Tit Bits from Prof. Akin Oyebode: Teaching; A Vocation not an Occupation

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    Tit Bits from Prof. Akin Oyebode: Teaching; A Vocation not an Occupation
    Prof Akin Oyebode

    If you have ever wondered why some are just very good at impacting knowledge while others struggle to, then here is the reason. Teaching is a “divine calling” not an occupation. The likes of Prof. would always be testimonial to that.

    I am not enthused by practice. I have not applied for Silk and I will never apply for Silk. The highest you can get to in a university is professorship. Once you become a professor, every other thing is icing on the cake. Though in my faculty we have four SANs, but each knows where it’s itching. There are other people I have written references for their SAN. I have taught more than 60 Senior Advocates and about 35 Law Professors. That is my fulfillment. The Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo who was also my student says it all the time at any gathering where I am. He would say, I will just dangle my bunch of keys and teach without script. Apart from him, former Senate Leader Ndoma Egba was also my student, Odien Ajumogoboa, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs too. Wale Babalakin never tires of saying how much I changed his life. He is now my boss as the Chairman of Council and Pro Chancellor of the School, a very genial and humble person. I think the joy of a teacher is finding your former students excelling in all aspects of life. Why should I compete with them? Teaching is a vocation not an occupation. You must really be worded to the idea of transmitting knowledge from one generation to another because some teachers thought us too and they inspired us too. Just count me out of legal practice.

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