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


History has been made at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) as the varsity’s governing council has appointed Prof. Folasade Ogunsola as the first female and also 13th vice-chancellor of the institution.

Principal assistant registrar of UNILAG’s communication unit, Adejoke Alaga, announced this in a statement on Friday night.

Alaga said that the appointment is for a five-year tenure with effect from Saturday, November 12 to Thursday, November 11, 2027.

Ogunsola will succeed Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, whose five-year tenure comes to an end on Friday, November 11. He was appointed vice-chancellor in 2017.

Below are seven things you should know about Ogunsola:

1. Born in 1958, Ogunsola holds a PhD in medical microbiology, an MSc in medical microbiology with distinction, and a diploma in biomedical techniques, from the University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff, among others.

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

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

4. She previously served as the institution’s acting vice-chancellor, as well as a former deputy vice-chancellor, (development services).

5. Ogunsola had also served as a pioneer and only female provost of the institution’s College of Medicine. She also served as member of the governing council for three terms.

6. She has received various awards from both local and international bodies, has 142 publications in reputable academic journals and co-authored four books.

7. Ogunsola has supervised or co-supervised eight doctoral students and 61 masters degree students.