Meet Top Female VCs in Nigerian Public Universities

By Balogun Kamilu Lekan

Women are no longer underrepresented in leadership positions. Gone are the days when women are pushed to the background in Nigerian leadership positions. Today, their impacts are felt in various sectors, from politics, business and university administration.

As vice-chancellors, at least seven women are now steering the business of Nigeria’s publicly owned institutions (VCs).

Below is a list of a few women piloting the affairs of public universities in Nigeria

1. University of Benin (UNIBEN) – Prof. Lilian Imuetinyan Salami 

Prof. Lilian Salami, a home economics/nutritional education professor, took over as vice chancellor of the University of Benin on December 2, 2019, succeeding Osasere Orumwense.

She was born on August 8, 1956, in Jos, Plateau state. She attended North Dakota State University in the United States, the University of Nigeria, the University of Benin, and the Vaal University of Technology in South Africa.

2. University of Calabar (UNICAL) – Prof. Florence B. Obi 

Prof Florence Obin is a professor of special education and the university’s first female vice-chancellor. She ran unsuccessfully for the institution’s vice chancellorship in 2015.

She finally became the university’s VC in 2020. Prof Florence, a native of Osokom in Cross River State’s Boki Local Government Area, is a graduate of the University of Calabar and Jordanhill College in Scotland.

3. Lagos State University (LASU) – Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello

Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, a physiology professor, took over as the 9th Vice-Chancellor of Lagos State University on September 16, 2021. 

she was born on April 23, 1964, in Idumota, Lagos Island. She attended the Universities of Ibadan, Lagos, and Texas-San Francisco.

4. University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) – Prof. Nnenna Nnannaya Oti

Prof. Nnenna Oti is also FUTO’s first female vice-chancellor. On June 19, 2021, she became the institution’s eighth substantive vice-chancellor.

Nnenna was born on November 15, 1958, in Afikpo North, Ebonyi State. Prof. Oti attended the University of Nigeria, FUTO, and Catholic Research University in Belgium.

5. Adamawa State University, Mubi (ADSU) – Prof. Kaletapwa G. Farauta

In February 2020, Prof Kaletapwa Farauta was appointed vice chancellor of Adamawa State University.

She was born on November 28, 1965, in Adamawa State’s Numan Local Government Area. She attended the University of Nigeria and the Modibbo Adama University of Technology in Yola.

Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa recently announced her as his running mate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship race in 2023.


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