History was made in Ilorin, the
Kwara State capital about a
fortnight ago when the
management of the University
of Ilorin included Mrs. Medinat
Folorunso Salman in the list of
the institution’s newly appointed
professors.
By her appointment, Medinat
Salman who teaches Mathematics
Education at the university thus
became the first female
professor from Ilorin Emirate.
It was therefore not surprising
when the Emir of Ilorin, Alh.
Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, deemed it
fit to organise a special prayer in
his palace to mark Salman’s
appointment.
The new professor of
Mathematics was honoured by
the Emir alongside the new Vice-
Chancellor of UNILORIN, Prof.
AbdulGaniyu Ambali; and three
other newly appointed
professors who all hail from
Ilorin Emirate; Professors
Badmas Lanre Yusuf, Muhammed
Mustapha Akanbi and Yusuf
Adebayo AbdulKareem.
Speaking with Newsmen shortly
after the prayer session at the
Emir’s palace, Professor Medinat
Salman said that she has always
prayed and worked hard to be
part of the emirate’s success
story. This determination she
said spurred her to achieve the
feat of emerging as the first
female professor from the
emirate.
She, however, disclosed that the
achievement she has recorded
and now being celebrated by
friends and associates was not
without encountering various
challenges both at the home
front and at her work place.
Salman added that her good
intention to impart positively on
the lives of others as well as
being a good example to the
womenfolk in the emirate has
always been her drive right from
her youthful age.
The female professor, who
bemoaned the low rate of
women acquiring education in
the emirate, however, pointed
out that though it is not easy
combining career with the
demands of duties at the home
front but with hard work and
commitment, one would scale
through.
According to her, biologically
both male and female are the
same, even though man is the
head of the family “but if you
are determined whatever the
men can achieve, as a woman
you can also do it”.
“Even if it requires waking up in
the midnight, one would have to
do it so. I don’t believe that there
is anything the female cannot
do, we are only different
structurally”.

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