The University of Lagos UNILAG Senate today made history with the election of Professor Folasade Tolulope Ogunshola, as it’s acting vice chancellor.

62 year-old Ogunshola is the first female vice chancellor of the prestigious university in it’s 58 years of history, TheConscience gathers.

Ogunshola had defeated Prof. Ben Oghojafor, a fellow deputy vice chancellor
and emerged winner with 135 votes to 31 for Oghojafor

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Though thrown up by an unfortunate circumstance leading to the exit of Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, Professor Folashade Ogunshola nee Mabogunje is a woman of many firsts and laurels.

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Ogunsola is a Nigerian professor of medical microbiology specializing in disease control, particularly HIV/AIDS.


Ogunsola is also the immediate past provost of College of Medicine, University of Lagos and is reputed as being the first woman to occupy the position.

She doubled as the Deputy Vice Chancellor (development services) of the institution since 2017 till August 23, 2020.

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As a child, Ogunsola mimicked medical practitioners by using dolls as patients, while offering medical care to them. Between 1974–82, she obtained her first degree from University of Ife. She got a master’s degree from College of Medicine, University of Lagos, then proceeded for her doctorate at University of Wales between 1992–97.

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Ogunsola was the provost of College of Medicine, University of Lagos. Her research areas have been centered on the regulation and management of viral diseases, particularly HIV.

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She is the principal investigator at AIDS Prevention Initiative in Nigeria (APIN) at University of Lagos. She has also been the chairman of Infection Control Committee of Lagos University Teaching Hospital. Additionally, she is the chairman of the National Association of Colleges of Medicine in Nigeria.

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