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PROFILE: GCI Alumnus, First-class Philosopher — Meet Ekanola, UI Acting VC


On Monday afternoon, the Senate of Nigeria’s premier University, University of Ibadan appointed Professor Babatunde Ekanola as the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the institution. 

Ekanola, who until his appointment was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (academics), will hold the position for six months. 

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Professor Adebola Babatunde Ekanola was born on 2 December, 1969 to the family of Late Chief Adeyanju and Victoria Ekanola. He had his primary education between 1973 and 1980 at The Polytechnic Primary School, Ibadan, between 1973 and 1980.

His secondary education was at the Government College, Ibadan, between 1980 and 1985. He had his A’ Level studies at The Polytechnic, Ibadan, between 1985 and 1987 before proceeding to Obafemi Awolowo University where he studied Philosophy, between 1987 and 1991 for his first degree. He graduated in the First Class Division. After his youth service, Professor Ekanola proceeded to the University of Ibadan where he earned the M.A. degree in Philosophy, top of his class, in 1996 and Ph.D degree in Philosophy in January 2003.

Professor Ekanola’s working career began at Obafemi Awolowo University where he worked briefly as a Graduate Assistant in 1994. He was later appointed as Assistant Lecturer at the University of Ibadan on 29 April, 1997. He was promoted to the grade of Lecturer II in 1999, Lecturer I in 2002, Senior Lecturer in 2005 and Professor in 2010 as a high-flyer.

Prof. Ekanola also served on the editorial board of Philosophia Africana, a journal published at the Department of Philosophy, DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

He is happily married to Mrs. Yetunde Aderemi Ekanola and the marriage is blessed with four wonderful children: Adeyanju, Ogooluwa, Obaloluwa and Oluwapamilerin.

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