The Oduduwa Hall situated at the heart of the Africa's most beautiful campus was filled to the brim on Wednesday, 7th June 2017 as top-notch personalities of the institution, Staff and Students of the institution were in attendance at the inauguration ceremony of Professor E. Ogunmodede, the 11th Substasive Vice-Chancellor Chancellor of the institution. Also in attendance was the Oonirisha of Ile-ife, HEM Ooni Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja 2.
In his address, which radiated the same ecstasy as the audience, the Ooni described the emergence of the new Vice-Chancellor as a divine incident and gave kudos to the Chairman of the Governing Council, Dr Yemi Ogunbiyi, for overseeing the fair and transparent process, not bending to the intense pressure from external forces. The Ooni, went on to describe Ogunbiyi as a man of integrity and impeccable character.
Also in acknowledgement of the work of the immediate past Acting Vice-Chancellor, the ruler of the Ile-ife town appreciated Professor Anthony Elujoba who is also a son of Ile-ife. The Ooni went on to charge people present to handle whatever they had their hands doing very well as it was indeed everyone is given a divine responsibility from the creator. In his words, the Ooni asked rhetorically; "What will people say about you when you stop working?"
The new Vice-Chancellor also in his address appreciated the Ooni and every other person present sighting some of his experiences in the process of becoming Vice-Chancellor. He sought the support of everyone present while sharing some of his ideas in repositioning the Obafemi Awolowo University. Amongst the listed plans was the inclusion of the University in the Tourism renaissance that was ongoing in the Ife Community at large.