University of Benin (UNIBEN) Appoints Second Female Vice-Chancellor

Professor Mrs Lilian I. Salami, has been appointed as the new Vice Chancellor of University of Benin (UNIBEN) by the Governing Council.

Professor Mrs Lilian I. Salami

Lilian Salami, a professor, has been appointed the 10th substantive vice-chancellor of the University of Benin, Edo State. She would be the second woman to be the institution’s VC after Professor Grace Alele Williams in 1985.

Professor Salami whose appointment would take effect from December 2nd, 2019, would take over from Professor Faraday Orumwense.



A statement by the university’s spokesman, Mr. Micheal Osasuyi, said Prof. Salami was appointed 10th substantive VC of UNIBEN at the 157th regular meeting of the institution Governing Council.

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According to a statement on the Twitter page of UNIBEN, Mrs Salami (Nee Emovon) is a Professor of Home Economics/Nutritional Education. She is from Benin in Edo State. She was born in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria on August 8, 1956.

Her early schooling started in Jos but was truncated by the Nigerian Civil War. Her primary and secondary education were then completed in Edo State.

She obtained her West African School Certificate (O’ levels) from Baptist High School, Benin City.

In 1975, she travelled to the United States of America, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point Campus and had her summer schooling at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul. She later transferred to North Dakota State University, Fargo after she got married in 1977. There she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in 1979 in Home Economics and Master’s degree in Nutrition in 1982. She returned back to Nigeria in 1983 and enrolled to serve in the National Youth Service Corps in Benin City.

Upon completion of the national service, she made a brief start of her teaching career with the then University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo, Nigeria. Between 1985 and 1994, she lectured Nutrition at the University of Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria

This was interjected when she gained admission into University of Nigeria, Nsukka for a doctoral degree in Human Nutrition in 1989 which she obtained in 1991. In 1994, she was appointed a Senior Lecturer with the University of Benin, Benin City.

As an administrator, she has held numerous administrative positions in the University of Benin and is currently the Director-General/Chief Executive of the National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA, Ondo).




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