosen as one of the recipients of Honorary Doctorate degrees at the upcoming graduation ceremony of the Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE).
Odegbami, a key member of the Eagles when they won the first African Cup of Nations in 1980, will receive an Honorary Doctorate in Human Kinetics at the university’s 7th Convocation in February.
Odegbami has, over the years, been one of the shining examples of successful Nigerian sports figures who have also excelled academically.
He earned the nickname “Mathematician” at Nigeria’s premier technical institution, the Polytechnic, Ibadan, where he studied Mechanical Engineering.
The talented winger, who is arguably one of the best players to wear the green and white jersey in the country, has other notable academic achievements.
While he is understandably happy with the honor to be bestowed upon him, Odegbami admits it is a pleasant surprise for him.
“Even in an atmosphere of terrible gray and dark clouds, some sunlight shines. “Odegbami began announcing FUOYE’s well thought out gesture in a Facebook post.
“A week ago, completely out of the blue, I received a call from an envoy, after which I received an official letter from the office of the Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, giving me good news of my desire. the university awarded me an Honorary Doctorate in Human Kinetics at the university’s 7th Convocation ceremony to be held in February.
“I was going to keep it to myself, but the advice of some friends I shared prevailed. So here I am, using this small medium to publicly acknowledge this offer”, he added.
Odegbami expressed gratitude to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abayomi Sunday Fasina, the Governing Council, Senate, Staff and students of FUOYE for deserving this great honour.
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“This is fuel for my spirit and my being. I will continue to make my modest contributions in the fields of sports, society and humanity,” concluded Odegbami.
It is heartening that more Nigerian football stars are also warming to academic degrees, with Wilfred Ndidi, Taiwo Awoniyi, Rasheedat Ajibade and many others celebrating academic achievements even while actively playing football at the highest level.
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