Saburi Oladeni Biobaku (1978-1982)

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Saburi BiobakuHistorian, educationist and administrator, Prof Saburi Biobaku was the fourth Director of the Institute. He was educated at Government College, Ibadan (1932-37), Higher College, Yaba (1938-41), University of Exeter (1944-45), Trinity College, University of Cambridge (1945-47), and the Institute of Historical Reseach, London (1950-51). After teaching at Governement College, Ibadan (1941-43) and Government College Umuahia (1947-49), he moved into administration as Assitant Liaison Officer, Nigerian Students, Colonial Office, United Kingdom (1951-53), later becoming Registrar, University of Ibadan (1953-57), Secretary to the Premier and Executive Council, Western Region (1957-61), and Pro-Chancellor, University of Ife §1961-65). He returned to academic puisuits in 1965 when he became Vice-Chancellor, University of Lagos (1965-72). In 1978 he became the Director of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan.

Prof Biobaku held important positions in professional societies, including being Vice-President, Society of African Culture and President, Historical Society of Nigeria (1967-71). He was Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Encyclopaedia Africana. Professor BIobaku was honoured with the Nigerian titles of Are of Iddo, Abeokuta, Agbaakin of Igbore, Abeokuta and a foreign title, Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CBE) in 1961. He also had an honorary doctorate from the USSR Academy of Science. His publications include The Origin of the Yoruba (1955) and The Egba and Their Neighbours (1957). In 1973, he edited Sources of Yoruba History. Prof Biobaku died in 2001.