First Female Professors in Nigeria in Various Disciplines

Prof. Grace Alele Williams

Women in Nigeria have impacted various facets of the society in impressive ways. The education sector in Nigeria has witnessed the emergence of exceptional women who have worked hard to change the face of knowledge in the country in positive ways. Some women made their mark in tertiary education in Nigeria as the first professors in their disciplines. This is simply amazing and you should know these names. Here is a list of first female Nigerian professors in various disciplines.

– First Nigerian Female Professor ever ~ Prof. (Mrs) Felicia Adetoun Ogunsheye.

– First Nigerian Female Professor of Law ~ Prof (Mrs) Jadesola Olayinka Akande.

– First Nigerian Female Professor of History ~ Prof. (Mrs) Bolanle Awe.

– First Nigerian Female Professor of Pharmacy ~ Prof. (Mrs) Babalola Chinedum Peace.

– First Nigerian Female Professor of Psychiatry ~ Prof. (Mrs) Olayinka Omigbodun.

– First Nigerian Female Professor of Mass Communication ~ Prof. (Mrs) Chinyere Stella Okunna.

– First female Physics Professor in Africa ~ Prof. (Mrs) Deborah Ajakaye.

– First Female Professor of Chemistry in Nigeria ~ Prof. (Mrs) Modupe Ogunlesi.

– First Nigerian Female Professor of Quantity Surveying in Africa ~ Prof Olubola Babalola.

– First female Nigerian Professor of Accounting ~ Prof. Jane Ande.

– First Female professor of physiotherapy in Africa ~ Prof. Arinola O. Sanya.

– First Female Professor of Computer Science ~ Prof Adenike Osofisan.

– First female professor of Chemical Engineering in Nigeria ~Professor (Mrs) P.K. Igbokwe

– First Nigerian Female Professor of Mathematics Education ~ Prof. (Mrs). Grace Allele-Williams.

– First female Professor of Animal Breeding & Genetics in Nigeria~Prof. Adebambo Ayoka.O. Ayoka-olufunmilayo

– First Female Professor of Yoruba Studies in the world ~ Prof. (Mrs). Omotayo Olutoye

– First Female Professor of Agriculture in Nigeria and First Female Professor of Agricultural Economics in Africa ~ Professor (Mrs) Tomilayo O. Adekanye.

– First Nigerian Female Professor of Urban and Regional Planning ~ Prof.(Mrs).Ogbazi Joy Ukamaka

–  First female Professor of Statistics – Prof. Joy Chioma Nwabueze

– First Nigerian Female Professor of Animal Science – Prof Mrs Oyebiodun Longe


If you have names that are missing on this list do let us have them so we can do a comprehensive update. If also have objections you may also share that with us providing facts to back up your views.

The Author

Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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