Lai Oso, a Nigerian communication scholar and professor at the Faculty of Communication and Media Studies (FCMS), Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, is dead.
He reportedly died in a motor accident on Saturday evening on his way back to Lagos from Delta State University, Abraka, where he went to serve as an external examiner.
Mr Oso was a Deputy Rector at the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, formerly Ogun State Polytechnic, Abeokuta, before joining the services of the Lagos State University.
He was appointed the Dean of the LASU School of Communication, now known as Faculty of Communication and Media Studies, between 2011 and 2015.
Mr Oso also served as the President of the Association of Communication Scholars and Professionals of Nigeria (ACSPN).
He attended the University of Lagos for his BSc in Mass Communication, and obtained a Master’s in International Relations at the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife.
He bagged his PhD degree from Leicester University, United Kingdom, and was a former Dean of Students Affairs at Caleb University – a private university located in Imota area of Lagos State.
Mr Oso was a member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria, African Council of Communication Education, International Association for Communication Research, and Lagos Communication Forum.
He was also a mentor to numerous young journalists and students of Mass Communication.
His death comes as a blow, and the entire Board, Management and Staff of Radio Now send our condolences to his family, friends and the university.