Professor Adetoun Ogunsheye Biography (First Female Professor in Nigeria)

Felicia Adetowun Omolara Ogunsheye (née Banjo; born 5 December 1926) is the first female professor in Nigeria. She was a professor of library and information science at the University of Ibadan.

The 95 year old Adetoun Ogunsheye was born in Benin City, Edo State Nigeria. Her parents hails from Ogun State. She is the elder sister of Lieutenant Colonel Victor Banjo and Ademola Banjo.

Adetoun Ogunsheye is the first Nigerian woman to become a professor in Nigeria. She is also the first woman to become a Dean in any Nigerian University.

She had her secondary education at Queens College, before becoming the only female student to attend Yaba Higher School, now Yaba College of Technology in 1946. In 1948, she received her diploma, becoming the first woman to graduate from the school.

She attended University College Ibadan now the Prestigious University of Ibadan, then went on to Newnham College, Cambridge University, UK, to study Geography on scholarship, earning BA and MA degrees in 1952 and 1956, respectively; she became the first Nigerian woman there. She earned another master's degree in Library Science from Simmons College, Massachusetts, USA in 1962.

She established the Abadina Media Resource Centre Library of the University of Ibadan. In 1973, she became a professor at University of Ibadan. Between 1977 and 1979, she was appointed as the dean of faculty of education at the same university. She was the first woman to become a dean in any Nigerian university. She served as a consultant to various organisations including the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (lFLA); UNESCO; International Association of School Librarianship (IASL); the International Federation of Documentalists (FID); the British Council and the World Bank.

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