Professor Folasade Ogunsola has been appointed as the 13th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, the first woman to hold the post in the university’s 60-year history.


A Professor of Medical Microbiology, she is a consultant clinical microbiologist and infection control for the Lagos University Teaching Hospital.

Born in 1958, Professor 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.

She is a fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists, West African College of Physicians, 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.

Professor Ogunsola had previously served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Development Services. Before that, she had also served as the first and only female Provost of the university’s College of Medicine.

She also served as a governing council member for three terms, has received various prestigious awards from both local and international bodies and has co-authored four books.

She has successfully supervised or co-supervised eight Doctoral students and 61 Master’s students.

Professor Ogunsola’s appointment was announced at the end of the special meeting of the Governing Council of the University of Lagos on Friday, 10 October. She had served briefly as the acting Vice-Chancellor in 2020 and is the daughter of the late geographer, Professor Akin Mabogun.