Dr Segun Osoba was a close friend and associate of Dr Bala Usman over many years. When both of them were appointed by Gen. Murtala Mohammed to be members of the Constitutional Drafting Committee in 1976, they objected to the direction of the discussions of the majority members, and together they wrote the Minority Report and Draft Constitution for the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1976.
This was first published in 2019 and presented in Lagos to wide acclaim. Dr. Osoba was born in Ijebu-Ode, South-West Nigeria, on the 9th January 1935. He attended Ijebu-Ode Grammar School (1947-53); Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology, Ibadan (1954-56), University College Ibadan, (1956-1959), and Moscow State University (1963-67). He taught at Ijebu-Ode Grammar School (1959-63). He taught and conducted research in the Department of History, O.A.U., Ile- Ife (1967-91). His special area of research interest is the social and intellectual history of modern Nigeria. Dr. Osoba’s work at Ife inspired generations of students, who look to him for intellectual challenges and scholarly inspiration.