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KOKO’s Top 20 Nigerian Women Smashing The Glass Ceiling In Education


Professor Kaletapwa G. Farauta, the current vice-Chancellor of Adamawa State University, was born on the 28th November 1965 at Numan. She hails from Numan Local Government Area of Adamawa State. She attended Numan II Primary School, Numan from 1973-1979, and went to Federal Government Girls College (FGGC) Yola from 1979 to 1983. She had a National Certificate in Education (NCE) from Federal College of Education (FCE) Yola, in 1987, a B.Sc. (Agricultural Education) from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (1989), M.Sc. (Agricultural Extension) from the same University (1995) and a PhD (Agricultural Technology Education (2008) from the Federal University of Technology, now Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola. Prof. Kaletapwa G. Farauta did her one year of National Service at the College of Agriculture Akure, Ondo State (1990-1991), during 1991 service year she taught Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS) Yola from May to October 1991 from where she started teaching and research at the Federal University of Technology now the Modibbo Adama University of Technology Yola in October 1991 to date. She was the Executive Chairman of Adamawa State Universal Basic Education Board (ADSUBEB) from July –October 2014. Prof. Farauta served as the Honourable Commissioner, Adamawa State Ministry of Higher Education from 28th August 2015 to 17th July 2017 where merit and an excellent record of service led to her appointment as the Acting Vice-Chancellor. Since her assumption of office, the fortunes of the university have since assumed better dimensions. She held various academic and administrative responsibilities at the Modibbo Adama University and Technology Yola, among which are: Coordinator, Agricultural Education Department, 1993-2005, Teaching Practice Co-Ordinator, 1995 – 2000, Supervision of Under/Post Graduate Projects, 2000-date, Projects Co-ordinator, 2007-2009, Chairman, Convocation feeding Committee, 2009, Chairman, Examination Malpractice Committee, School of Science and Technology Education, 2009, Acting Dean, School of Technology and Science Education, 2009-2010, Head, Vocational Education Department, 2010-2012, Post Graduate Co-ordinator, Vocational Education Department, 2015. Chairman, Vocational Education Welfare Committee, 2016, Member, Lectures, Awards and Prizes Committee, 2017, Member, University Development Committee, Member, Vice-Chancellor’s/Principal Officers send-forth Committee, Member, Committee on Assessment of University Secondary School, Coordinator, Education Programmes, Centre for Distance Learning, Member, School of Technology and Science Education (STSE) Board, Member, Centre for Distance Learning Academic Board, Member, Vocational Education Academic Board.

4. Prof. Florence Obi

Florence Banku Obi is a Nigerian academic, author, and professor of special education. She is the 11th substantive vice-chancellor of the University of Calabar and the first female vice-chancellor since the inception of the institution. Florence Banku Obi hails from Boki local government area in Cross River State. She began her academic career as an Assistant Lecturer at the Institute of Education, the University of Calabar in March 1990 (30 years ago). Two years after her appointment, with her utmost desire to foster a bold and innovative spirit in faculty teaching and academic excellence, she won a 6-months postgraduate scholarship to Jordan-Hill College of Education, Glasgow, Scotland, under the World University Service (WUS) World-Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) in a keenly contested interview for staff of the Institute of Education. On her return from the United kingdom, she was placed in charge of the WWF/NCF funded schools and Community Education Programmes.  She subsequently facilitated the development of the degree programme in Environmental Education of the University, which has since resulted in the establishment of a full-fledged and flourishing Department of Environmental Education. As Dean, she pioneered the take-off of 22 affiliate programmes of the Federal College of Education, Obudu, Cross River State, and the Federal College of Education, Kastina-Ala, Benue State to the faculty of Education of the University of Calabar. Professor Florence Banku Obi had also served as the Chairperson of the University of Calabar International Demonstration School (formerly called University of Calabar International Secondary School) where she left lasting physical legacies to her credit. Following her credibility, integrity, and commitment to service, she was voted as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics) by the University Senate. As DVC Academics, she was also a member of the University Governing Council, where she brought her wealth of experience to bear in the growth and development of the University. Her educational timeline from includes St Bridget’s Primary School, Ogep Osokom, Boki, Cross River State, F.S.LC. 1969; St Thomas’s Teachers Training College, Ogoja; Cross River State, T.C. 11 1983; University of Jos, Jos Nigeria; B.Ed(Hons) Special Education, 1988; M.Ed. Special Education, 1990; Jordan Hill College of Education, Glasgow-Scotland; PGCEE, 1993. University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria; Ph.D. Psychology of Education, 2002. Professor Florence Banku Obi has served as an Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, and member of Cross River State Executive Council, 2007. Professor Obi is a recipient of many Awards/Honours, including the Student Union Government, University of Calabar, “Award as the most student-friendly Dean of the Faculty” in 2014.

3. Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello

Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello is a Nigerian academic. She is a professor of physiology and the 9th Vice-Chancellor of Lagos State University. She was born in Lagos on the 23rd of April, 1964, and hails from Owo in Ondo State. She attended Anglican Girls Primary School in Surulere from 1970 to 1974 and Lagos Anglican Girls Grammar School in Surulere from 1974 to 1979. Prof. Ibiyemi then attended Methodist Girls High School in Yaba and Lagos State College of Science and Technology, Ikosi Campus, where she earned her “A” level diploma in 1982.  This goal-getter attended the University of Ibadan from 1982 to 1985, earning a BSc (Hons) in Physiology and earned an MSc in 1987 from the University of Lagos (Physiology). She also earned a Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of Lagos in 1998, following a six-month research fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas, in 1994. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello has held a variety of administrative and professional positions at UNILAG and LASU. Between 2000 and 2003, she served as Chairman of the Biomedical Communications Management Committee and as a member of the Medical Education Committee. From 1999 to 2004, she served as an elected member of the Academic Board of the College of Medicine of the University of Lagos (CMUL). From June 2001 to September 2007, she was a member of the Medilag Consult of the University of Lagos College of Medicine and a member of the University of Lagos Women Society Nursery School Board from December 2000 to March 2005. Until her election as LASU’s first female Deputy Vice-Chancellor, she served as the department’s first substantive head. She progressed through the ranks of Assistant Lecturer (1988-1991), Lecturer II (1991–1996), Lecturer I (1996–1999), Senior Lecturer (1999–2005), and Associate Professor (2005–October 1, 2007) at the University of Lagos, Idiaraba’s College of Medicine. On October 2, 2007, she began her tenure as the First Professor of Physiology at Lagos State University College of Medicine. The following year, she was elected Deputy Vice-Chancellor for a two-year term. Professor Yemi Olatunji-Bello was re-elected to a second term as Deputy Vice-Chancellor on January 27, 2011. Between January 2011 and October 31, 2011, she served as acting Vice-Chancellor of LASU.

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