Professor Ogavu passes away aged 61

By Carol Kasujja

They will be a vigil at his home in Gayaza on Thursday, then a funeral service at St Andrew Church of Uganda on Friday

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Kyambogo University has lost a top scholar who developed the French curriculum/syllabi at the University.

Prof. Titus Ogavu, 61, breathed his last on Wednesday at his home in Gayaza. According to his daughter, Jackline Alesi, Ogavu died of intestinal cancer.

“We took dad to Nsambya hospital on December 24th 2015, after spending one week with constipation. We just took him to wash his stomach but when we got to the hospital, he got a stroke and was immediately admitted. After spending some good days at Nsambya, he asked for a discharge on January 16th 2016 and we got him back home where he breathed his last,” narrated Alesi.

With tears rolling on her cheeks, Alesi described her father as her best friend, mentor, teacher and a down to earth man who is hard to find.

“My father was my best friend, I am actually his photocopy. He has been a mentor and teacher. He has supported many to pursue their career financially and with guidance,” she noted.

They will be a vigil at his home in Gayaza on Thursday, then a funeral service at St Andrew Church of Uganda at 11:00am on Friday.  The body will be taken to Arua on Saturday. Burial will be on Monday in Arua.

He is survived by a widow, Hellen Ogavu and 8 children; four girls and four boys.


Ogavu’s Education life

He obtained his Doctorate degree in Francophone Literature at Université de Limoges (France), MPhil in Semiology of Cultural Interactions; Université de Limoges (France), MA in Language and Society at Makerere University, B.A in Political Science (Public Administration and Administrative Law) and French at Makerere University, Diploma of Education at Makerere University and a Diploma in Law at the Law Development Centre (Kampala).


Career Background

As an Associate Professor, he taught French Language, Francophone Literature, Research Methods, trained teachers of French as a foreign language and developed French curriculum/syllabi at Kyambogo University.

He supervised scores of undergraduate research work for Bachelor of Arts with Education, Bachelor of Education students as well as guiding some master’s students in other faculties. He also reviewed some articles written by some academics for publication.

In the 1980s-1990s, He worked as a teacher of French, geography, commerce, and political education in various secondary schools in Uganda after having served at the Uganda High Court (Kampala) as a Court Clerk in the 1970s.