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REMINISCENCES GREAT NIGERIANS WITH INTIMIDATING CREDENTIALS …… VICTOR OMOLOLU OLUNLOYO – A CONFIDENT & EXTREMELY BOLD GENIUS

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The 3rd president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson is quoted as admitting as far back as 1792 (when he was Secretary of State) that: “Comparing them (black and white people) by their faculties of memory, reason, and imagination, it appears to me that in memory [the Negro] are equal to the whites; in reason much inferior, as I think one could scarcely be found capable of tracing and comprehending the investigations of Euclid; and that in imagination they are dull, tasteless, and anomalous.” However, it has been asserted that present-day and ancient achievements contradict Thomas Jefferson’s stereotype. In fact, web pages have been created to exhibit accomplishments of the peoples of Africa and the African Diaspora within the Mathematical Sciences. The foregoing lends credence to the thoughts of a Nigerian expert in Mass Communications, late Prof. Alfred Opubor (2005) who argued that: “Africa has been the victim of other peoples’ information domination. ‘’Historically, Africa’s image in the world has been largely managed by non-African interests and institutions. ‘’Those who had the means to create powerful channels to disseminate information widely, had pre-empted the definition of what was good, what was right, what was important, and what was civilized. In general, even the achievements in science, in art and culture that were African in origin or inspiration, were often attributed to others, because their provenance was obscured in Africa’s inability to proclaim its stake. ‘’Through literature, visual arts, the mass media, and popular culture, the agenda of world discourse has been hijacked by other cultures and peoples for a long time’’ PROVENANCE: As purveyors of the sterling qualities within which the society could recreate itself, one of the most important requirements of development is to recognize the contributions of people who have attained memorable milestones in their journeys through Planet Earth. Nigeria has been blessed with a number of people with unusual Intelligence Quotients that mark them out as ‘’beyond the ordinary’’ in terms of their endowments. Obafemi Awolowo, Adegoke Adelabu, Chike Obi, and Ayodele Awojobi were some of the highly cerebral personalities that have emerged at different points of history. And by all measurable standards, Chief (Dr) Victor Omololu Olunloyo ranks amongst the class of geniuses who are abundantly endowed and gifted beyond the ordinary, in terms of intelligence, and is perhaps one of Nigeria’s modern-day Euclids. Euclid, cited above by Jefferson, sometimes called ‘’Euclid of Alexandria’’ to distinguish…

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