Dr Ayotunde Alao, a lecturer at the Kwara State University whose nick name is ‘the only MC with PhD’ is dead.
The popular and ever vibrant entertainer died in an auto crash en route Lagos from Ilorin on Saturday.
Apart from being a Celebrity lecturer, Dr Ayotunde Alao was the first male MC with a PhD in Nigeria.
Mourning him, the Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq described his death as a tragic loss to humanity, calling him a great citizen, a fine teacher, and a humanist who lived a purposeful life.
The Governor in his condolence message to the family through his Chief press secretary, Rafiu Ajakaiye said thus:
“I received the news of the death of Dr. Ayotunde Alao, ‘the only MC with PhD’, in an auto crash en route Lagos with shock and disbelief. He was a young man filled with love and rare passion for the development of his country, state, and humanity.
He was a man with a huge dose of soft power, especially among young people and his students at KWASU. His influence on the people around him grew from his patience, brilliance, humaneness, generosity, and live-and-let-live approach to life.
His death becomes more tragic considering that we had only recently lost his father and erudite scholar, Prof. Samuel Ekundayo Alao. Dr. Ayotunde was no less an erudite scholar of mass communication with huge social currency among students and youths in the state,” the Governor said in a condolence statement on Sunday.
“I send my heartfelt condolences to his family, especially his mother, wife and children, the entire KWASU community, and the creative (showbiz) industry where Dr. Alao had created a niche for himself with his energetic talents as an inimitable compère. May God repose his soul, comfort the family he left behind, and protect our youths from sudden death.”
Also mourning him, comedian Helen Paul wrote “You left too soon.
I can’t believe this Dr. Alao
Oh my God…
Heal us all….
My students were busy calling me in the middle of the night and I didn’t answer, because I felt Dr. Alao will soon call me to reduce their assignment.
Only for me to get this news.
I am deeply pained o…
Our games about remaining the most humble and playful lecturer / MC with a Ph.D is now with who?
How is the graduation ceremony going to be without you?
Wish you could come back”
Kemi Filani brings you some of his last videos and moments as shared on his Instagram page.
The late Dr Ayotunde Alao is survived by his wife and two sons.
May God comfort the family and may his soul rest.