Female Vice Chancellors in the History of Nigerian Universities

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The universities in Nigeria have witnessed many Vice Chancellors since the emergence which includes both males and females. This post is focused on female Vice Chancellors in Nigerian Universities.

Who is a Vice Chancellor?

A Vice Chancellor is the head of administrative and principal officer of academic of the university. He or She chairs the General Board of the Faculties, the council of the university and the Finance Committee of the Council. Listed below are few out of the roles of Vice Chancellors:
Provide leadership, academic and administrative to the whole University;
Secure a financial base sufficient to allow the delivery of the University’s mission, aims and objectives;
Represent the University externally, both within and outside the country
Carry out certain important ceremonial and civic duties

Female Vice Chancellors in Nigerian Universities

It’s often the believe of some Nigerians that the duty or future of a female child ends in the kitchen. While this believe of picture had lasted for some years, yet, there has been many Nigerians who are females and they are exceedingly great things. As mentioned earlier, this article is only restricted to the impact of the woman in the leadership of Nigerian Universities.

Below is the list of female Vice Chancellors in Nigerian Universities.

  1. Prof (Mrs) Grace Alele-Williams: She tops the list as she happens to be the first female Vice Chancellor in a Nigerian University in Nigeria at the University of Benin . She was born on December 16, 1932. As an educator, she is the first Nigerian woman to receive a doctorate degree. She is a professor of mathematics education. She attended Government School, Warri, and Queen’s College, Lagos. She attended the University of Ibadan where she obtained her first degree. She later obtained a master’s degree in Mathematics while teaching at Queen’s School, Ede in Osun State in 1957 and her Ph.D in Mathematics Education at the University of Chicago (U.S.) in 1963. She made history as the first Nigerian woman to be awarded a doctorate degree. She returned to Nigeria for a couple of years’ postdoctoral work at the University of Ibadan before joining the University of Lagos in 1965.
  2. Prof Sidi Osho: Prof Osho who is from Ijebu Odonselu, Ogun State, Nigeria is the second in our list. Served as Vice Chancellor at Afe Babaloa University. She was born to the family of Alhaji (Late) A.A.Andu and Alhaja Adedoyin Andu. She attended All Saints Church School, Ibadan between 1962 and 1971 for her primary education before proceeding to St. Teresa’s College, Ibadan for her secondary school education (1971-1976). In April 1977, she proceeded to Delta College, University Center, United States of America for an Associate Degree in Agriculture. Professor Sidi Osho obtained a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Degree in Food Science from Michigan State University, College of Agriculture, USA in June 1980.
  3. Professor Chinedum Peace Babalola: She is a Pharmacist and Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry/Pharmacokinetics, University of Ibadan (UI). She is the immediate past and first female Dean of Faculty of Pharmacy, UI (2013-2017). She was later appointed as the Vice-Chancellor, Chrisland University, Abeokuta in November, 2017. Prof. Babalola was selected as one of 10 most influential female scientists in Nigeria in 2016. She was also selected as the only African member, Strategy Working Group (SWG), joint Committee of International Council for Science (ICSU) and International Social Science Council (ISSC) in France. Read more about her here
  4. Professor Comfort Memfin Ekpo: She was born in Uyo in 1954. Her parents were Etim Udoh Isok and Nyong Sam Akpan. Prof. Comfort worked her way up starting as a Sunday School teacher and serving as a Teaching Assistant at Cross River University from 1983 to 1991. She became the fourth Vice-Chancellor of the University of Uyo and also, the first female Vice-Chancellor.
  5. Professor Fatima Batul Mukhtar: She is a Nigerian academic, a professor of Botany and the Vice Chancellor of Federal University of Duste. Her research interest are centered on “growth regulation, biostatistics, biotechnology and plant conservation”. She was appointed in 2016 by president Muhammadu Buhari. Mukhtar was born in Kano in 1963. She attended Shahuchi Primary School and Shekara Girls Boarding Primary School for her primary education, then proceeded to Government Girls College, Dala in Kano for her secondary school. She obtained a degree in Botany in 1984 from Ahmadu Bello University. She later got her master’s degree from Bayero University ten years after her first degree. She completed her doctorate degree in 2005, specializing in plant physiology from the same institution. In 2012, she enrolled in an agricultural biotechnology course in Michigan State University. She is one of the founding academic administrators at Northwest University Kano, and was the first dean of science in the school. In 2015, she was made the deputy vice chancellor of the school and in 2016, she was appointed as the substantive vice chancellor of Federal University Dutse.
  6. Professor Aize Obayan: She was the Vice Chancellor of Covenant University 2005-2012. She is a Nigerian educational administrator and a professor of counselling with specialization in multicultural aspects of Human Behavioural Disposition.
  7. Professor Jadesola Olayinka Akande (CON, OFR): She was a Nigerian lawyer, author and academic who is regarded as the first Nigerian female professor of Law. She was the second Vice Chancellor of Lagos State University. Prof. Jadesola who lived for 67 years died on 29 April 2008
  8. Professor Oluwayemisi Obilade: She became the Vice Chancellor of Tai Solarin University of Education in January 2013. She succeeded Professor Segun Awonusi. Obilade was born in Osun State in 1958. She took her first degree in Nigeria before taking her masters at the Harvard Business School in the US and then a doctorate at Judge Business School in Cambridge, United Kingdom.
  9. Professor Lilian Imuetinyan Salami: She is a Nigerian academic and vice-chancellor of the University of Benin, Edo State, Nigeria. She is the second female vice-chancellor of the university after Grace Alele-Williams in 1985. She was the director-general/chief executive of the National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA), Ondo State, Nigeria. She succeeded Professor Faraday.
  10. Professor Florence Banku Obi University of Calabar, Cross-Rivers State. She’s is currently the latest female Vice Chancellor in a Nigerian University. Click here to read more about her
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