It was with sadness that we heard last week of the unexpected passing of our friend and professional colleague Olaniyi Kehinde from Nigeria at the age of 66.
He was the former President of SLAN (Society of Landscape Architects of Nigeria) and was instrumental in the creation of the association in 2003. He was a member of IFLA AFRICA Forum held in Dubai, UAE in 2008 under the chairmanship of Professor James Taylor with the mandate to strategize the development of landscape architecture in Africa. Following from that, he was elected to serve on the first IFLA AFRICA Executive Committee in 2011.
Mr Niyi Kehinde retired as Director of Parks and Recreation in Abuja in 2012. He continued to give maximum commitment to the service of SLAN. He joined the Department of Architecture as Adjunct Lecturer to stabilize the Master of Landscape Architecture program at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He continued to teach right up until his death on Sunday 25th February 2018.
IFLA appreciates his years of investment in growing the profession of Landscape Architecture in Nigeria and indeed further afield in the rest of Africa. The Executive Committees of IFLA and IFLA AFRICA wish to express their heartfelt condolences to SLAN and to Niyi’s family.
Adieu, dear friend, RIP