January 25, (THEWILL) – Segun Odegbami, a former captain of the Nigeria national football team, has been selected as one of the recipients for an Honorary Doctorate Degree at the forthcoming graduation ceremony of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE).
Odegbami, a key member of the Super Eagles when they won the first African Cup of Nations in 1980 on home soil, will receive the degree in Human Kinetics at the university’s 7th Convocation ceremony in February.
Odegbami has long been a shining example of a successful Nigerian sports figure who has also excelled academically. He earned the nickname “Mathematical” having graduated from Nigeria’s premier technical institution, The Ibadan Polytechnic in Oyo State, where he studied Mechanical Engineering.
The talented winger, who is widely considered one of the best players to don the country’s green and white jerseys, has other known academic accomplishments. While he is understandably delighted at the honor set to be bestowed on him, Odegbami admitted it was a pleasant surprise.
“Even in an atmosphere of ominous dark, grey clouds, some sunlight shines through,” Odegbami wrote in a Facebook post announcing the well thought out gesture by FUOYE. He expressed gratitude to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Abayomi Sunday Fasina, the Governing Council, the Senate, Staff and Students of FUOYE for finding him deserving of such an exalted honor.