Mabogunje is a professor of geography, an intellectual of high repute. He received the 2017 ‘Nobel Prize for Geography’, the Prix Vautrin-Lud at the annual International Festival of Geography at Saint-Dié in north-eastern France. He was the first African president of the International Geographical Union. He is emeritus professor at the University of Ibadan.
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Starting as a lecturer at the University of Ibadan, Akinlawon Ladipo Mabogunje's contributions to Nigeria have been wide ranging. Commonly know as the Grandfather of African Geography he has participated in census taking, forest resource management, establishing a state university; planning the new federal capital, promoting rural development, land reform, housing and urban development, community banking and poverty reduction.
His poverty reduction program in Ijebu-Ode is now used as a model for empowering citizens to work together to break out of the poverty circle, both in Nigeria and other parts of Africa.
Author: Akinlawon Ladipo Mabogunje