Are you curious to find out the universities in Nigeria in which females are their vice-chancellors? In this article, I will list and explain to you all female Vice Chancellors in Nigeria step by step.

A Nigerian university’s Vice Chancellors are the head of administration and principal officer of academics of the university.

List of all female Vice Chancellors in Nigeria

Below are the list, biography, educational history, award, etc of all past and present Vice Chancellors in Nigeria that are female.

Now, let’s start discussing below!!

1. Prof. Nnenna Oti

Nnenna Nnannaya Oti (born 15 November 1958) is a Nigerian professor and the Vice-Chancellor of Federal University of Technology Owerri.

She defeated Ikechukwu Dozie on 13 April 2021 and has resumed office as the 8th Vice-Chancellor of the institution on 19 June 2021.

On 13 April 2021, she was elected as the Vice-Chancellor of Federal University of Technology Owerri to replace Francis Chukwuemeka Eze when his tenure expires on 19 June 2021.

She defeated six other candidates and scored 75.5 percent to beat her closest rival, Ikechukwu Dozie who scored 69.7 percent.

Prof. Nnenna Oti was born in Afikpo North, Ebonyi State, Nigeria. She received a B. Agric. in soil science from University of Nigeria with first class.

She furthered and received a master’s degree in social science with focus on soil biology and biochemistry from the same University of Nigeria.

She preceded to Catholic University, Leuven where she received a postgraduate diploma in irrigation engineering, earning a distinction.

Finally, she received a doctorate degree in soil and environmental conservation from Federal University of Technology Owerri.

She is now the first female Vice-Chancellor of the institution and an immediate past deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic.

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2. Professor LilianImuetinyan Salami

Professor LilianImuetinyan Salami was born on the 8th of August 1956 to the family of Late Benjamin Idemudia Emovon and Mrs. Alice Omoariagbon both from Obadan Community in Uhunmwode Local government Area of Edo state.

She is the current vice-chancellor of the University of Benin, Edo State, Nigeria. She is the second female vice-chancellor of UNIBEN after Grace Alele-Williams in 1985.

3. Prof. Chinedum Peace Babalola

Chinedum Peace Babalola is a Nigerian Professor of Pharmaceutical chemistry and Pharmacokinetics.

She is the first female Professor of Pharmacy in the University of Ibadan and the second female Nigerian. She is the incumbent Vice Chancellor of Chrisland University, Nigeria.

Prof Chinedum Peace Babalola is currently the Vice-Chancellor of Chrisland University, Abeokuta, Nigeria – a private University.

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4. Prof Grace Alele-Williams

Grace Alele-Williams (born December 16, 1932) is a professor of mathematics education who made history as the first Nigerian female vice-chancellor at the University of Benin 1985 and first Nigerian woman to receive a doctorate.

Alele-Williams was born in Warri, Delta state. She attended Government School, Warri, Queen’s College, Lagos and the University of Ibadan.

She obtained a master’s degree in mathematics while teaching at Queen’s School, Ede in Osun State in 1957 and her PhD degree in mathematics education at the University of Chicago (U.S.) in 1963, thereby making her the first Nigerian woman to be awarded a doctorate.

She returned to Nigeria for a couple of years’ post doctoral work at the University of Ibadan before joining the University of Lagos in 1965.

5. Professor Fatima Batul Mukhtar

She is a Nigerian academic, a professor of Botany and the Vice Chancellor of Federal University of Duste.

Her research interest are centered on “growth regulation, biostatistics, biotechnology and plant conservation”. She was appointed in 2016 by president Muhammadu Buhari. Mukhtar was born in Kano in 1963.

She attended Shahuchi Primary School and Shekara Girls Boarding Primary School for her primary education, then proceeded to Government Girls College, Dala in Kano for her secondary school.

She obtained a degree in Botany in 1984 from Ahmadu Bello University. She later got her master’s degree from Bayero University ten years after her first degree. She completed her doctorate degree in 2005, specializing in plant physiology from the same institution.

In 2012, she enrolled in an agricultural biotechnology course in Michigan State University.

She is one of the founding academic administrators at Northwest University Kano, and was the first dean of science in the school.

In 2015, she was made the deputy vice chancellor of the school and in 2016, she was appointed as the substantive vice chancellor of Federal University Dutse.

6. Professor Comfort Memfin Ekpo

She was born in Uyo, the capital city of Akwa-Ibom state in 1954. Her parents were Etim Udoh Isok and Nyong Sam Akpan. Prof.

Prof. Comfort worked her way up starting as a Sunday School teacher and serving as a Teaching Assistant at Cross River University from 1983 to 1991.

She became the fourth Vice-Chancellor of the University of Uyo as the first female Vice-Chancellor.

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7. Prof Sidi Osho

Prof Osho is one of the female Vice Chancellors in our list who hailed from Ijebu Odonselu, Ogun State, Nigeria. She has served as Vice Chancellor of Afe Babaloa University.

She was born to the family of Alhaji (Late) A.A.Andu and Alhaja Adedoyin Andu.

She attended All Saints Church School, Ibadan between 1962 and 1971 for her primary education before proceeding to St. Teresa’s College, Ibadan for her secondary school education (1971-1976).

In April 1977, she proceeded to Delta College, University Center, United States of America for an Associate Degree in Agriculture.

Professor Sidi Osho further obtained her Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Degree in Food Science from Michigan State University, College of Agriculture, USA in June 1980.

8. Professor Aize Obayan

She was the Vice Chancellor of Covenant University 2005-2012. She is a Nigerian educational administrator and a professor of counselling with specialization in multicultural aspects of Human Behavioural Disposition.

Prof. Obayan served as Vice-Chancellor of Covenant University, Canaanland, Ota, Nigeria from 2005 until December 2012 when she was replaced by Charles Ayo.

She was also the vice chancellor of Landmark University, Omu-Aran, Kwara Stateand director of African Leadership Development Centre in Covenant University.

She attended St Andrews Scotland for her ‘A’ levels. She later proceeded for her first degree in B.Ed. (English) at the University of Benin (Nigeria) between 1979 and 1982.

Obayan obtained her PhD from the University of Ilorin, thereafter UNILORIN employed her as an assistant lecturer, in 1986, she rose through the ranks to become an associate professor (AP) in 1995 and prior to joining Covenant University, she was a senior lecturer at the University of Roehampton, UK.

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9. Professor Oluwayemisi Obilade

She became the Vice Chancellor of Tai Solarin University of Education in January 2013. She succeeded Professor Segun Awonusi.

Prof. Obilade was born in Osun State in 1958. She took her first degree in Nigeria before taking her masters at the Harvard Business School in the US and then a doctorate at Judge Business School in Cambridge, United Kingdom.

10. Professor Jadesola Olayinka Akande

She was a Nigerian lawyer, author and academic who is regarded as the first Nigerian female professor of Law.

Late Professor Jadesola Olayinka Akande was the second Vice Chancellor of Lagos State University. She died on 29 April 2008.

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11. Professor Florence Banku Obi

Florence Banku Obi is in our list, one of the female Vice Chancellors in Nigeria. She is a Nigerian academic, author and a professor of special education.

She is the 11th substantive vice-chancellor of University of Calabar and the first female vice-chancellor since the inception of the institution.

After her appointment as the new VC, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege who chairs the Senate Adhoc Committee on Constitution Review, described Prof. Obi as “an astute educational icon.”

She was previously the deputy vice-chancellor, academics and commissioner for women affairs in Cross River State.

She was a candidate in the 2015 VC election but was not elected until 2020 when she became the first woman to be elected.

In 2007, she served as the social development and member of the executive council, Cross River State.


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