Thanks to Professors Michael Afolayan and A. B. Assensoh for your generous comments on my essay on Professor Adeshina Afolayan’s philosophy. As Professor Michael Afolayan noted Adeshina is a very gracious and generous fellow. And he is my good friend. I wrote the essay to celebrate his last year’s promotion to the rank of a full professor at the University of Ibadan.
In January 2021 or thereby, Professor Toyin Falola announced on this forum that our dear Adeshina has been elevated to the rank of professor at Ibadan. My immediate reaction on hearing the news was to send him a gift to mark, honor, and celebrate the noble achievement. But I quickly realized that money I did not have. I heard myself saying: “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: in the name of power of Scholarship I salute thee.”
So, at my gate called Beautiful in my study room, I invited him to send me everything that he has ever published without telling him I wanted to write an essay on his philosophy to celebrate his promotion. I only informed him that I wanted to study his work for my own edification. On reading his essays and books—which he sent promptly and together they were over 1000 pages—I was drawn out to write (on) him by the copious notes I took to describe, elucidate, explicate, and analyze his body of work. I enjoyed reading his oeuvre and my heart was moved with a good theme. And my pen moved like that of ready writer. I wrote as I was moved by the power of Scholarship, now comprising of his and mine fully engaged in a perichoretic dance.
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Wariboko's generative ideas always invite careful reading and he has done us a huge favor by inviting us to reread the philosophy of Afolayan, which I remember from the 1990s when the discipline of African philosophy was going through what for lack of a better word, i would call its renaissance, a period which generated a lot of interest in the discipline in the African Studies Association.
Thanks Nimi for such a careful reading and lucid analysis of the work of our colleague.
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