Women since time immemorial have been playing invaluable roles alongside their men counterparts in the society. It is in this trait that Prof. Folashade Ogunsola, an honorary microbiologist and infectious disease specialist consultant; the current provost of the College of Medicine, University of Lagos and one of Nigeria’s leading researchers, is viewed in the society.
Mrs. Ogunsola is the Principal Investigator of the AIDS Prevention Initiative in Nigeria (APIN) (a PEPFAR grant) at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos and Site Principal Investigator of the Medical Education Partnership Initiative in Nigeria (MEPIN).She is the first female Provost at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos in its 50 years of existence.
She has been instrumental to setting up infection control programs in a number of institutions in Nigeria and was the chairperson of the Infection Control Committee of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital till December 2012. She is a member of WHO’s technical working group on Infection Prevention and Control and a member of the WHO AFRO regional rapid response group of experts.
Prof. Ogunsola obtained a Masters in Medical Microbiology from the College of Medicine, University of Lagos followed by a Ph.D. in Medical Microbiology from the College of Medicine, University of Wales, Cardiff. She has received a number of awards and recognitions including the Federation of European Microbiological Societies Overseas Research Scholarship in1993, the Keystone Symposia Global Health Travel Award in 2010, Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria Distinction in Medicine Award in 2013 and the Distinguished Alumni Lecturer at the 7th Prof. T. Adesanya Ige Grillo Memorial Lecture of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria in May 2014.