The authorities of Nigeria’s premier university, the University of Ibadan, on Thursday officially pronounced the First Lady of Ekiti State, Dr. Olayemi Oyebanji, an Associate Professor in the Department of Education Management.

The long overdue promotion of Dr. Oyebanji to the rank of Associate Professor according to the management of the institution is backdated to year 2022.

The First Lady is due for the rank of full fledged Professor in year 2025.

In her immediate reaction to her elevation as an Associate Professor, Dr. Oyebanji described the feat as a “milestone, though long awaited which marks a significant step in her academic journey.”

Dr. Oyebanji said: “I am thrilled to announce that I have been promoted to the position of Associate Professor of Educational Management at the prestigious University of Ibadan, effective from 2022.

“This milestone, though long-awaited, marks a significant step in my academic journey. I am grateful for the support from my faculty, department, and the recognition from the University of Ibadan.

“A heartfelt thank you to my wonderful husband, His Excellency Governor Biodun Oyebanji, and my children for their support. I also dedicate this promotion to all the women of Ekiti State and beyond who inspire me every day.

“Onward to even greater achievements as I graciously await the announcement of my Professorship next year by God’s grace!”

Dr. Oyebanji started her stellar academic career at the Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti in year 2000 where she lectured for thirteen years before she transferred her services to the University of Ibadan in 2013 for family reasons.

The First Lady has attended local and international academic conferences where she presented to papers to the global academic community while her works have been published in prestigious and renowned international journals.

The newly pronounced Associate Professor has produced many PhD graduates in the course of her academic career and during her tour of duty as the First Lady of Ekiti State.

While still holding office as the First Lady of Ekiti State, Dr. Oyebanji performed community service of lecturing at the Ekiti State University and Afe Babalola University both located in Ado Ekiti, gesture that has received a local, national and global commendation.


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