President Muhammadu Buhari has described Prof. Sophie Oluwole as a Nigerian who through her teachings and works celebrated the Yoruba culture, history and worldview.
He also said she reminded the world that within pristine traditions are values that promote the ideals of democracy, fairness, equity and justice.
Oluwole was a renowned philosopher and Nigeria’s first female doctorate degree holder in Philosophy.
The president made the remarks in a condolence message by his media aide, Mr. Femi Adesina, on the death of Oluwole.
The president extended his condolences to the family of the deceased, saying that she would be honoured and remembered for her commitment and skill in spreading the word about the good in promoting African tradition, culture, knowledge and languages.
He urged all who mourned Oluwole to honour her memory by carrying on from where she left off in her zeal to promote indigenous knowledge, skills and discipline that could help redefine Nigerians as a people and a nation.
The president prayed God to grant her soul eternal rest and comfort all who mourned.
Oluwole died at the age of 83 on Sunday after a prolonged illness.
Born in Igbara-Oke, Ondo State in 1935, she studied History, Geography and Philosophy at the University of Lagos.