7 Things You Didn’t Know About Unilag’s First Female VC 

The prestigious University of Lagos VC has always had a male in office up until 2022. Following the removal of Prof. Ogundipe, the chairman of the Governing Council, Senator Lanre Tejuosho, had come out to say that a new VC would be elected for the school during the celebration of the University’s 60th year anniversary. And as such, Professor Folashade Ogunshola has been chosen and has been recognized as the first female VC of the Federal University after 60 years of establishment. These are 7 things you didn’t know about her. 

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1. Masters in Microbiology/ Early education 

Professor Folashade Ogunshola had her secondary education at Queen college and obtained her first degree from Obafemi Awolowo University. She went on to get her Master’s degree from the College of Medicine, University of Lagos and went on to get her PhD in Medical Microbiology at the University of Wales between 1992 and 1997.

2. Her father was a lecturer at UI

The new VC grew up at the University of Ibadan, as her late father was a lecturer there. The late geographer’s name is Mabogunje Akin. It is safe to say that professor Folashade has adapted to the University system after spending some of her time in her late father’s institution

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3. Acting VC 

Professor Folashade had once been chosen back in 2020 to be the acting VC of the University of Lagos. This was due to the crises that stemmed when the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, was removed by the then Governing Council led by Dr Wale Babalakin. The acting VC was there to oversee the affairs of the institution for about three months until the VC, Prof Ogundipe Oluwatoyin, returned back to office. 

4. Previous Provost of the College of Medicine, Unilag

As we all know, choosing a leader from your team is more convenient than choosing a stranger to lead. Professor Folashade was a staff in the Federal University, the provost of the College of Medicine before being appointed as the new VC. She researched viral diseases like HIV/AIDs and proffered solution to some medical problems. 

5. Deputy Vice-Chancellor

It is said that if the head of a team is no more, the assistant is more appropriate to lead. Before being the Provost of the College of Education, it has also been discovered that she had been the Deputy VC of the great Institute. Prof. Folashade had stayed and ruled under a previous VC so trying her best to amend faults to help move the Institution forward won’t be far from what she’ll do.  

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6. Chairman of the National Association of the Colleges of Medicine 

Professor Folashade Ogunshola is also the Chairman of the National Association of Colleges of Medicine of Nigeria (NPMCN). A group formed by the National Postgraduate Medical College Decree No. 67 of 24th September, 1979 to oversee the Colleges of Medicine affairs. 

7. Founding member of the Nigerian society for Infection control 

In 1998, Professor Folashade established the society for Infection control. She had earlier stated that poor hygiene and overuse of antibiotics as stimulants to drug resistance and she had said that “sustained Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) infrastructure and programs should be built around a set of core components which includes guidelines, training, surveillance, multimodal strategies for implementing IPC, monitoring and evaluation among others”

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With these 7 things we’ve learned about Professor Folashade Ogunshola, we can boldly say that the office of the VC is an excellent fit for her. We hope for a progressive time during her reign. What are your thoughts on this?