Prof. Folasade Ogunsola: Narrative Changed as UNILAG Gets First Female VC

Prof. Folasade Ogunsola: Narrative Changed as UNILAG Gets First Female VC

  • The outgoing vice-chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Prof. Toyin Ogundipe, will be handing over to a new VC, Prof Folasade Ogunsola, soon
  • Prof. Ogunsola was announced as the first vice-chancellor of UNILAG on Friday, October 7, by the institution
  • Ogunsola, the professor of Microbiology, is the daughter of the late renowned geographer, Prof. Akin Mabogunje

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Lagos - The University of Lagos (UNILAG) on Friday, October 7, got a new vice-chancellor in the person of Prof Folasade Ogunsola.

Ogunsola is a professor of Microbiology at the College of Medicine in UNILAG, The Nation has gathered.

Prof Folasade Ogunsola
Prof. Folasade Ogunsola is UNILAG's first female VC (Photo: University of Lagos)
Source: UGC

She happens to be the first female vice-chancellor of the school since its establishment in 1962, two years after Nigeria gained independence.

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Prof. Ogunsola's impressive profile

Vanguard reports that Ogunsola who has served in the institution in various capacities is the daughter of the late renowned geographer, Prof. Akin Mabogunje.

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She was a provost of the College of Medicine in Idi Araba, Lagos, and also served as a deputy vice-chancellor to Prof. Toyin Ogundipe, the outgoing VC.

During the crisis that engulfed the institution in 2020, when Ogundipe was removed from office by Dr Wale Babalakin-led governing council Ogunsola acted as the VC for about three months before her predecessor was reinstated by the federal government.

As stated by the management of UNILAG, Prof. Ogunsola will remain the VC of the school for the next five years with effect from November 12.

A statement on her appointment by the institution seen by The Cable reads:

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“The appointment of Professor Ogunsola is for five (5) years with effect from Saturday, November 12, 2022 to Thursday, November 11, 2027,” the statement reads.
“The 12th Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe, FAS, on behalf of Management, members of staff and students of the University heartily congratulates Professor Folasade Tolulope Ogunsola, FAS on her appointment and wishes her a successful tenure.”

UNILAG Senate finally elects new acting VC

During the emergency meeting of UNILAG's Senate, the leadership of the academic institution elected a new acting vice-chancellor pending the conclusion of an investigation of the special visitation panel set up by President Muhammadu Buhari.

After the poll, Professor Folasade Ogunsola emerged as the new VC of the institution with 135 votes.

Ogunsola was the first woman to be the provost of the College of Medicine, University of Lagos.


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