Bola Tinubu, former governor of Lagos, has offered to build a complex to house the faculty of arts at the Lagos State University (LASU) in Ojo.
Olanrewaju Fagbohun, vice-chancellor of LASU, made the announcement at a news conference on Tuesday in Lagos.
Fagbohun said the donation, the value of which was not disclosed, was to mark the maiden edition of the Ahmed Bola Tinubu Spirit of Africa Awards, instituted by the institution to honour the statesman.
The vice-chancellor said the awards had been slated for September 27 and that the event was designed to facilitate Africa’s renaissance.
He said President Muhammadu Buhari was expected at the event.
“The former visitor to our university, His Excellency, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has fully bought into this vision of our institution by accepting this event to be an annual event in his honour,” the VC said.
“Asiwaju Tinubu has long been a champion of a progressive cause in Nigeria and is a committed Pan-Africanist.
“His advocacy for anti-poverty initiatives in ending all forms of ethnic and religious biases in Nigeria is well known.”
“It is our fervent belief that the institutionalisation of the Spirit of Africa Awards will contribute to the spread of knowledge and the pursuit of excellence on the African continent.”
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