List of all former and current Vice Chancellors of UNILAG (2022 updated)

List of all former and current Vice Chancellors of UNILAG

Looking for the list and brief important information about all former and current Vice Chancellors of UNILAG? In this article, we have written the 2022 updated one! Please keep continue reading!!

Among the main duties of the Vice-Chancellor of UNILAG are to:

  • Provide leadership, academic and administrative to the whole University
  • Secure a financial base sufficient to allow the delivery of the University’s mission, aims and objectives
  • Carry out certain important ceremonial and civic duties

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List of all Vice Chancellors of UNILAG (former and current ones)

1. Babatunde Kwaku Adadevoh

Babatunde Kwaku Adadevoh (born October 4, 1933 and died on October 5, 1997) was a Nigerian physician, educational administrator and former Vice chancellor of the University of Lagos, UNILAG, Nigeria.

He was a professor of Chemical pathology. Late Prof. Babatunde Kwaku attended Baptist Academy, Lagos and Igbobi College, Lagos state Nigeria.

He studied medicine at the premier University of Ibadan college of medicine and the University of Birmingham. He also attended the postgraduate medical school and the Hammersmith hospital in London.

He was the second person who was appointed as Vice-Chancellor of the UNILAG and he served from 1978 to 1980.

2. Akinpelu Oludele Adesola

Akinpelu Oludele Adesola (born on November 1927 and died on May 2010) was a Nigerian professor of Surgery, educational administrator and former Vice chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG).

He was appointed as Vice-Chancellor of UNILAG from 1981 to 1988.

3. J. F. Ade Ajayi

Jacob Festus Adeniyi Ajayi, commonly known as J. F. Ade Ajayi, (born on 26 May 1929 and died on 9 August 2014) was a Nigerian historian.

Ajayi was born in Ikole-Ekiti on 26 May 1929, his father was a personal assistant of the Oba of Ikole during the era of Native Authorities. He started education at St Paul’s School, Ikole, at the age of five.

He then proceeded to Ekiti Central School which is now known as Christ’s School Ado Ekiti for preparation as a pupil teacher.

However, after hearing from a friend about Igbobi College in Lagos, he decided to try his luck and applied.

Thereafter, he gained admission into the college, and equipped with a scholarship from the Ikole Ekiti Native authority, he went to Lagos for secondary education.

After completing his studies at Igbobi, he gained admission to the University of Ibadan, where he was to pick between History, Latin or English for his degree.

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4. Nurudeen Oladapo Alao

Nurudeen Oladapo Alao is a Nigerian professor of Geography, educational administrator and former vice chancellor of University of Lagos.

He obtained his first degree, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State Nigeria.

He earned a Master of Arts and Doctor of philosophy degree from Northwestern University.

He was appointed as vice chancellor of the University of Lagos in 1988 after the tenure of professor Akinpelu Oludele Adesola. He was succeeded by professor Jelili Adebisi Omotola in 1995.

5. Rahmon Ade Bello

Prof Rahmon was born in October 1948 in Ogun State, southwestern Nigeria. He was educated at Egbado College in Ilaro, a town in Ogun State.

He proceeded to the Polytechnic of Ibadan, where he received an OND in mechanical engineering. In 1974, he obtained a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in chemical engineering from the Obafemi Awolowo University.

He holds a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Waterloo and doctorate degree (Ph.D.) from the same university.

He was appointed as the acting vice chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) in May 2012 following the sudden death of the then incumbent vice chancellor, professor Babatunde Adetokunbo Sofoluwe who died of heart attack in 2012.

In November 2012, Rahmon was confirmed as the vice chancellor of the university of Lagos which he held till November 2017.

From this, according to our list, we can now know that Prof. Rahmon was one of the former vice chancellors of UNILAG till 2017 before the current one, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe.

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6. Saburi Biobaku

Former and current Vice Chancellors of UNILAG

Biobaku was born in Igbore, Abeokuta to the family of a prominent Muslim chief and wealthy transporter who bore the initials S.O, same as Saburi.

He was educated at Ogbe Methodist Primary School, Abeokuta, Government College, Ibadan and Yaba Higher College. He also attended Cambridge University for his master’s degree and the University of London’s Institute of Historical Research for his Ph.D. degree.

He returned to Nigeria thereafter, started his teaching career and worked as a school master in his former school at Government College, Ibadan. He later became the secretary to the premier of the Western Region, Nigeria.

Prior to becoming the premier’s secretary, Biobaku was taught by him during his primary school days at Abeokuta. Biobaku also served as a registrar of the University of Ibadan.

He was a former vice-chancellor of the University of Lagos and served as a pro-chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University.

7. Oyewusi Ibidapo-Obe

Oyewusi Ibidapo-Obe (born 5 July 1949 and died 3 January 2021) was a Nigerian professor of Systems Engineering educational administrator and Vice chancellor of the University of Lagos.

He died on 3 January 2021 from COVID-19 complications during the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.

He attended Lagos Street African Church Primary School, Ebute-Metta (1955–1961) and Obokun High School/Ilesa Grammar School (1962–1966) and later attended Igbobi College, Yaba, (1966–1968) Lagos state, Nigeria for his secondary education.

He received a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Lagos.

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8. Eni Njoku

Eni Njoku (6 November 1917 – 22 December 1974) was a Nigerian botanist and educator. He was the first civilian vice-chancellor of the University of Lagos (1962–65) and the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (1966-1970).

He served in the Nigerian House of Representatives as federal minister of Mines and Power, and was chairman of the Electricity Corporation of Nigeria.

9. Tolu Olukayode Odugbemi

Tolu Olukayode Odugbemi (born January 30 1945) is a Nigerian professor of Medical Microbiologist, educational administrator and former vice chancellor of the University of Lagos, Nigeria.

He was the 9th vice chancellor of the University of Lagos.

10. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe

Ogundipe was born on May 31, 1960. He attended the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) where he obtained a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in Botany.

He holds a master’s degree in botany from the University of Ife and doctorate degree (Ph.D.) from the same university. Thereafter, he obtained a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Lagos and bagged a certificate of attendance from University of Reading in 1998.

Oluwatoyin Temitayo Ogundipe (born on 31 May 1960) is a Nigerian academic, author and a Professor of Botany. He is the 12th substantive Vice-Chancellor of University of Lagos (UNILAG).

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11. Jelili Adebisi Omotola

Jelili Adebisi Omotola (April 1941-March 2006) was a Nigerian professor of Property Law, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), educational administrator and former Vice chancellor of the University of Lagos.

He was appointed as Vice chancellor of the University of Lagos in 1995, a tenure that lasted for five years (1995-2000). As a matter of fact, Professor Jelili is one of the law professionals that contributed significantly to property law and the Land Use Act in Nigeria.

12. Babatunde Adetokunbo Sofoluwe

Babatunde Adetokunbo Sofoluwe (born 15 April 1950 and died in 2012) was a Nigerian professor of Computer science, educational administrator and former vice chancellor of the University of Lagos.

He was appointed as vice chancellor of the University of Lagos on 31 January 2010, to succeed professor Tolu Olukayode Odugbemi.

He obtained a Bachelor of science (BSc) degree in mathematics from the University of Lagos in 1973. He obtained the Commonwealth Scholarship award to study at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland where he graduated with a Master of Science (MSc) degree in 1975 and a doctorate in 1981.


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