04 August 2017
It came as a surprise when the number-one figure at the University of Ibadan, Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka, shared on his Facebook wall a listicle, on the 2nd of August, with the heading: “8 Reasons Why Brainy People Don’t Always Get to the Top.” The article which was written by Matshona Dhliwayo and published by the African Leadership Magazine provided reasons people of great intelligence do not often reach the peak in the institutions where they belong.
It was, and remains, unclear what message the Vice Chancellor was trying to pass. Was he saying his appointment as Vice Chancellor was not because he was the most intelligent of all candidates? Was he suggesting his case to be an exception? Or was he saying other qualities stood him out from among other respectable candidates as Professor Francis Egbokhare and Professor Oluleye? Perhaps the rare ability to deflate the gra-gra of a luta forces?
Whatever the intention was for sharing the piece, we may not be able to say for sure. But one thing is certain, the Vice Chancellor, who is approaching the end of his second year in office, is a smart administrator. The TA Report has come to this conclusion based on three premises: Only smart and brainy persons can always have their way the way Professor Olayinka has, with students especially; only smart persons have possession of facts no one else knows (even America), such as the existence of Agbowo Local Government; and lastly, Uncle Sunday Saanu would think so too.
Caveat: This piece is a fictional satire aimed purely at humour. The words above are nothing but products of a drunk writer’s imagination. We hereby refuse to accept responsibility for the results of any person’s credulity or mischief. Please, do not take us serious. Yet again, maybe you should do just that.