Prof Ibiyemi Bello
This 58-year-old professor of Physiology is the ninth Vice-Chancellor of Lagos State University, Lagos State.
Prof Ibiyemi Bello was born in the Ologbowo community of Idumota, Lagos Island, on April 23, 1964. She attended Anglican Girls Grammar School in Surulere, Lagos, between 1970 and 1974. She also went to Methodist Girls’ High School, Yaba, Lagos for her secondary education between 1974 and 1979. From there, she proceeded to the Lagos State College of Science and Technology. She also studied at the University of Ibadan, where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Physiology in 1985. Thereafter, she obtained a Master’s degree in Physiology from the University of Lagos in 1987. She also attended the University of Texas at San Antonio, Health Science Centre, San Antonio, United States of America, between 1994 and 1998.
In 1998, she was awarded a PhD in Physiology at the University of Lagos. She went on to bag a post-graduate diploma in Theology from the Bible College of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in 2001, as well as another post-graduate diploma in Education from the Lagos State University in 2018.
Bello worked as an assistant lecturer at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, and rose through the ranks, eventually becoming the first professor of physiology at the institution in 2007. She also served as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Lagos State University in 2008.
Positions she has held include being the acting Vice Chancellor of LASU from July to December 2010 and January to October 2011; Deputy Vice-Chancellor from December 2008 to December 2011; Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) from November 2011 to January 2013, and Head of the Department of Physiology, from October 2007 to December 2008.
She was the Lagos State government’s representative on the Lagos State University Governing Council between 2004 and 2008. She was also the institution’s Senate representative on the Governing Council.
She was the pioneer Director of the LASU Directorate of Advancement established by the former Vice Chancellor, Prof Lanre Fagbohun, in 2016.
Prof Bello is happily married to Olatunji Bello, a journalist, and lawyer. He is a one-time Commissioner for Environment and Secretary to the State Government of Lagos State. Their union is blessed with three children.
Beyond academics, Prof Bello also devotes a lot of time to church activities. She is the Zonal Pastor in charge of Zone 9, under Lagos Province 1, of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.
In 2012, she was nominated by the National Universities Commission to attend Course 34 at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies in Kuru, Plateau State. She was awarded a certificate as a member of the national institute.
She was awarded a fellowship by the Physiological Society in the United Kingdom in 2017, followed by a fellowship from the Physiological Society of Nigeria. This was even as she was appointed a Fellow of the society for Environmental Toxicology and Pollution Mitigation in 2019.