The University of Ibadan (UI) has conferred a Lifetime Achievement Award on one of the institution’s Alumni, the Publisher of The Guardian newspaper, Lady Maiden Alex-Ibru.
The award which was presented to her on Wednesday at Rutan House, the corporate HQ of The Guardian in Lagos was in recognition of her outstanding accomplishments in life.
The Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Abel Idowu Olayinka, who led the institution’s delegate, described the Publisher as a role model and quintessential woman whose life achievements are inestimable and inspiring.
“The award was a recognition and celebration of great icons and alumni of the institution. UI celebrated its 70th anniversary lasy year, and there is no way we will celebrate greatness of the UI without celebrating the people that made our institution prestigious through their lifetime achievements.
“The award was instituted as part of activities marking the 70th anniversary of the institution. We looked at her profile, she came to UI in 1969. We looked at what she has achieved in the last 50 years both as a student durinf which she was very active and then when she left the university.
“She is someone we are very proud of. We think she is a role model, an icon for the current and future generations of students. So, we thought she’s someone we need to celebrate. That was why she was recommended for the lifetime achievement award by her alma mater.
“Lady Ibru, you are a role model and we will appreciate if you can visit us and inspire our young ones. They need to understand that your accomplishments and achievements did not come on a platter of gold,” the VC stated.
Lady Alex-Ibru, in her response, relived her days as a student at UI, displaying photographs oh her matriculation at the university in 1966 to the admiration of those present. She thanked the VC for the recognition, saying the award meant a lot to her.
“It came as a shock to me, you coming to honour me. I’m deeply honoured from the bottom of my heart,” Lady Alex-Ibru expressed.