Meet Prof. Folasade Ogunsola: 7 facts about UNILAG’s first female vice-chancellor

The University of Lagos (UNILAG) has made history with the appointment of Prof. Folasade Ogunsola as the institution’s first female vice-chancellor and 13th overall.

Folasade Ogunsola

This was revealed in a statement released on Friday night by Adejoke Alaga, principal assistant registrar of UNILAG’s communication unit.

According to Alaga, the appointment will take place from Saturday, November 12, to Thursday, November 11, 2027, and will last for five years.

Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, whose five-year term ends on Friday, November 11, will be replaced by Ogunsola. In 2017, he was made vice chancellor.

Seven facts about Ogunsola are listed below:

1. Ogunsola, who was born in 1958, has a PhD in medical microbiology, an MSc in medical microbiology with distinction, and a diploma in biomedical techniques, among other credentials, all from Cardiff’s University of Wales College of Medicine.

2. Ogunsola is a clinical microbiologist and infection control consultant for the Lagos University Teaching Hospital in addition to being a professor of medical microbiology.

3. She is a fellow of the West African College of Physicians and the Royal College of Pathologists. Ogunsola is also a foundation fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Science, the National Postgraduate Medical College in Pathology, and the Academies of Medicine Specialties.

4. She was formerly the institution’s deputy vice-chancellor and the acting vice-chancellor (development services).

5. Ogunsola was also the first and only female provost of the college of medicine at the institution. She also served three terms as a member of the governing council.

6. She has co-authored four books and has 142 publications in reputable academic journals. She has also won numerous awards from national and international organisations.

7. Ogunsola has worked with 61 master’s degree students and eight doctoral students.

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