Prof. Mrs Florence Obi Emerges First Female Vice-Chancellor of Univeristy of Calabar (UNICAL)

Professor (Mrs) Florence Banku Obi has been appointed as the first female Vice Chancellor of Univeristy of Calabar (UNICAL) by the Governing Council

Florence Banku Obi, a professor, has been appointed the 11th substantive vice-chancellor of the Univeristy of Calabar (UNICAL). She would be the first woman to be the institution’s VC.

Professor Florence Banku Obi whose appointment would take effect from November, would take over from Professor Zana Akpagu.

Below is the comprehensive list of first female Vice Chancellors in the history of University education in Nigeria.

Professor Grace Alele-Williams- University of Benin. She is the first in history to be female vice Chancellor in Nigeria.

Professor Sidi Osho- Afe Babalola University (2009 to 2014)

  • Professor Peace Babalola-  Vice Chancellor of Chrisland University, Abeokuta.
  • Professor Comfort Ekpo- University of Uyo.
  • Professor Fatima Mukhtar- Federal University Dutse
  • Professor Aize Obayan-Vice Chancellor of Covenant University 2005-2012
  • Professor Jadesola Akande- Lagos State University
  • Professor Oluwayemisi Obilade- Tai Solarin University of Education
  • Professor Lilian Salami of the University of Benin, Edo State
  • Florence Banku Obi University of Calabar, Cross-Rivers State

    Brief History of Professor Mrs. Florence Banku Obi

    Florence attended St. Bridget Primary School, Ogep-Osokom in Boki Local Government Area of Cross River State. She later went further to  St. Thomas’s Teacher Training College, Ogoja, Cross River State and then to the University of Jos, Plateau State, and from Jordan Hill College, Glasgow-Scotland to the University of Calabar, where her academic pursuit finally landed her a PhD in Psychology of Education.

    Her foray into academia and her monumental ascension further illustrates a line in Isaac Watt’s poem that reads, “Little drops of water make a mighty ocean”.

    Florence, the former Deputy Vice-chancellor (Academic) is a mother of four and grandmother of six from Bansan Osokom, Boki Local Government Area of Cross River State, whose successful academic voyage began at the University of Calabar in March 1990 (30 years ago)

    She has been a Professor of Special Needs Education for 13 years (Having been made a Full Chair Professor in 2007). Her leadership role in University of Calabar began in 1993 immediately after her return from a Scholarship programme in Jodan Hill College, Glasgow, UK, when as an Assistant Lecturer, she was appointed Coordinator, World-Wide Fund for Nature/Nigerian Conservation Foundation (WWF/NCF) funded Schools and Community Education programmes in 1993.

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